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So I now have a 1920x1080 monitor and my trusty old 4870 isn't quite cutting it now. I have $250 from Christmas to spend and I'm thinking about a new GPU.

Now, I'm torn to a certain degree between the HD6870 and the GTX460 1GB. However, I'm not sure how they'll do at 1080p, especially with maxing a game like BC:BF2. Or I can get a used 4870 or 4870x2 and do Crossfire.


What does OCN think?
post #2 of 8
Both of those cards will max it at that resolution and you'll get a reasonable amount of FPS. If it were me, I'd spend a little more money and go for something like a 6950. They overclock to a 6970 standard and offer a really nice price-per-performance ratio.

Check out this review: Link.

As you can see, the performance at 1920x1200 (slightly bigger than your resolution) sports a 39 FPS minimum which is more than acceptable for a 6850. If you are limited to a strict budget, I would go for this as it blows the 460 out of the water in 99% of cases.

If you want to go for the green team, the GTX 470 currently offers a very good price/performance ratio.

I wouldn't crossfire the card you have now as if I were you I'd like to have DX11 support for the future. smile.gif
Edited by jNSK - 12/25/10 at 1:42pm
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post #3 of 8
Why a 460?? You can get a 470 for under $250 and get much better performance then the 460. If it's between the 460 and the 6870 then the 6870 by far is the better choice. IMO you should be choosing between a 470 and a 6870.

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For that budget, the best you can get is a gtx 470. You might be able to get a used 5870, but 1gb of memory isn't cutting it anymore if you care about AA+AF.

I was just playing metro 2033 the other day and my memory usage topped out at around 1100mb.
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Not huge on AA+AF, usually 4xMSAA and 8xAF is fine for me. Everything else cranked as high as possible.

Going for a second 4870 is mighty tempting, the 4870x2 2GB is still the #10 most powerful graphics card according to the thread at the top of this section, and 2x4870 1GB should be equivalent. Pretty sure I can get another 4870 1GB for <$100. Not really going for DX11 for a while; the main draw of the Radeon HD6000 series is the extremely low heat/power/noise involved.
post #6 of 8
id go 6870 the scaling is phenomanal if you end up getting another one its usually 90-100% so you pretty much double the performance adding another 4870 will give you max a 50% boost

personnaly i would go with a 6870
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Not huge on AA+AF, usually 4xMSAA and 8xAF is fine for me. Everything else cranked as high as possible.

Going for a second 4870 is mighty tempting, the 4870x2 2GB is still the #10 most powerful graphics card according to the thread at the top of this section, and 2x4870 1GB should be equivalent. Pretty sure I can get another 4870 1GB for <$100. Not really going for DX11 for a while; the main draw of the Radeon HD6000 series is the extremely low heat/power/noise involved.

Fair enough. If you are not interested in DX11, a second card would be the way to go to keep the total cost down whilst increasing performance.
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post #8 of 8
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Just scored a second card identical to my own with all accessories for $75. So I'm good to go. Thanks all. smile.gif
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