It’s always interesting to compare two pieces of hardware that are in direct competition price-wise. Whether it’s AMD vs Intel in CPUs, Kingston vs Samsung in SSDs, or AMD vs Nvidia in GPUs, it’s always a good thing when there is a definitive winner.
Conventional wisdom will have you believe that this isn’t the case with the Radeon HD 7950 (which has an average price of $330 across all models, and is as low as $280) and the GeForce 660 Ti (with an average of $293 and as low as $260). In most tests others have performed, they score just about the same in terms of frames per second.
However as readers of HCW and Tech Report know, frames per second does not tell the whole story. And of course it was Scott Wasson who put forth this superior method of GPU testing, which is why his comparison of the Radeon HD 7950 and GeForce 660 Ti should be compulsory reading if you are looking for a video card in the $300 price range.
Using Windows 8 and recent titles like Assassin’s Creed 3 and Sleeping Dogs, their findings are pretty intriguing.
After looking at our Windows 7 vs Windows 8 article, we already know that there are some issues with the Radeon drivers in Windows 8, and apparently the problems are exacerbated with these new video cards and games. The 7950 had quite a bit of issues with lag spikes, which led to much higher 99th percentile frame times.
While Windows 8 is definitely worth upgrading to for most gamers (especially AMD CPU users), people with Radeon video cards may want to hold off for a bit longer.
We hope to do our own investigations in the near future. Stay tuned!