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Please help me fast! GT 630 vs 6670 HD

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December 23, 2012 7:18:25 PM

ok so recently I bought a Gainward GT 630 2GB GDDR3, which wasn't the best choice. I'm planning to change it for an ASUS Radeon 6670 1GB GDDR5 for the same price and 5$ more. Is it worth it? Should I change it or keep the current GPU? Also, if I have a PCI-E 2.0 x16 on my ASRock K10N78M motherboard can I run the 6670 which is PCI-E 2.1?

Also, another question: Will my AMD Athlon Dual Core 5000+ 2.21 GHZ bottleneck the GPU?
other infos: 450 psu, 4GB RAM DDR2.

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a b U Graphics card
December 23, 2012 7:32:07 PM

It won't make so much difference unless you go for something a bit better like 7770 or 7750. But the 6670 is going to almost be the similar as the GT 630.
December 23, 2012 7:48:54 PM

but the 64 GB/s of bandwidth from the 6670 versus the 17.12 GB/s from the GT 630? I'm not very good at GPU's, but from what I can see, the 6670 has MUCH better specs than the 630.
Also, if there's a huge difference between the 6670 and a GTS 450 1 GB GDDR3(or 5) , I'm considering to buy the GTS 450, even if it's more expensive.
What do you think? Should I keep the GT 630, buy the 6670, or, if there's a huge difference, buy the GTS 450?
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a b U Graphics card
December 23, 2012 7:51:53 PM

What is your budget? Maybe I can help with an overall better card?
December 23, 2012 7:56:10 PM

umm.. something around 100-120$..
December 23, 2012 8:09:58 PM

wow great GPU's, but I have one more question: both GPU's have the 3.0 x16 PCI-e, while my ASROCK K10N78M has the 2.0 x16. Will the gpu work on the motherboard?
edit: I bought my 630 from a store which I dunno if they will refund my money spent. If I'm unlucky, probably I will have to give back the GPU and buy a better gpu from them. A better GPU(GTX 550 TI 1 GB GDDR5) from them costs around 160$, so....
a b U Graphics card
December 23, 2012 8:18:00 PM

3.0 cards in 2.0+ slot will work at 2.0+. 2.0 cards in older 1.0+ would work at 1.0+ . Simply, all of them are backward compatible. You could run it on PCI-e 1.0 x8; it would be bottlenecked but it would work. But at your case, any single GPU that I suggested won't be bottlenecked by a PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot at all. It should work very smoothly.

And for the GTX 550ti, its already phased out, buy the newer generation 650ti at the same price and a better performance :) 
December 23, 2012 8:21:48 PM

Thinking right now to buy the GTX 650 from newegg. I'm from Romania, so I wonder if newegg delivers products to Romania. Maybe it's a dumb question but I never bought anything from them..
a b U Graphics card
December 23, 2012 8:30:33 PM

I don't think that newegg ship outside USA. But you will find the 650 everywhere on different websites that ship globally like amazon and ebay for example. And I guess ebuyer also ships to Europe. But if I were you, I'd go to the local stores and check it out, it won't be different from the current prices online I believe.
December 23, 2012 8:34:55 PM

In my country, at the most stores, the price of a GTX 650 IS NOT lower than 160$ :( 

edit: Guess I will have to stick on an Asus Radeon 6670.. Atleast do you think I can run games like Assassin's Creed 3 or BF3 on medium settings smoothly without frustrating FPS drops?
a b U Graphics card
December 23, 2012 8:42:13 PM

You can find the 650 here on amazon and it ships to romania. Price is around 140 dollars only >> http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GeForce-GDDR5-Graphics-Car...

If you want to stick with the 6670, it can play BF3 on low smoothly, but it depends on how you define "smooth" because for me, anything below 60 fps is annoying. What about you?

The GTX 650 is much better than it and can make you play on medium with good fps rate :) 
a b U Graphics card
December 23, 2012 9:59:54 PM

leonpardeol0 said:
ok so recently I bought a Gainward GT 630 2GB GDDR3, which wasn't the best choice. I'm planning to change it for an ASUS Radeon 6670 1GB GDDR5 for the same price and 5$ more. Is it worth it? Should I change it or keep the current GPU? Also, if I have a PCI-E 2.0 x16 on my ASRock K10N78M motherboard can I run the 6670 which is PCI-E 2.1?

Also, another question: Will my AMD Athlon Dual Core 5000+ 2.21 GHZ bottleneck the GPU?
other infos: 450 psu, 4GB RAM DDR2.


I'm pretty sure that you will bottleneck real bad with that cpu and ram, honestly. :(  I'll show you what happened back 5/6 years ago when I went from a AM2 dual core 6400+(3.4ghz) to a lowly Phenom II X3 710(Oc'ed to 3.6). I was severly bottlenecked by the 6400+ to say the least when I ran 2x HD3870's.

http://forums.epicgames.com/threads/680572-HOC-UT3-Benc... First post. Notice I got a nice bit higher FPS at 1080p with the new cpu than I did with the 6400+ at 720p. lol.

Probally time to upgrade the whole system IMO.
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