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Asus HD 6850
EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2
G3D Mark: 2804
$158

Asus GTX 460 (768)
ENGTX460 DIRECTCU TOP/2DI/768MD5
G3D Mark: 2347 (not sure if this is 1GB or 768)
$124


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Edited by reyo - 3/29/11 at 2:05pm
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Okay, well as you can see you get what you pay for these days, with almost a direct correlation between price and performance. But here is the comparison cards:

Asus HD 6850:
  • Can be unlocked into a 6870 via a bios flash.(That's a big thing, really increasing the speed of the thing to way above the other card
  • Has more VRAM depending on the other card, which means it is better to use with a 2 or more monitor setup or memory intensive applications.


ASUS GTX 460
  • Has a better SLI link interface (Compared to CrossFire)
  • Cheaper price
  • Has PhysX
  • Currently has a better driver system
  • Though it is considerably slower that the ATI 6850 when that one is unlocked and has less VRAM.

So personally I choose the 6850, because of the ability to unlock it into a 6870, dramatically increasing performance. It also has more VRAM, which is great for multi-monitor displays.

Also, check this out for a full comparison between 460 stock v. 6850 stock v. 6870 (AKA unlocked 6850) It also includes the overclocking comparison if you interesting in doing that.
Edited by Ferric Oxide - 3/29/11 at 4:00pm
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you can't flash a 6850
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The 768MB GTX460 is inferior
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post #5 of 16
The pricing scales adequately for both so it's really your choice. Spend the extra couple bucks and get the HD6850 which performs a lot better or spend a little less and get the consequently slower GTX460.
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post #6 of 16
6850.



You cant unlock it #1 and #2 crossfire with them is amazing...
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Originally Posted by Ferric Oxide;12922099 
Okay, well as you can see you get what you pay for these days, with almost a direct correlation between price and performance. But here is the comparison cards:

Asus HD 6850:
  • Can be unlocked into a 6870 via a bios flash.(That's a big thing, really increasing the speed of the thing to way above the other card
  • Has more VRAM depending on the other card, which means it is better to use with a 2 or more monitor setup or memory intensive applications.


It's a matter of preference. The 6850 trades blows with the 1gb 460 though..
ASUS GTX 460
  • Has a better SLI link interface (Compared to CrossFire)
  • Cheaper price
  • Has PhysX
  • Currently has a better driver system
  • Though it is considerably slower that the ATI 6850 when that one is unlocked and has less VRAM.

So personally I choose the 6850, because of the ability to unlock it into a 6870, dramatically increasing performance. It also has more VRAM, which is great for multi-monitor displays.

Also, check this out for a full comparison between 460 stock v. 6850 stock v. 6870 (AKA unlocked 6850) It also includes the overclocking comparison if you interesting in doing that.
Since when can u flash a 6850??!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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6850 it is!
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post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by reyo;12922253 
6850 it is!

Good choice, but I'm just going to reiterate as I honestly don't think it has been mentioned enough in the thread so far: it won't unlock to an HD6870, but that doesn't matter, because it still kicks the... hold on a minute.

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Okay so the difference isn't that great but it's still in the HD6850's favour. Really comes down to what games you play, honestly.
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Im going to play devils advocate and say 5870 or 1GB GTX 460.
Here's one I found in 4 seconds. $165 w/rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150476&cm_re=5870-_-14-150-476-_-Product
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