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Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 26, 2013 3:27:10 PM

At the moment I'm trying to find out if I want the Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7950 or the GTX 660 Ti FTW. I think the 660 Ti FTW one uses less power. Do i need a bigger PSU if I try to get the 7850? (I was gonna get a 650w PSU) Is the 7850 better in any way than the 660 Ti FTW?

They both are the same price BTW, and I can't afford a graphics card any higher than how much they are, 300 dollars.
a b U Graphics card
January 26, 2013 3:44:16 PM

7950 is a better card overall, excellent scaling more bandwdith. A 650 watt PSU is enough to power any single graphics card.
January 26, 2013 4:07:10 PM

So I wont have to upgrade? Also,when it comes to capacitor aging, when will I have to buy a new PSU for a computer with that type of GPU?
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a c 110 U Graphics card
January 26, 2013 4:09:23 PM

A 650w psu wil do even for two 660 ti or 7950, as long it's a decent one.
My suggestion goes for the 660 ti.
a c 164 U Graphics card
a b À AMD
January 26, 2013 4:13:50 PM

Your post is a little unclear about which powersupply you have: Can you please clarify?
You might also want to look for the 'Tahiti LE' based HD7870, it's not far off the full HD7950 in performance and a fair bit cheaper.
a c 110 U Graphics card
January 26, 2013 4:29:10 PM

That's a good one, it will do for two 660 ti or 7970 in crossfire.
I still think the best choice is the 660 ti.
a c 164 U Graphics card
a b À AMD
January 26, 2013 4:37:55 PM

@ SuperPaperFan: Do n't worry about capacitor ageing, that PSU will be going strong for years to come.
Take your pick-660Ti or HD7950, they're both great performers, although I'd probably opt for a 660Ti, despite the fact I run a HD7950 in my rig. From my own experience, that Techreport article/review is spot on about the frame latency.

EDIT: EVGA have a superb reputation for warranty length and customer support, guess where MY money would go ;) .
January 26, 2013 5:04:44 PM

This is going to be a hard decision...
I'm going to have to think about it for a while.

But just to be sure, the PSU has the compatible ports for the GPUs right?

a c 110 U Graphics card
January 26, 2013 5:14:47 PM

Yes, you can have two cards with that psu.
The 660 ti evga is a good choice, and it's cheaper.
a c 164 U Graphics card
a b À AMD
January 26, 2013 6:28:01 PM

January 26, 2013 10:46:21 PM

I might be willing enough to go 100 dollars more for the 7970. Would I even see a difference in gameplay and should I just go with the 660 Ti?
a c 110 U Graphics card
January 26, 2013 10:53:21 PM

For 1080p the 660 ti is a good choice, it will run any game at high settings with a good amount of fps, overall a good gaming experience, and it's cheaper.
There's benchmarks out there showing that it can deliver 60 fps on BF3.
January 27, 2013 2:09:03 AM

If you want to overclock then the 7950 stomps the 660Ti and in some cases the 670.*

If you want to keep your warranty/lower heat/power bills the 660Ti delivers better stock performance under normal conditions(no multimonitor/high res, etc...)

And also the Signature has non stock cooling

normal-stock cooling/stock clocks
Signature-Non-stock cooling/stock clocks
FTW-Vapor Chambers/non stock clocks
Classified-Vapor Chambers/Custom PCB/non stock clocks