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5870 vs 6870

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March 25, 2011 11:16:26 AM

Alright, I know in pure performance the 5870 takes it. What I am wondering is with later driver updates, will that already small gap close up any more? I know that in tessellation and other dx11 features it will be more beneficial, but in just hard core performace, with a nice overclock, will it ever match, or out match a 5870?

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March 25, 2011 2:32:27 PM

No one has any voice on this?
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March 25, 2011 2:44:33 PM

2x HD6870 < HD5870 < HD6870

Although the HD6870 will have slightly longer and better driver support from AMD, the HD5870 will beat the 6870 in everything as you said with the exception of tesselation...
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March 25, 2011 2:48:31 PM

Drivers aren't going to help that much, no. 5870 is more comparable to a 6950.

Sure you can overclock it to 5870 performance (I would assume) but you could also OC the 5870 so it doesn't really hold up there.

Why do you ask?
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March 25, 2011 4:25:12 PM

I was looking for a budget card to last me till the next set of 28nm cards come out. I have a 5750 so it struggles on certain games at 1080p. I find that the two cards occupy similar price points, which is why I was asking this question. I know I could pay around 100 more for a 6950 and all that, but once again I am trying to go on a 1080p maxing or near maxing card.
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March 25, 2011 4:57:19 PM

5870 for sure then, IMO. It's a pretty powerful card.
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March 25, 2011 5:06:57 PM

Just saying, 6870x2 > 5870x2. So if you dont want to drop 500$ in a year for a new gpu then the 6870 is the better choice, you can pick two up for the price of some 5870's!
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March 25, 2011 7:25:56 PM

I guess it is my fault some replies deal with multi card solutions. I use only single card solutions, because at the moment my system is only capable of such. So no crossfire or sli for me right now. anyway it seems the 5870 is the answer.
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March 25, 2011 7:33:35 PM

The XFX 5870 is $170 at www.newegg.com after rebate. That is pretty spectacular.
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March 25, 2011 8:58:55 PM

maneil99 said:
Just saying, 6870x2 > 5870x2. So if you dont want to drop 500$ in a year for a new gpu then the 6870 is the better choice, you can pick two up for the price of some 5870's!



I highly doubt 6870x2 will beat 5870x2, seeing as a 5870 is better than a 6870. I will take my 2 5870 vs any 2 6870
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March 26, 2011 11:36:04 PM

bad mojo said:
The XFX 5870 is $170 at www.newegg.com after rebate. That is pretty spectacular.


Yes that is why I was considering between the two, even though benchmarks show the 6XXX version was weaker, with that deal they occupy the same price point.
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March 26, 2011 11:37:29 PM

thephenom696 said:
according to Gpureviews: http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=613&card2...

HD5870 BEATS HD6870 !
but also the HD6990 has openGL complience 4.1 and the hd5870 has openGL compliance on 3.2, so the hd 6870 would be a more future proof choice


I do not care for future proof right now, just till the next set of gpus, ones based on 28 nm come out. After that I will likely scrap the card.
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