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Which is better for Crysis 2?

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April 12, 2011 12:24:00 AM

Hows it going every one im trying to figure out which card is better for Crysis/Crysis 2. The 2 cards im looking at are the gtx 460 1gb and the 6870. here are the links to the cards.

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

let me know what u guys think or if u have any other suggestions. im looking for EE cards?

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April 12, 2011 1:06:25 AM

6870 gets my vote
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 1:15:59 AM

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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 1:21:15 AM

^ +1 for the 6870
Heres some benches:


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a c 172 U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 1:26:11 AM

will be interesting to see how the dx11 patch and benches pan out these figures may change. I would personally hold off on buying the game at all until the dx11 patch is released. Otherwise you will have to re-play it to see how it was meant to look on PC.
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 1:29:30 AM

In general though, a faster card is better for any game. But with DX11, another dimension comes into play: tessellation performance. The AMD cards get pummeled by nVidia when it comes to tessellation performance. If you're playing/going to play BF2/BF3 it's something to think about as well.
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 1:36:59 AM

gracefully said:
In general though, a faster card is better for any game. But with DX11, another dimension comes into play: tessellation performance. The AMD cards get pummeled by nVidia when it comes to tessellation performance. If you're playing/going to play BF2/BF3 it's something to think about as well.

Not quite, tessellation performance was improved with HD6000, and the 6870 being the more powerful card (generally) actually matches the 460 is tessellation if not being a hair better; besides, tessellation is just a feature of DX11, not its entirety.
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 1:44:34 AM

Good point. I suddenly remembered the Unreal Engine 3 demo, and remembered that most of the effects there are made possible by DX11.

In my opinion, AMD has the better stack of products right now. Some run faster while using less power (check out trubritar's videos on Youtube).
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 1:49:04 AM

gracefully said:
Good point. I suddenly remembered the Unreal Engine 3 demo, and remembered that most of the effects there are made possible by DX11.

In my opinion, AMD has the better stack of products right now. Some run faster while using less power (check out trubritar's videos on Youtube).

Too bad that TSMC canceled 32nm and 28 isn't coming out so well. Or we'd have 32nm 69X0s and probably 28nm 7XXX previews already.
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April 12, 2011 1:54:51 AM

Wow thanks for all the replies guys!! this is helping me out allot. what do u guys think about the 6870 i posted? are there other brands u guys prefer over xfx? and from what im seeing here so far the 6870 seems to be winning, am i right?
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April 12, 2011 2:01:16 AM

Everyone says that xfx is great but its version of the 6870 doesn't seem to be receiving as good as reviews as other brands why is this?
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April 12, 2011 2:03:44 AM

For example the sapphire and HIS cards on newegg both receive 5 eggs but the xfx one only earns 4.. just makes me wonder about xfx should i be worried about this or are they all basically the same?
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 2:06:14 AM

Mainly because more people are buying them, and the expectations for a XFX is generally higher than other AIBS.
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 2:08:47 AM

A 6870 is a 6870, no matter where you get it from. XFX is a great company with great warranty, so if you care about that, like Timop said, go for the XFX.
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April 12, 2011 2:11:01 AM

Ok sounds good so just to clear everything up every one seems to believe that the 6870 well be better for crysis 2 than the gtx 460 right?
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April 12, 2011 2:13:55 AM

If i remember right xfx will RMA even if you have damaged it with your own overclock? plz correct me if this is wrong
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 2:18:36 AM

Yes, the 6870 is better than the 460, but is bested by the 560. Have you considered the GTX 560?
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April 12, 2011 2:30:45 AM

gracefully said:
Yes, the 6870 is better than the 460, but is bested by the 560. Have you considered the GTX 560?


i really wanted the msi gtx 560 ti.. but because of my small dell case i feel like that card would give off to much heat into my system... thats also why im looking at EE cards. i know that card runs cool but i have very poor ventilation so im pretty sure it would make every thing run much hotter.. i have a dell studio 540 MT case
here is a link to what it looks like

http://www.pacificgeek.com/product.asp?c=220&s=1519&ID=...

What do u think?
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 2:36:47 AM

^The 560 actually have a better reference cooler than the 6870 and 460, if you can afford it then go for it.

what is the specs for the rest of your system though? If its a E5300 then well, even a 6850 is a little over. Also, check if your PSU can run these as well.
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 2:38:48 AM

Yeah, you have to consider the PSU. The 6870 and 560 require 2 6-pin PCI-e connectors.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 2:41:44 AM

so does the GTX460
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April 12, 2011 2:55:58 AM

Timop said:
^The 560 actually have a better reference cooler than the 6870 and 460, if you can afford it then go for it.

what is the specs for the rest of your system though? If its a E5300 then well, even a 6850 is a little over. Also, check if your PSU can run these as well.


specs are
500w antec psu
intel core 2 quad Q6600 @2.40GHz
8gigs of ddr2 ram

do u need to know anything ells? or did i miss something?
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April 12, 2011 2:56:42 AM

yes my psu can handle all these cards
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 3:35:27 AM

Can you OC the CPU? 2.4Ghz is going to bottleneck somewhat. But other than that you're good to go.

IMO get the 6870, as I doubt you'll see any extra performance with a 560 hampered by that Q6600.
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April 12, 2011 3:58:32 AM

Timop said:
Can you OC the CPU? 2.4Ghz is going to bottleneck somewhat. But other than that you're good to go.

IMO get the 6870, as I doubt you'll see any extra performance with a 560 hampered by that Q6600.


i might be able to over clock but because my computer is a dell im not sure.. ill need to get and after market cooler on my cpu also but thats another story.. so u think the xfx 6870 well do the job over the gtx 460?
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a b U Graphics card
April 12, 2011 4:07:17 AM

So it has a dell Mobo and everything? That rules out OC unfortunately.
Whats your monitor? With a stock Q6600, you might even consider a 6850 for lower resolutions.
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April 12, 2011 4:17:36 AM

Timop said:
So it has a dell Mobo and everything? That rules out OC unfortunately.
Whats your monitor? With a stock Q6600, you might even consider a 6850 for lower resolutions.


right now i have two stock dell monitors but i'm planning on upgrading to this

http://www.viewsonic.com/products/desktop-monitors/lcd/...

ya it has a dell mobo and everything =(

i was also planning on using the card for a future build thats kind of why i was leaning to a 6870
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April 12, 2011 11:50:30 PM

Cool thanks every one ive decided to go with the xfx 6870 thanks for the help =)
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April 12, 2011 11:51:55 PM

Best answer selected by karl1234.
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