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560 ti 448 vs 570 vs 7850 vs maybe 7870

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: USD $150-250) Before / After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Team Fortress 2, League of Legends, Minecraft, probably battlefield 3, other graphic intensive games

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: HD 3000, 600W ModXStream

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i5 2500k, 16gb 4x4gb Corsair XMS3 1600, GA-Z77X-UD5H, Storm Enforcer case.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Doesn't matter i live near by a Microcenter too.

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or NVidia. I've been looking at the Twin Frozr series and no gigabyte because the warranty is based on manufacture date.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes Crossfire/SLI: probably

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 24" 1920 x 1080 and 19" i think 1280 x 1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need to have better than stock cooling. Good warranty. Good cooling, quality. I have 75$ to use from rebates so maybe i can go a little higher than 300$

Edit Also been wondering whether or not NVidia's graphic quality is better, because i've been told that the 7850 might have better processing power and performance, but the quality of the graphics is worse.
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    Quality of both companies are even, but nVidia has updated to a newer FXAA & TXAA which makes the edges more smooth.

    HD 7870>GTX 570> HD 7850> GTX 560ti

    Difference between HD 7850 & GTX 570 is not noticeable, but the HD 7850 consumes less power and runs much cooler than the GTX 570.
    HD 7870 is almost as powerful as GTX 580 and is a great overclocker too but it will cost around $360 with a good brand.

    So if you can't push your budget a little bit higher your best pick is a HD 7850, I'd recommend the Asus Direct CU II or Sapphire.
  2. What about the twin frozr 3 when it comes back in stock? Do the smooth edges really matter because the 7850 can run AA pretty well right? Since I'm going to OC would an OC version be better because it's proven that it can be overclocked making it from a better batch?
  3. 7850 and then clock it to run like the 7870.
  4. natthewu said:
    What about the twin frozr 3 when it comes back in stock? Do the smooth edges really matter because the 7850 can run AA pretty well right? Since I'm going to OC would an OC version be better because it's proven that it can be overclocked making it from a better batch?

    Yup the Twin Frozer is a very nice cooler, No you'll not notice it unless you take a snapshot and zoom it like 200%.
    Factory overclocked cards are not extremely overclocked, but you can always OC a factory overclocked card .
  5. A list of brand/ specific 7850s you'd recommend?
  6. I just told you, the Asus CU II HD 7850 is the best I recommend, followed by Sapphire or MSI TF, then Gigabyte but i don't think that Gigabyte made a Windforce version of HD 7850 because the currently 2 fans Gigabyte version is said to be noisy.
  7. But the heat and power consumption is terrible.
  8. Quote:
    you might think so...
    but let me e the first to tell you something.
    psst, your wrong.
    :p

    No he is not wrong, the GTX 570 draws around 216W almost double the power consumption of HD 7850 which is 110W.
    The reference design card HD 7850 gets 61C when loaded, while the GTX 570 ref gets 78C while loaded.
    So I might sacrifice 5% performance which I can fill by overclocking but I'll get over heat and power consumption :p
  9. If you have anything to say about the main topic say it, I stated where you were "Wrong" if you have nothing to say except for Sarcasm and trying to make a show let me know please.
  10. I like the 570 here if you can find the price that malmental was talking about.
    7850 ..... but for me I have not used my gaming rig for gaming in the last 3 months my media PC with the 6450 plays my hyperspin library just fine.
  11. natthewu said:
    Since I'm going to OC would an OC version be better because it's proven that it can be overclocked making it from a better batch?



    There is nothing that supports this kind of reasoning.

    "As manufacturers only require meeting the minimum advertised specifications, the potential for overclocking of a product is not typically tested during the process of binning. Therefore it should not be assumed that higher binned products will overclock better than lower rated ones."
  12. ^what....
  13. I can't believe you went 570.
  14. it draws more power but it is better....it is better that is basicly all that matters
  15. for the 7850 to better than the gtx570 it needs to be OC'd witch this card is good for ..the 570 performs out of the box. Doesn't a card that has been OC'd consume more power and gives more heat ??? I may be wrong on this ...correct me if i'm wrong ...
  16. I'm still surprised this thread isn't closed yet.
  17. mal is the life of the thread lol ..
  18. Best answer selected by natthewu.
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