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should I get radeon 6850 or 6870?

Poll Results: what is a better card?

Poll expired: Mar 3, 2011  
  • 22% (20)
    radeon hd 6850
  • 68% (60)
    radeon hd 6870
  • 8% (7)
    I dont like radeon
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post #1 of 62
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I am in the process of upgrading my videocard.
right now i am running 4770x2 cf and this its time for an upgrade.
the ones that got my attention are 6850 $169 to $200 http://ncix.com/search/?categoryid=0&q=6850 and 6870 $199 to $240. http://ncix.com/search/?categoryid=0&q=6870 the price is anywhere from $169 to $240 there is about 10 to 20% performance difference
I am looking to spend about $200 at most if possible. also I don t want to get a new power supply either the one i have now is a 600watt themotake tr2 which runs my 4770 crossfire fine.

also I am wondering which brand would be better to go with?
I read up that powercolor uses cheaper compounds and xfx are factory oc. the cards i have now are sapphire. my older card was a xfx card. I am currently looking at powercolor,xfx,sapphire only.

does anyone have any insight to this and can recommend something or has an opinion?
thanks
ps: sorry if this is the wrong forum to ask in but i didn't know where else to go
Edited by alick - 2/17/11 at 4:17pm
 
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post #2 of 62
The 6870 is considerably better, if you can swing the extra $$. You have enough PSU power for one of these. Not sure though if you decide to Crossfire. If I'm going to buy an ATi VGA my first choice is always Saffire. If I'm going nVidia, first choice is EVGA. I'd go Saffire. If money is tight, you could go with this. Free shipping, w/ some promotional refunds and such, brings price down to less than $200:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102913
Edited by croSSeduP - 2/17/11 at 4:28pm
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post #3 of 62
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Originally Posted by croSSeduP View Post
The 6870 is considerably better, if you can swing the extra $$. You have enough PSU power for one of these. Not sure though if you decide to Crossfire. If I'm going to buy an ATi VGA my first choice is always Saffire. If I'm going nVidia, first choice is EVGA. I'd go Saffire. If money is tight, you could go with this. Free shipping, w/ some promotional refunds and such, brings price down to less than $200:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102913
It sound like 6870 is what a lot of people are voting on the poll too. Maybe it would be a good idea to save up a bit More and expand my budget. I will also see what everyone else has to say but it looks I should wait and save for the better card
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post #4 of 62
go with the 6870. I played with one today & its a great little card to be honest what is your Res
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go with the 6870. I played with one today & its a great little card to be honest what is your Res
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post #6 of 62
the 6850 would be fine, but the price difference is very little. i'd go with the 6870
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post #7 of 62
The 6870 is designed to be a better card. It simply is. Price/performance is another story. I know that the 6850 for <$200 is a great buy. Both cards are good, and the 6870 is better, but it also runs a little hotter and louder for more money. If you've got the extra cash, get the 6870. But the 6850 is not a bad choice.
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post #8 of 62
Checked benchies and saw that a 5870 beats the 6870 in most cases, and some equal. It's on sale for 240 with a 30 mir if you wouldn't mind the hassle.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...X&promoid=1270

There is also a msi 460 gtx 768mb for 140 with 20 mir if you're considering the cost; with the 19in to take into account.
    
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post #9 of 62
i have definitely no problems with both my Sapphire 6870s the only problems is possible driver issues...........at that res tbh wont really matter but u can always upgrade ur monitor........its always best to pony up the extra for the single best card then save up for the second........but i knew i was going to CF both cards......thats why i diddnt wait for 6900s to come out and now it wrecks almost any with what i think one of the highest graphic per dollar.......
 
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post #10 of 62
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thanks, wow so many response. keep em comings. its making me go back and forth btw 6850-6870
I think I have my eyes set on sapphire for the brand because i have only been hearing good things about them and plus my 4770cf are sapphires as well and they never failed me. xfx on the other hand i had so many issue with them I really dont wanna deal with them unless its comes down to it.

also
I will be planing to upgrade my lcds in the near future either to one bigger one or two 24'. so I will be wanting to make sure it will be able to handle the upgrades down the road.
 
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