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Radeon HD 6850 VS GeForce GTX 560?

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May 17, 2011 1:49:33 AM

Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The difference is almost $100 (the geforce being more expensive).

However, according to:
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

Their benchmarks are:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti: 2,947
Radeon HD 6850: 2,835

Which is not even that much of a difference. Should I save some money and go with the 6850? Or is there something I don't know about which explains the price difference? Thanks!
a c 173 U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 2:53:52 AM

"Their benchmarks are:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti: 2,947
Radeon HD 6850: 2,835 " <- this is bullshit. go by the anandtech benchmarks as posted above. the 560ti is significantly faster but also costs more.
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a c 643 U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 3:33:36 AM

The MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr is factory overclocked so it is significantly faster than the reference model shown in those benchmark comparisons. The 6850 benchmarks were also famously pumped up at the expense of image quality in what some refer to as a benchmarking "cheat". So in the real world, the MSI GTX 560 benchmark should be higher, and the 6850 benchmark should be lower than what was shown in that link.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/exploring-ati-image-quali...
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May 17, 2011 3:41:13 AM

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what is your complete system config? whats the monitor resolution?


I'm planning to build a new computer and I'm not quite sure yet. I'm probably playing on 1650x1080.

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talking of benchmarks, heres another drom anandtech, probably more reputable as well:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=330

i'd say that 560ti is quite better.


Thanks a LOT for that website. It seems to be extremely helpful.

and thanks for the info everyone. So what you're saying is that the geforce would be well worth the extra money?
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May 17, 2011 4:13:50 AM

Okay, I've decided to drop the 560 (Since I wont be needing much power?). But now I'm stuck between:

Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeForce GTX 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

According to this:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=311
The 470 is significantly better for $30 more.

However, the specific gpus on those newegg links, the 6850 seems to have better specs (But I'm not an expert on these things as you can tell).

Which one would be best for me? Thanks.

(also why did they slash $70 off of the 470? something wrong? I also noticed that the 470 has a low core clock. Is that bad? What is the difference between opengl 3.2 and 4.1?)
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a c 173 U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 6:04:45 AM

the 470 is much better, but requires a good 550w+ PSU. you can get away with a good 400w PSU with the 6850. What is your power supply make and model.
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May 17, 2011 6:14:15 AM

toiletninja said:
Okay, I've decided to drop the 560 (Since I wont be needing much power?). But now I'm stuck between:

Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeForce GTX 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

According to this:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=311
The 470 is significantly better for $30 more.

However, the specific gpus on those newegg links, the 6850 seems to have better specs (But I'm not an expert on these things as you can tell).

Which one would be best for me? Thanks.

(also why did they slash $70 off of the 470? something wrong? I also noticed that the 470 has a low core clock. Is that bad? What is the difference between opengl 3.2 and 4.1?)

That GTX 470 is cheaper because it is a recertified model, i.e. used.

You need to figure out your budget, then get the card that fits. If you can afford the GTX 560, then it will definitely be worth it. If not, aim for something cheaper but also at a lower performance point.

A chart showing relative performance proves that, even for your resolution, the GTX 560 will deliver significantly more performance. As the chart below shows, 30% more on average. If you play demanding games, or are looking to get some of the new releases this year, you will be glad you went with the higher performing card.


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Fro...
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May 17, 2011 6:28:26 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
the 470 is much better, but requires a good 550w+ PSU. you can get away with a good 400w PSU with the 6850. What is your power supply make and model.


I'm planning to get a 600W. (looking to build)

So there is a significant difference between the 400 and 500 series? (470<560?) Does the 500 have some new features or something?
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a c 173 U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 6:51:47 AM

600w what make and model? if you havnt decided yet go for seasonic or antec. buy a cheap, no-name psu and it will fail, particularly with the gtx470 as its a very power hungry vid card.
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May 17, 2011 6:49:55 PM

The 470 draws a lot of power. In fact the 400 series is notorious for the power draw and heat.

Either way, both cards will more than suit you at that resolution.
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May 17, 2011 10:05:16 PM

pelov said:
The 470 draws a lot of power. In fact the 400 series is notorious for the power draw and heat.

Either way, both cards will more than suit you at that resolution.


If power consumption is the only difference, then it looks like I will go with the 470. Thanks so much everyone.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
May 18, 2011 10:51:48 AM

that psu will be fine for the 470 or even a 480.
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May 25, 2011 12:45:09 AM

Best answer selected by toiletninja.
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