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May 8, 2014 11:45:30 AM

Hello,

First of all, I want to say I'm new here, so I don't know if I have got the right catogory.
Let's get to the main subject.
Right now I got an GTX 460 1gb(dunno what brand).
Last couple of days, a friend of mine offerd me a xfx HD 5850 for 60$
Is it a good upgrade, or should i get a HD 6870 for 90$?
Or should i get another card?
I'm only doing this because my GTX 460 is showing artifacts even though i haven't OC'ed it and I can just get another card, but then I have to wait 3 weeks...

Thx in advance!

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May 8, 2014 11:52:57 AM

The two cards offer similar performance to each other, and are slightly better (one tier) than your GTX460. If you are satisfied with your performance, then either of those upgrades would probably work well for you.
If you're willing to buy another card anyway, it may make more long term sense to make it a more meaningful upgrade, such as a GTX750Ti, R7 265, or R9 270.
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May 8, 2014 11:58:43 AM

Onus said:
The two cards offer similar performance to each other, and are slightly better (one tier) than your GTX460. If you are satisfied with your performance, then either of those upgrades would probably work well for you.
If you're willing to buy another card anyway, it may make more long term sense to make it a more meaningful upgrade, such as a GTX750Ti, R7 265, or R9 270.


Okay, but one more question if I could ask it, is it possible to play DayZ SA and BF4 on high at 1080p with any of those cards(5850, 6870) and the ones you just said with reasonable FPS(higher than 30 etc.)?





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May 8, 2014 12:05:42 PM

I do not have either game, so take my answer with a grain of salt, but I believe the answer is "Yes;" you said "High," not "UltraMaxOhWOW," and in any case they all beat the GTX460. The other cards I listed are more powerful that the cheaper ones available to you, but you only need to care about that if you're really not happy with the GTX460's performance.
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May 8, 2014 12:06:21 PM

Have you tried turning down the clock rate about 5%? Should help the artifacting situation.

That said, the 5850 is a decent step up in terms of performance. You'd see around 15% or so increase. I don't think the 6870 would be worth it though.

If you can spend around $100, you can get a R7 250/250x, or even a 260x for $105 that Sapphire has now.
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May 8, 2014 12:14:03 PM

Looking at the hierarchy chart at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... you will see that the HD5850 and HD6870 are on the same tier, one higher than your GTX460 (assuming it's 256bit). The HD7770 is on the same tier as the GTX460, but uses considerably less power. The R7 250X is missing from the chart, but is a rebranded HD7770, so would be on the same tier also.
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May 8, 2014 12:18:29 PM

Didn't notice that, thanks for that Onus.
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May 8, 2014 12:22:54 PM

A GTX 660 or similarly-performing R7-265 will smoke the GTX 460 for a low price. Either one would be a very nice upgrade.
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