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December 12, 2012 4:10:42 PM

Which graphics card in the 200-250 price range will I get the best performance out of with my current system?

FX 4100 ocd to 4.6ghz
8gb ddr3 ram at 1600mhz
My mobo supports sli and xfire for 2 pci16 slots
750w power supply

In the past I have always had Nvidia cards but I am looking for the best bang for my buck

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a c 109 U Graphics card
December 12, 2012 4:47:36 PM

daswilhelm said:
i agree on the 7870, but haven't had much luck with gigabyte gpu's.

i recently set this card up for a friend, was pleased with it, and it has a lifetime warranty.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(also comes with a couple of free games)



The gigabyte is a better one, it has more reputation, that lifetime warranty is a scam, the gigabyte has the best cooling with the windforce 3x, it overclocks very well and for it's price it's the best 7870 card right now.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_radeon_hd...
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_radeon_hd...
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December 12, 2012 5:21:34 PM

personally i've had terrible luck with gigabyte cards.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
December 12, 2012 5:26:54 PM

For me the best top 3 brands gfx card are (without any order and for any brand gpu) : MSI, Gigabyte and Asus.
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December 12, 2012 6:18:52 PM

Ok so with your help I think I have narrowed it down to 2 different cards:

EVGA 660 FTW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Gigabyte 7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I feel like I am leaning a little bit more towards the EVGA becuase that is a brand I have used before and liked plus the free game is ac3 which is one I have been looking to get anyway.

I have never had an amd chip before. can someone tell me why the 7870 would be a better choice?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
December 12, 2012 6:25:14 PM

It performs a bit more the 7870 and it's at the same price, that being said, the 660 gtx is a good card and while it performs a bit less, it has better drivers and features, evga is also a good brand, if you prefer nvidia and evga then go with the 660 gtx evga, any 660 gtx comes with the assassins creed 3.
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December 13, 2012 10:42:36 AM

djangoringo said:
It performs a bit more the 7870 and it's at the same price, that being said, the 660 gtx is a good card and while it performs a bit less, it has better drivers and features, evga is also a good brand, if you prefer nvidia and evga then go with the 660 gtx evga, any 660 gtx comes with the assassins creed 3.


+1 to this. EVGA are excellent (my next card will definitely be EVGA) and GTX660 will give you a smoother, more responsive experience than the 7870. nVidia put out a more consistently smooth delivery of framerates, as opposed to very up/down stop-start performance. Check out this for details:

http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...

and

http://techreport.com/review/24022/does-the-radeon-hd-7...

They're different GPUs, but only one notch up from what you're looking at (and architecturally very similar) so results are still applicable. They show different results to other sites because they're using a new benchmarking technique (frame latency benchmarking) that gives a much more accurate indication of real-world 'smoothness' than frames/second, which is a crude, oversimplified method that averages out dips and spikes in framerates. Lots more sites are going to be using frame latency benchmarking in future because it's a far better measure of performance.
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