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Asus gtx 460 directCU top vs gigabyte 6850

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January 3, 2011 11:13:36 PM

Which of these two graphics cards are better, they are both 180$? Another question i have is if the 6850 can be put on a dell xps 7100
a c 214 U Graphics card
January 3, 2011 11:41:53 PM

Their are both very similar but also both perform better than the other in different games.You will have to see for your self to see what games you paly and how they compare to each card.

Keep in mind that you want to look for the cards that aren't O.C.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

I have no idea what a dell xps 7100 is could you please provide a link to it,or give full system specs including power supply.
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January 4, 2011 12:08:23 AM

ok I guess ill have to look that up.

Here are the specs on the 7100-

psu- 460watt:is enough for both cards but i need an adapter for the 2nd 6-pin connector(or get another power supply

cpu- Phenom II 1090t

Memory- 6gb ddr3

MOBO- amd 780g
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 4, 2011 12:33:21 AM

Yah your psu is fine,something like this is what you would need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's really all up to you on which one you want to get.You get more O.C.ing potential with the 460 but when the 6850 is crossfired it will do way better than a gtx460 SLI.

What resoultion are playing at?
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January 4, 2011 2:04:29 AM

real low 1200x900- terrible monitor
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 4, 2011 2:16:37 AM

You should have no problem then getting really good FPS at that resolution.When you do upgrade to a 1080p monitor you might see an FPS drop but if you have the money get another of each and a new PSU and it should be real smooth.
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January 4, 2011 2:22:42 AM

so it really doesnt matter which one I choose and get the cheapest one, right?
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a b U Graphics card
January 4, 2011 2:25:04 AM

go for a 6850, it only requires one six pin and with your suspect dell psu I would not try a gtx 460 althogh their power draw is not terrible, there is no way to tell if your dell psu is going to deliver the specified wattage or amperage on a 12v rail to power either card so it is a gamble. Open your case and see if you can read the specs of your psu, without it having an efficiency rating even though it may be 450 watts it may deliver much less. In short go for the 6850 and hopefully it will run on your psu which i think it most likely will unless dell supplied some junk psu, if not a quality 80+ rated 500w psu from a name vendor such as antec, corsair, seasonic, etc will more than meet your needs


if you have to uprgrade here is a great deal on a quality antec 650w which will cover you for higher end cards in the future:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 4, 2011 2:29:34 AM

it only requires one 6-pin connector where did you read that?
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a b U Graphics card
January 4, 2011 2:33:33 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
it only requires one 6-pin connector where did you read that?


it is a known fact but if you must have proof here you go:
here is a qoute from toms hardware's review of the 6850:

"The Radeon HD 6850 needs only a single auxiliary PCIe power cable as a result of its relatively low clock rates, and this probably makes it the most powerful reference card available with one 6-pin connector. Unfortunately the connector is on the back of the card and not the top. Like the Radeon HD 6870, the 6850 has a single CrossFire bridge and is only capable of dual-card configurations."

here is the direct link:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...

the 6870 requires two six pin, as does the gtx 460
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January 4, 2011 2:35:08 AM

got it. thanks, probably going with the 6850.
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a b U Graphics card
January 4, 2011 2:37:27 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
got it. thanks, probably going with the 6850.



no problem, in the end either one will be more than enough power for your resolution, but with your potentially low output psu I would go with the 6850
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a b U Graphics card
January 4, 2011 12:56:37 PM

i prefer asus as a maker then gigabyte... but gtx 460 vs 6850 i usually say 6850... either way at your resolution they will max everything , so the 6850 is a good choice and gigabyte makes good card i just find asus to be a cut above in quality
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January 7, 2011 5:26:11 PM

purple stank said:

Keep in mind that you want to look for the cards that aren't O.C.


Why go for the non O.C.'s?

I thought that was a good thing?
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 7, 2011 6:21:39 PM

O.C. is a good thing,i just meant as a reference when your looking at the chart,because they will vary dependins on the O.C.If you just look at the ones that aren't it will give you a ballpark for how the card will perform.
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January 7, 2011 6:36:54 PM

purple stank said:
O.C. is a good thing,i just meant as a reference when your looking at the chart,because they will vary dependins on the O.C.If you just look at the ones that aren't it will give you a ballpark for how the card will perform.


Ah, I get ya. Cheers :) 
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