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Poll Results: Graphics Card Upgrade

 
  • 28% (7)
    MSI GTX660 Twin Frozr III
  • 72% (18)
    MSI HD7870 Hawk
25 Total Votes  
post #1 of 22
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Hey, finally decided to upgrade my four year old 9600GT. I've narrowed it down to these two cards:

MSI GTX660 Twin Frozr III
MSI HD7870 Hawk

Currently I'm inclined to go with the HD7870 due to better overclockability and having never owned a Radeon card before, I'm curious about trying one. The GTX660 is about 50 euros cheaper though it's not a great overclocker, and nVidia forcing voltage restrictions on their card manufacturers is disappointing.

Despite nVidia's voltage restrictions, they have certain features that are holding me back from purchasing the Radeon card: FXAA, TXAA, 3D Vision, PhysX, and well... the price. As for AMD, I've got no interest in using Eyefinity but I may be able to Crossfire if need be, assuming a 650W power supply can handle it.

At the moment, I'm still using an old 1680x1050 monitor so either one of these cards will work just fine, but I just can't decide which one to purchase. The GTX has the price advantage and those features, while the Radeon seems like a no nonsense powerful card which may prove slightly more future proof.

So, it comes down to these questions:

- Will the 192-bit bus be a problem in the future?
- Can a GTX660 handle 3D Vision? Will it have a huge impact on performance?
- 650W enough for HD7870 Crossfire?
- Any Radeon features for gaming? Any exclusive AA modes or anything?
- HD7870 or GTX660? I will use the card only for gaming.

Thanks.
post #2 of 22
Some games are better for nvidia others for amd but specs wise 7870 has 256bit vs the 192 on the 660ti and overclocks way more then nvidia.
post #3 of 22
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Some games are better for nvidia others for amd but specs wise 7870 has 256bit vs the 192 on the 660ti and overclocks way more then nvidia.

This is the 660 not 660ti and +7870
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post #4 of 22
well 7870 with no doubt at all smile.gif
post #5 of 22
HD 7870, undoubtedly.
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post #6 of 22
meh, I went through this the last week and went with an evga 660. You might get a few more frames from a 7870, but you aren't talking about a game breaking difference here. For me it came down to a company that has been easy (for me to work with over the years) vs. unknowns.
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post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Badass Pony View Post

Hey, finally decided to upgrade my four year old 9600GT. I've narrowed it down to these two cards:
MSI GTX660 Twin Frozr III
MSI HD7870 Hawk

Why not compare Hawk against Hawk?

MSI GTX 660 HAWK?
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post #8 of 22
7870+1....
post #9 of 22
Another vote for the 7870. The only real flaw that might give you problems is the recently exposed stutter/long frame times. AMD is working on it but there's no guarantee that it will be completely fixed in all games.
post #10 of 22
Another vote to 7870
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