Radeon HD 7870 vs GTX 660
I have narrowed it down to these two cards cause they best fit my budget. My budget is around $250.
I plan on playing Diablo III and WoW at 1080P
I don't need top of the line graphics cards as these two games aren't that power intense but I want to be able to play them maxed out.
I am kinda leaning towards the ASUS Direct CU versions of either of these cards.
Which one do you think would be the better price per performance?
Prior to me buying an ASUS 660 Direct CU II a couple of months back, for the home machine, I had a similar dilemma. The deciding factor for you might be a different metric, however, for me it was the acoustics and then performance and power consumption. Plus I wanted to stay within an approximate $200 CAD price limit.
So the final verdict was the ASUS 660 DCU II.
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.
Thanks for the info guys.
Here is my setup.
My CPU is the Core i7 2600K
16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM
Motherboard is Asus ROG Maximus Z68 Extreme-Z
PSU is Corsair AX850
I am going with a red and black theme
The 7870 is a touch faster overall, but they are close enough that I would base it more on pricing. Either of those cards is easily going to max those games.
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