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i was just wondering whether the radeon 6870 and the gtx 460 were compatiable with my motherboard (ASUS M3N78-PRO).
My other concern is that i dont know which one to go for as i can get them both in MSI Hawk editions for £150 from scan.co.uk
simply, which card is best? - i will not need to Xfire/SLI
thanks in advance
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What do you have for a power supply? I mean, what's the brand and model?
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what about the saphire 5850 they have?

its cheaper and is the better performing at stock speeds.
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Well the 6870 > 460 regardless of what motherboard you get.
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what about the saphire 5850 they have?

its cheaper and is the better performing at stock speeds.
This by a lot.

Also, the brand on your PSU seems bad. However, I belive you're good. Your system doesn't pull much wattage.
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the 6xxx series has more features so when i have a new build wih better components i probably would transfer over and Xfire
but im not sure about stuff like PhysX from Nvidia
should i go with the 460? or do they make no difference
im no PC gamer YET so dont know if i can use the AMD GPU on a PhysX game can i?
what is PhyX and Cuda from Nvidia and what features do amd have over n vidia and what are they?
thank you for your replies
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Originally Posted by A14M3D View Post
the 6xxx series has more features so when i have a new build wih better components i probably would transfer over and Xfire
but im not sure about stuff like PhysX from Nvidia
should i go with the 460? or do they make no difference
im no PC gamer YET so dont know if i can use the AMD GPU on a PhysX game can i?
what is PhyX and Cuda from Nvidia and what features do amd have over n vidia and what are they?
thank you for your replies
With AMD graphics cards, Physx just utilizes your CPU to render. With Nvidia, the Physx software utilizes the GPU, which is a lot faster at that particular task.
CUDA decodes and encodes much faster for programmes that utilize those cores.

What sort of AMD 6XXX-features are you talking about ?
The only things that are worth noticing with the 6000 serires are a bit lower watt, some 3D feature (that is in no way mature and functioning yet) and improved Crossfire scaling. That's it.
They tend to have less computing power then the 5000 series.

The HD 5850 is WAY more bang for the buck.
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post #8 of 17
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the 5850 is more expensive than the 6870!!
the lower power usage is better for my circumstances which is more appealing to me
the cheaper 6870 also comes in a hawk edition with msi's twin frozer 3 cooler which is quiet as well
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the 5850 is more expensive than the 6870!!
the lower power usage is better for my circumstances which is more appealing to me
the cheaper 6870 also comes in a hawk edition with msi's twin frozer 3 cooler which is quiet as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102932
If you can find a 6870 for under $140, then I guess you should go for it...
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Originally Posted by GuardianDuo View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102932
If you can find a 6870 for under $140, then I guess you should go for it...
Yup, this ^
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