please someone help me understand the price variances in the model types, Id think the newest one the 6870 would be the most expensive, and if that is the case, why is a older model 5850 more expensive than the rest?
I will be using the graphics card primarily for gaming and was looking into the "best bang for the buck" all fingers point to the 5850 cards...but now im seeing the 6870, are the 6 series cards not good for games?
The 6870 is a 5770-class card but in the next generation, and performance wise closer to a GTX 460. The GTX 460 is quite a lot cheaper but if you're not interested in Nvidia I'd also say go for the 6870 - personally I don't believe in buying a product that is older in technology (the 5850) than what you can get now. There will be newer models of cards in the 6*** series that will be coming out soon, you might hate yourself later on after you've bought, wishing you had waited like many people who have GTX 480s wishing they had GTX 580s!
Toms review shows the 5850 and 6870 being about even, depends on the game you play but they are very close to eatch other in everything. For $200 after rebate I might consider that 5850 over the 6870, I've heard the 6870's don't overclock well and generate alot of heat.