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Radeon HD 6870 or GTX 470 for my Build

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November 2, 2010 9:15:11 PM
Radeon 6870

GTX 470

1 x ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

1 x XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

1 x Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply

1 x AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGIBOX

1 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

1 x SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black EIDE/ATAPI Model SH-S222A - OEM

1 x Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

1 x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I will be buying a new heatsink

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November 2, 2010 9:51:22 PM

Heh, I made a similar topic earlier because I'm looking at the same two cards for my upcoming build. I think I'm leaning toward the 470. Hmmmm....

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November 2, 2010 10:13:17 PM

Performance wise they are basically tied, the GTX 470 leads a little in avg frames while minimum frames are higher by a pretty good margin on the 6870.

Price, the 6870 is $10 cheaper on Newegg.

Power Draw:

You have the 6870 being less than HALF of the GTX 470's power draw since that diagram is the whole system, and the graphics card doesn't take up a supermajority of the power draw unless you have CF/SLI.

You have the 6870 being a solid 15 C less.

The 6870 is quieter by a decent amount.

Performance - Same
Price - 6870
Temp - 6870
Power Draw - 6870
Noise - 6870

Features wise they both are loaded.
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November 2, 2010 10:16:13 PM

I'll go with the 6870, and probably upgrade my motherboard so I can get another 6870 in the future.

What is the deal with upcoming gfx cards coming out? should I wait for a price drop?
November 2, 2010 10:16:20 PM

Best answer selected by nmeseth.
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November 2, 2010 10:25:37 PM

The GTX470 has PhysX. The 6870 does not.

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November 2, 2010 10:43:48 PM

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