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December 11, 2012 1:16:26 AM

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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December 11, 2012 5:32:48 AM

Keep in mind that the GTX660 generally uses less power, whereas the HD7870 can overclock much better. How much cheaper is it?
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December 11, 2012 5:46:49 AM

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.
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December 11, 2012 6:01:45 AM

7870 is a faster better card but if you can the the 660 for under $200 then it is a viable option IMO
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December 11, 2012 6:02:04 AM

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.
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December 11, 2012 6:09:12 AM

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...
http://www.techspot.com/reviews-videocards.shtml

Adaptive Vsync is a gimmick. I never use it on my Geforce GTX 560 card.
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December 11, 2012 6:50:36 AM

How do I follow this thread?
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December 11, 2012 7:24:43 AM

@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.
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December 11, 2012 7:32:12 AM

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 
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December 11, 2012 8:00:29 AM

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
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December 11, 2012 8:06:30 AM

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.
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December 11, 2012 11:47:35 AM

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.
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December 11, 2012 11:48:14 AM

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.
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December 11, 2012 12:40:26 PM

Doesn't tear for me. Maybe you're doing something wrong?
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December 11, 2012 4:01:41 PM

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 :) 
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December 11, 2012 4:16:53 PM

Glad you've managed to make a choice. You will not be disappointed ;) .
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December 11, 2012 4:20:54 PM

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
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December 11, 2012 4:55:38 PM

Get the HD7870. It is better than the 660 at stock and can be Overclocked to match 7950 performance levels.
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