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GPU decisions: Sapphire HD 7770 or MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST?
I need help choosing between the Sapphire HD 7770 and MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST GPUs!
Question asked by Debojit from Bangladesh | | Video Cards Content | Posted:
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I have two choice in GPU:

 

1. Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB

2. MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB.

 

My specs:

 

  • Intel Core i3 530 @ 2.93GHz
  • Intel Desktop Board DH55TC motherboard
  • 6GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
  • XFX GeForce GT 240 1GB
  • No-brand 500W PSU
  • Samsung 18.5-inch monitor

 

Help!

Hi Debojit,

 

That's a hard decision! First off, both GPUs are good value for money. They're both going to give you a big increase in performance over your GeForce GT 240. The biggest difference between them is going to be the price.

 

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The Sapphire HD 7770 GHz Edition sells on Newegg for $104.99 while the MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST is priced at $154.99. This is nearly 50% more expensive, but does it provide 50% (or so) more performance? No. It provides around 10-15% more performance on average over the HD 7770.

 

Our own GPU Editor Shawn Baker took a look at the MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST GPU, with some of his benchmark charts comparing the HD 7770 to it. I would suggest checking out his review, which might swing your decision.

 

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My advice, would be to get the HD 7770 as it's $50 cheaper and provides nearly the same experience at lower resolutions (which your 18.5-inch LCD would be). If you were talking about 2560x1600 (or so) then I would suggest buying a completely different GPU altogether.

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