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Poll Results: Keeping manual overclocking out, which offers the best price/performance.

 
  • 41% (7)
    Gigabyte HD 7850 Windforce 2x OC 2GB @ $270
  • 58% (10)
    Gigabyte GTX 660 Windforce OC 2 GB @ $290
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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by noob360 View Post

Lol no. An HD 7870 cost a lot when compared to GTX 660 non-Ti (about ~70 USD more).
- HD 7870 ($360)
- GTX 660 Ti ($375)
- HD 7950 ($385)
Prices are in US$ and all graphics cards are Gigabyte factory overclocked with Windforce cooling. So GTX 660 at $290 seems a better pick over pricier HD 7870 at $360, right? And among those I mentioned GTX 660 Ti is the best choice at $375?
Thanks guys and please keep coming.

among these 3 cards the HD 7950 is the fastest card. HD 7950 is the best price perf card in the high end . if you can push your budget go for it. the gigabyte hd 7950 with the windforce 3x cooler is an excellent card. the card is capable of 1.2 Ghz overclocks and can still keep temps around 70c. At those speeds GTX 660 Ti even at 1.3+ Ghz does not stand a chance when compared across a wide range of games. clock for clock HD 7950 is 3 - 5% slower than HD 7970 and is on par with GTX 670 when both cards are overclocked.

www.hardocp.com/article/2012/08/23/galaxy_gtx_660_ti_gc_oc_vs_670_hd_7950/2

here is the Gigabyte HD 7950 with one of the highest scores on heaven. 1280 mhz by bruennis.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1258815/rock-heaven-your-hardest-all-kepler-users/340#post_18141984

not every card is going to hit 1.25+ Ghz but even 1.15 - 1.2 Ghz is enough to beat GTX 660 Ti.
Edited by raghu78 - 10/21/12 at 8:05pm
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post #12 of 18
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I won't be overclocking manually so please take that into consideration. I'm just getting an already overclocked GPU.
post #13 of 18
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I won't be overclocking manually so please take that into consideration. I'm just getting an already overclocked GPU.

you probably don't know that the HD 7950 OC cards can run at 1 - 1.05 Ghz at stock voltage . This gives atleast 12 - 15% performance if you clock the HD 7950 to 1.05 Ghz. there are so many articles on GPU overclocking. Overclocking in AMD CCC is very simple.

I think you must check out the AMD 12.11 beta driver performance preview. This driver changes the competitive dynamics. AMD HD 7950 gets even more attractive.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_catalyst_12_11_driver_performance,7.html
http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/graphics/46905-amd-catalyst-1211-benchmarked-surprising-performance-gains/?page=3
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6393/amds-holiday-plans-cat1211-new-bundle
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/57413-amd-12-11-never-settle-driver-performance-17.html

With massive improvements in BF3 and significant improvements in a host of titles including Sleeping dogs, Dirt Showdown, Batman AC the HD 7950 OC now can be considered on par with GTX 670.

Just hold on till the Never Settle game bundle is available on HD 7950. Farcry 3, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and 20% off on Medal of Honor Warfighter. thats an insane holiday game bundle. thumb.gif
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post #14 of 18
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I know that the strong point of HD 7000 series is it's overclocking potential but I'm one of those who buy hardware for long run so I wouldn't take any risk since my computer chassis is very cheap and doesn't have that good cooling. I'm only going to overclock my CPU that too only when required. I can't afford an HD 7950 as of now, I quoted it's price because you guys were discussing HD 7870 which is priced very close to GTX 660 Ti and HD 7950 here where I live. At most I can purchase a GTX 660 overclocked version (under 300 USD). Thanks.
post #15 of 18
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I know that the strong point of HD 7000 series is it's overclocking potential but I'm one of those who buy hardware for long run so I wouldn't take any risk since my computer chassis is very cheap and doesn't have that good cooling. I'm only going to overclock my CPU that too only when required. I can't afford an HD 7950 as of now, I quoted it's price because you guys were discussing HD 7870 which is priced very close to GTX 660 Ti and HD 7950 here where I live. At most I can purchase a GTX 660 overclocked version (under 300 USD). Thanks.

fine. between the GTX 660 and HD 7850 get the GTX 660. its faster at stock speeds. also go for a card with a better cooler like MSI Twin frozr instead of the gigabyte card.
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post #16 of 18
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Yeah, I also think the GTX 660 is the way to go. smile.gif Thanks.
post #17 of 18
I got the 660, but the 192 bit bus is rather limiting.
You're pretty much getting 1.5GB of useful Vram and 512mb of relatively slow Vram.
Not only that, but the 660 isn't at all overclockable (talking from experience, even when overvolted, it's quite limited), it's also a bit more expensive.
My suggestion is that you get the 7850 and overclock it, because the small 192bit will bite you in the ass later on.
The only reason that you should get the 660 is PhysX and of course Adaptive Vsync.
Now, PhysX is only used in a small amount of games, but it may be something that you want if you play games like Borderlands 2 and Metro 2033.
Adaptive Vsync causes a lot of tearing for me, but it should mature with drivers.

My vote is for the 7850, because it is smaller, runs cooler and you can overclock it like hell, to the point where it can match the 7950 thumb.gif
post #18 of 18
With those prices, the 660 wins, but those prices are pretty jacked up prices. The 7850 can OC beyond a 7870 and you should take that into consideration.
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