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GTX 650 TI SSC 2GB vs. Radeon 7850 1GB

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February 5, 2013 10:06:13 AM

Hello folks. I am currently looking to upgrade my current graphics card (GT 240) for something a lot better. My budget is $200. Through some research, I have found two cards to my liking. The EVGA GTX 650 TI SSC 2GB and the Radeon HD 7850 1GB. They are both currently $180 at Newegg. There are a few pros and cons of each card that is keeping me from making a decision. The 650 does not support SLI. Not a giant issue, but 5-6 months down the road I do plan on buying another card. The 7850 is 1 GB. Pretty simple, 2gb is better than 1gb. I have tried to find benchmarks to this specific 650 card but I have come up empty handed. Any help would on preference or opinion would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time.
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February 5, 2013 11:31:56 AM

The Radeon 7850 does perform better than a GTX 650 TI.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=680


But if you take Mail-in Rebates into account you can get a GTX 660 for 195$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A GTX 660 is better than a Radeon 7850
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=660


I would get a GTX 660 if i were you... If you dont have the cash for the GTX 660 then buy a Radeon 7850... It too is a great card ;) 
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February 5, 2013 1:55:17 PM

Thanks for some of the info. The link you provided comparing the two cards has the memory mixed up. I'm trying to compare a 2GB 650 and a 1GB 7850. Any further info would be greatly appreciated!
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February 5, 2013 2:07:48 PM

at 1080p, 1gb is more than enough. 1GB vs 2GB is not a bid difference unless you are gaming a 2560x1440 or higher resolutions... So id still go with the Radeon 7850 If you cant afford a GTX 660...
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February 5, 2013 2:08:47 PM

I agree with timarp000. The 7850 will perform around 10-15% better than the GTX 650 Ti. The 2 gb on the GTX 650 Ti is a total waste.. the card is not powerful enough to take advantage of more vram. The 7850 1 gb will be enough for almost all situations - it is right on the edge of being able to produce playable frame rates and use more than 1 gb of vram. If you can spend the $215 and get the $20 mail in rebate The GTX 660 would be your best option in the long run. GTX 660 can be SLI'd will perform 10-15% better than the 7850 and also has features like Adaptive vsync, 3d vision, Physx, and also has lower frame latency ( giving it slightly smoother gameplay in the 30-50 fps range than the 7850 would give).
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February 5, 2013 2:15:59 PM

Do not beat yourself up too much about the decision.
At similar price points, two different cards will perform similarly.
If you play one game exclusively, then favor the one with the best benchmarks.

Do not worry about 1gb or 2gb. The amount of vram will be appropriate to the card.
In fact, the amount may be mostly marketing.
Read this comparison of 2gb vs. 4gb: http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Pe...

Be skeptical about benchmarks, they usually measure FPS. But consistency plays a part too, and that might be even more important.
Here is an interesting report on that comparing a GTX660ti and a 7950:
http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...
There are some questions about the validity of that report, so do some research.

As to sli, I do not support using sli when a single card will do the job.
Here is my canned rant on that:
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Dual graphics cards vs. a good single card.

a) How good do you really need to be?
A single GTX650/ti or 7770 can give you good performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.

A single GTX660 or 7850 will give you excellent performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.
Even 2560 x 1600 will be good with lowered detail.
A single gtx690 is about as good as it gets.

Only if you are looking at triple monitor gaming, then sli/cf will be needed.
Even that is now changing with triple monitor support on top end cards.

b) The costs for a single card are lower.
You require a less expensive motherboard; no need for sli/cf or multiple pci-e slots.
Even a ITX motherboard will do.

Your psu costs are less.
A GTX660 needs a 430w psu, even a GTX680 only needs a 550w psu.
When you add another card to the mix, plan on adding 150-200w to your psu requirements.

Even the strongest GTX690 only needs 620w.

Case cooling becomes more of an issue with dual cards.
That means a more expensive case with more and stronger fans.
You will also look at more noise.

c) Dual cards do not always render their half of the display in sync, causing microstuttering. It is an annoying effect.
The benefit of higher benchmark fps can be offset, particularly with lower tier cards.
Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...

d) dual card support is dependent on the driver. Not all games can benefit from dual cards.

e) cf/sli up front reduces your option to get another card for an upgrade. Not that I suggest you plan for that.
It will often be the case that replacing your current card with a newer gen card will offer a better upgrade path.
The GTX780 and amd 8000 series are not that far off.
-------------------------------End of rant-----------------------------------------------------------

In the end, I might pick the nvidia card just because it will use the same drivers, and you are familiar with the nvidia system.
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February 5, 2013 2:25:25 PM

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