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Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition or GTX 660 Ti?

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December 25, 2012 2:18:15 AM

I'm building a gaming rig to preferably player mainly online first-person shooters such as Black Ops 2, Battlefield 3, etc. and maybe games such as Skyrim, Assassin's Creed III. I wish to play on max settings with my 1920x1080p monitor.

Right now, Newegg.com is selling the XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition for $200, and the MSI GTX 660 Ti for $230. I do not plan on ever overclocking nor using multi-monitors for gaming, but I do plan on SLI/CrossfireX my graphics cards a few years down the line. I would like to know which one would offer better performance overall for my circumstances. Apparently the benchmarks I have seen for the 7870 and 660 Ti has the 7870 ~5 FPS less than the 660 Ti for BF3. However, it is 256-bit whereas the GTX 660 Ti is lagging at 192-bit. I will presumably use it with an i5 processor. Which one would be the better one for me?

MSI GTX 660 Ti: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 25, 2012 2:25:33 AM

are you sure that the msi card is a gtx 660 ti if it is grey its a normal 660 which loses to the 7870. The memory bus is only bad when you use high resoultions or high anti-ailising
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December 25, 2012 4:19:48 AM

emperor piehead said:
are you sure that the msi card is a gtx 660 ti if it is grey its a normal 660 which loses to the 7870. The memory bus is only bad when you use high resoultions or high anti-ailising

the 660 doesn not loose to the 7870, they trade blows depending on the game. You really need to look at game specific benchmarks and decide what card does better at more of the games you want to play. the 660ti is faster than all of them though.
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January 2, 2013 10:35:09 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
the 660 doesn not loose to the 7870, they trade blows depending on the game. You really need to look at game specific benchmarks and decide what card does better at more of the games you want to play. the 660ti is faster than all of them though.



That statement is false, The 660 TI is NOT faster then them all, The 660 DOES LOSE to the 7870 by about 30%, The 7870 actually competes very well vs the 660 TI, and actually beats it on about 50% of the games, and the 660 TI wins on the other 50 %, They are pretty evenly matched, except the 7870 is cheaper by about $130.


Here is a Benchmark Comparison Between the 660 TI and the 7870 on Overclock.net: http://www.overclock.net/t/1339698/the-eternal-question...

The results state:
7870 Is the better of the 2 in BF3
7870 Is the better of the 2 in Crysis
660 TI is the better of the 2 in Far Cry 3
They Tied for performance in Skyrim


So while you say the 660 TI is a better card, Your statement is completely false and the benchmarks will prove that he 7870 is the best option here, as it is $100+ cheaper, and blows the 660 TI out of the water in alot of games, Also keep in mind that this is with NEITHER card OC'd, Now if you where to get the 7950, That would make the 660 TI look like childs-play


Here is a video of the 660 TI, vs the 7870 in Battlefield 3, As you see they are neck and neck to being the same, But the price difference is massive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WqMKKtuuMk

Here is a video of the 660 (Non-TI) vs the 7870 in Crysis 2, As you see the 7870 wins (Only by a few FPS, but it does win)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BroW431o8RU


My professional Opinion: Do as I did, Get the 7870, As it is the best bang for the buck, and Will blow any FPS you play out of the water, more then other video cards that can cost almost double the price of this one!
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January 3, 2013 12:11:42 AM

bigtalon said:
That statement is false, The 660 TI is NOT faster then them all, The 660 DOES LOSE to the 7870 by about 30%, The 7870 actually competes very well vs the 660 TI, and actually beats it on about 50% of the games, and the 660 TI wins on the other 50 %, They are pretty evenly matched, except the 7870 is cheaper by about $130.


Here is a Benchmark Comparison Between the 660 TI and the 7870 on Overclock.net: http://www.overclock.net/t/1339698/the-eternal-question...

The results state:
7870 Is the better of the 2 in BF3
7870 Is the better of the 2 in Crysis
660 TI is the better of the 2 in Far Cry 3
They Tied for performance in Skyrim


So while you say the 660 TI is a better card, Your statement is completely false and the benchmarks will prove that he 7870 is the best option here, as it is $100+ cheaper, and blows the 660 TI out of the water in alot of games, Also keep in mind that this is with NEITHER card OC'd, Now if you where to get the 7950, That would make the 660 TI look like childs-play


Here is a video of the 660 TI, vs the 7870 in Battlefield 3, As you see they are neck and neck to being the same, But the price difference is massive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WqMKKtuuMk

Here is a video of the 660 (Non-TI) vs the 7870 in Crysis 2, As you see the 7870 wins (Only by a few FPS, but it does win)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BroW431o8RU


My professional Opinion: Do as I did, Get the 7870, As it is the best bang for the buck, and Will blow any FPS you play out of the water, more then other video cards that can cost almost double the price of this one!

http://techreport.com/review/23527/review-nvidia-geforc...
Maybe you should read some more thorough benchmarks/reviews. Having a high average fps on fraps doesn't mean smoother gameplay. I would prefer no to have random high frame latency and stuttering during gaming, thanks.
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January 16, 2013 12:04:55 PM

i just bought the XFX 7870 Double Dissipation a few days ago. but im going to return it back because the fans are making weird noise. unfortunately the store where i bought the card doesn't have the same card available. so im going to get the GTX 660 Ti instead and add $34.

tomorrow we will find out which is the better card. i already ran a few games using the XFX 7870 and i'll compare it to the GTX 660 Ti when i get it.

also AMD improved their drivers really. i was using the 12.10 drivers (because of my 5850) and ran BF3. i got 45fps avg ultra settings 1080p. so i downloaded the newest beta drivers from AMD (12.11 Beta 11) and guess what? i am now averaging 60fps on ultra settings 1080p.
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January 16, 2013 12:07:32 PM

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January 22, 2013 11:00:35 PM

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