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660 Ti vs 670 vs Wait for 700 announcement

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February 3, 2013 7:19:01 PM

Hi guys,

Sorry about another "should I buy this card" thread but basically I'm running an SLI GTX 550 Ti setup at the moment and whilst it runs most things on medium to high (for some "older" recent games) I was looking at getting a new card because they're getting quite old and they're now starting to show their age (some issues like artifacting in Skyrim and FC3 actually challenging them).

Rather than getting you people to make the decision for me, I was hoping this would be more of an idea bouncing thread.

I comfortably have enough money for a 660Ti but I've heard that they're not as good as the previous gen equivalent. I could also possibly just about stretch to an ASUS/Gigabyte 2GB 670 with some careful money management. Or would you all recommend waiting for a 700 series announcement? Normally I wouldn't mind waiting at all, but I'm wondering if one of my cards is starting to fail due to a few intermittent issues in games.

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a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2013 7:22:52 PM

The first card coming out in the 700 series is going to be the flagship. $500 or so. If that is up your alley then you should wait. The more mainstream cards and price drops should come out later on during this year possibly mid year if they follow the release schedule they had with the 600 series.

February 3, 2013 7:24:37 PM

If I was going to go for the 700 series I'd probably aim for the equivalent I am now; 760 Ti or 770 (assuming same name pattern). What's driving me to consider buying now is the fact that my current cards are really starting to show their age with a few minor issues and some titles actually challenging them. What would you personally recommend?
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February 3, 2013 7:34:47 PM

If you are comfortable with your gaming experience right now, then wait for the 700 series. If you're not enjoying it, then upgrade it now. I had a Radeon 6670 and upgraded to a GTX 670, and I'm enjoying every bit of it. Plus, the 700 is going to be on the same 28 nm process, so I don't think it's going to be that much over the current gen.
February 3, 2013 7:40:02 PM

IPCharger said:
If you are comfortable with your gaming experience right now, then wait for the 700 series. If you're not enjoying it, then upgrade it now. I had a Radeon 6670 and upgraded to a GTX 670, and I'm enjoying every bit of it. Plus, the 700 is going to be on the same 28 nm process, so I don't think it's going to be that much over the current gen.


As I hinted at in my message, I'm fairly happy with my cards at the moment. I've just started toying with the idea of an upgrade due to some issues like artifacting (predominant in Skyrim with texture mods) and games like FC3 making them chug. I've noticed a few minor issues like artifacting and tearing that are sporadic and unpredictable; sometimes they'll happen quite often and other times I'll go days without an issue. Nothing major, just more of an annoyance.

Is the 700 series looking to be only a minor upgrade over the 600s? If that is the case I might try and stretch to a 670 and eat rice for the month!
a c 147 U Graphics card
February 4, 2013 2:42:32 AM

suppose to be it should be minor update (same node, same architecture) like tweak to further down the power consumption or enable much higher working frequency. but with 600 series nvidia did not release their top end chip (GK110) as geforce lineup. instead they pit their suppose mid range chip (as indicated by the chip code name) against amd top single chip. there are already rumors about gk110 going into geforce line up in late this month but it seems that it will not going to make 'more performance for cheaper price' to happen for next gen part since the rumor suggest that the card will price ar 900 :lol: 
a c 134 U Graphics card
February 4, 2013 2:58:21 AM

I would say the better value right now would be a 670 however if you can wait till I would say July August you will probably find the non flagship cards.
February 4, 2013 11:13:48 AM

Alright, thanks guys. From what you've all said I might push ahead and get a 670 if I find a reasonably priced Gigabyte or ASUS one given that it seems like the 700 series won't be a massive leap in performance (more a refinement) and will probably be quite highly priced.
a b U Graphics card
February 4, 2013 11:59:31 AM

As for me i would like to see how the gtx 700 series will turn out
February 4, 2013 12:16:39 PM

kajr said:
Hi guys,

Sorry about another "should I buy this card" thread but basically I'm running an SLI GTX 550 Ti setup at the moment and whilst it runs most things on medium to high (for some "older" recent games) I was looking at getting a new card because they're getting quite old and they're now starting to show their age (some issues like artifacting in Skyrim and FC3 actually challenging them).

Rather than getting you people to make the decision for me, I was hoping this would be more of an idea bouncing thread.

I comfortably have enough money for a 660Ti but I've heard that they're not as good as the previous gen equivalent. I could also possibly just about stretch to an ASUS/Gigabyte 2GB 670 with some careful money management. Or would you all recommend waiting for a 700 series announcement? Normally I wouldn't mind waiting at all, but I'm wondering if one of my cards is starting to fail due to a few intermittent issues in games.


Amazon.com, used, warehouse specials. People need to stop screwing themselves over with Newegg brand new products. I've ordered several cards and there's never a scratch or piece of dust on them. I've had great success on Amazon saving money.
February 4, 2013 12:23:48 PM

TheMadFapper said:
Amazon.com, used, warehouse specials. People need to stop screwing themselves over with Newegg brand new products. I've ordered several cards and there's never a scratch or piece of dust on them. I've had great success on Amazon saving money.


Never tried the second hand on Amazon, but the only reason I deal in new is because there's a guaranteed, hassle free warranty if it's faulty or breaks a few months down the line. I've been burned buying and selling used electronics far too often for me to even consider it. Just last year I sold some completely fine RAM to someone and he demanded a refund after it was apparently "dead on arrival". I quizzed him a little bit about it and from what I could tell from his (sorry for being blunt) broken English he'd completely shorted them out with improper handling and installed them incorrectly. I ended up refunding him for my own piece of mind as he spammed me every hour and kept on contacting ebay support. It's the main reason I probably won't sell my current cards, I CBA dealing with someone a month or two down the line if one breaks.
a c 134 U Graphics card
February 4, 2013 5:33:43 PM

A lot of the time when you purchase a 2nd hand card you don't get the warranty that comes with the card its still worth it to purchase a new card despite the cheaper price.
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