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5850 Vs. 6870 Vs. 560 Vs. 560 Ti

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May 20, 2011 7:08:33 PM

I heard there is not a lot of driffrence between the 5850 and 6870 but what about the new 560 and the 560 Ti. Is the 560 Ti worth the extra money. Or is the 6950 worth the extra $100 over the 5850. I will not be crossfiring or sli.

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May 20, 2011 7:22:14 PM

I think the 560 Ti and the 6950 have comparable performance. Haven't looked at the benchmarks in a while though.
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May 20, 2011 7:29:29 PM

6950 is a little faster than 560 Ti at 1080p and up.

560 is very close to 6870, I'm not sure which is faster.

5850 is between 6850 and 6870 performance, but at much much less money. It's a good card, and great price/performance.

Honestly I think the 6950 2gb card is worth it, especially if you unlock the shaders. It's the card I'd buy right now if I were in the market.
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May 20, 2011 7:36:02 PM

+1 to the 6950 2GB.

And if you care about video decoding and such, ATI is a lot more friendly (notice the word) in that department than nVidia IMO. Talking from experience here XD

Games wise, the 560ti and the 6950 2GB are close, but the 6950 2GB comes slightly ahead, plus the bonus of unlocking and make it a full 6970.

Cheers!
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May 20, 2011 10:30:57 PM

If you won't do CF or SLi, you want the best single card. Grab a hd6950 and unlock it.
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May 20, 2011 11:08:31 PM

Although a 6950 2GB does win (only by a little) against a GTX 560Ti, right now the GTX 560Ti can be found for a much better deal at $190 after a $40 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$185 Open Box with 3 year warranty (no rebates required)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or $210 after a $20 rebate

The cheapest Radeon 6950 2GB is $233 after $30 rebate, last I saw .
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These prices just jumped down today. Considering how badly a GTX 560Ti beats a 5850, you have to at least consider this card. I'd say to go with the 5850 if it was still the $140 no rebates it was two weeks ago, but it's not.

The Radeon 6870 at $168 lowest isn't cheap enough to compare it to the $190 GTX 560Ti

Considering the GTX 560 is $190, I can't recommend that over any GTX 560Ti.

EDIT: If you aren't willing to install MSI Afterburner (w/ Kombustor) and overclock yourself, it's worth $20 for higher clocks out of the box.
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May 21, 2011 12:10:04 AM

dalauder said:
Although a 6950 2GB does win (only by a little) against a GTX 560Ti, right now the GTX 560Ti can be found for a much better deal at $190 after a $40 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$185 Open Box with 3 year warranty (no rebates required)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or $210 after a $20 rebate

The cheapest Radeon 6950 2GB is $233 after $30 rebate, last I saw .
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These prices just jumped down today. Considering how badly a GTX 560Ti beats a 5850, you have to at least consider this card. I'd say to go with the 5850 if it was still the $140 no rebates it was two weeks ago, but it's not.

The Radeon 6870 at $168 lowest isn't cheap enough to compare it to the $190 GTX 560Ti

Considering the GTX 560 is $190, I can't recommend that over any GTX 560Ti. What about the 6950 1gb?

EDIT: If you aren't willing to install MSI Afterburner (w/ Kombustor) and overclock yourself, it's worth $20 for higher clocks out of the box.


Which 560 Ti do you recommend? I'm kind of leaning towards the Galaxy because of its price and do all of them overclock the same?
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May 21, 2011 12:18:42 AM

I'd get the Galaxy. All of them are the same shot in the dark as far as overclocking, but there's the question of why was that Asus returned? OC'ing between the same GPUs is mostly determined by luck (and cooling).
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May 21, 2011 12:20:17 AM

dalauder said:
I'd get the Galaxy. All of them are the same shot in the dark as far as overclocking, but there's the question of why was that Asus returned? OC'ing between the same GPUs is mostly determined by luck (and cooling).


What about the 6950 1gb. Is it better?
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May 21, 2011 12:42:36 AM

The 6950 1GB is intended to compete with the GTX 560Ti. It's a tough call between the two, see some benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=330

The GTX 560Ti is supposed to be beastly in overclocking, btw (like the GTX 460). I haven't heard the same about the Radeons.

Considering the cheapest 1GB I could find on Newegg was $210 (after rebate), I'd save $20 and get the 560Ti that will probably beat it handily after overclocking or get a 6950 2GB for $233 that's supposed to unlock (some do, some don't)
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May 21, 2011 12:51:50 AM

dalauder said:
The 6950 1GB is intended to compete with the GTX 560Ti. It's a tough call between the two, see some benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/331?vs=330

The GTX 560Ti is supposed to be beastly in overclocking, btw (like the GTX 460). I haven't heard the same about the Radeons.

Considering the cheapest 1GB I could find on Newegg was $210 (after rebate), I'd save $20 and get the 560Ti that will probably beat it handily after overclocking or get a 6950 2GB for $233 that's supposed to unlock (some do, some don't)


I guess I am going to get the galaxy gtx 560 Ti and is the rest of my equipment compatible.


i5-2400 combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsair 650w ($65 after $15 promo code and $15 mail-in-rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAF 912 Case or Antec 300 Iluusion:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

G.Skill Ripjaw 4gb (2x2gb):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
May 21, 2011 1:06:22 AM

This Geil memory's better for the same price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Same speed, lower latency. But like I said, you should keep an eye on deal sites (like slickdeals) and try to find some 4GB kit for $25 after rebate.

The Antec 300 Illusion is a steal for $55 free shipping. However, it's more than you need for a Micro ATX board. I would buy this case if I were planning for a full ATX board like the Gigabyte.

EDIT: I got this confused with another thread.
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May 21, 2011 1:51:49 AM

dalauder said:
This Geil memory's better for the same price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Same speed, lower latency. But like I said, you should keep an eye on deal sites (like slickdeals) and try to find some 4GB kit for $25 after rebate.

The Antec 300 Illusion is a steal for $55 free shipping. However, it's more than you need for a Micro ATX board. I would buy this case if I were planning for a full ATX board like the Gigabyte.

EDIT: I got this confused with another thread.


I started that thread.
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