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That's the question I'd like to ask.
Which is better in performance for gaming? I've been using Nvidia all these years so I'm still an Nvidia fanboy, but I'm willing to look at alternatives.

However, the 460 I'm looking at is the 460 Hawk Edition from MSI, which is ~$250 AUD, whereas the 6870 is ~$299 from XFX.

Thanks, and please don't make this turn into a fanboy war, just some advice as to which would be better bang for buck
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That's the question I'd like to ask.
Which is better in performance for gaming? I've been using Nvidia all these years so I'm still an Nvidia fanboy, but I'm willing to look at alternatives.

However, the 460 I'm looking at is the 460 Hawk Edition from MSI, which is ~$250 AUD, whereas the 6870 is ~$299 from XFX.

Thanks, and please don't make this turn into a fanboy war, just some advice as to which would be better bang for buck
The 6870 will greatly outperform the 460 in pretty much everything. They are not even intended to compete with each other. The 6850 is meant for competing with the 460, so a 6870 is no competition.

No fanboy here, I don't think anyone would disagree with me anyway. Hope I helped
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yup the 6870 is a much better card and well worth the extra cash imo.
    
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Actually, a heavily overclocked 460 1GB (such as the Hawk), is just slightly behind the 6870, and the non-reference cooler on the Hawk should allow for even further overclocking, the difference between the two show at higher resolutions like 2560.
Edited by BeDuckie - 1/2/11 at 2:15pm
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I just sold my 460 and I'm upgrading to 6870's, but I feel like I'll really be missing my 460.

Best bang for the buck between the 2 choices, GTX 460.
    
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Actually, a heavily overclocked 460 1GB (such as the Hawk), is just slightly behind the 6870, and the non-reference cooler on the Hawk should allow for even further overclocking.
I never really understood this argument...

The 6870 can overclock too. So why are you comparing an overclocked 460 to a stock 6870? An even slightly overclocked 6870 will easily beat the 460 no matter how high it is overclocked.
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I never really understood this argument...

The 6870 can overclock too. So why are you comparing an overclocked 460 to a stock 6870? An even slightly overclocked 6870 will easily beat the 460 no matter how high it is overclocked.
The 460 1GB wins in terms of bang for the buck. Yes, the 6870 will beat the 460 generally, but if you take a look at this: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...-study-15.html , the difference really only shows itself at higher resolutions, which means that a factory-overclocked 460 1GB is a viable option to the 6870, especially when there is a signficant price difference.
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Even when a HD 6870 is overclocked to 1GHz, the battle between it and the FTW flip flops from one card to the other depending on the game – there simply is no clear-cut winner until you get to ultra high resolutions. With a price of just $229 USD (and even less when you factor in the $10 - $15 mail in rebates being offered) this EVGA card is well within the financial reach of many gamers. This also makes it simply untouchable from a price / performance viewpoint.
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I was just poking around some more on PCCG's site, and it turns out there's a 470GTX for around the same price as the 6870.

How's that card in terms of performance in comparison?
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I was just poking around some more on PCCG's site, and it turns out there's a 470GTX for around the same price as the 6870.

How's that card in terms of performance in comparison?
GTX 470 would be a better choice than the 6870, however it tends to run a bit hot. They overclock very well also.
    
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The 470 vs, the 6870, performance wise, the 470 usually wins while both are at stock settings. However, if you are not folding, have no use for CUDA or PhysX, the 6870 is cooler and quieter, and is what I would pick. If you have the cash for an aftermarket cooler on the 470, I would consider it instead.
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