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Old 23-11-12, 03:08 PM
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why not just turn it off over night?.....

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Old 23-11-12, 03:10 PM
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They were actually arguing for the other side :P

Again my priorities are power consumption as a number 1, and the 660 blows the others out of the water in that department and I won't be overclocking for that reason aswell.
I have had driver issues before but it isn't that much of a factor for me as sooner or later they get smoothed out and I can't see myself upgrading for another 3 years or so.
I am a very casual gamer and don't mind at all dropping to high/medium for some games.
Oops. Reading comprehension FTW.

Browse around some other forums lime HardOCP and you'll see horror stories of AMD drivers and Eyefinity especially for new games. So much so that the owner stuck a big editorial on the front page blasting AMD's crap drivers.

I wouldn't worry too much about power consumption as the differences we're talking about is less than a typical light bulb. And even at medium settings you're going to need a lot of GPU muscle for that resolution. Games like BF3, Crysis 2 or whatever will be more like low settings than medium.
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Old 23-11-12, 03:17 PM
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Hmmmm the nvidia was harder to set up for me. tried dual screens for my 6850 and i got it working fine though only gamed on one.

As macleod said The cost difference is minimal.
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Old 23-11-12, 03:29 PM
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Because I leave my pc on 24/7 and 660 idles at 7w.
You might want to double check this - you are right that a 660 consumes around 6w at idle which is better than the 78x0 series but that's not the full picture. You are talking about leaving the pc idling overnight and I'm guessing you turn off your monitor during this time in which case AMD zerocore power will virtually shut off the GPU and will be pulling 1-3W throughout the night.

Check the difference between idle and long idle states between these GPUs here.
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You might want to double check this - you are right that a 660 consumes around 6w at idle which is better than the 78x0 series but that's not the full picture. You are talking about leaving the pc idling overnight and I'm guessing you turn off your monitor during this time in which case AMD zerocore power will virtually shut off the GPU and will be pulling 1-3W throughout the night.

Check the difference between idle and long idle states between these GPUs here.
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Remember that when you oc either card (which you would need to in order to play at that res) your power consumption rises exponentially. I'd personally be looking at a 79x0.
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Hmmmm the nvidia was harder to set up for me. tried dual screens for my 6850 and i got it working fine though only gamed on one.

As macleod said The cost difference is minimal.
Its not so much that Nvidia is harder to set up, its the games compatibility with multiple monitors. That's where Nvidia is really ahead. Their drivers are updated with the new games when they release so they'll display properly and everything. AMD always seems to be several days to weeks behind in releasing their drivers and there were a lot of people running 3 monitors that had to game on just one til AMD got everything straightened out when BF3 launched.
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Thats fair enough then i never tried gaming on the nvidia card i only set it up.
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Old 23-11-12, 04:44 PM
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You might want to double check this - you are right that a 660 consumes around 6w at idle which is better than the 78x0 series but that's not the full picture. You are talking about leaving the pc idling overnight and I'm guessing you turn off your monitor during this time in which case AMD zerocore power will virtually shut off the GPU and will be pulling 1-3W throughout the night.

Check the difference between idle and long idle states between these GPUs here.
Wow thanks alot for this info, looks like I will be going with a 7950. I would +rep if it still existed.
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why not just turn it off over night?.....
That's an insulting question, if I had no reason to leave it on at night, I wouldn't.
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I was only saying. If your on such a power saving drive then surely thats a better idea?
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