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I say no to the XFX card, get another brand if your going with amd.
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Thanks everyone.

I'm still leaning towards the 460 (Its my NV side starting to shine). From what I hear, the Hawk is better in terms of bang for buck. Considering I only have a 1920 x 1080 monitor and seeing as a few people have said the 6870's performance difference goes from negligible to significant at resolutions such as 2560, it seems that the Hawk is a better choice. Then there's the GTX470, which is sort of in between for me. It runs hot-ish, doesn't look good (one of the main reasons I chose the Hawk) but is a performance comparison to the 6870 (?)
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Thanks everyone.

I'm still leaning towards the 460 (Its my NV side starting to shine). From what I hear, the Hawk is better in terms of bang for buck. Considering I only have a 1920 x 1080 monitor and seeing as a few people have said the 6870's performance difference goes from negligible to significant at resolutions such as 2560, it seems that the Hawk is a better choice. Then there's the GTX470, which is sort of in between for me. It runs hot-ish, doesn't look good (one of the main reasons I chose the Hawk) but is a performance comparison to the 6870 (?)
The 4601GB Hawk is a good choice, and you should be able to push it to 850mhz easily, meaning that it will perform just as well, and ahead of in some applications, as the 6870 at 1080p.
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Thanks everyone.

I'm still leaning towards the 460 (Its my NV side starting to shine). From what I hear, the Hawk is better in terms of bang for buck. Considering I only have a 1920 x 1080 monitor and seeing as a few people have said the 6870's performance difference goes from negligible to significant at resolutions such as 2560, it seems that the Hawk is a better choice. Then there's the GTX470, which is sort of in between for me. It runs hot-ish, doesn't look good (one of the main reasons I chose the Hawk) but is a performance comparison to the 6870 (?)
A gtx 460 would be nice at those resolutions, and the best thing is they overclock like beasts.
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The 4601GB Hawk is a good choice, and you should be able to push it to 850mhz easily, meaning that it will perform just as well, and ahead of in some applications, as the 6870 at 1080p.
Thank you. That was essentially what I was wanting to hear <3

Rep to you, my good sir!
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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.
This review seems to contradict every other review I have seen before. The 460 does NOT have that large of an advantage over a 6850. They are very similar in performance. The 6870 is intended to compete with the GTX470. Look at this review, the 6870 is beating the GTX470 in overall performance.

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Originally Posted by Swift Castiel View Post
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?
I would recommend the 6870 over a GTX470 because of similar performance, but the 6870 runs far cooler and far more power efficient. As far as performance goes, the GTX470 will win in some benchmarks while the 6870 will win in others. Efficiency is the real difference here.
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Oh, I have one more question, sorry!

When it comes to 460's, the Hawk is the better choice over the EVGA FTW cards and Gainward GLH card, right? In terms of OC'ing headroom and what not.
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The 6870 is faster since the 460 can't usually clock up to 900mhz on the core. If it could, they'd be even. Go for a 6870. It's a better buy.
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The 6870 is faster since the 460 can't usually clock up to 900mhz on the core. If it could, they'd be even. Go for a 6870. It's a better buy.
Thanks for the input!
I dunno now. I'm still leaning to the 460. It just seems so much cheaper and if I lose a few frames, i guess I can deal with that. My problem now is deciding which 460. There's just too many. Like the EVGA FTW's, Gainward's GLH and MSI's Hawk. All of them are factory OC'd, and whilst not quite at the same speed as a 6870, they do decent enough to get me past.

It would be quite a significant performance kick upgrading from a 9800GTX+, right?
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Thanks for the input!
I dunno now. I'm still leaning to the 460. It just seems so much cheaper and if I lose a few frames, i guess I can deal with that. My problem now is deciding which 460. There's just too many. Like the EVGA FTW's, Gainward's GLH and MSI's Hawk. All of them are factory OC'd, and whilst not quite at the same speed as a 6870, they do decent enough to get me past.

It would be quite a significant performance kick upgrading from a 9800GTX+, right?
Yes. Pretty significant.

Though how much more is the factory overclocked version vs. the reference version? It may be much cheaper to just purchase an aftermarket cooler, put it in a reference card and overclock yourself if you are up for it. I personally never buy anything but reference cards.
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