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Upgrade GTX 660 or 7870

Hey Im looking to upgrade my 6850, the two cards in my budget are the GTX 660 or the 7870. Benchmarks and thing that I have looked up make them seem pretty comparable with a slight edge to the 7870. I have found some really good deals on the 660 making it significantly cheaper though so I'm wondering if the cost is worth the gains in comparison between these cards.
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  1. Keep in mind that the GTX660 generally uses less power, whereas the HD7870 can overclock much better. How much cheaper is it?
  2. HD 7870 is around 10% faster. GTX 660 has extra features, like Adaptive VSync, PhysX and TXAA. In the end, they are pretty much tied. I'd recommend going for the cheaper one: GTX 660 in this case.
  3. 7870 is a faster better card but if you can the the 660 for under $200 then it is a viable option IMO
  4. You would be happy with either one. From what I've seen with benchmarks, the performance seems to be skewed by drivers. Being that 660 is a bit faster or the 7870 is a bit faster. They are similar in performance and you will be happy with either one.

    I would personally pick up the GTX 660 because the lower power consumption and cheaper price tag.
  5. AMD can do adaptive Vsync soon when RadeonPro (3rd party free software) implements it in the next build. I would actually wait to see what pricing is around boxing day =)

    Here are the two most relevant reviews right now. The latest drivers changed quite a bit for both sides.
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/
    http://www.techspot.com/reviews-videocards.shtml
  6. stickmansam said:
    AMD can do adaptive Vsync soon when RadeonPro (3rd party free software) implements it in the next build. I would actually wait to see what pricing is around boxing day =)

    Here are the two most relevant reviews right now. The latest drivers changed quite a bit for both sides.
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/
    http://www.techspot.com/reviews-videocards.shtml

    Adaptive Vsync is a gimmick. I never use it on my Geforce GTX 560 card.
  7. How do I follow this thread?
  8. @lostgamer
    The anand chart is usin launch drivers. Alot has chnaged since then

    Yeah adaptive vsync is only useful when u drop below 60fps. Most people just change setting to always get 60fps or run without vaync since can't output more than 60fps. I see it useful to prevent sudden drops to 30 sometimes though.

    At the top of the thread, there should be a heart thing that says to add a tab to it. Also, once you reply, it is auto flagged.
  9. Tom Burnqest said:
    Adaptive Vsync is a gimmick. I never use it on my Geforce GTX 560 card.
    Gimmick you say how so? Do you have any reliable links to back that claim ? :p
  10. sorry for jumping into thread i ma getting 7850 for 258$ & 660 @ 278 $ & 378 $ which would be better option all from gigabyte. which woul db ebetter
  11. Tom Burnqest said:
    Adaptive Vsync is a gimmick. I never use it on my Geforce GTX 560 card.


    I use it a lot. It's one of the best customizable driver feature.
  12. Sunius said:
    I use it a lot. It's one of the best customizable driver feature.

    To bad the screen still tears with it on. Customizable driver feature LOL.
  13. bigcyco1 said:
    Gimmick you say how so? Do you have any reliable links to back that claim ? :p

    The screen still tears. If is ain't broke don't fix it.
  14. Doesn't tear for me. Maybe you're doing something wrong?
  15. man i have tested the 2 cards and Frankley after running the GIGABYTE WF2660 with the latest driver 310.54 it gave me an identical performance to a Sapphire 7870 ghz and at last i picked the 660 cuz its about 20$ cheaper in my country :)
  16. Glad you've managed to make a choice. You will not be disappointed ;).
  17. stickmansam said:
    @lostgamer
    The anand chart is usin launch drivers. Alot has chnaged since then

    Yeah adaptive vsync is only useful when u drop below 60fps. Most people just change setting to always get 60fps or run without vaync since can't output more than 60fps. I see it useful to prevent sudden drops to 30 sometimes though.

    At the top of the thread, there should be a heart thing that says to add a tab to it. Also, once you reply, it is auto flagged.


    Thanks for the heads up.

    +1 Sandouby_96
  18. Best answer
    Get the HD7870. It is better than the 660 at stock and can be Overclocked to match 7950 performance levels.
  19. HD 7870!
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