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March 12, 2012 12:05:10 AM

Hey I was building a new computer and was wondering if I should go for the 570 or 7850. Also I'm planning on getting the Ivy Processor, and since I'm knew to the whole mix and match process I was wondering if the processors puts any limitation on the video card. Thx in advance.

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a c 1363 U Graphics card
March 12, 2012 12:07:10 AM

No limitations from the CPU. Two totally different price ranges you are looking at there on the GPU. I personally would go with HD7870 after they are released!
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March 12, 2012 12:12:23 AM

Well, the 7850 is a good 20-25% less powerful than a 580 at stock, but then again you are comparing a 250 dollar GPU to a 425 dollar one...

However, 7850s will be VERY OCable, and have a great power to performance ratio- I personally would get the 7870. It is only maybe 10% under the 580 at stock, cost 75 less though, and it too should be good for overclocking. Get one now and Crossfire later.
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a b U Graphics card
March 12, 2012 12:19:26 AM

A 7950 is more in the price range of a 580.

I agree with the 7850 over the 580.

Have you a budget?
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March 12, 2012 12:23:51 AM

Sorry mistype I meant 7850 vs 570. I can get a 570 right now for around 290$.
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March 12, 2012 12:26:19 AM

If you have no budget, aren't picky about power consumption, and have a reasonable cooling system, the 580 would be the way to go. The 7850 is much more energy efficient than the 580, as it is built in the 28nm architecture. It should also be cheaper, and much more temperture friendly.

Performance 580>7850
Price 580<7850
power efficiency 580<7850
heat efficiency 580<7850

The 7850 seems like a no brainer as you could almost crossfire 2 for the price of one 580, and still keep your system cooler.

Edit: Lol scratch that, were talking the 570
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a c 1363 U Graphics card
March 12, 2012 12:26:23 AM

The 570 is a great card for less than $300 if you cant wait!
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March 12, 2012 12:29:05 AM

waiting is not a problem as I'm gonna have to wait for Ivy to come out regardless and as Ive seen from benchmarks the 570 surpasses the 7850 I just wasnt sure if the fact that it's a newer gen would make much of a difference.
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March 12, 2012 12:31:01 AM

570 is what im building my machine with. If you are buying one wait unitl the 670 is released the price will plummet at many stores. Its an exceptional card, better performer then the 7850, of course its in the 40nm architecture vs. the 7850s 28nm, but no matter, it has better performance at a better price, with slightly more power consumption and heat (Not a significant amount). You can also save money on it to SLI another card with it in the future :) 
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a b U Graphics card
March 12, 2012 12:32:44 AM

You may just want to wait for the 6xx's to come out if you are not in a hurry.

The 570 is a little faster than a 7850. The 7850 may over take in at resolutions over 1080p and has lower power usage.

Both good cards.
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March 12, 2012 12:33:11 AM

meagainstyou said:
waiting is not a problem as I'm gonna have to wait for Ivy to come out regardless and as Ive seen from benchmarks the 570 surpasses the 7850 I just wasnt sure if the fact that it's a newer gen would make much of a difference.


The newer gen brings less power consumption, less heat, and of course a higher price :)  the 7850 only outperforms the 6850 by an average of 10%, not worth double the price of a 6850
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a c 76 U Graphics card
March 12, 2012 12:54:18 AM

holykalo said:
The newer gen brings less power consumption, less heat, and of course a higher price :)  the 7850 only outperforms the 6850 by an average of 10%, not worth double the price of a 6850


I am not sure what your smoking, but the 7850 is just a little below a 570, right behind it in skyrim and battlefield 3, and its the replacement for the 6950, way more that 10% over a 6850. And they are CHEAPER due to the die shrink. That's how die shrinks work.

I would not get a 570 at this point. You have to wait for ivy bridge, wait for Kepler too. THAT will bring AMDs prices down. There's no guarantee 570 prices will go down when Kepler comes out or that you'll be able to get a second for SLI later. 6950s prices rose and sold out quick when the 7000s came out and manufacturers switched over. All the people wanting to crossfire before they were gone bought them up. And their replacement isn't even out yet.

The 570 is end of life at this point. But if you never want SLI and your happy with the price its up to you

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March 12, 2012 1:35:47 AM

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