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#1 JAGX02

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:06 PM

Radeon 6850-~$180
GTX 460-~$200
Radeon 6870-~$240
GTX 470-~$250 (Sparkle or Gigabyte version)

It looks like the 6850 and GTX 460 perform very similarly, so probably go with the cheaper of the two?

But, for an extra $50-70, I can snag a GTX 470. What will get me the most bang for my buck? I also am unsure of the Sparkle brand?

Thoughts?

Edited by JAGX02, 27 October 2010 - 04:12 PM.


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Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:08 PM

What is the rest of your system and what do you do on your computer?

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:02 PM

Oops I forgot to post it... that might be useful info!

CPU: Intel Core i5-760

Processor: Gigabyte UD3

GPU: ???

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (Model F3-12800CL7D)

PSU: CORSAIR 850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 80+ Certified

Cooler: Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Full Tower ([W]240 x [H]560 x [D]560 mm)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Gaming (SC II) and pretty much everything else from word process to you tube. I want it to last before I have to throw down another few hundred for another GPU, but I'm worried about the heat issues with the 470. I'm not sure if I should get the Sparkle or Gigabyte or throw down an extra $10 for another brand?

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:34 PM

Id get the GTX 470 and see if you can get it from eVGA.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:52 PM

well, Im biased in that I prefer ATI, I would either go for a saphire 6850, or wait a couple months for the rest of the line to be released. Though if you go with the 470 like crypto suggested, or with any NVIDIA card, Im with dan here-go EVGA.

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#6 JAGX02

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:26 PM

It seems that the stock 470, stock 6870, and OC 460 all perform very similarly, and can be found within $10 of each other. By default, I would likely eliminate the 470 due to heat/power/noise complaints... I guess I can research more into the 6870 design when info becomes available. And also, I'd like to see the OC ATI cards too!

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:04 PM

Depends on what you need/want, and what you can live with.

The GTX 470 is the best performer by a slight margin over the 6870. It runs hot and is a power hog. It supports Phys-X, and CUDA. It will be on "special" (NVidia call it a "temporary MSRP reduction")until the middle of November, then the price jacks back up. Hot and noisy are keywords here, but it is fast.

6870-If I wasn't waiting on a 6970/GTX580 for my bi-annual graphics upgrade, this is what I would likely get. Drawbacks, it doesn't overclock well due to voltage settings. Spanks everything on your list but the GTX470

6850-Slightly faster than a stock GTX 460 1gig card. Overclocks better than the 6870.

GTX460 1gig- Draws 60 watts more power under load than the 68XX cards. Supports CUDA and Phys-X. Usually overclocks very, very well at the expense of a lot more power draw.

Choices, choices, choices.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 09:55 AM

i have the same MOBO, Tower and HDD as you.

same RAM mostly, it will at first show up at 1066mhz, go into BIOS and enable EMP profile, in the UD3 bios it will say profile1 as the option. then it shows up and runs as 1600mhz upon restart, very simple ;)

I have the 5770 though for GPU <- very quite and usues one 6 pin.

its 1gb ddr5 128bit

if this is good for you the card is $170 approx.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 11:14 AM

http://www.fudzilla.com/reviews/item/20591-xfx-hd-6850-and-radeon-hd-6870-have-arrived/20591-xfx-hd-6850-and-radeon-hd-6870-have-arrived?start=4

http://www.fudzilla.com/reviews/item/20591-xfx-hd-6850-and-radeon-hd-6870-have-arrived/20591-xfx-hd-6850-and-radeon-hd-6870-have-arrived?start=4

I'm not seeing how the 6870> GTX 460? Especially an OC 460!

In most cases they perform similarly, and on tessellation GTX 460 wins (but idk what that even is so...)

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 11:38 AM

Fudzilla, go figure.

Try http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/10/21/amd_radeon_hd_6870_6850_video_card_review

GTX460 is a fine card, and if I was financially constrained, and needed CUDA/Phs-X I would grab one in a heartbeat. Main thing to remember, there are no bad choices here. GTX460 is still an awesome card and a bargain to boot. The 6870 still spanks it. There are always certain games/benches that play to one cards strengths so you have to really look at a wide range of reviews/benches/tests and go from there.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 11:51 AM

Any good sources to read up on CUDA/Phs-X or Eyefinity? I don't know if I need them lol!

EDIT:

OK, it looks like I won't be bothering with anything like CUDA or folding @ home or multiple montitors... idk about PhysX though.

Edited by JAGX02, 29 October 2010 - 06:22 PM.





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