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ATI Radeon HD 5870 or 1.8gig GTX 295?

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October 14, 2009 1:17:18 AM

im currently configuring a desktop and am unsure as to which card I should purchase. Using an i7-960 processor and 6gigs of 1600mhz ram, which card would you think would be better value/performance. I know the 5870 is compatible with Direct x11 but seeing as there arent even any directx11 demos available is there any point in investing in a card that i wont see the full benefits of for a while yet. So, ATI Radeon HD 5870 or 1.8gig GTX 295? What would you buy and why?

any suggestions are welcome,


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a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2009 2:32:58 AM

Get the 5870 after it drops in price (hopefully soon).

It performs similar to a 4870x2, and is almost as good as a GTX295 without scaling issues.

GTX295 is overpriced at the moment. Don't get the GTX295 unless they lower the price of it significantly ($100 or more)
a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2009 2:40:16 AM

5870. Performance is similar but the 295 is a waste. It's not even close enough to debate it.
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October 14, 2009 3:20:17 AM

The HD5870 is slightly worse than GTX295 at the moment, but its power consumption is 680-500=180W less than the GTX295 which will save you a lot of power and so money. In addition, the performance difference between them should be minimal when HD5xxx driver matures and DX11 released.

+1 HD5870
a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2009 3:24:47 AM

I'd say 5870 as well, because even with all things equal, with the 5870 you don't have to mess with Crossfire/SLI, or you can add a second later if you want to dual card.
October 14, 2009 3:29:13 AM

Also, the HD5870 is cheaper in price too!
a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2009 3:32:32 AM

Yep, and once you add all that good stuff in (price, DX11, etc.) it becomes a real landslide in my opinion. The only thing really lacking is PhysX, though I'd consider that minor as best.
October 14, 2009 3:33:07 AM

5870. For Performance and and also energy saving++.
October 14, 2009 9:53:50 AM

what BlueScreenDeath,witcherx,andy5174,EXT64,FallenSniper said:[:grahamlv:3][:grahamlv:3]
October 14, 2009 12:27:10 PM

thanks, everyone. 5870 it is!