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January 12, 2011 1:48:08 AM

Would like some input on which ATI/AMD GPU to buy with my set up.
Current set- up is :
mobo - Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ram - GSKiLL DDR2 800 2x2GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - AMD Phenom II 965 Quad - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU cooler - Cooler Master V-8 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - Win 7 Pro 32-bit
Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Current GPU - XFX GTS 250 1GB(From previous nVidia mobo) - http://xfxforce.com/en-us/products/graphiccards/GTSseri...

Was looking at the 6850's but not now with the issues. leaning toward the 6870.
Any info would be great :sol: 

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a c 608 U Graphics card
January 12, 2011 2:35:42 AM

Since you're shooting for AMD, pick a price range and get the one that fits your budget: 6850 -> 6870 -> 6950 -> 6970. There is not much in terms of features that separates them.

For the most part, the 6900's are all reference type designs with similar coolers. The 6800's have some custom options. The 6900's add an updated type of Antialiasing. The 6850/6950's have more overclocking headroom than the 6870/6970's.

The 6950 can be BIOS flashed up to 6970 performance. If you can afford $300, that would be the way to go.
a c 230 U Graphics card
January 12, 2011 2:43:04 AM

I'd keep the 250 as a dedicated PhysX card and grab a 570

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


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Overall, the graphics frame rate performance has the AMD Radeon HD 6970 matched nicely to the GeForce GTX 570. Measured at stock (reference) speeds in ten different tests, the Radeon HD 6970 was either slightly ahead in half of them or deeply trailed in the other half. We've excluded HAWX 2 from this review, until AMD drivers can compensate for the performance skew. The DirectX 10 tests seemed to really score the GeForce GTX 570 way ahead, while many of the DirectX 11 tests pulled the Radeon HD 6970 ahead by a few FPS:

3DMark Vantage has the 6970 ahead by 2.9% (1680x1050) or 5.8% (1920x1200) on the Jane Nash test, but then sinks 16.9/9.4% for New Calico. Crysis Warhead pushed the GTX 570 16.2/9.4% ahead, but then DX11 Aliens vs Predator pushed back 10.4/12.3% in favor of the Radeon HD 6970. Shader intensive games such as Battlefield Bad Company 2 really strained the Radeon HD 6970, giving the GTX 570 a 31.9/25.3% lead. BattleForge did the same, giving the GTX 570 a 53.5/57.1% lead over the 6970. Lost Planet 2 dog-piled also the results in favor the GTX 570, resulting in a 45.1/41.9% lead over the 6970. Then, thankfully, the Radeon HD 6970 fought back in NVIDIA-strong games like Mafia II, producing a 0.9/6.0% lead over the GTX 570. Metro 2033 gave the 6970 a 3.1/5.2% edge, and then the Heaven 2.1 benchmark offered a 2.0/7.5% difference in favor of the 6970.


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a c 173 U Graphics card
January 12, 2011 3:27:37 AM

What issues are you talking about? I don't see how you can be worried about issues with the 6850 but want to buy a 6870. They are more or less the same card.

Budget? Resolution? PSU?
January 12, 2011 5:47:46 AM

There is a thread started in the ATI forum on Tomshardware about VRAM issues with the 6850's. The 6950/6970 are a bit out of my price range. Not planning on OC'ing gpu(maybe though)
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