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December 10, 2010 1:28:21 AM

So, with Xmas coming up I've been thinking about what GPU I wanna get and I've pretty much narrowed it down to 2. I play at 1680x 1200 and I want to be able to handle almost all games maxxed, maybe for the years to come as well. So, basically, which one of the two is better? GTX 570, or Radeon 6870? Also, I have a stock i3-540 ( which I will OC so it won't be that much of a bottleneck) and 4GB of RAM.

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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 1:46:58 AM

well.. to answer your question.. the GTX 570 is significantly better than the R6870... but it also costs $110 more on average... so it's in a different class of course

for 1680 resolution - the 6870 should more than suffice... and save you over $100... and also require a lower powered PSU

to get a more final answer though - you'll need to provide your current system specs... as well as your budget for the card...
December 10, 2010 8:49:43 AM

If you're comparing the 6870 vs 570, perhaps you need to take the 470 into the picture as well. They are $250ish these days, and will perform well in that resolution.
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December 10, 2010 2:13:39 PM

Go with the 6870, the 570 is overkill for your current rig.
December 10, 2010 2:32:55 PM

The 470 is last years card - dont waste money on it
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 2:59:42 PM

vvhocare5 said:
The 470 is last years card - dont waste money on it


LMAO You're suggesting against the GTX 470 simply because it's not the absolute latest? The 470 and the 6870 trade blows performance wise in most benchmarks. So they're just about equals (obviously each wins in certain game titles). Telling the OP to ignore the GTX 470 simply because the 6870 is newer is ignorant.

Now, the ATI 6870 probably runs cooler and quieter, and uses less power. That would be a reason to recommend it over the GTX 470. There would then be something real behind the suggestion.

EVGA Superclocked GTX 470 for $249.99 - $20 MIR = $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX ATI 6870 $239.99 "Double Lifetime Warranty" + Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At your resolution (which is odd by the way) of 1680x1200 either the GTX 470 or ATI 6870 would be more than sufficient.
a c 141 U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 3:06:17 PM

lol. here i thought that for 1680x1200 or 1600x900 the GTX470 are way overkill :sweat: 
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 3:14:33 PM

at first i read it as 1600x1200 and was like... wait... is he using a crt? >_<

yea 6850 would be fine for your needs a 570 would be a better card but really you'll max everythign out with the 6870 so really unless you plan on getting the 570 for a bit of future proofing then the 6870 woudl be sufficient (even the 6870 has some built in future proofing just not quite as much )
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 3:19:50 PM

renz496 said:
lol. here i thought that for 1680x1200 or 1600x900 the GTX470 are way overkill :sweat: 


Yes, the GTX 470 & ATI 6870 are definitely more than needed unless he's doing 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. So the OP CAN save money by going with a lesser card.

The GTX 460 or ATI 6850 are probably more in line with what's actually needed.
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 6:30:14 PM

"The 470 is last years card - dont waste money on it "



cut him some slack guys... i bet his purse and high heels aren't last season either ;) 

but ye what matters is performance... if i have a 68 camaro with a blown 454 and you try to race me in a brand new toyota prius you're not gonna do much in a race against me ... you're just gonna be more efficient
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 6:50:00 PM

g00fysmiley said:
"The 470 is last years card - dont waste money on it "



cut him some slack guys... i bet his purse and high heels aren't last season either ;) 

but ye what matters is performance... if i have a 68 camaro with a blown 454 and you try to race me in a brand new toyota prius you're not gonna do much in a race against me ... you're just gonna be more efficient


LOL I dunno, the 2010 Camaro might not even beat a blown 454 in a 68. Hehehe :kaola: 
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 6:59:18 PM

"LOL I dunno, the 2010 Camaro might not even beat a blown 454 in a 68. Hehehe "

that actually would make an even better reference as even if the new camaro is faster than the 68 that doesn't make the blown 68 slow..


but in the grand scheme of motorised vehicles give me a bike for speed ;)  i'd put money on my ducati against 99% of cars out there :D 
a c 130 U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 7:01:33 PM

Don't you love how every graphics card discussion has its own car vs car scenario?

To be honest? I'd grab an HD5870. They're getting extremely cheap, and beat both a GTX470 and an HD6870.
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 7:03:32 PM

Wow, ATI 5870's on NewEgg.com for $280 to $290! They have dropped a lot... that's what the GTX 470 sold for like 2-3 months ago.
a c 130 U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 7:11:40 PM

Try $250 ;) 

(After rebate, of course. Still an amazing deal).
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 7:17:35 PM

250 for a 5870 0.o ... man makes me wanna return my new gts 450 >_< (yea nice house nice, good bike but medium grade pc , i enjoy gaming but am fine with medium settings its about the fun of the game not the visuals for me :D  ) but as thats only 130 more than the 120 i paid for the gts ... but at a huge perfromance gain... very tempting
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 7:38:42 PM

Fierce competition and fairly quick generation improvements between ATI & nVidia are good for the PC Enthusiast. :) 
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