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Which card is actually better?

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March 18, 2011 12:52:48 AM

I am looking for a new card as battlefield 3 is coming out. I enjoy the ATI line by preference.

I am looking at a 5870 vs. 6870.

The 6870 appears cheaper, but why?

Which is really the better card in the long run?

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(Yes I just like the Sapphire cards as well)

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March 18, 2011 12:58:47 AM

The 5870 is better, AMD made its flagship line up the 69xx series so the 5870 fits much closer to a 6950 than it does a 6870 which would be why the 6870 is cheaper. You can pick up a 5870 for $200 after MIR off of newegg which makes it a much better deal than the 6870 that it outperforms.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 18, 2011 1:02:12 AM

Yep.

ATI/AMD slightly changed the way it's cards are "named". The HD 68xx series is supposed to replace the HD 57xx series, not the HD 58xx.

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March 18, 2011 1:42:38 AM

So what's a 5870 compared to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB?
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March 18, 2011 1:52:50 AM

The GTX 560 wins in some cases, but in most cases the 5870 performs better, especially as more GPU power is needed.
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March 18, 2011 7:33:26 AM

So in the end I'd be safe with either the 5870 or the GTX 560?
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March 18, 2011 2:19:21 PM

5870 2gb is the better choice if you can find them at the same pricepoint. It draws a few watts more power but gives a bit of a boost in performance.
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