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December 1, 2010 9:51:47 PM

whats the absolute best graphics card/ performance per dollar card near $200??

every once and a while there are a few 5850's (with rebate) around this price is that my best bet?

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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 10:04:57 PM

If you are planning to OC, I would go for the 6850. If not, then yeah, the 5850. Hope I helped. ;) 
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a c 214 U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 10:36:19 PM

I would also agree to go with a 6850...
What are your full system specs?
what type of power supply do you have?
just to make sure
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 10:46:54 PM

A stock 5850 beats an overclocked 6850 according to the Tom's review. I would go for the 5850 if you find one for 200 bucks.
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 10:48:05 PM

benski said:
A stock 5850 beats an overclocked 6850 according to the Tom's review. I would go for the 5850 if you find one for 200 bucks.

In benchmarks a 6870 beats a 5850, an OCed 6850 beats a stock 6870. :D 
a c 539 U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 11:17:18 PM

I think Mr. HostileDonut knew this was coming....


a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 11:25:47 PM

I have not heard that the 6850 overclocks particularly well, if you have a review to the contrary I would be interested in reading it.
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 11:30:21 PM

I am sorry, I do not have a review, but I have heard from many reviews (Can't think of one right now) that it is a good OCer.
a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 11:40:51 PM

benski said:
I have not heard that the 6850 overclocks particularly well, if you have a review to the contrary I would be interested in reading it.

A 6850 can go up to 960Mhz+, a~200Mhz over stock and can beat the 5870 OCed in most cases.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4002/amd-radeon-hd-6850-o...
December 2, 2010 1:59:11 AM

purple stank said:
I would also agree to go with a 6850...
What are your full system specs?
what type of power supply do you have?
just to make sure


I dont have my computer yet. It is for a build I am going to do. I plan on using a Corsair 750tx will that be enough?

Im planning on getting the SB 2500K and 8 GB of ram.
December 2, 2010 1:59:55 AM

So over all the best card if i choose to CF is the 6850?
a c 214 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 2:39:43 AM

yes the 6850 would be best for CF
a c 539 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 3:47:12 AM

The 6850 in Crossfire equals the 5970 in performance.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/Radeon_HD_6850_C...

As far as overclocking, for the Asus 6850 DirectCU:
"The overclocks of our card are 945 MHz core (20% overclock) and 1165 MHz Memory (17% overclock). Both overclocks are phenomenal and show that AMD has mastered the 40 nm production process. Such an overclocking potential enables willing users to buy the cheaper HD 6850 and overclock it to HD 6870 performance levels."



"The actual 3D performance gained from overclocking is 16.2%"
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Radeon_HD_6850_...
December 2, 2010 4:23:23 AM

So if im looking to buy one card at a time would it just be better to go with the 6850 and over clock. Plus wont the prices be droping soon because of the release of the 69XX cards??
a c 539 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 4:16:40 PM

peteypablo319 said:
So if im looking to buy one card at a time would it just be better to go with the 6850 and over clock. Plus wont the prices be droping soon because of the release of the 69XX cards??

An overclocked 6850 will get your performance up to 6870/5870 levels, BUT you need to be careful to get a model with a good cooler. Some 6850's can get VERY noisy when overclocked, particularly to the full out maxed clock speeds people keep talking about. Avoid the XFX and Sapphire models for example. Buying one 6850 will of course give you an upgrade path to Crossfire in the future.

Unfortunately, I'm not expecting prices to come down very much when the 6900 series is debuted. Apparently there is a MOSFET component that is shared by both models that is in short supply. As more of these are used for the 6900's, fewer will be available for the 6800's, therefore there might be a shortage of both cards.
a c 214 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 5:32:48 PM

I know that when the 68xx came out they were sold out asap and when i look on newegg now most of them are still sold out/out of stock.Definitly will have to be quick about your purchase if your going for a 69xx.
December 2, 2010 7:32:25 PM

yeah ive been keeping my eye on newegg and tiger direct for any good deals/ when certain models are in stock. Basically the stock changes on a day to day basis. Thanks for all your guy's advice and help. if can save up enough money i may just go for CF 5850 or 6870's
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 7:59:54 PM

If you are going to crossfire I would stick with the HD6000 cards as they improved crossfire scaling in the new series.
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the GTX 460 at all. It's basically on par with the HD6850 at reference speeds but often comes with a hefty factory OC and the performance tends to scale better with the core speed when you OC a GTX 460 compared to an HD6850. This MSI Hawk for $160 after rebate($190 before) is a fantastic deal;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's the best version around and designed to overclock to extreme levels. Definitely the card I would choose if I had $200 to spend on a video card.
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 8:05:59 PM

Here is a performance chart for that card:

As you can see it beats the HD5850 because of the factory OC but you should be able to raise the core another 125-150mhz which should put its performance in the area of the HD5870.
December 2, 2010 8:06:46 PM

so the GTX 460 is basically got the same performance as the 6850. but when in sli will preform better then the 6850's cross fired??
December 2, 2010 8:09:21 PM

thanks for the help that is a great card if its only 160 right now.. I think i might buy that today!!

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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 8:32:34 PM
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Check out the chart matt posted earlier in the thread. The HD6850 is very slightly faster than the GTX 460 1gb but that is at reference speeds and the GTX 460 is rarely sold at reference speeds for some reason. The Hawk is sold at 780mhz vs the 675mhz reference speed but leaving it there when it was specifically designed for an extreme overclock would be a crime.
Overall I would say the GTX 460 1gb and the HD6850 are about as close as you can get in terms of performance but the GTX 460 has slight advantages in real performance gains from overclocking and SLI scaling is still slightly better I believe. The performance differences in either situation are basically negligible to be honest but that Hawk has great cooling, better than any HD6850 available, and a price you aren't going to find on the HD6850 so it would definitely be my choice.
Some things that could sway you towards the different cards is the GTX 460 has the advantages of Physx and CUDA while the HD6850 has MLAA and the ability to use more than 2 monitors without a second card. If any of that stuff matters a lot to you then choose accordingly.
a c 539 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 8:36:00 PM

The GTX460 has better DirectX 11 tesselation performance, which should be useful for the expected release of several new game titles in 2011.
December 2, 2010 8:39:37 PM

you deff just sold me on the GTX 460! i just ordered it at that price i just couldn't pass it up. Thanks alot for your Help!!
December 2, 2010 8:39:50 PM

Best answer selected by peteypablo319.
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 8:52:42 PM

No problem. I just wish I had the money to grab one :p 
December 2, 2010 9:02:53 PM

this card will work with a LGA 1155 Mother board correct??
a c 539 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 9:13:19 PM

It will work.
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