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Ati hd 5850 v 6870

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October 29, 2010 8:54:55 PM

Alright, so I was about to buy a 5850 for my new build which i will mainly be gaming on, and i just found out that the 6870 was just released and is cheaper than the 5850. I was wondering which one would be better for me to buy. Is the 5850 better than the 6870, or is it the other way around. I'm probably not going to do much overclocking right now and i won't be using crossfire either, so I was just wondering which one i should go for.


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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 29, 2010 8:58:33 PM

The only reason to choose an HD5850 over the HD6870 is if you get one with voltage control and give it a large overclock.
October 29, 2010 9:00:16 PM

alright thanks, ill probably go for the 6870. it just seems odd that the 5850 still costs more
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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 29, 2010 9:22:20 PM

Yeah, it is. It's a bit reminiscent of when the HD5770 was released and ATI raised the price on the HD4870 so that it cost significantly more.
October 29, 2010 9:32:38 PM

With MSI afterburner, I managed to overvolt my Sapphire Radeon 5850 even thought it wasn't an Asus or a MSI :) 

Almost all 58xx and 68xx have voltage control, correct me if I am wrong.
October 29, 2010 9:39:06 PM

And it is 100% stable even with stock fan ( a little cranked/noisy) but with my headset idc much about the noise, I'm more about perfs:p 
a c 376 U Graphics card
October 29, 2010 9:40:58 PM

You most likely have the reference model of the card. All of the initial HD5850 were the reference model and they all had voltage control. It was later on when the manufacturers had some time to design their own PCBs and ship non-reference cards that most(apart from Asus and MSI) dropped the voltage regulator from the design as a cost cutting measure.
October 30, 2010 5:21:24 PM

Do you guys know if there are benchmarks for the 6870 yet?