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a 5850 is the same as the 6870 correct?
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post #12 of 16
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a 5850 is the same as the 6870 correct?
They do have the same 151w TDP, that is all.

The HD6870 is faster than the HD5850, and way better with tesselation. And they scale way better with Crossfire. Even if you don't intend to Crossfire in the future, it has more resale value because of that and all the added general performance.
Edited by tpi2007 - 6/1/11 at 10:30am
 
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HD 6850!

It only needs one 6-pin connector and it's very powerful for the price.

It should be able to run Battlefield 3 at medium settings at least.
I would agree I can play Bad company 2 on high settings.
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hmmm I might just give him my 5850 and buy myself a 6870 than!
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hmmm I might just give him my 5850 and buy myself a 6870 than!
Giving your HD5850 to your brother is a good idea, but buying yourself an HD6870 isn't.

The HD6870 sits between the HD5850 and the HD5870 in general performance (it is faster than the HD5870 with tesselation though), so it isn't a worthwhile upgrade for you.

Your best bet is to go with the HD6950 2GB, which even allows you to unlock the extra shaders (making it perform almost the same as an HD6970). You have the PSU for that, and it's a much better long term investment with the 2GB framebuffer.
 
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They do have the same 151w TDP, that is all.

The HD6870 is faster than the HD5850, and way better with tesselation. And they scale way better with Crossfire. Even if you don't intend to Crossfire in the future, it has more resale value because of that and all the added general performance.
The 6870 is slightly faster than the 5850 at stock speeds, but the stock clocks and overclocking headroom of both cards should be noted.

The 6870 has a 900Mhz stock clock, with very little overclocking headroom. (<100Mhz on air is common)

The 5850 is 725Mhz stock, with the possibility of overclocking a little past 900mhz
Edited by sLowEnd - 6/1/11 at 11:08am
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