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So is the 6870 louder than the 460? What about the 6850?
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It depends on the coolers, 460s in general are fairly quiet. The reference for the 460s are quieter than the non-reference designs such as DCII.

Don't know much about the different 68xxs.

The 6850 for $135 is easily the best choice. The 6870 costs 18% more with a ~10-12% performance increase. The performance gap narrows once both are overclocked. In CFX both will be VRAM limited for the most part.
    
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The 460 does have the good cooler design with 2 fans though. Not sure yet. Probably going to go with the 6850 but not sure.
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When considering typical maximum overclocks, which is 1000/1200 for HD 6850 and HD 6870, and 900/1100 for GTX 460, the HD 6850 will beat the GTX 460 but narrowly lose to the HD 6870 (see above charts), making it a no-brainer best bang for the buck among 1 GB cards. If not overclocking, I'd go for the HD 6870, as it ships with high default clocks, giving it much raw power at stock, although somewhat louder than the other two cards as it generates more heat. The HD 6850 will be the coolest, and therefore quietest of the three cards.
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Really? That 6850 will be cooler than the Hawk? After the rebates, there is only a $5 difference.
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Think I'll be going with a full AMD build then. Technically cheaper anyways.
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Really? That 6850 will be cooler than the Hawk? After the rebates, there is only a $5 difference.
Yes, it has a much lower TDP. My wife's single GTX 460 seems to put out more heat than both of my HD 6850's combined.
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The 6850 for $135 is easily the best choice. The 6870 costs 18% more with a ~10-12% performance increase. The performance gap narrows once both are overclocked.
Interesting. The 6870 has ~17% more shaders and a few more TMUs than the 6850. Does this not scale proportionately with the extra cost?
    
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Guess I'll be going with the 6850.
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Any comment on these benchmarks?

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=313
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