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December 30, 2012 11:48:18 AM

I've seen a lot of 660 vs 7850 threads here and well, I was looking for a certain model of the 7850...

I've been doing a little research and well, i still don't know which to choose...

which one is better, an Inno3D GTX 660 (not Ti and not OC Ed)

or a Sapphire Radeon HD7850 GHz Edition OC

in terms of performance and cooling..

-Thanks in Advance!

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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 3:16:12 PM

Get the sapphire card. Better cooling and almost same (if not better) performance. The nVidia cad will consume less energy though.
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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 5:22:55 PM

The GTX660 actually competes with the 7870 instead of the 7850. On average it is 4% faster than the 7870.

However in some benchmarks such as Star Craft II it will stomp the 7870 and even the 7950.

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As a result Starcraft II now favors NVIDIA’s cards even more so now than it did before, making this an easy win for the GTX 660. At 1920 the GTX 660 beats the 7870 by 37%, and once more even the 7950 falls behind.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...

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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 5:37:25 PM

rwayne said:
The GTX660 actually competes with the 7870 instead of the 7850. On average it is 4% faster than the 7870.

However in some benchmarks such as Star Craft II it will stomp the 7870 and even the 7950.

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As a result Starcraft II now favors NVIDIA’s cards even more so now than it did before, making this an easy win for the GTX 660. At 1920 the GTX 660 beats the 7870 by 37%, and once more even the 7950 falls behind.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph6276/49753.png

That's so true but the 7850 will come cheap. Even this is cheaper than 660. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 6:19:29 PM

Using the 660 right now, love it. Great performance for the money.
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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 6:31:32 PM

If you want the best stock performance and power efficiency, go with the 660.

If you want a cheaper purchase and the best overclocking performance, go with the 7850.
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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 6:33:46 PM

Xttony said:
That's so true but the 7850 will come cheap. Even this is cheaper than 660. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Personally I believe the performance increase of the GTX 660 easily justifies the price differential. You are looking at a 66 Frame Per Second increase in Star Craft II alone.

The GTX 660 also comes with Assassin’s Creed III (a $49.99 value) which pretty much bridges the price gap between the two.




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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 6:45:54 PM

rwayne said:
Personally I believe the performance increase of the GTX 660 easily justifies the price differential. You are looking at a 66 Frame Per Second increase in Star Craft II alone.

The GTX 660 also comes with Assassin’s Creed III (a $49.99 value) which pretty much bridges the price gap between the two.

The link I posted was of a ghz edition 7870 which has performance better than the 660
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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 8:56:26 PM

Definite +1 for the GTX660. I'd also steer clear of Sapphire if you do end up choosing the Radeon. I've had a lot of bad experiences with them. Just my experience though, I might have just been unlucky.
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December 30, 2012 11:05:18 PM

Thanks for all your help, I was thinking of buying a stock gtx 660 anyways but, if I were to buy a stock gtx 660, which brand or manufacturer would have the most reliable and offers the best cooling for the said card?
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a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2012 11:21:00 PM

MSI are excellent. EVGA for warranties though, depending on which country you're in.
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December 31, 2012 12:44:28 AM

I live in the Philippines
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December 31, 2012 1:01:19 AM

my friends who own MSI GPUs discourage me to buy an MSI, they suggest and recommend that I buy an EVGA GPU.

Are EVGA GPUs reliable? and does EVGA offer excellent cooling for their GPU?
are their cooling as good as sapphire for the radeons?
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 1:27:51 AM

It is supported by your mobo. Just put it in the pcie x16 slot(darker blue slot).
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December 31, 2012 3:24:57 AM

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I had a MSI twin forz 7870 and it was LOUD lol. My EVGA GTX 660 2GB SC with mem running at 7Ghz is quite.


did you mean really mean quite? as in quite loud? or did you mean Quiet?
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December 31, 2012 3:30:09 AM

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I had a MSI twin forz 7870 and it was LOUD lol. My EVGA GTX 660 2GB SC with mem running at 7Ghz is quite.



Oh and one more thing, is the cooling for your EVGA GTX 660 really effective? does it overheat at all when playing games such as BattleField 3 and such because I live in the Philippines and it is quite hot here..
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 9:00:33 AM

I don't think you need to worry about heat unless you're overclocking. At stock, the coolers on these cards should be ample.
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December 31, 2012 11:46:22 AM

sam_p_lay said:
I don't think you need to worry about heat unless you're overclocking. At stock, the coolers on these cards should be ample.


uhmm no I posted wrong, its actually a factory OC(superclocked Ed), will the coolers on this card suffice to prevent overheating? not to mention the intense heat during summer in the Philippines...

this is the GPU that I am talking about

EVGA Website----> http://www.evga.com/articles/00700/#2662

Newegg.com---> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
December 31, 2012 12:29:54 PM

I'm pretty sure nobody is selling cards that overheat without even being user-overclocked :-) Keep in mind how many hot countries (or hot parts of countries, Florida or Texas for example) there are in the world.
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December 31, 2012 12:58:08 PM

Best answer selected by XFA24.
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December 31, 2012 12:58:33 PM

sam_p_lay said:
I'm pretty sure nobody is selling cards that overheat without even being user-overclocked :-) Keep in mind how many hot countries (or hot parts of countries, Florida or Texas for example) there are in the world.


alright man, thanks for the help
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December 31, 2012 12:59:27 PM

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With my 660's oc i stay under 74c.


what kind of games do you play?
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December 31, 2012 3:57:23 PM

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assassins creed 3, metro 2033, skyrim, and xcom



I see, well, alright...

imma buy 1 when I get the money which is about 2 months from now
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