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Choice between 660ti or 670

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December 13, 2012 5:41:36 AM

Hello community,

I am planning to replace my faulty MSI 560ti OC with a kepler card. After some research, I have come to the realization that both cards are very good with their power-for-price values. The card itself is for gaming uses.

Due to this, I am stuck between getting the $450 priced gtx 670 or the $100 cheaper gtx 660ti. I need a card that will not need to be replaced for 4-5 years, so a more future proof card will be good.

My budget is anything below $470. I run a 1680x1050@60fps monitor. Games played will be battlefield 3, GTA IV, Minecraft, Mechwarrior Online. I am aiming for a minimum of 60fps on either ultra or relatively high settings, not medium (can't be that hard to achieve at 1680x1050). If GTA V gets released for PC, Ill definitely get that as well.

Pros and Cons of each card (my perspective)
gtx 660ti:
-can be overclocked to match the gtx 670
-saving $100 means I can get a sound card or some other needed component, or simply to be saved up
-only a 192 bit memory width, not good with Anti-Antialising

gtx 670:
-can be overclocked to surpass/ match a gtx 680
-256 bit memory width
-more expensive
-last longer



Any suggestions for this? Thank you!

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December 13, 2012 5:57:11 AM

Many GTX 670's can be had for the price of a 660. I have seen sales on NCIX and Newegg go down to $300 after MIR.
If I were you, I would go with the 670. The price difference would be very little if the place you're purchasing from does price beat.
Good luck with your buy!
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December 13, 2012 6:08:28 AM

seeing as you didn't mention that you work professionally in the Audio industry in one form or another, or as hobby, skip the sound card if you're not a massive audiophile or if your onboard sound isn't broken, and grab a 670.

an SSD would be nice if you haven't got one yet, though, personally i'd prioritize performance over boot/load times.
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December 13, 2012 6:37:10 AM

o320 said:
Many GTX 670's can be had for the price of a 660. I have seen sales on NCIX and Newegg go down to $300 after MIR.
If I were you, I would go with the 670. The price difference would be very little if the place you're purchasing from does price beat.
Good luck with your buy!


Sadly, the superb prices on Newegg won't apply to me as I live in Australia, which Newegg does not ship to.

@hazle I am somewhat of an audiophile, as I listen to a whole collection of classical music, and having a detailed soundstage would be excellent for battlefield 3. The only question for the audio is would it be better to have a soundcard and average headphones ($30) or some really high quality headset (e.g. turtle beach z6a) and just onboard sound. BTW I already have an 120gb ssd, a soundcard/ headset is really the only component(s) that I would consider for my current build.


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December 13, 2012 6:39:10 AM

Why Nvidia? Just curious, ATI just has some cards that fit inbetween your area....
Anyway, 670.
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December 13, 2012 7:01:06 AM

Kiowa789 said:
Why Nvidia? Just curious, ATI just has some cards that fit inbetween your area....
Anyway, 670.


ATI cards don't perform as well as Nvidia cards at Battlefield 3, which is what I play most at the moment. I've also read that ATI cards' image quality aren't as clear compared to Nvidia, and that ATI cards are more superior in higher resolution (not my little 1680x1050).
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December 13, 2012 7:02:17 AM

670 @is the way to go. If you are hoping for it to last for a few years!You have a better chance with 670 A 660 would get the job done.How long ? Who knows (i guess for a year or two if your lucky).

@Kiowa789 does not matter not part of his question




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December 13, 2012 7:47:58 AM

tom_zheng said:
Sadly, the superb prices on Newegg won't apply to me as I live in Australia, which Newegg does not ship to.

@hazle I am somewhat of an audiophile, as I listen to a whole collection of classical music, and having a detailed soundstage would be excellent for battlefield 3. The only question for the audio is would it be better to have a soundcard and average headphones ($30) or some really high quality headset (e.g. turtle beach z6a) and just onboard sound. BTW I already have an 120gb ssd, a soundcard/ headset is really the only component(s) that I would consider for my current build.


General rule I like to follow regarding soundcards and headsets is go for a higher end headset and buy a soundcard later if you need to.
Buying a soundcard wont do much if you have a low-end headset, but a high-end headset with no soundcard should do you justice :) 
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December 13, 2012 8:48:49 AM

Just one more thing, will the 660ti have enough juice to run bf3 ultra 60fps at 1680x1050? \
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December 13, 2012 9:36:24 AM

tom_zheng said:
Just one more thing, will the 660ti have enough juice to run bf3 ultra 60fps at 1680x1050? \


Probably not with everything cranked up and 16xaa 16xaaf.
Might be possible though, not too sure.
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December 13, 2012 11:50:38 PM

o320 said:
Probably not with everything cranked up and 16xaa 16xaaf.
Might be possible though, not too sure.


For AntiAliasing, I just want 4xmsaa, medium or higher post AA, with HBAO occlusion. 16x seems a bit extreme.
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December 14, 2012 12:41:08 AM

tom_zheng said:
For AntiAliasing, I just want 4xmsaa, medium or higher post AA, with HBAO occlusion. 16x seems a bit extreme.


With everything set at ultra you should be able to play smoothly at 4xmsaa. Heck, you might even be able to play at ultra at 1080p.
Good luck to you!
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December 14, 2012 3:51:19 AM

So the majority of opinions is geared towards the obtaining the gtx 670? That's decided then.

I'm favoring the MSI Power Edition OC'd version, as overclock the GPU is a must for me. The Asus DirectCUII has more efficient cooling though.
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December 14, 2012 3:53:23 AM

tom_zheng said:
So the majority of opinions is geared towards the obtaining the gtx 670? That's decided then.

I'm favoring the MSI Power Edition OC'd version, as overclock the GPU is a must for me. The Asus DirectCUII has more efficient cooling though.


Yep but if you'd like to save a hundred bucks the 660ti will be sure to not disappoint :) 
Good luck with your purchase!
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December 14, 2012 5:22:05 AM

Best answer selected by tom_zheng.
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December 14, 2012 5:23:31 AM

well, i've scouted out a 399.11 AU$ (420.62 US$) MSI gtx 670 PE 2GD/OC here: http://www.linkecomputer.com/products/1017018/N670%20PE...

As I am planning to get this next week, if anyone finds any cheaper prices for this card (ships to AUS as well) feel free to suggest it.

Otherwise, thanks for the help everyone!

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December 14, 2012 5:30:33 AM

No problem.Your welcome!
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