In virtually all of our tests, the 660Ti wins out in both average FPS and minimum FPS. What’s interesting though, is that the 7870 seems to perform roughly on par when using a triple-monitor setup. This is no doubt due to the fact that the company has had a few years to perfect their Eyefinity feature, while Nvidia has only just started offering triple-monitor support on a single card.
When it comes down to value, there are a number of things to look at. Obviously, performance is a big deal. We’ve already seen that the 660 Ti can outperform the 7870, which currently holds the same price point. Nvidia’s new card also draws less power, with a TDP of 150W, compared to 175W on the competition.
Something new to the Kepler series is the ability to run not just 3 monitors for surround gaming, but a fourth monitor (which cannot be used for gaming). We did test this feature briefly, and it worked wonderfully. I personally use four monitors for my work setup, with the last one being powered by a miniITX box. For me, the ability to run all of my screens off of a single card is a huge benefit.
To add a little extra value, Nvidia is giving away a free copy of Borderlands 2 to everyone who purchases a GTX 660 Ti. You’ll need to check with your specific retailer to make sure that they are honoring this promotion.
For my bottom line, I’d say that if you’re huting for a new card in the $300 price range, there aren’t a lot of reasons why you’d want to go with the Radeon 7870. With the release of the 660 Ti, Nvidia has now cornered that market. And if you’re wanting to spend a few extra bucks to get a factory overclocked card, I definitely recommend EVGA’s SuperClocked edition. It works great out of the box, and comes with simple software to help push your card even further. Not bad for a $10 premium.