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 Post subject: 7850 vs 660
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:42 am 
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Hello,

I was just about to pull a trigger on MSI Twin Frozr 7850, as it seems to be the quietest 7850. But, thn I noticed that for the asking price, 220$, I can get 660, which is a stronger card.

Is there a 220$ MAX 660 card that's as quiet as 7850 Twin Frozr?


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 Post subject: Re: 7850 vs 660
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:01 am 
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How about the MSI GTX 660? Here's a summary of card reviews.

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 Post subject: Re: 7850 vs 660
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:18 am 
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CA_Steve wrote:
How about the MSI GTX 660? Here's a summary of card reviews.


I've seen that thread, but was wondering if there is a consensus here, among users, which one is quietest, since some reviews are diametrically opposite :)

One of them says Asus DC2 is the quietest video card ever, than the other says it's noisy and not for people looking for quiet computer. Same thing about MSI.

I know it's subjective, and depends on many factors, but still, one would think there would be more consistency among reviews.

While I have, maybe, someone's attention, is it possible to find a card with worldwide warranty? For example, I buy it in USA, and use the warranty (hopefully never) in Europe (Croatia, Switzerland)?


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 Post subject: Re: 7850 vs 660
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:29 am 
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Don't think you'll find consensus. :D In general, MSI and Asus have decent solutions. Asus seems to run quieter but hotter and MSI tends to have better VRM cooling. In specific, their heatsink/heatpipe/fans/fan profiles vary with every card they put out. There's also the issue of quality control - there's always the chance that the cooler isn't mounted well / bad fit. For grins, I wandered through Amazon and Newegg reviews. Of the 80 or so MSI reviews, there weren't any 1-3 star mentions of high temps or fan noise. Of the 40 or so Asus reviews, two 1-3 star reviews mentioned high heat/fan issues.

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 Post subject: Re: 7850 vs 660
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:34 am 
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CA_Steve wrote:
Don't think you'll find consensus. :D In general, MSI and Asus have decent solutions. Asus seems to run quieter but hotter and MSI tends to have better VRM cooling. In specific, their heatsink/heatpipe/fans/fan profiles vary with every card they put out. There's also the issue of quality control - there's always the chance that the cooler isn't mounted well / bad fit. For grins, I wandered through Amazon and Newegg reviews. Of the 80 or so MSI reviews, there weren't any 1-3 star mentions of high temps or fan noise. Of the 40 or so Asus reviews, two 1-3 star reviews mentioned high heat/fan issues.


Thanks for taking the time, I appreciate it a lot!

I guess I'll go with either Asus DC2 or MSI TF, depending which one offers better warranty and repair conditions.


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