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Radeon 6870 @ 1080P?

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June 3, 2012 12:31:34 AM

So my specs are
CPU: i3 2120
GPU: Radeon 6870?
RAM: G.Skill (2 x 2GB)
PSU: Seasonic 620W power supply
HDD: 500GB Seagate Hard Drive
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

I saw some benchmarks of the 6870 vs GTX 560Ti vs Radeon 6950 -- Benchmarks

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=330

So, well the Radeon 6870 REALLY perform like how it did in the benchmarks or no? At 1080P will it lose a lot of FPS? Am I better of with the GTX 560Ti, or the Radeon 6950? *I'm not planning to Overclock the CPU or the GPU*.

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June 3, 2012 12:38:48 AM

Taking into consideration our CPU's are pretty similar http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=88 i3 2100 is just around 100-200mhz slower than the one you have listed, and my 955 is OC'd to 3.8Ghz.

Anyway getting to the point, I run a X4 955 with a GTX560 Ti while my brother runs the 6870 (same CPU).

On BF3 multiplayer @ 1080p using high settings with no AA, I get around 40-50 FPS. My brother gets around 37-50 FPS.

Basically what I'm trying to say is you'll get decent performance @ 1080p with a 6870 or 560 Ti.
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June 3, 2012 12:40:53 AM

Bang for Buck, it's the 6870.
Best FPS it's 6950, so if you find one that is the same price as the 560 Ti, get it. If the 6950 is more than $20 more expensive, stick with the 560 Ti.
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June 3, 2012 12:43:02 AM

Why are you making multiple threads with the same question? It would be much easier on everyone (including you) to keep it consolidated.

If you are willing to spend $250 on a 6950, get a 7850. I know you said you won't OC, and you won't need to, but you can very easily with software and you can get to stock 7870 performance.
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June 3, 2012 12:46:30 AM

cranked said:
Why are you making multiple threads with the same question? It would be much easier on everyone (including you) to keep it consolidated.

If you are willing to spend $250 on a 6950, get a 7850. I know you said you won't OC, and you won't need to, but you can very easily with software and you can get to stock 7870 performance.

He may be going for the XFX 6950, which is $200 after rebates. However, I agree, a 7850 will beat all three of those cards and is well worth the extra money.
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June 3, 2012 12:49:15 AM

Merueth said:
He may be going for the XFX 6950, which is $200 after rebates. However, I agree, a 7850 will beat all three of those cards and is well worth the extra money.



Right, I just glanced at the prices and didn't see the rebate making it $200. Still would suggest going for the 7850 if you can afford it.
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June 3, 2012 2:43:39 AM

cranked said:
Right, I just glanced at the prices and didn't see the rebate making it $200. Still would suggest going for the 7850 if you can afford it.


Sorry for double posting...didn't think you'd respond, do you think the 7850 will bottleneck the i3-2120?
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June 3, 2012 2:48:12 AM

shell shocke said:
Sorry for double posting...didn't think you'd respond, do you think the 7850 will bottleneck the i3-2120?



I don't think so, but am not highly knowledgable in that area. I would imagine it's possible if you are playing a game that requires really high CPU usage, but most games are GPU intensive, so you should be OK.

Someone else would have to chime in for a more definitive answer, but I would say no.
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June 3, 2012 2:58:16 AM

shell shocke said:
Sorry for double posting...didn't think you'd respond, do you think the 7850 will bottleneck the i3-2120?

The only time the i3 will bottleneck the 7850 is at a very low resolution (1280x720). Even Modern games that can utilize quad core (Skyrim, BF3, etc.) still are bottlenecked by the GPU, not the i3 (assuming everything is turned to max settings). The CPU bottleneck is rarely a factor until you get down to 1600x900 and 1280x720 where the FPS start going up and the load on the GPU is lessened. i3 will mostly likely be perfectly fine for a year or two, and by then you should probably upgrade your graphics card anyway, and so on.
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June 3, 2012 3:02:00 AM

Wait so, is the extra $50 worth it? Or should I go for that $200 (after MIR) XFX 6950? It looks just as good, and cheaper. Does it OC just as good? I hear you can OC it to a stock 6970?
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June 3, 2012 3:07:31 AM

shell shocke said:
Wait so, is the extra $50 worth it? Or should I go for that $200 (after MIR) XFX 6950? It looks just as good, and cheaper. Does it OC just as good? I hear you can OC it to a stock 6970?

7850 pretty much demolishes the 6950 in terms of OC, as it can easily surpass the stock 7870, to the point where it pretty much matches the GTX 580. A stock 7850 is only a tad bit better than a 6950, though it consumes far less power and gives off less heat. If you are going to OC, 7850 all the way.
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June 3, 2012 3:36:22 AM

Just to make sure, So I'm using 1920 x 1080P using an i3-2120 processor and an Radeon 7850...so I'll not bottleneck? Will I ever bottleneck?
I tend to play games such as League of Legends if that helps.
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