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my HD 6950 started showing artifacts and split screens, i sent it for RMA and they told me they cant replace the card, instead they will do partial refund, they will pay me £130 for my faulty card, and now i need to buy a new card, my budget is £250, i was looking at GTX660 Ti and HD 7950 both look very good which one should i go for? help me VGchartz Techies



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Both are excellent cards with similar performance (in some games AMD wins and in others who wins is Nvidia).

Given that you only have to put the difference from those 130 to the final price, I'd go with the cheaper card you can find.

 

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I can support the purchase of a GTX 660 Ti, mine has been fanatstic.



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If you might be overclocking in the future than i'd say 7950 has more potential.

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There's a lot of factors to consider when getting a graphics card:
Anything 1GB (minimum) or better
128-bit bus will be fine as long as its GDDR5, if you can/want better that 128-bit, go for it.
Your current Power Supply (look at the 12v rail, it will say what you have for amperage)
So when you find the card you want research what it needs for amps.
The size of the physical card itself (you're going to want to get the measurement on it before buying one making sure it fits your case)

As for recommendations, look for Brands that are good like: Asus, EVGA, Sapphire, and MSI. Newegg.com and Amazon.com are my favorite places to buy from.

Also this is a link to a chart that ranks graphics card performance:  http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html



They are both good. Here is what you need to consider to help you make the decision.

660ti is the choice if:
1. your motherboard supports SLI
2. You plan to use Nvidia 3D vision
3. You want to use the newly announced Project Shield Nvidia handheld
4. You find the GTX 660ti for a very good price

7950 is the choice if:
1. Your montherboard supports only crossfire
2. You want to use eyefinity and have more flexibility for multiple monitors
3. You find the 7950 for a great price

Both great choices, but I'd go with the 660Ti, due to better driver support. Don't forget to consider SLI vs Crossfire and whether 3D Vision matters to you.

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after some researching, the GTX 660 Ti is out, i don't like the 192bit memory bandwidth on it, HD 7950 is not clear choice yet, i discovered the Tahiti based HD 7870 LE which runs almost as good as the HD HD7950 but it has higher power consumption than HD7950.

i dont know if i should go for the cheaper HD 7870 le with higher power consumption or the more expensive but lower power consuming HD 7950.

HD 7870 le £181.20

HD7950 £234.99

 

edit: My motherboard only supports crossfire so another minus for GTX 660 Ti



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Cougarman said:

after some researching, the GTX 660 Ti is out, i don't like the 192bit memory bandwidth on it, HD 7950 is not clear choice yet, i discovered the Tahiti based HD 7870 LE which runs almost as good as the HD HD7950 but it has higher power consumption than HD7950.

i dont know if i should go for the cheaper HD 7870 le with higher power consumption or the more expensive but lower power consuming HD 7950.

HD 7870 le £181.20

HD7950 £234.99

 

edit: My motherboard only supports crossfire so another minus for GTX 660 Ti

The only factor you should really consider is which card runs the games you want to play better? You can check the numerous benchmarks on the net for those answers. Once you find that out then I would say thats your answer.

You shouldnt rule out the 660ti simply because of no sli support. Sli/Crossfire isnt really a factor unless you have actual plans to do it in the very near future.

If you thinking to yourself "Maybe in a years time i can buy another 7950 for cheap instead of the 8950 etc." then its really not a factor. By the time you want to do that, you are better off selling your current card and then getting another single card of the latest generation. SLI/Crossfire is only a factor if you plan on doing it right now or in the next month or two. People do dual gpu setups because they not content with single gpu performance....its not a way to future proof your system. You are always better off with a single card IMO.

Just putting that out there