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Which HD6850 do I buy?

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January 18, 2011 8:41:05 AM

I have the option of getting the following 6850's for all around the same price, please advise;


HIS - $199

MSI - $203

GIGABYTE - $203

Powercolor - $198

It's really hot here in Australia at the moment and my current card isn't dealing with it too well. Which of the above has the best cooling?

Thanks.

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January 18, 2011 9:58:03 AM

I'd go with HIS or Gigabyte, but preferably the Gigabyte since it has the dual fans.
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January 18, 2011 9:58:26 AM

They all look to have the same method of cooling. Factory OC'd cards will be a bit hotter than normal.

I'd go for the one that has the best warranty service, in case it burns out in the heat, you can get a replacement!

All graphics cards get hot, you need to make sure the cooling through your case is spot on.
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January 18, 2011 1:13:16 PM

Griffolion said:
They all look to have the same method of cooling. Factory OC'd cards will be a bit hotter than normal.

I'd go for the one that has the best warranty service, in case it burns out in the heat, you can get a replacement!

All graphics cards get hot, you need to make sure the cooling through your case is spot on.

I agree. All the those cards are fine, just get the one with the best warranty.
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January 18, 2011 9:52:37 PM

Doesn't the HIS card have a closed design, ie. it exhausts the good majority of the hot air outside the case? Might be worth considering. Also the Asus card with DCHP has got positive comments for its cooling.

I'm rather happy with the Gigabyte one, but that's due to fairly low noise... and my room temperature is about 23C almost throughout the year.
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January 18, 2011 11:24:06 PM

Could you provide a link to or a list of the specific models that are available? Some models are stock reference cards, some are overclocked, and some have modified cooling.

Here are the 19 6850's available at newegg.com in the USA:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Is the ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6850 available to you?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I read quite a few competent technical reviews indicating that model has very good cooling.
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January 19, 2011 7:20:49 AM

Have found the ASUS one you mentioned JohnnyLucky but it's $248.

Right now I have a saphire HD4850 which is running too hot and reboots my computer with taxing games in the summer. Will the 6850 in general be a cooler card?

The store website I'm looking at doesn't list the product code (found the ASUS at a different store)

Thanks for all the replies!
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January 19, 2011 7:27:15 AM

6850 runs much much much cooler than 4850!!

Oh and the Asus HD6850 mentioned by Johnny is $159.99 after mail-in rebate.
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January 19, 2011 10:19:35 AM

The Asus card should run cooler. Here is a link to a technical review of the Asus 6850 that includes temperature results:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Asus_AH6850_DirectCU_VGA_...

I am wondering about case ventilation, airflow, and cooling. What brand and model pc case do you have?
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January 19, 2011 5:52:20 PM

Have you tried underclocking your card in CCC? I suppose the 6850 could also help a bit here as it offers more performance per watt (and generally provides less heat than previous generations, at least the 5850).
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January 19, 2011 7:07:12 PM

Guys, he's in Australia.
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January 19, 2011 11:42:37 PM

yesitsmario - Yes, I know, that's why I asked which specific models were available. I understand that component selection may be limited in other countries. We run into that problem all the time. I also understand that heat can be a big problem. I live in beautiful sunny southern Arizona where the sun shines 350 days a year. In the Summer temperatures routinely hit 110F and sometimes hit 120F.
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January 20, 2011 12:22:14 AM

yesitsmario said:
Guys, he's in Australia.

Then I recommend him getting a GTX460 1GB instead, because their prices are about the same in AU and NZ.
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January 20, 2011 3:13:47 AM

andy5174 said:
Then I recommend him getting a GTX460 1GB instead, because their prices are about the same in AU and NZ.


The gtx 460 ranges from $189 to $289(evga ftw). msi hawk and gigabyte super over clocked are $249.

The xxx edtion xfx 6850 is $209 and the gigabyte oc is $203.

If your looking at the oc versions of the gtx 460 or hd6850, hd6850 is around $40-$50 cheaper.

I am looking at these cards as well and not sure which one to go with. I was considering spending more and getting the gtx 470 or even the hd6950. The super over clock gigabyte gtx 470 is $339, the same price as an xfx or gigabyte hd6950. But I think this is overkill for what i need.
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January 20, 2011 3:26:53 AM

Are you aware that we are talking about the price in "AUSTRALIA"?

In addition, 460FTW only comes with 2-year instead of life time warranty. Why not get a cheaper one with life time warranty and OC it yourself?
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January 20, 2011 3:33:10 AM

andy5174 said:
Are you aware that we are talking about the price in "AUSTRALIA"?

In addition, 460FTW only comes with 2-year instead of life time warranty. Why not get a cheaper one with life time warranty and OC it yourself?



Yeah I gave australian prices. All the ones I looked at are 2-3 years warranty, what one comes with lifetime?

And about over clocking, never done it before and would prefer not to oc.
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January 27, 2011 1:59:27 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
The Asus card should run cooler. Here is a link to a technical review of the Asus 6850 that includes temperature results:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Asus_AH6850_DirectCU_VGA_...

I am wondering about case ventilation, airflow, and cooling. What brand and model pc case do you have?



I have an Antex Solo as my case, no mods. Single fan in the back.
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January 27, 2011 2:01:59 AM

aj242 said:
The gtx 460 ranges from $189 to $289(evga ftw). msi hawk and gigabyte super over clocked are $249.

The xxx edtion xfx 6850 is $209 and the gigabyte oc is $203.

If your looking at the oc versions of the gtx 460 or hd6850, hd6850 is around $40-$50 cheaper.

I am looking at these cards as well and not sure which one to go with. I was considering spending more and getting the gtx 470 or even the hd6950. The super over clock gigabyte gtx 470 is $339, the same price as an xfx or gigabyte hd6950. But I think this is overkill for what i need.


I'm happy to get a non OC card. Never done it before. Heard that you could really crank up the 4850, but at the temperatures it runs at in my room, not really willing to give it a try.
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January 27, 2011 2:03:03 AM

andy5174 said:
Are you aware that we are talking about the price in "AUSTRALIA"?

In addition, 460FTW only comes with 2-year instead of life time warranty. Why not get a cheaper one with life time warranty and OC it yourself?


Would you not void warranty by OCing?
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January 27, 2011 7:04:21 AM

Adz85 said:
Would you not void warranty by OCing?

No.

They wouldn't know as long as you

1) don't tell them

and

2) don't do something insane that would cause burn mark on your gfx.
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February 11, 2011 6:14:22 AM

Best answer selected by Adz85.
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