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My friend's video card needs replacing, so I'm just looking for some quick insight because I haven't kept up with hardware lately. For gaming only, 7950 or GTX660ti? I'm looking for the best bang for the buck. I'll state this once and once only.......... not interested in bit coin mining, CUDA, folding, BOINC, etc. This will be for gaming only! thumb.gif Thanks for any input!
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Debated over and over. I bought a GTX 660 Ti over the 7950 fearing micro stuttering only to find AMD fixing it mostly only a few weeks later with their new drivers.
At same clocks the GTX 660 Ti theoertically is inferior to the 7950 because 7950 has 32 ROPS compared to the 660 Ti's 24 ROPS, plus the 7950 has 384-bit bus width vs the 660 Ti's 192-bit. The extra GB of vRAM is helpful ( unless you buy the 660 Ti 3GB, which has been proven by benchmarks to be a bad idea due to the low memory bus width that it sometimes actually results in worse performance ).
The HD Radeon 7950 comes with Bioshock infinite and Crysis 3 currently. Buy a voltage unlocked 7950, overclock it well and be happy.
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Debated over and over. I bought a GTX 660 Ti over the 7950 fearing micro stuttering only to find AMD fixing it mostly only a few weeks later with their new drivers.
At same clocks the GTX 660 Ti theoertically is inferior to the 7950 because 7950 has 32 ROPS compared to the 660 Ti's 24 ROPS, plus the 7950 has 384-bit bus width vs the 660 Ti's 192-bit. The extra GB of vRAM is helpful ( unless you buy the 660 Ti 3GB, which has been proven by benchmarks to be a bad idea due to the low memory bus width that it sometimes actually results in worse performance ).
The HD Radeon 7950 comes with Bioshock infinite and Crysis 3 currently. Buy a voltage unlocked 7950, overclock it well and be happy.
Thanks for the quick answer! I'm not going to overclock his card, so I'll probably just grab the cheapest 7950 that has a good warranty. He mainly plays older games, so I'm sure any of these will be overkill, but it'll get him to leave me be tongue.gif +Rep to you!
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It's a good idea to get a 7950 with a factory overclock if your friend isn't going to overclock, the 79xx has lots of headroom to overclock just with stock voltage.
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Originally Posted by sccr64472 View Post

Thanks for the quick answer! I'm not going to overclock his card, so I'll probably just grab the cheapest 7950 that has a good warranty. He mainly plays older games, so I'm sure any of these will be overkill, but it'll get him to leave me be tongue.gif +Rep to you!
Don't go with the cheapest please.
Stay away from XFX. noisy and gets HOT.
Your best bet is MSI, Gigabyte and Sapphire

Have fun
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post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Skorpian View Post

Debated over and over. I bought a GTX 660 Ti over the 7950 fearing micro stuttering only to find AMD fixing it mostly only a few weeks later with their new drivers.
At same clocks the GTX 660 Ti theoertically is inferior to the 7950 because 7950 has 32 ROPS compared to the 660 Ti's 24 ROPS, plus the 7950 has 384-bit bus width vs the 660 Ti's 192-bit. The extra GB of vRAM is helpful ( unless you buy the 660 Ti 3GB, which has been proven by benchmarks to be a bad idea due to the low memory bus width that it sometimes actually results in worse performance ).
The HD Radeon 7950 comes with Bioshock infinite and Crysis 3 currently. Buy a voltage unlocked 7950, overclock it well and be happy.
^This.
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7950 get's my vote, also if he is ordering soon.. see this thread.
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Originally Posted by sccr64472 View Post

Thanks for the quick answer! I'm not going to overclock his card, so I'll probably just grab the cheapest 7950 that has a good warranty. He mainly plays older games, so I'm sure any of these will be overkill, but it'll get him to leave me be tongue.gif +Rep to you!
Go for Sapphire or Gigabyte.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ramzinho View Post

Don't go with the cheapest please.
Stay away from XFX. noisy and gets HOT.
Your best bet is MSI, Gigabyte and Sapphire

Have fun
+1. XFX Dual D cooler is reported to be noisy.
If you want cool and won't worry about overclocking and ok with locked voltage, Gigabyte 7950 WF3 runs cool & quiet as reported.
Faster_is_better, good deal but that's a card with a reference design. Will most likely be hot and noisy.
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post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Skorpian View Post

+1. XFX Dual D cooler is reported to be noisy.
If you want cool and won't worry about overclocking and ok with locked voltage, Gigabyte 7950 WF3 runs cool & quiet as reported.
Faster_is_better, good deal but that's a card with a reference design. Will most likely be hot and noisy.
I ended up going with HIS. For $279 without any rebates to deal with, free shipping, and two free games.... he'll be happy. smile.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161420
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