Gtx 660ti(2gb) vs Radeon HD 7950 3gb

flameboy294

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Hi, i'll be buying a new rig within the next 2 weeks with the following specs mainly for gaming mostly in particular Battlefield 3 as my current gts 250 has trouble running it.

The specs:

Processor
Intel Core i7-3770 quad-core, 3.40 GHz with 8MB of Cache

Memory
4GB DDR3 1333MHz ( ill be upgrading to 8 once i get my hands on 64bit windows)

Motherboard
Gigabyte Z77-DS3H

though im looking into graphics cards very carefully so i spend my money right.

The options are

1) nvidea GTX 660ti(2gb)

2) Radeon HD 7950 3gb

They both would cost around 350euros so price isnt an issue.

From reading around im seeing lots of conflict in which one is better etc etc so im wondering if anyone here can help me out in choosing the better one suited to my needs.

Is there a big difference between 2gb and 3 gb? and also im a bit into NVIDEA products because i hear they have better drivers and support and ive always have an nvidea product that never gave me issues in this case the gts 250.

Thanks alot for any help
 

calumconroy

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GTX 660 Ti would run BF3 better as it prefers nVidia cards. The 7950 would only really be better in crysis for the same reason battlefield likes nVidia. You might want to consider getting better ram though. BF3 uses upto 6gb ram and faster ram helps too. Like 1600mhz instead of 1333.
I'd recommend the MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition or the ASUS GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II
Anything else?
 

flameboy294

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Ill be upgrading ram ASAP as atm I only have 32bit windows 7, is there a big price difference between 1660mhz then 1333? Ill probably be buying Gainward Nvidia Geforce GTX660Ti - 2GB as thats what there is available, if it makes that much a difference ill order one of those you recommended.

Thanks alot for quick reply
 

dscudella

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With the latest drivers from AMD there is no difference in BF3 between Nvidia & AMD.
Pick whichever you can find cheaper. Both cards are great it really just comes down to personal flavor.

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See if the 7950 is still bundled with games. That could be something to sway you too.
 

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Not sure If the 7950 is still bundled with games but i know that you can buy a 660 Ti with borderlands 2 and AC3
 

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Hi there. If your primary use for the PC is going to be gaming then get the i5-3570K. In the US the i7 and i5 are about $100 apart. And you don't need any more then the i5 for gaming. With the money you save get more ram and Windows 7 64bit. If you are going to use more then one monitor go with the 7950. The 3gb of ram and bigger memory bus will help with that. The 7950 is also more over clock friendly. If you go with the 660ti, EVGA is the best hands down when it comes to nVidea cards.
 

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Oops on my part. Good catch on the i7 :) The i7 is useless for gaming as already stated. Games don't support Hyper Threading so the Quad Core i5's are perfect. Use the money elsewhere.
 

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Try the MSI GTX 660 ti Power edition.Even though it isnt the most OCed one,it runs more silent and colder than any of the asus and gigabyte card and has the most OC potencial because the cooling system is extremely efficient.The asus card is next but takes up 2,5xspace and heights more.
 

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Yeah i'm getting that, Ill post a thread when i get it to show the performance. The best 660 Ti with ASUS coming in next.
 

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My opinion is to not get a 660 Ti. Get a 7870, 7950, or 670. Those are the best for your money. Also BF3 does not prefer nVidia anymore.
 

flameboy294

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Thanks for all the constructive replys :) though doesnt battlefield 3 use hyperthreading? i feel that the core i7 will serve longer in the future as more games will come out with hyperthreading in mind. I know the prices are high, but where i live everything is over priced -.- all in all this rig would cost me around 1021 euros
 

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Nope BF3 only utilizes 4 cores (which equals 4 threads) but... the i7 will be faster in general desktop use and it will be better in multi-threaded apps like video editing/modeling/rendering/photoshop etc.
It's worth the investment if you have the money.
Get a GTX 670 or get a 660 Ti and buy an SSD - That'd be a good idea to speed up your pc even more.
 

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TS, remember that in all these threads there never seems to be a definite answer. I started a thread asking this question a few days ago and I got, almost unanimously, answered with the HD7950. What I'm trying to say is that it's just luck with whoever answers you, e.g what their personal preference is. In this thread it happens to be leaning towards the Nvidia but there are countless others which all end up different, basically meaning that it seems to come down to preferences as they are so evenly matched.

The fact is, they are so evenly matched except the AMD is slightly lower in price + comes with 4 free games (Don't know if this deal still holds where you live) so I would go for the AMD, although remember my opinion doesn't really mean much since there's so much variation in answers.
 

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Great reply +1
 

flameboy294

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GTX 670 from here is way out of my budget xD 455euros..ok well thanks to this thread ive established that ill be downgrading to core i5 3570k, found from an other shop. might order that asus 660ti you linked me to.
 

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Thanks for your opinion, at least hearing everyone will give me a few more ideas like the core i5 and save a 100 euros, though ive heard before that core i5 is more effective this explained well why. Ill be trying to stick to nvidea because quite simply i like my gts 250 which served me well and nvidea and bf3 have this relationship
 

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Hyper Threading has never been supported in games. It only works for Apps / Programs that are written to actually use more cores. Hyper Threading mimics the extra cores but they aren't physical, they're virtual. Take for instance my i3-2100. It's a dual core with H/T (2 physical cores & 2 virtual cores). In desktop programs it mimics 4 cores but in games it's only a dual core CPU.

The i5's have 4 physical cores with no H/T. Games and Programs will see and use all 4 physical cores (if supported). That's why, at the moment, the i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge) and i5-3570K (Ivy Bridge) are the best CPU's for gaming.

The i7's have 4 physical cores like the i5's and H/T to mimic the 4 cores. Useless in games but useful for programs.

Edit: By saving the money by going with an i5 see if you can swing a GTX 670 / 7970. They are much better than the GTX 660 Ti / 7950. The 7970 is constantly on sale and can still be found with game bundles IF you can fit it in your budget.

Currently the best gaming setups involve the i5-3570K and either an OC'ed GTX 670, 7970 ghz edi or GTX 680
 

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You gotta remember though. BF3 is one of the games where Radeon hd 7950 performs same as GTX 660TI. If you planning on playing nay other games, HD 7950 outperforms GTX 660ti almost every single time. Nvidia Drive is the same as AMD.

But, yea choose whichever one you like. HD 7950 comes with farcry 3, sleeping dogs, Hitman absolution, and another 20% on medal of honor