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I know there are some threads about that already (I've read 'em all), comparing GTX 460 with HD 6850 and the opinions are divided because they have pretty much the same performance.
I just bought a MSI GXT460 1Gb Cyclone from Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127510
It's about to arrive yet. Meanwhile I was reading and checking prices about all the other video cards at the same price range and I was thinking if I could have bought something better with the $209 I spent on my GTX460.

I was checking up the prices at Newegg and I found out that a MSI HD6850 1Gb Cyclone for $189:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127566
Or I could have bought a Asus HD 6870 can be bought for $219:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121418


About the MSI HD6850 and the MSI GTX 460, they are pretty much the same and also have the same cooler, which is a really good cooler for OC and with the AMD I would have saved $20, which is not much, but money is money...
But comparing to the HD6870, It is better than GTX460, for just plus $10. It was $229 in the time I bought my GXT460, but still a good deal IMO.


There are the benchmarks for the GTX 460 Cyclone:
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OBS: shaders were suposed to be 336 instead of 224. As far as I know it was a bug from GPU-Z that was fixed on newer versions.

For the HD 6850 Cyclone:
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And for the Asus HD 6870:
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Final observations:
I know I won't regret about my choice, because I will be able to do everything that I want with my GTX 460. I just made this thread to clarify my ideas and also to help anyone else who have this doubt.

Well, in my opinion a HD 6870 would have a better deal for the price It is now.
Or If I wanted to save some money, I could have got a HD 6850, which is cool because It has the same cooler as the GTX 460 I bought and It is $20 cheaper. Also my processor is from AMD and It might fit better with a AMD GPU (not on my case because my MoBo sucks).

GTX 460
Pros: It has a huge (but silent) cooler and seems to be the better GTX 460 around (with the Gigabyte OC).
It is from NVIDIA, that means you can use Physx and CUDA, which is very cool for gaming.

Cons: It is expensive. With It's price, you could get a better video card.


HD 6850
Pros: It has the same cooler as the MSI GTX 460 Cyclone, but It is $20 cheaper and have pretty much the same performance, for less money.
As an AMD card, you can use Eyefinity and have up to 6 monitors connected at once.

Cons: No PhysX nor CUDA available.

About the HD 6870, I would save a bit more money and but the new GTX 560 Ti:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565



credits: Newegg, Tweaktown and Pure overclock
Edited by High~ - 2/11/11 at 6:03pm
    
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HD5870 will kill all of those. And newegg has it for $200 but currently out of stock.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by High~;12352728 
Cons: No PhysX nor CUDA available.

Do you do any computation that uses CUDA?

FYI-there are 300 some games that support Physx. Only 20 out of those 300 support GPU-based Physx. Only 4 of those GPU-Physx games are titles you've likely heard of the rest are thing like Hot Dance Party and Hot Dance Party 2.
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Depends which 460 1GB really. a FTW model for $200 would be good, and the asus directcu model is up there too, and of course the msi cyclone/hawk. but in all honesty i would suggest a 6850 over a 6870, save the extra money and just overclock the 6850s to 6870 levels, considering that a 6850 gets ~1000 core and a 6870 might get ~1100, the difference is only maybe a handful of fps.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by railfan844;12354430 
HD5870 will kill all of those. And newegg has it for $200 but currently out of stock.

Yeah, that's a good call too.
I haven't talked about the 58xx series.
The cheapest HD 5870 I could find was the Diamond one, for $235, which is good.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka;12354461 
Do you do any computation that uses CUDA?

FYI-there are 300 some games that support Physx. Only 20 out of those 300 support GPU-based Physx. Only 4 of those GPU-Physx games are titles you've likely heard of the rest are thing like Hot Dance Party and Hot Dance Party 2.

Yeah, I know that, but these are the only cons I could think of at time biggrin.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brenslick;12354503 
Depends which 460 1GB really. a FTW model for $200 would be good, and the asus directcu model is up there too, and of course the msi cyclone/hawk. but in all honesty i would suggest a 6850 over a 6870, save the extra money and just overclock the 6850s to 6870 levels, considering that a 6850 gets ~1000 core and a 6870 might get ~1100, the difference is only maybe a handful of fps.

Yeah, that is a good point too. Besides the price, there aren't many differences between 6850 and 6870 at all.
    
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