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I'm looking to spend ~$140-150 so a 6850 looks like a good choice. I had a GTX 460 but it doesn't play well with my motherboard at all and there are so many other issues that Nvidia has for the 400 and 500 series. Are there any super common issues with the 6850? I'm wondering cause there is always the case of 'grass isn't greener on the other side'. Also, what am I expecting in terms of drivers? Are there stability issues with the latest version?

On a kind of related note, why is the 5850 higher ranked than the 6850? The ATI numbering system is so confusing
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The 6800 series matches up with the 5700 series and the 6900 series matches up with the 5800 series. The only exception is the 6990, this is matched up with the 5970.

When the 6XXX series came out, this was a hot issue with ATI's numbering system.

I'm hoping they go back to a regular system with the 7XXX series this fall. Or at least keep what they have now to avoid confusion again.

I'd suggest getting a 6870 though, or even a 6950.
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The 6850 is an absolutely amazing card in terms of price/performance.

There are no common issues and drivers are not a problem.

Think of the 6XXX series as what they are minus 100.

The 6850 is supposed to replace the 5750/5770.
The 6870 is supposed to replace the 5830.
The 6950 is supposed to replace the 5850.
The 6970 is supposed to replace the 5870.
The 6990 is supposed to replace the 5970.


Confusing, I know.

The 5850 is actually a better card than the 6850 in terms of performance.


EDIT: You should consider the 6870. Only $164 after rebate.
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Natrually you know that you can get away with gaming for that budget but you'll have to turn off AA and dumb down some settings depending on which games which will vary from game to game.

Great card is from Sapphire.

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 $169.99

AMD took the ATI drivers and improved them as of lately. I personally jumped ship after the 10.0 series of drivers and the issues with my 6870 crossfire. After years and long line of ATI's. Greatest thing about ATI is they were bought out by AMD to improve across the board and save the company rep.

An even better card that's highly over clockable to 1Ghz comes close to a 6870 performance. The MSI GTX 460 Hawk dosen't have the heat issues that the other 400 reference series might have, solidly well built.

MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack GeForce GTX 460 $174.99.

The next series of cards will set you back a bit over $200 are the AMD 6870 and GTX 560 next step up.

MSI R6870 Hawk Radeon HD 6870 $219.99

MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 $216.99.

Side note to your comment:

There are two cards in the 500 Series with any issues, GTX 570 and 590 VRM.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 550, 560, & 580 cards. 560 & 580 are very over clockable, those three also don't have VRM issues or limitations, driver or heat issues. Just had to clear that up as you lumped the entire series into having issues which is false.

Good luck in your choice, post back and after deciding.
     
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