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GTX 470 or RADEON 5850

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September 20, 2010 1:11:11 AM

hey guys....i hav a choice between GTX 470 and RADEON 5850 which one should i go for????
plzzz help guys.....ive to decide in 5 days

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a c 1363 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 1:30:19 AM

What PSU do you currently have? That might be the deciding factor.
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a c 105 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 1:38:13 AM

470 hands down!
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 2:03:45 AM

swifty_morgan said:
470 hands down!


This is nvidia fanboyism.

The 5850 consumes less power and produces less heat than the 470, and you should be able to overclock it to near/above 5870 levels.

The 470 includes PhysX and Cuda, has a easier driver install but produces more heat and consumes more power. I'm not sure how good it's overclocking potential is.
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 2:12:40 AM

decode said:
This is nvidia fanboyism.

The 5850 consumes less power and produces less heat than the 470, and you should be able to overclock it to near/above 5870 levels.

The 470 includes PhysX and Cuda, has a easier driver install but produces more heat and consumes more power. I'm not sure how good it's overclocking potential is.

So we come back to OP's PSU since it has to be more powerful to power the GTX470 and therefore could be the deciding factor.
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 2:23:17 AM

Pretty much.... but maybe not.... maybe he likes ati more?
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September 20, 2010 3:07:12 AM

i have a Corsair TX650W......im a bit of a noob abt the power stuff bt what diff will it make if the 470 produces more heat nd also what is cuda nd what diff will it make....i mostly use the card for gaming nd maybe sum encoding nd stuff lyk dat ...also abt the OC of the 5850 is there a chance dat the card could get damaged
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:12:44 AM

bhagat666 said:
i have a Corsair TX650W......im a bit of a noob abt the power stuff bt what diff will it make if the 470 produces more heat nd also what is cuda nd what diff will it make....i mostly use the card for gaming nd maybe sum encoding nd stuff lyk dat ...also abt the OC of the 5850 is there a chance dat the card could get damaged

5c is not something worth worrying about unless you are a hardened fanboy of course.

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September 20, 2010 3:16:21 AM

is the 5850 oc'd better than the 470 oc'd performance wise
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:22:38 AM

bhagat666 said:
is the 5850 oc'd better than the 470 oc'd performance wise

If both cards are OC'd then I think the speed advantage would stay with the 470.
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September 20, 2010 3:33:22 AM

if u wer in my place...which 1 would you get????? ;) 
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:36:17 AM

GTX 470 if you don't mind the extra heat. It's generally better than the HD 5850 performance-wise.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:37:56 AM

I'd go with either the 470 or a pair of 460's, most likely the 460's. The only reason I haven't gone for any of the 4xx cards is because I'm not happy about the disabled cores.
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September 20, 2010 3:38:59 AM

extra heat wont affect the other parts rite???
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:40:13 AM

skolpo said:
GTX 470 if you don't mind the extra heat. It's generally better than the HD 5850 performance-wise.

A whole 5c with the reference cooler or the same or lower with a non reference cooler.
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a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:41:02 AM

As long as you have good airflow, it shouldn't affect other parts by much. If you're worried, you can always look for cards that have an external exhaust (labeled EE) but I wouldn't worry about it if I were you.
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September 20, 2010 3:41:58 AM

what are the advantages of those disabled cores....are they enabled on the 5850.....are 2 460's on the same price range nd are they better than the other 2 cards
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:41:58 AM

bhagat666 said:
extra heat wont affect the other parts rite???

Don't get swayed by this "extra heat" nonsense, both cards will get hot when under load.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:45:43 AM

bhagat666 said:
what are the advantages of those disabled cores....are they enabled on the 5850.....are 2 460's on the same price range nd are they better than the other 2 cards

The disabled cores on the Nvidia cards are lowering their performance potential by a few percent but they are still faster than the ATi cards nonetheless. 2x 460's would give you GTX480 like performance for less than the cost of a 480 .
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September 20, 2010 3:52:05 AM

thanx for ur help man.....i guess ill get a 460 then nd after 2-3 months ill buy another 1
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:55:00 AM

Go for the 1GB versions if funds allow and remember that you can't SLi a 768MB with a 1 GB version.
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September 20, 2010 3:59:31 AM

To the OP, I have a gtx 470+650w PSU+95w processor. It runs pretty sweet at stock clocks. When OC'ing (cpu+msi afterburner) though, I would get random restarts in my games. I dunno if it was from the OC, cause it ran stable in prime 95 "blend" test overnight, or from PSU issues (470 min requirements:600w and 38a on the 12v rail). I dunno. I turned my overclocks off. And random reboots stopped. Like I said, I dunno. Just my experience.
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September 20, 2010 4:07:16 AM

1 more thing dude........the 5850 is abt a whole cheaper in my country than the 460 or the 470........................so out of the three which 1 should i get ........2*460's 2*470's or 2*5850's
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 4:10:34 AM

If you're going to choose simply on price then get the cheapest ones out there, I use other criteria to choose graphic cards.
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September 20, 2010 4:13:18 AM

okay den screw the price...............which of the 3 are the best
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 4:15:13 AM

Like I said previously, I would go for a pair of GTX460 1GB cards right now if I had to replace my current ones.
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September 20, 2010 4:18:05 AM

thanx a lot bro..........im definately gonna go for the 460's
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September 20, 2010 4:18:30 AM

Best answer selected by bhagat666.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 4:20:17 AM

[:wolfen18:9] Good choice!
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