Radeon HD 7870 vs GTX 660
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December 28, 2012, 11:58 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Brockville, ON
My System Specs
I have a MSI twin Frozr III 7870 and love it. I would personally recomend a MSI/Sapphire 7870 as they are generally the better overclockers and definately have the better coolers then the asus cards at this point. When I got mine I researched ALOT on the various 7870 available at the time from all makers I could get here in canada, generally speaking, the sapphire one is a slightly better designed cooler but its easier to RMA an msi gpu here in canada then a sapphire, so I got the msi one. Main reason being while the Asus DC II cooler on the 7870 was ok, overclocking performance was average, once loaded the DC II cooler would get quite loud underload compared to the others, this was partly to do with one of the fans having X blades and the other having X blades more. Current cards "should" have the same amount of blades and be "tuned" a bit, but the other coolers that are dual bladed are just better coolers this generation, especially the sapphire/msi coolers.
Diablo III is also a cpu reliant game as well, and doesnt take a whole crud of gpu power
Diablo III Performance Test: Graphics & CPU > 1920x1200 - Gaming Performance - TechSpot
Contemporary Graphics Cards in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Page 5 - X-bit labs
so a 7850 and even a 650 Ti should be able to play with the frame rates you desire without much an issue provided your cpu is up to par as is the rest of your system.
My System Specs
ASUS M5A99X EVO
PII 955BE C3 max 4.34 Ghz 1.435v HT 2.182 CPU-NB 2867 MX4 CM Hyper 212+ push/pull stock fan
G Skill 2x4 8gb RipjawX 1866 9,10,9,27,42 1.5v at 1787 9,9,9,25,34 1.51v
MSI TFIII 7870 OC running 825/1005 .881V 58% fan 56c, 983/1375 core/mem 1.150V 74% fan 64c, 1267/1535 1.232V 87% fan 74c gaming stable one of lowest volt/high clock 7870 I have seen.
Crucial MX100 256gb Caviar black 640(game) Caviar blue 1tb(junk/storage external)
Antec GX700 yuck :(
ASUS Xonar DX
Samsung 2570HD(typical responce time 7+ms :( and Acer P223W(<1ms typical)
Windows 7 64 home premium
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