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GTX 460 (1GB) vs Radeon HD 7770

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Hello,

I'm not a graphics card guru, so I just have a quick question on which graphics card is better. I bought a GTX 460 two years ago, and I bought a 7770 for a new build. I was just wondering if I should switch the 7770 with my 460 which is currently installed in my primary gaming machine. I initially purchased the 7770 to use with a budget $400 build with an AMD A8-5600K.

Which graphics card is stronger? I mainly play Starcraft 2.

Here are the exact models that I purchased.

460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500202

7770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687

Also, would anyone know if I should swap out my memory in my primary desktop: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211457
With the one I just purchased: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

Which memory should be better?

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The 7770 and GTX 460 are on par with each other, but the 7770 offers better energy usage and lower heat output along with newer technologies that can be utilized (DX 11.1) along with better compute power. See chart here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

As for the memory, there would be virtually no noticeable difference from 1600 to 1866 memory in gaming.
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I would personally go with the 460, because the 256bit bus will handle higher game settings. 7770 trades blows with a 5770 imo. cpu will matter 70% in StarCraft 2. I was able to pretty much max it out @1920x1080 without AA with just a single 5770@950/5000 after I switched from an X3 720BE@3.8GHz to an X6 1605T@3.6GHz. FPS damn near doubled. I own the Snipers. Good memory, but SC2 likes tighter timings. they won't stable out @8-8-8-20-1T @1866, but will @1600. Tighter timings help out a lot in SC2 when there is a lot of crap happening on the screen smile.gif
    
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/859?vs=777
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/536?vs=542

GTX 460 is faster at games excluding DiRT Showdown, but 7770 runs circles around it in compute.
Also StarCraft 3 runs better generally on Nvidia hardware.
GTX 460 scored 54.0 fps at 1200p High + 4x MSAA compared to 7770 which scored 36.7 fps.
That's 47% faster.
Edited by HeadlessKnight - 8/13/13 at 9:35pm
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I would personally go with the 460, because the 256bit bus will handle higher game settings. 7770 trades blows with a 5770 imo. cpu will matter 70% in StarCraft 2. I was able to pretty much max it out @1920x1080 without AA with just a single 5770@950/5000 after I switched from an X3 720BE@3.8GHz to an X6 1605T@3.6GHz. FPS damn near doubled. I own the Snipers. Good memory, but SC2 likes tighter timings. they won't stable out @8-8-8-20-1T @1866, but will @1600. Tighter timings help out a lot in SC2 when there is a lot of crap happening on the screen smile.gif

Thanks for the information everyone.

You say that Starcraft 2 relies on the CPU 70% of the time. Will the A8-5600K be adequate enough if it is paired with a 7770?
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In SC2 you want a Intel CPU. Even a i3 will be faster then anything AMD had.
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