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Confused in asus 6850, sapphire 6850, evga 460. Please advice

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March 22, 2011 1:09:01 PM

Please help me choose my GPU. Realllllllllllyyyyy confused.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: on or before 25/3

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (all the new titles), home theater/watching movies)

CURRENT POWER SUPPLY: CoolerMaster Silent ProM 700W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i5-2500k with hyper212+, MSI P67A-GD55, WD Caviar 500GB AAKX

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (not now, 8-10 months down the line)

My 3 options are:

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit -- $264.79

ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 -- $291.62

EVGA 01G-P3-1380-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) SSC+ 1GB -- $283.52

The prices are incuding the RAM

RAM is G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

Cooling is a significant factor where i live. $300 is my absolute limit for these two parts.

Thanks in advance.
March 22, 2011 5:13:53 PM

thnx for the reply psychosaysdie.

I now have another thing to ask. how does the 6850 compare to 460 in dual card setup?
i read that 460's are brilliant but what about the 6850's?

thnx again.
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March 22, 2011 5:25:10 PM

I'll second that Sparkle Calibre suggestion. The EVGA you listed is also an excellent card. The GTX 460's that have been mentioned have really high factory overclocks, compared to the 6850's that are only modestly overclocked. Out of the box, the 460's will be faster, cool, and quiet with excellent dual-GPU scaling.

The 6850's will also do well in dual card setups, but some would say their drivers are lacking. In general, after browsing these forums, Nvidia drivers seem to be more stable in SLI, while AMD has several commonly identified issues with shimmering and microstuttering. AMD also requires you to install application profiles in order to enable Crossfire support in the latest games, while Nvidia does not. You are fortunate to have an SLI certified motherboard, so I would say take advantage of that.
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March 22, 2011 5:43:44 PM

Best answer selected by ash2ray.
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March 22, 2011 5:44:48 PM

Thnx guys. your help is appreciated.

GTX 460 it is. :bounce: 
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