Hd 6870 or gtx 470
Im planning to buy a new comp .I am really undecided between these 2 cards since they have really similar performance.Does nvidias phsx make an relative advantage over the 6870 in future performance?
Yes, PhysX can make a dramatic difference if you play those games that feature it. The big difference between the two cards is that the 6870's are all reference models. For the GTX470, there is a lot of variety with different designs and custom heatsinks. If it were me, I would go for the Gigabyte GTX470 Superoverclock with the custom Wind Force III cooler. It will run faster and quieter than any 6870. The MSI GTX470 Twin Frozr II is another option. Both will give you PhysX to play Mafia 2, Metro 2033, Unreal Tournament III, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and a few others.
Hettar said:thanks mate.However lets say i dont want to overclock it or i dont have the oppurtunity:)do you say gtx 470 still?
That would be an argument in favor of the Gigabyte Superoverclock, it is already factory overclocked up to GTX480 speed, 700mhz. The factory overclocked 6870's have very small overclocks which don't impact performance as much as factory overclocks do on a GTX470.
AG Renagade said:PhysX is something that once you use, you wanna keep using. The GTX470 SC from pretty much any brand would beat the 6870. I've had a GTX470 SC from EVGA and tested it against a Asus 6870 that I purchased. GTX470 Won. Returned the 6870.
It's great hearing from someone with firsthand experience.
I agree with those above. So does THG
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/batman-arkham-asylum,2465-11.htmlQuote:...the eye candy [PhysX] is a lot of fun to watch. Once you've turned it on, it's not something you'll turn off if your hardware can handle it.
Check out the Mafia 2 reviews for more on PhysX eye candy .... a game by the way which comes free with the EVGA 470 GTX SC
Last weekend I built a box for a friend of my son's w/ twin EVGA 470 SC's in SLI .... another one underway now has just one 470 but has the same case and 850 watt PSU so as to add the 2nd one later come Santa's arrival.
Here's that build ($1,500 budget) which anticipated the addition of an SSD and 2nd GFX card in SLI come X-Mas. The extra case fan was to blow air between the 2 GFX cards so wasn't needed till the 2nd card arrived.
Case - $140 - Antec DF-85
Case Fan - Later - Antec Red 120 mm
PSU - $120 - Antec CP850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
MoBo - $200 - Asus Sabertooth
CPU - $295 - Intel i7-950
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
RAM - $110 - 3 x 2GB Mushkin CAS 7
GFX - $270 - EVGA GTX 470 SC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130549
2nd GFX - Later - Same
HD - $75 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5"
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home OEM
The HAF 922 / Corsair HX850 was the alt if the kid went w/ a mid tower, in the end, he wanted to go bigger.
The GTX 470 has turned out to be a very popular card. If you do decide to go with it, I recommend EVGA, MSI and Gigabyte for brands. EVGA offer great cooling with its fin designs and has great warranty. MSI and Gigabyte both have great coolers as well.
Gigabyte having probably the best for the GTX 470 OC. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125338
Next would be the MSI GTX 470 with its Twin Frozr II. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127513
My recommendation would be the 6870, because my preference is lower temps and noise (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850-barts,2776-22.html). This would also be important for a future CrossFire config.
Personally, I am not swayed by the PhysX argument, but without having seen it, it might be just as magical as described.
I also hope that the 570 turns out to be how you described, and if the 470 drops in prices I'll definitely jump on grabbing 2 more to SLI.
The GTX 470 no longer has the heating issues that it used to when first released. Thanks to new drivers mine idles at around 36c which isn't bad and loads at around 78c. There also isn't any audible noise unless you manually crank up all the fans. Search up videos on PhysX demonstrations, it really is something worth playing with.