Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > Video Cards

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old December 27, 2012, 08:00 PM
Overclocking.ca's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nepean, ON
Posts: 150

My System Specs

Default 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?

Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old December 27, 2012, 08:29 PM
EmptyMellon's Avatar
MVP
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 432

My System Specs

Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old December 28, 2012, 10:58 AM
MVP
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 385

My System Specs

Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old December 28, 2012, 12:35 PM
Overclocking.ca's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nepean, ON
Posts: 150

My System Specs

Default

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
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old December 28, 2012, 02:22 PM
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,604

My System Specs

Default

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.
__________________
Desktop: Antec Three Hundred, Gigabyte Z77-D3H, i5 3570K with Zalman Optima Cooler, Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb 1600mhz, MSI Cyclone GTX 460, Seasonic S12II 500W, WD Black 1TB, Intel 530 120GB
Away from home light Gamer: Acer Aspire 15.6", A8-3500m undervolt and OC to 2Ghz, 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance, Crucial M500 240gb
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
XFX 7870 DD No Display Junpaku Troubleshooting 8 December 19, 2012 09:23 AM
PowerColor Radeon 7870 2GB uberness Price Check 3 June 27, 2012 01:02 PM
Powercolor Unveils the Radeon HD 7870 Eyefinity 6 Sam_Reynolds Press Releases & Tech News 3 April 25, 2012 01:02 PM