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confused and need advice 5850 or 6870 for gaming explain please!

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November 17, 2010 7:52:04 PM

Hi all, im in the market to purchase a new video card, Ive decided to go with Nvidia however im at a loss here as to understanding the cards im looking to get
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... this one is the 5850 for $300.00

here is a 6870 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... for $270 and lastly

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... it is a 5850 but for $439.00!!

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?

Thanking you all in advance!!

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November 17, 2010 8:08:32 PM

The 6870 is the best performer out of the three and the cheapest, nothing else matters, get the 6870.

The one that costs $439 is a gimick with overclocks and non-reference cooling.

The one that cost $300.00 is a reference card and that's the suggested retail price from AMD/ATI

The one that costs $270 is newer tech and costs less to produce.

As you can see on this chart, the 6870 is in the same calss as the 5850 but in reality it edges it out in overall performance.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-rad...

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November 17, 2010 8:27:20 PM

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!

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November 17, 2010 8:45:24 PM

I don't think vapor x cooling is worth 80 bucks, if you want a 5850 try this one:
(http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...)

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.
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November 17, 2010 10:42:14 PM

jonpaul37 said:
The 6870 is the best performer out of the three and the cheapest, nothing else matters, get the 6870.

The one that costs $439 is a gimick with overclocks and non-reference cooling.

The one that cost $300.00 is a reference card and that's the suggested retail price from AMD/ATI

The one that costs $270 is newer tech and costs less to produce.

As you can see on this chart, the 6870 is in the same calss as the 5850 but in reality it edges it out in overall performance.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-rad...



Thanks Jon, I think I will be going for the 6870 refering to the others about newer technology might as well be as far on top of it as I can..even though thats not saying very much! :) 

As for overclocking, Ive never been a big fan of OC so I think the 6870 is the way to go! thanks all for your inputs!!
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November 27, 2010 11:54:34 PM

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November 28, 2010 10:48:05 AM

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