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So I am looking at these two graphics cards and trying to figure out which one is the better deal.

7870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418
660: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130825

The main difference I see is the 192-bit vs. 256-bit. The 7870 is $30 more than the 660 but it comes with the 256-bit. Is 256-bit going to make a notable difference compared to 192-bit in which it is worth paying $30 extra to get it? I will probably be at 1080p, so for that case, which is a better choice and is the $30 extra worth it?
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go with the 660. the 7870 has many problems, and in gaming the 660 beats it anyway
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go with the 660. the 7870 has many problems, and in gaming the 660 beats it anyway

Alright, any other comments?
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go with the 660. the 7870 has many problems, and in gaming the 660 beats it anyway

Care to elaborate?

All cards will have their quirks but the performance between the two isn't really close with the non Ti getting blown away by the 7870.

660ti vs 7870 is closer and I would give the nod to NV if they were the same price since I like NV card partners like EVGA more but with prices the way they are the 7870 should be the main choice unless you want to save a bit more and go with a 7850 which would also beat the 660.


Though if you want to roll the dice and trust Amazon this MSI 7950 TF would be incredible value though no bundle and most likely a bad ASIC . Since people seem to return them for that and never test OC properly so OC headroom is probably still a toss up..
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go with the 660. the 7870 has many problems, and in gaming the 660 beats it anyway

You have been on OCN way to long to be making posts such as these. Please. If you don't intend to provide even a shred of evidence, don't make such false statements.... come on...

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@OP:

If you're using the lates beta drivers from both camps, this might be a good gauge for performance:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/5

Of course, user experience will vary and both camps might have stability issues with their driver set (i'm on 12.11 beta 8 now, btw. No issues whatsoever. However, I am also using an older card so that might be a factor).

Bear in mind that in the above reviews, the 7870 trades blows with the 660Ti. The regular 660 should fall below this

The best bang for your buck right now seems to be the 7870.
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7870 problems? i think not, my XFX 7870 is phenomenal. I can max out every game i play with great fps as well. have had no problems with it, solid card, i recommend the 7870

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go with the 660. the 7870 has many problems, and in gaming the 660 beats it anyway

rubbish. as shown by the hardocp review above the HD 7870 competes with GTX 660 Ti. don't make false statements. OP the Gigabyte HD 7870 OC has an excellent cooler. go for it. thumb.gif
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rubbish. as shown by the hardocp review above the HD 7870 competes with GTX 660 Ti. don't make false statements. OP the Gigabyte HD 7870 OC has an excellent cooler. go for it. thumb.gif
but you are forgetting that all 7870s have a problem with just turning to black screens at random times. in BF3 the 660 gets around 10fps more. in SC2 it gets a good 30fps. Portal 2 is a good 10-15fps increase. Batman Arkham City it gets 5-15fps more. so i am not making false statements.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=660
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So I am looking at these two graphics cards and trying to figure out which one is the better deal.
7870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418
660: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130825
The main difference I see is the 192-bit vs. 256-bit. The 7870 is $30 more than the 660 but it comes with the 256-bit. Is 256-bit going to make a notable difference compared to 192-bit in which it is worth paying $30 extra to get it? I will probably be at 1080p, so for that case, which is a better choice and is the $30 extra worth it?

Well at 1080p VRAM isn't a factor to be considered at after 2GB, more isn't going to help performance at this lower resolution. As for Bits, the 256 Bit 680 was better than 384 Bit 7970 for quite some time until recent drivers. Don't put much weight into that if performance shows otherwise.

IMO in this order = 660 < 7870 < 660Ti. I'd say the extra $27.56 would be worth it to go for the 7870 in your case and budget allows. The Gigabyte Windforce series are great cards for either AMD or NVidia side. Good luck and please let us know when you made up your mind and pulled the trigger. smile.gif
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but you are forgetting that all 7870s have a problem with just turning to black screens at random times. in BF3 the 660 gets around 10fps more. in SC2 it gets a good 30fps. Portal 2 is a good 10-15fps increase. Batman Arkham City it gets 5-15fps more. so i am not making false statements.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=660

That was a bad batch of caps which never affected the Gigabyte Windorce models.
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