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HD 5770 or HD 6790 or HD 6850

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August 8, 2011 8:24:17 PM

I was about to buy a HD 6790 until i heard its not worth the money :( 
So i thought i could use your help . I ve narrowed down my choices to HD 5770 , HD 6790 and HD 6850 . Which card should i go for ? Do mention the pros and cons of these cards ... and im still inclined towards the HD 6790 . Help me with this.. Thanks in advance. :D 

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August 8, 2011 8:35:34 PM

Well the main Pro for the 6850 is it's the faster card out of the three. It should be comparible in temps and voltage to the 5770, so that should be a pro as well. Only con is it will use more power than the 6790, but if you planning on gaming you don't want the 6790 with a decent monitor anyway.
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August 8, 2011 8:58:02 PM

While those cards are about evenly spaced in price they are not in performance. The HD6790 isn't much more powerful than the HD5770/6770. The HD6850 is a nice amount more powerful than either while not costing much more than the HD6790. Basically just forget about the HD6790 and decide between the other two. On the Nvidia side you also may want to consider the GTX 460 which is on par with the HD6850.
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August 8, 2011 9:53:42 PM

Cygnus x-1 said:
Well the main Pro for the 6850 is it's the faster card out of the three. It should be comparible in temps and voltage to the 5770, so that should be a pro as well. Only con is it will use more power than the 6790, but if you planning on gaming you don't want the 6790 with a decent monitor anyway.


I don't think you know what you are talking about, the HD 6790 actually uses MORE power than a HD 6850.
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August 8, 2011 10:05:25 PM

I guess your right about power draw, very strange as they are both 6 series cards and the 6850 is quite a bit faster. My original recommendation stands however.
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August 8, 2011 10:08:43 PM

Yeah, the HD 6790 is actually based on the HD 6870's PCB, so it can have either 2 or one 6pin plugs in it.

Also, if you can, get a GTX 550 ti, they are usually cheaper than a HD 6790 and perform the same.
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August 8, 2011 10:13:13 PM

The HD6790/6850/6870 all use the same core. The HD6790 and HD6870 use the same PCB which is larger and requires more power than the one the HD6850 uses. The HD6790 also runs at a higher clock speed than the HD6850(though it has more shaders disabled) which also uses more power.
The same applied to the HD5830 and the HD5850/70.
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August 9, 2011 7:18:06 AM

@ jyjjy @Yummerzzz @ Bipedal Disaster

So , you guys feel that i should go for the HD 6850 ? And the Nvidia GTX 550 Ti is pretty much costlier than the HD 6790 in my place .
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August 9, 2011 7:54:33 AM

Yes, if you can afford it the HD6850 is the best card mentioned by a good amount.
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