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6770 vs. 6850

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February 12, 2012 11:37:24 AM

Hey, I just picked up a Radeon 6770, and 600w power supply to upgrade my p6674y for playing SWTOR.

This was the best card they had at Best Buy in my price range. (on sale prices were comparable to that of Newegg, so BestBuy wasn't a cost issue)

I haven't opened up the new card yet, but the more I look around online today I'm kinda wishing I would have ordered a Radeon 6850.

Now I'm looking for some feedback. Is there going to be enough of a difference in performance between the 6770, and 6850 that I should hold off, order a 6850, and return the 6770... or will the 6770 run this game comparably?

I don't plan on playing much else, so this is really only relevant to this game.

I know the 6850 is better, but how much better? And I don't mean by the numbers, because I won't understand what you're saying. Just looking for a general idea of whether it's worth the trouble to get the 6850, or if the 6770 will be solid.

Thanks.

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February 12, 2012 11:43:34 AM

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-radeon-6850-review/11
see for yourself.
this link is the start of a multiple card review in game performances so you can see just the type of performance gain you will see over the 6770. the chart lists the 5770 which is the same card as the 6770.
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February 12, 2012 11:52:09 AM

In 1366x768 (or possibly 1280x720) you don't need the performance of a 6850, as 6770 is enough. However if you are playing with 1920x1080, you may have to find some lags in demanding games such as BF3 with 6770, so that's where you need a 6850. However if you already purchased the 6770, you can lower the resolution down and save money to maybe crossfire it (If you can), or maybe buy 6950 to see a real performance boost. In my opinion returning the 6770 to a 6850 isn't that much worth it :) .
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February 12, 2012 11:59:13 AM

My resolution currently is set at 1680x1050 on the Radeon 4200. My monitor is several years older than my computer.
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February 12, 2012 12:09:46 PM

Well at the resolution I'm not sure, but if you feel lags you can just OC your GPU and/or decrease your resolution. Overall you should be fine I think.
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February 12, 2012 12:10:55 PM

I think for swtor and lower than 1920x 1080 you will be pefectly fine with the 6770
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February 12, 2012 12:15:31 PM

You decide....figures below are at 1920 x 1200 .... :

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 155.00 6850 (371/634) $ 0.42 - $ 0.49
$ 170.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.39 - $ 0.49
$ 220.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.46 - $ 0.59
$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48

As you can see above, the best "bang for the buck", based upon their testing at least, is the 6870 at 39 cents per frame followed closely by the 560 Ti at 41 cents per frame.
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February 12, 2012 12:59:33 PM

Went with the 6870. Not worth all the trouble of digging into the computers guts to install the 6770 if it's not going to play the game solid. Thanks for the info. Hopefully this one works out.
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February 12, 2012 1:10:14 PM

that card will be perfect for your resolution or even an 1080p resolution better decision to go for an single high end card which is better then cf because some games does not support cf thats why.:) 
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February 18, 2012 11:36:21 PM

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February 25, 2012 1:17:37 PM

Go with 6850 as the latest games and upcoming games will made you to lower down the graphic(visual) settings if you go with 6770.6850 can put you for next 2-3 years at your resolution with any game.So i think better put 1-2k more and then buy a MSi 6850 for 8.9 k from smc international.
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February 25, 2012 1:26:49 PM

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