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Upgrade From 4870 -> 6850,

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January 26, 2011 1:48:01 AM

I had a look at 5850 and 6870 also, but they are both more expensive and only the latter has very noticible increases in performance,
but it is 80 dollars more (NZ).

So, for 300 nzd i can upgrade from my current 4870 to a 6850,

my real question here (since few benchmarks compare the two) is how
much better will my in game fps be (roughly), if this is too hard to predict , suggest
how much better the performance will be.
I normally play Call Of Duty 4 1280x800 whilst recording at 60 frames per second solid.
I hope to play COD4 at 1920x1080 at 60fps solid, would this be achieveable with the 6850?

Thanks VERY much for any help given!!!!!!

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January 26, 2011 1:49:03 AM

Any Help would be much appreciated!!!
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January 26, 2011 2:02:56 AM

if you would like to suggest the 5850 to me as being worth the extra money, the model im looking at is XFX HD-585X 5850, as oppose to a gigabyte 6850 1gb
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 26, 2011 2:05:30 AM

The HD4870 and HD5770 are very similar in performance and the HD5770 should be included in reviews of the HD6850 so you can compare. I would say it isn't really worth the money unless you give the card a nice high overclock perhaps.
You mention recording... I'm not an expert on the subject but I think that is more related to cpu/hard drive than your video card's graphical power. So I don't know if you will get the performance improvement you desire from a better card considering the HD5770 shouldn't have any issues with COD4 even at 1080p. Perhaps someone with more experience in recording can chime in.
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January 26, 2011 2:13:36 AM

You are right about CPU and hard drive, its just the graphcis can assist with the higher resolution
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 26, 2011 2:22:30 AM

The HD5770 should average about 75 fps at 1080p with everything fully maxed so it is the recording that is the issue rather than the resolution. In general, when not recording and playing more recent/intensive games than COD4, there will be a notable benefit but in the specific situation you mentioned I doubt it.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 26, 2011 2:27:08 AM

gidator76 said:
Here are the two cards i am choosing from, personally I have heard
better things about XFX cards, does anyone else know if theres any truth to this?


XFX HD-585X-ZAFA 5850 1gb @ $339
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afa.asp?idWebPage=39235&CATID...
vs

Gigabyte GV-R685D5 6850 1gb @ $309
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afa.asp?idWebPage=39235&CATID...

I'd go for the HD6850 over an HD5850 even at the same price. The one card that might make me go for the HD5850 is the Asus DirectCU because of the great cooling and ability to raise the voltage on the core for OCs up around 1ghz.
XFX is mainly known for their double life-time warranties but I don't believe they apply outside of North America(could be wrong.)
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January 26, 2011 2:31:45 AM

jyjjy said:
The HD5770 should average about 75 fps at 1080p with everything fully maxed so it is the recording that is the issue rather than the resolution. In general, when not recording and playing more recent/intensive games than COD4, there will be a notable benefit but in the specific situation you mentioned I doubt it.


Thanks for the help dude,
although im not looking at purchasing a 5770.
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January 26, 2011 2:33:22 AM

jyjjy said:
I'd go for the HD6850 over an HD5850 even at the same price. The one card that might make me go for the HD5850 is the Asus DirectCU because of the great cooling and ability to raise the voltage on the core for OCs up around 1ghz.
XFX is mainly known for their double life-time warranties but I don't believe they apply outside of North America(could be wrong.)


Thanks heaps!!!
Ive been hearing the same elsewhere too..

appreciate it bro
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January 26, 2011 2:39:05 AM

Best answer selected by gidator76.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 26, 2011 2:40:00 AM

gidator76 said:
Thanks for the help dude,
although im not looking at purchasing a 5770.

Sorry, got what you have switched up. Like I said earlier though the performance of the 2 cards are extremely close so what applies to one applies to the other.
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January 26, 2011 11:56:18 AM

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