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April 15, 2012 2:29:39 AM

Hi,

I was looking to upgrade my existing 6850 to the new 7850. Wanted to see if that would make sense. I don't plan on otherwise upgrading the system for the moment.

I plan on using it for gaming. Particularly Battlefield III, and Diablo III.

I do not plan on overclocking it.

My current cooling solution on the rig is 5 x 120 MM fans (of which I keep two off, and only use in extreme cases) . No liquid Cooling

My purchase window is between now and May end (yes it coinsides with the Diablo II launch)

Any ideas if the upgrade makes sense, particularly in light of my not otherwise upgrading the system - I would presume the PSU would not be a problem, but anyone see any bottlenecks/ compatibility issues with the upgrade for the Mobo or otherwise?

Any help would be much appreciated.

For reference my current rig is in my signature.

P.S. Anyone have any favourite manufacturers? - My Budget caps out at 300 $

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a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2012 5:33:16 AM

the 7850 performs more less like a hd 6970 sometimes better, when you overclock it on the CCC it gets to the performance of a stock 7870 which is almost equal to a gtx 580, and it consumes a lot less power than any of the cards mentioned; i prefer sapphire. In my opinion, is a good upgrade
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a c 175 U Graphics card
April 15, 2012 5:48:51 AM

You're fine mate, go ahead with 7850. Seems well at your configuration, but why won't you OC your GPU? This 7850 past 1Ghz mark well, and it's easy free performance boost!

Good brands of AMD cards are: MSI, ASUS, Sapphire, XFX. These doesn't matter, but I would personally choose the MSI Twin frozer III version of the 7850.
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April 15, 2012 10:16:48 AM

refillable said:
You're fine mate, go ahead with 7850. Seems well at your configuration, but why won't you OC your GPU? This 7850 past 1Ghz mark well, and it's easy free performance boost!

Good brands of AMD cards are: MSI, ASUS, Sapphire, XFX. These doesn't matter, but I would personally choose the MSI Twin frozer III version of the 7850.


Thanks guys.. Am gonna keep my eye out and the wallet safe. BTW I agree the twinfrozer is a good choice.. only it will make my wallet wince more :) . Anyone have any ideas on the power requirements of the twin frozer?

otherwis i will look or an asus or sapphire OC versions

P.s. I prefer not to overclock, until the end of the cards life is near - havent the ability or the pockets to pull this off efficiently.
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April 15, 2012 10:26:39 AM

psirohi said:
Thanks guys.. Am gonna keep my eye out and the wallet safe. BTW I agree the twinfrozer is a good choice.. only it will make my wallet wince more :) . Anyone have any ideas on the power requirements of the twin frozer?

otherwis i will look or an asus or sapphire OC versions

P.s. I prefer not to overclock, until the end of the cards life is near - havent the ability or the pockets to pull this off efficiently.

Why not just get another 6850 and make a crossfire solution.
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April 15, 2012 11:36:29 AM

mitunchidamparam said:
Why not just get another 6850 and make a crossfire solution.


Would have loved to, but the mobo asrock is single pci and no crossfire support. Will to spend 200 dollars for a new mobo. Plus I am not sure if the psu will take the load of another 6850.
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April 15, 2012 11:53:56 AM

psirohi said:
Would have loved to, but the mobo asrock is single pci and no crossfire support. Will to spend 200 dollars for a new mobo. Plus I am not sure if the psu will take the load of another 6850.

Then as you said earlier the 7850 woudl be the best card for you, it can reach the perfomance of gtx 680 nad 7970 when OC.
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April 15, 2012 4:28:52 PM

mitunchidamparam said:
Then as you said earlier the 7850 woudl be the best card for you, it can reach the perfomance of gtx 680 nad 7970 when OC.

what?
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a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2012 4:46:25 PM

mitunchidamparam said:
Then as you said earlier the 7850 woudl be the best card for you, it can reach the perfomance of gtx 680 nad 7970 when OC.

no offence but that's complete crap!
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April 15, 2012 4:58:35 PM

But it can easily obtain stock 7870 by OCing the core to 1050 GHz in CCC. Many have had success with pushing the core >1200 MHz by adjusting voltages as well. There's a loooong post on that at overclockers.co.uk about that.
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April 15, 2012 5:01:17 PM

Your not getting much of a performance boost for the amount of $ your spending, what like 10%? you might as well burn the money or buy me cookies. The only thing your getting thats really worth it is the Power consumption and the smell & performance of a fresh new card if you didn't buy your 6850 more then 6months ago.
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April 15, 2012 5:02:15 PM

hellfire24 said:
no offence but that's complete crap!


Agree. I might not call BS if it was a 7950 but no way 7850 is in the ball park of a 7970 or gtx 680. Also your idea really is a waste of money since this is hardly an upgrade at all. Personally save up more and wait till later this year and get at card of 7950 performance or better.
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April 15, 2012 5:14:54 PM

refillable said:
what?


Still doing my rounds of the reviews on the card.. but I am sure as hell surprised on the power requirements of this card.. Its near as makes no difference identical to that of the 6850 (abt 130 W), which also circumvents the 2 x PCI slot issue (its reference design needs only one -- yay)!!!

That's one more huge plus!

Plus from what I can see its positioned closer to the GTX 570 (yes even if the 7870 is the competition for that).... though things might change with the extra V RAM comng into its own

Does make one think whether it may be a good idea giving this one the go, and wait 28mm to be established and get an entirely new rig.. with a higher end card that justifies the upgrade more.

Guess the final answer will be the local prices (currently its out of stock in India, but dealers are expecting it to carry only a 20-40$ premium over the 560 Ti), which in turn carries about 60-70 $ on the OC 6850.

Plus have to convince my dealer fora trade in too :) 
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April 15, 2012 5:17:56 PM

JamesSneed said:
Agree. I might not call BS if it was a 7950 but no way 7850 is in the ball park of a 7970 or gtx 680. Also your idea really is a waste of money since this is hardly an upgrade at all. Personally save up more and wait till later this year and get at card of 7950 performance or better.


The heart wants what the heart wants... though there is a tiny voice in my head that agrees with you....
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April 15, 2012 5:24:05 PM

This performance is equal to the performance of 6870 in cross fire, as shown in the link.
Obliviously the 7850 has much lower performance than the 7870, so u can get a idea of its performance.
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April 15, 2012 5:26:34 PM

Yes a 7870, with 2 6pin PCIe connectors allowing for a more substantial overclock. Not a 7850.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
April 16, 2012 7:39:31 AM

7850 OC'd to 1050Mhz only will outperform or equal to a stock 7870, no wai 7970 and even more no way GTX 680...

7850 is honestly a good upgrade from the 6850, performance like 6970...
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April 16, 2012 8:56:22 AM

megagabobe1 said:
the 7850 performs more less like a hd 6970 sometimes better, when you overclock it on the CCC it gets to the performance of a stock 7870 which is almost equal to a gtx 580, and it consumes a lot less power than any of the cards mentioned; i prefer sapphire. In my opinion, is a good upgrade



Any idea as to what the power requirements of the 7870 are?

Would that make a better upgrade choice or would the rest of the system bottleneck it?
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April 16, 2012 9:11:39 AM

Can you guys wait for releases of GTX 670/670ti or 660? Just look at the values between the GTX680 and the Radeon 7970.
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April 16, 2012 10:47:59 AM

Sonny73N said:
Can you guys wait for releases of GTX 670/670ti or 660? Just look at the values between the GTX680 and the Radeon 7970.


Those cards dont appear to be anywhere on the horizon given that nvidia is so busy churning out the 680.

Plus any ideas if it's gonna be a 28 mm card? Not sure given the rebadged 5 series cards that nvidia has churned out for the low end of the GTX 6xx series.
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April 19, 2012 8:07:59 PM

Best answer selected by psirohi.
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a b U Graphics card
April 19, 2012 8:14:21 PM

TDPs : 6850 = 127W, 6870 = 151W, 7850 = 130W, 7870 = 175W. 650W is MORE THAN ENOUGH for a 7870 (which happens to be my suggestion as well).
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a c 175 U Graphics card
April 20, 2012 4:51:23 AM

I think GX-650W will be more than enough for a 7870.
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a c 272 U Graphics card
April 20, 2012 10:30:57 AM

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