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I just snagged a used 3 month old GTX 660Ti SC for $215. This model to be exact.

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-SUPERCLOCKED-Graphics-02G-P4-3662-KR/dp/B008S15XA0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361060382&sr=8-1&keywords=gtx+660+ti

I'm currently using two gtx480s in sli and have had them for a little over a year. I absolutely loved them, and they performed amazingly but since moving home they have more than tripled my electric bill so I was looking to save some power and will probably give up sli for at least 6 months to a year before I add another unfortunately. But my main question is, do you think this was a good buy at $215 and will there be much of a speed increase from a single 660Ti vs a overclocked GTX480 (I do plan on overclocking the 660 as well). I realize the single card wont even come close to competing with my sli set up, but I plan to add another 660ti down the line when I need the power, my 480s are overkill as is for the games im playing right now. Currently each 480 runs at (900/2000) but id assume the 660Ti even stock will be at least 10% faster than this? I also saw there were a lot of nice deals on 7870/ 7870 tahiti/ 7950 but i still thought this was a better buy at the price point. Im also a little nvidia biased as well, as I've always had a better experience with drivers/sli and I absolutely love EVGA. What are your general thoughts on all this?
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At $215 it is worth it IMO. It will run much cooler and draw significantly less power.
A GTX 660 Ti at stock will perform as good or slightly better than a 900 MHz GTX 480.
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I don't have a lot of experience with 660 Ti but I think it is safe to say that you could sleep well knowing you were able to get a good deal. For performance, if two 480s are overkill for your games, a single 660 is most likely sufficient for your needs.
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The GTX 660 Ti beats the GTX 580 so it's definitely faster.
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And the ATI 7950 beats 660Ti thumb.gif
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My thinking was the 7870 tahiti which would have been my next best choice would have run me 230-260ish and has about the same performance of a 660Ti. With them both overclocked, maybe a slight edge to the 7870 xt. Again though, I figured the performance would be so minimal that I may as well go with the brand/manufacturer i prefer more.
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A highly overclocked GTX 660 Ti (1.2 Ghz) is on par or slightly faster than GTX 670. so even when compared to a highly oc'd GTX 480 (900 mhz) you are lookig at a nice 15 - 20% performance bump. and you get a much cooler , quieter and lower power solution. thumb.gif
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A highly overclocked GTX 660 Ti (1.2 Ghz) is on par or slightly faster than GTX 670. so even when compared to a highly oc'd GTX 480 (900 mhz) you are lookig at a nice 15 - 20% performance bump. and you get a much cooler , quieter and lower power solution. thumb.gif

Well I have antec 620 pumps on the 480s, so I doubt the 660Ti will be quieter or cooler, but it will definitely help bring down my $120+ electric bill.
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Well I have antec 620 pumps on the 480s, so I doubt the 660Ti will be quieter or cooler, but it will definitely help bring down my $120+ electric bill.

can't you use the antec 620 on the gtx 660 ti. should be possible. thumb.gif
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can't you use the antec 620 on the gtx 660 ti. should be possible. thumb.gif

Ya but they actually added a lot of watts to my idle which im trying to lower. Plus I dont think the 660 will oc any better with or without it. Id rather resell the antec pumps and save power, even if that means the stock cooler will be a little loud during games.
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