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Radeon HD 6850 or GeForce GTX 560 SE

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April 30, 2012 7:00:51 PM

Right now i'm very disappointed with nvidia because they make cards with a 192 bit BUS expensive and that a decent card for gaming can't be found for less than 200$. So, all that i found in my city that i think is worth buying is either the Radeon HD 6850 (brand: powercolor) or the GeForce GTX 560 SE (brand: MSI). I know the 560 SE is weaker than the normal 560 (non ti) but i don't know is it better than the R 6850. I can't make the decision on my own just because i know little of the 560 SE. I wanted to buy the R 6850 mostly because it has lower power consumption and a 256 bit memory BUS and needs only 1 PCI-E 6pin connector while on the other hand the 560 SE has a 192bit memory BUS and needs 2 PCI-E 6pin connectors and has a higher power consumption. the R 6850 is priced at 140$ and the 560 SE is 145$. I really don't know what to do so i came here to ask :) 
April 30, 2012 7:45:57 PM

I think the performance will be similar. THough in this case I would go with the 6850 since its more efficient.
May 1, 2012 1:42:50 AM

I've personally tried an ASUS Radeon 6850s cfx configuration on my AMD Phenom II x6 and saw similar performance with my i7-3600k GTX 560 (no oc) configuration. On paper it's the opposite, but running BF3 at 1920x1080 I saw better performance and graphics quality on my Intel/Nvidia setup. It may be my cpu bottlenecking the cfx configuration (corsair 750w psu), but that's my error then. And through experience and trial and error, I personally have decided to stick with Nvidia because of constant driver rollout/fixes and an easier gpu ui.
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May 1, 2012 4:16:02 AM

Oipractechie said:
I've personally tried an ASUS Radeon 6850s cfx configuration on my AMD Phenom II x6 and saw similar performance with my i7-3600k GTX 560 (no oc) configuration. On paper it's the opposite, but running BF3 at 1920x1080 I saw better performance and graphics quality on my Intel/Nvidia setup. It may be my cpu bottlenecking the cfx configuration (corsair 750w psu), but that's my error then. And through experience and trial and error, I personally have decided to stick with Nvidia because of constant driver rollout/fixes and an easier gpu ui.


what about the 560 SE? is it better than the 6850?
May 1, 2012 6:50:17 AM

supremeusa said:
the 6850 is better than the 560 SE. the 560 non-ti is right between the 6850 and 6870. I'd pay the extra 10/15 bucks for this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


might even just buy the HD 6870. but i would never buy a 560 ti because you need a great cpu otherwise its just going to bottleneck and reach lower fps than with a 560 non ti
May 1, 2012 7:06:27 AM

Lazar_99 said:
might even just buy the HD 6870. but i would never buy a 560 ti because you need a great cpu otherwise its just going to bottleneck and reach lower fps than with a 560 non ti



6870 is a solid choice, should make a decent crossfire option down the road as well. Smart money's gonna wait a month for the 660ti, but i don't know your CPU so dunno about bottleneck.
May 1, 2012 7:16:34 AM

I had a i3 540 with a GTX 560 ti....i never noticed any bottlenecking with that setup, although, my processor was alot weaker than my gpu. I upgraded to i7 2600k and noticed only 2-3 more FPS in almost every game, not quite big upgrade for me. It was just waste of money. BTW which processor do you have?
May 1, 2012 7:20:11 AM

supremeusa said:
6870 is a solid choice, should make a decent crossfire option down the road as well. Smart money's gonna wait a month for the 660ti, but i don't know your CPU so dunno about bottleneck.


lol i don't want to spend more than 170$ on a graphics card. my cpu is an amd athlon II X3 450 cpu and i'm sure the gtx 560 ti would just get bottlenecked because it needs cpu power to be effective which is stupid. the bad thing is that here in my city only the 6850 or the 560 SE is worth buying, there are absolutely no gpu's in my country at the moment. I tried finding the gtx 560 no ti and non SE and couldn't find it. all i found is either the Ti which was 220$ and the SE which was 140$
May 1, 2012 7:30:03 AM

001theracer said:
I had a i3 540 with a GTX 560 ti....i never noticed any bottlenecking with that setup, although, my processor was alot weaker than my gpu. I upgraded to i7 2600k and noticed only 2-3 more FPS in almost every game, not quite big upgrade for me. It was just waste of money. BTW which processor do you have?


AMD Athlon II X3 450 CPU. its a bad cpu and even a pentium dual core g850 can beat it. your i3 had 2 cores and 4 threads which makes it a quad core since it has 2 physical cores and 4 threads means it has 2 more logic cores
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