Originally Posted by Turkules
Funny. Very funny. My atm rig( 4 years old one) can run this game with all high, 8x AF, 2x SMAA smoothy with no stuttering at all. This particular setup is AMD Phenom X4 9650 @ 2,3GHz, 6GB RAM, Radeon HD 6950 2GB. My bro has stock AMD FX-8350, 8GB RAM, Radeon HD 7850 2GB with core @ 1GHz and mem @ 5,9-6GHz and Crysis 3 runs smoothly and with no stuttering at all at any times with all setting very high, 16xAA, 4xSMAA. And this is a FACT, I have eyes so that I can see it when I try it myself. No matter what anyone says here it is a fact that the game runs perfect with both of these setups with the particular graphics settings. This is all after the new beta driver. And I know when a game runs smoothly. I have been a real pc enthusiast for long before many of you were even born. And I have been a real Nvidia fanboy from the beginning of times till AMDs hd 6000 series. Atm I'm being very neutral but AMDs price against performance is just so darn good compared to Nvidia. For example with 7950 you get more processing power than with a GTX670 and the most important thing when thinking just a lil bit of future proof you get 384-bit memo bandwich and 3GB graphics memory.
I have always preferred raw power when it comes to computer parts and that's one of the reasons why I have an AMD GPU atm. Nvidia should lower the price of GTX670 4gb version atleast by 100€ so that they could compete with AMD prices atm. But all of this conversation is about getting a ferrari or a lambo. Both will do just fine for some time and are excellent GPUs. But if you're getting a GPU right now, it is a waste of money to get less than 3GB graphics memory and not to mention that GPUs had 256-bit bandwich a decade ago so it won't hurt you to get a lil bit higher rate on that aswell.
Memory bandwidth? really we still beating that dead horse? Since you mention it can I ask why can a "weak memory bus" like a 66ti beat a 7950 with a 384 bit bus? If bus was that important the 660ti should never catch the higher bus cards in any tests, yet it hangs in there with the bigger bus cards and even beats them in some tests. Nvidia set up the memory bandwidth different than AMD hence why its a lower bit but performs just fine.
For example look at these preliminary results of crysis 3. My GTX 660 stomps your 6950, yet yours has a higher bus why? Hmmm........
Im calling BS that you play the game on max settings with medium SMAA and its 100% smooth. Throw up a fraps benchmark to proove it please. My card wich is better than yours can barely handle those settings so I know fact yours cannot.
Even at higher resolution my lowely GTX 660 with a smaller bus walks all over your bigger bus 6950
Review sites to look for yourself:http://www.techspot.com/review/572-nvidia-geforce-gtx-660/http://www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-review-gk106-rounds-out-the-kepler-familyhttp://hothardware.com/Reviews/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-660-RoundUp-MSI-ZOTAC-Gigabyte/?page=1
Those screenshots are at a higher res where memory bus plays a big part, yet the 660 consistently does well, and so does the 660TI. The memory bus is not a big of a role as some make it out to be. Ill be awaiting your fraps bench on that 6950.