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My current gpu (HD 7770 1GB) really doesn't meet my gaming needs lately. It isn't a bad card, I just think it would be better suited for a slightly smaller gaming resolution than 1920x1080. So I would like to make an upgrade in the next few days. I have been reading really good things about the newer PowerColor HD 7870 Tahiti LE. Pretty much all the reviews I have read so far place it between a standard HD 7870 and a HD 7950. Currently, Newegg has it for $220 with free shipping after MIR (comes with Sleeping Dogs, a game I don't own). However, while reading the reviews about the PowerColor HD 7870, it looked like the GTX 660 Ti was very close to the same performance. The cheapest GTX 660 Ti I could find on Newegg was a reference PNY for $230 with free shipping after MIR, but no games come with it. I have owned a PNY card in the past and was very pleased with it.

So what I am asking is which card should I go with? I am not biased towards either AMD or Nvidia as I have owned several cards from each. What I would really like is to hear from someone with the exact AMD card I am looking at to chime in with their experience. I am leaning more towards the Tahiti LE more since it is slightly cheaper and comes with a game.

Games I play include Far Cry 3, Battlefield 3, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, League of Legends, Batman: Arkham City, World of Tanks, and Borderlands 2.

I currently game at 1920x1080, but might get a bigger 2560x1440 monitor down the road.

*Please do not recommend waiting until the next generation of video cards release. I really need an upgrade in the next few days, thanks!

These are the two cards I am looking at:

7870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484

660 TI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133466
Edited by psi_guy - 1/26/13 at 10:29am
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I would recommend the Sapphire HD 7870 XT with boost. uses the same Tahiti LE chip. comes with the excellent dual x cooler. much lower temps and quieter cooler. the powercolor card has higher temps and gets quite loud with overclocking

http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd7870-w-boost-tahiti-le-review/15/
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1651/pg12/sapphire-hd-7870-xt-with-boost-tahiti-le-graphics-card-review-power-temps-noise-and-overclocking.html

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

the Tahiti LE is on par or faster than GTX 660 Ti. with a 256 bit memory system and 32 ROPs it performs better at high levels of MSAA and in the most bandwidth demanding games (Metro 2033) . the performance scaling with overclocking is excellent. the HD 7870 tahiti LE when overclocked to 1200 mhz gets close to HD 7970(925 Mhz) performance.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/01/powercolor_radeon_hd_7870_myst_edition_review/1
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/31.html

BF3 1920 x 1200 4xAA

club3d HD 7870 (1210 mhz) - 69.8
HD 7970(925 mhz) - 71.8
Edited by raghu78 - 1/26/13 at 12:02pm
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I would recommend the Sapphire HD 7870 XT with boost. uses the same Tahiti LE chip. comes with the excellent dual x cooler. much lower temps and quieter cooler. the powercolor card has higher temps and gets quite loud with overclocking

http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd7870-w-boost-tahiti-le-review/15/
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1651/pg12/sapphire-hd-7870-xt-with-boost-tahiti-le-graphics-card-review-power-temps-noise-and-overclocking.html

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

the Tahiti LE is on par or faster than GTX 660 Ti. with a 256 bit memory system and 32 ROPs it performs better at high levels of MSAA and in the most bandwidth demanding games (Metro 2033) . the performance scaling with overclocking is excellent. the HD 7870 tahiti LE when overclocked to 1200 mhz gets close to HD 7970(925 Mhz) performance.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/01/powercolor_radeon_hd_7870_myst_edition_review/1
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/31.html

BF3 1920 x 1200 4xAA

club3d HD 7870 (1210 mhz) - 69.8
HD 7970(925 mhz) - 71.8

Really good information...I have been in the same boat and deciding on a 7870 but then a 7950 not the 660 Ti...but I did look at the information Raghu718 has posted and it is very good and legit.
I came up with this solution with the help of fellow members and was given many credible reasons---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

Why not spend the $50 extra and get free shipping on a card that you can approach 7970 levels with overclocking. When I update a card I always make sure to go up at least 2 tiers or so in benchmarks....(of-course certain legit reviews proven on overclockers.net). But I understand the delights of a 78 70card Tahiti as suggested..darn good card.. The 7950 is only $30 more.
I am really interested in what Raghu718 suggests to my suggestion...I still haven't ordered but am planning on in the next 24 hours.
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

I would recommend the Sapphire HD 7870 XT with boost. uses the same Tahiti LE chip. comes with the excellent dual x cooler. much lower temps and quieter cooler. the powercolor card has higher temps and gets quite loud with overclocking

http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd7870-w-boost-tahiti-le-review/15/
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1651/pg12/sapphire-hd-7870-xt-with-boost-tahiti-le-graphics-card-review-power-temps-noise-and-overclocking.html

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

the Tahiti LE is on par or faster than GTX 660 Ti. with a 256 bit memory system and 32 ROPs it performs better at high levels of MSAA and in the most bandwidth demanding games (Metro 2033) . the performance scaling with overclocking is excellent. the HD 7870 tahiti LE when overclocked to 1200 mhz gets close to HD 7970(925 Mhz) performance.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/01/powercolor_radeon_hd_7870_myst_edition_review/1
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Club_3D/HD_7870_jokerCard_Tahiti_LE/31.html

BF3 1920 x 1200 4xAA

club3d HD 7870 (1210 mhz) - 69.8
HD 7970(925 mhz) - 71.8
Thanks for the info. I wasn't aware there was another tahiti le card available. I am not liking the price of the sapphire, but at least it still comes with a game. +rep
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Really good information...I have been in the same boat and deciding on a 7870 but then a 7950 not the 660 Ti...but I did look at the information Raghu718 has posted and it is very good and legit.
I came up with this solution with the help of fellow members and was given many credible reasons---
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

Why not spend the $50 extra and get free shipping on a card that you can approach 7970 levels with overclocking. When I update a card I always make sure to go up at least 2 tiers or so in benchmarks....(of-course certain legit reviews proven on overclockers.net). But I understand the delights of a 78 70card Tahiti as suggested..darn good card.. The 7950 is only $30 more.
I am really interested in what Raghu718 suggests to my suggestion...I still haven't ordered but am planning on in the next 24 hours.

if you have the money go for the sapphire hd 7950 boost which you have chosen. without a doubt the best price perf card in the market.
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