Which is better. WHy

I'm buying a graphics card to complete my build soon and these are the two I'm looking at

HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660

I was going to just order the amd one but I started reading about physx and watched some vids and it seemed pretty cool. If the difference in fps is only a few I'll go with the nvidia. But if it's somewhere around 9 or more I'll go with the amd.

I have an i5-3570. 8 gb of ram. And a 650 watt psu. I want to play stuff like Skyrim, fallouts, starcraft, End of Nations, and Elder Scrolls Online.

I you can suggest a better card for around the same price I'm willing to get a card other than these two.
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  1. The 7870 performs better in almost every benchmark I have seen. Physx is rarely used in games and offers only a slight advantage. The 7870 has a larger memory bus, so if you use Anti Aliasing I would buy the 7870. Of the two you mentioned the 7870 is cheaper, but that card is extremely large, so if your case is tight or you plan to do sli/crossfire I would choose a different card. Also the 7870 uses about 35 watts more than the 660 so again if you plan to do sli/crossfire the 660 might be the way to go.
  2. here's the latest chart with the latest drivers. disregard the 4gig ice-Q benchmarks ( price also much higher than "standard" ) and look for the "standard" 7870 in the charts. you'll see the 660 plasters it ( hate fanboys )............. yes, physx is neat and brings extra to the game if you choose to go that route.


    forgot, i think physx is turned off for comparison.
  3. here is the comparison between the 2 cards

    HD 7870 2GB
    core clock: 1ghz
    memory clock: 4.8ghz
    memory interface: 256-bit
    memory transfer rate: 153.6 gb/s
    pixels per clock: 1,280
    direct x: 11.1

    GTX 660 2GB
    core clock: 980 mhz
    memory clock: 6ghz
    memory interface: 192-bit
    memory transfer rate: 144.2 gb/s
    pixels per clock: 960
    direct x: 11

    according to the stats, the 7870 wins

    according to price, the 7870 wins

    according to benchmark tests, the 7870 wins

    go with the radeon hd 7870 and dont look back
  4. Please don't double post...

    but yeas the 7870 is better
  5. Azn Cracker said:
    Please don't double post...

    but yeas the 7870 is better

    I had no idea that happened. The first time I asked the question it said something like flood attempt detected. So I tried again and it worked. I wasn't aware the first post worked.
  6. Azn Cracker said:
    Please don't double post...

    but yeas the 7870 is better

    According to the benchmarks shown by swifty_morgan, the 660 performed better, and has less latency/micro-stutter issues to boot.
  7. sorry for off posting but.............. tom's has to be screwed up in some way. i've been having flood error a lot in the past few days. maybe somebody needs to look into that?
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