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January 26, 2012 4:08:02 PM

Ok so i'm interested in 2 graphics cards, one is from AMD/ATI and the other is from Nvidia.
Before i buy any of them i just want to know which of them is better at HD gaming.
AMD Radeon HD 6850 or the GeForce GTX 460?

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January 26, 2012 4:09:21 PM

6850.
January 26, 2012 4:21:59 PM

striker410 said:
6850.


Thanks man. I know the 6850 needs a bit less power than the GTX 460. In fact it doesn't need 2 6pin connectors like the GTX 460, it only needs 1 6pin connector
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January 26, 2012 5:38:02 PM

Well, I suppose I should elaborate. Here's my thinking.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=313 Slightly higher performance.
6850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lower cost. (be sure to note the 256-bit bandwidth on the GTX 460. They are selling gimped ones with 192-bit for cheaper)

Haha, I think it's pretty self explanatory. What's your budget? You might consider bumping up to a 6870.
January 26, 2012 6:11:16 PM

striker410 said:
Well, I suppose I should elaborate. Here's my thinking.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=313 Slightly higher performance.
6850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX 460: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lower cost. (be sure to note the 256-bit bandwidth on the GTX 460. They are selling gimped ones with 192-bit for cheaper)

Haha, I think it's pretty self explanatory. What's your budget? You might consider bumping up to a 6870.


150$ is my budget. But here in my country the GTX 460 1gb with 256 bit bandwith is 135$ and the HD 6850 is 160$
Though i wouldn't mind spending 10$ more if the performance is worth it.
One more thing i should add is that my PSU only has 2 molex connectors and the GTX 460 requires 4 (i mean those 6 pin adapters. 1 requires 2 molex connectors).
On the other hand the HD 6850 requires only one 6pin power connector so i need 2 molex connectors (which i have).
So a good quality PSU with at least 4 molex connectors is 45$ here. If i buy the GTX 460 i'm gonna need a new PSU aswell, so the cheaper path is going with the HD 6850 by 20$. But since i never used AMD/ATI graphics cards, i'm not so sure about it. I've heard most people say that ATI's drivers suck so the HD 6850 could perform a bit slower than the GTX 460 even if its specs are better, an easy way to tip the scales towards the GTX 460 since Nvidia has great drivers
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January 26, 2012 6:24:14 PM

If your PSU lacks 6-pin native connectors then there is a chance it won't run the 6850 either. What is your PSU exactly?
January 26, 2012 6:43:30 PM

larkspur said:
If your PSU lacks 6-pin native connectors then there is a chance it won't run the 6850 either. What is your PSU exactly?


Xilence XP500.
That's a 500W PSU.
Its other "specs" are:
AC Input |110-240V | 8.5A - 5.5A | 60-50Hz
DC Output |+3.3V | +5V | +12V1 | +12V2 | -12V | +5VSB
| 26.0A | 30.0A | 18.0A | 20.0A| 0,5A | 2.5A

Cable system:
x1 20+4 pin MB
x1 +12V 4pin
x2 S-ATA
x2 S-ATA
x2 Molex 4 pin
x1 4 pin FDD

Sorry about the long text but i wanted to be precise about its specs :D 
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January 26, 2012 7:07:17 PM

Mom! Dad! my psu blowed up real good!
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January 26, 2012 7:08:33 PM

Well it's an adequate power rating that's for sure. It has the power to run either card but like you said, trying to get two 6-pins out of the two 4-pin molex doesn't sound easy or even like a good idea. I dunno, maybe someone's tried it - EDIT: ^^^^^haha see above.

If the PSU wasn't an issue, for the prices you listed, I'd get the 460 (they are very similar performance). But with that PSU I would get the 6850. Some games run better on nvidia, and some on amd.
January 26, 2012 8:48:28 PM

the 460 overclocks like a champ but I'd realy try and get a 6870 then x fire them.
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January 26, 2012 9:00:11 PM

Yup, I think you'll be needing a new PSU. What website are you looking at? I may be able to help you select parts that offer good performance but don't cost an outlandish amount of money.
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January 26, 2012 9:07:04 PM

Here is a 6870 for exactly $150 right now:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

With any of these cards though you really want a decent power supply that will power these cards. Anyone will tell you that the most vital part in making or upgrading a computer is a high-quality power supply. There are lower priced-very good ones, yet there are also low priced very bad ones.
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January 26, 2012 9:15:42 PM

Deemo13 said:
Here is a 6870 for exactly $150 right now:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

With any of these cards though you really want a decent power supply that will power these cards. Anyone will tell you that the most vital part in making or upgrading a computer is a high-quality power supply. There are lower priced-very good ones, yet there are also low priced very bad ones.

Keep in mind it's after rebate.
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