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June 2, 2012 12:54:34 AM

Will the Radeon 6770 be a good Graphics card to run games like GTA 4, MW3, Portal 2, BF3 at a 19'' 720p TV at MAX settings? Will the 6850 give better performance or is the 6770 more than enough? Will it be a good card for future games like Black ops 2, GTA 5?

CPU- i5 2500k
RAM- 8GB

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a c 1411 U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 12:57:04 AM

I would go with the HD6850 especially since you are worried about future releases the HD6770 does well currently at 720P but we do not know about the future.
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June 2, 2012 1:03:19 AM

rolli59 said:
I would go with the HD6850 especially since you are worried about future releases the HD6770 does well currently at 720P but we do not know about the future.


Is it worth getting the Radeon HD 6850 2GB over the 1GB? Is there any significant performance change for $30 more?
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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 1:08:45 AM

Hey Jordan,

I have a similar build as you, an i5-2500k, 8GB of RAM. I originally bought a 6770, and i returned it, its just not enough.

For those games, i would recommend either a 6850, or a 6870:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... 6870
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... 6850

They both have the same Price per Frame Rate, so choose how much you need.

The 6870 can be bundled with some other games such as shogun and DiRT 3 for only $5 more, if your interested.

And no, don't pay more for 2GB, especially at 720P.
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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 1:16:52 AM

Get the 6870, but if you cant splurge $5, ($5 for 20% more)
Than the Asus is better, longer warranty, clocked slightly higher.
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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 1:25:00 AM

mastrom101 said:
Get the 6870, but if you cant splurge $5, ($5 for 20% more)
Than the Asus is better, longer warranty, clocked slightly higher.

I am interested with that 6870 that is only $5 more than the 6850 but the link you give earlier is not working. Can you fix it?

@Jordan2323, what is you powersupply? The 6850 requires at least 500W with 1 6PIN PCIe connector. The 6870 needs 2 6PIN PCIe connector.
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a c 1411 U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 1:29:52 AM

jordan2323 said:
Is it worth getting the Radeon HD 6850 2GB over the 1GB? Is there any significant performance change for $30 more?

1GB card will handle 720P just as well as a 2GB card.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 1:46:49 AM

If overclocking is being considered, then I'd recommend a Radeon 7770 instead of a 6850 or 6870. The 7770 is on-par with the 6850 at reference performance and some of the most factory overclocked versions are between a 6850 and 6870 in performance, but if you overclock them yourself, the 7770 can overclock farther than the 6870 can. The 7770 also saves you money on power usage, although not by a huge amount.

If high overclocking is not under consideration, then the 6870 is probably the best choice here.
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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 1:51:34 AM

blazorthon said:
If overclocking is being considered, then I'd recommend a Radeon 7770 instead of a 6850 or 6870. The 7770 is on-par with the 6850 at reference performance and some of the most factory overclocked versions are between a 6850 and 6870 in performance, but if you overclock them yourself, the 7770 can overclock farther than the 6870 can. The 7770 also saves you money on power usage, although not by a huge amount.

If high overclocking is not under consideration, then the 6870 is probably the best choice here.



I thought the 6870 was slightly worse than Xfire 7770's?
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a c 87 U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 2:15:23 AM

LOL no. CF 7770s are better than CF 6870s. The reference 7770 is right with the 6850 and the highest factory overclocked 7770s are between a reference 6850 and a reference 6870, closer to the 6870 than to the 6850. Even CF 7750s are far better than a single 6870. When overclocked, the 7770 can be pushed farther than the 6870 and then beats it in performance. Two reference 7770s in CF would beat a single GTX 580 and two of the highest factory overclocked 7770s would fight it out with a reference 7970.

best 7770:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

15% overclock on the GPU and a decent overclock on the memory. It's almost 20% faster than a reference 7770 and trades blows with the 6870s.

EDIT: This 7770 is a little better than the one that is in the review that rolli59 linked and we have new drivers since back in February when that review came out, so it's outdated).
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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 2:16:59 AM

Can you give a budget of how much you are wiling to spend?
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June 2, 2012 2:26:34 AM

lycros said:
Can you give a budget of how much you are wiling to spend?


$150
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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 2:30:59 AM

Then an HD 6850 or an HD 6870 that's on sale or after rebate.

Also, whatever you decide, you'll probably be happier if you spend the $5-$10 more on a card with a better warranty and cooler.
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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 2:36:43 AM

blazorthon said:
LOL no. CF 7770s are better than CF 6870s. The reference 7770 is right with the 6850 and the highest factory overclocked 7770s are between a reference 6850 and a reference 6870, closer to the 6870 than to the 6850. Even CF 7750s are far better than a single 6870. When overclocked, the 7770 can be pushed farther than the 6870 and then beats it in performance. Two reference 7770s in CF would beat a single GTX 580 and two of the highest factory overclocked 7770s would fight it out with a reference 7970.

best 7770:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

15% overclock on the GPU and a decent overclock on the memory. It's almost 20% faster than a reference 7770 and trades blows with the 6870s.

EDIT: This 7770 is a little better than the one that is in the review that rolli59 linked and we have new drivers since back in February when that review came out, so it's outdated).



Oh truu!

I didn't by a GPU yet. Would u Recommend a 7770 over a 6870 if im not OC'ing
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a c 87 U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 3:20:15 AM

That card doesn't seem to have its clock frequency specifications listed, so I don't know if it would perform as well as the one that I recommended, but from the looks of it, it might be the same card. It does have what looks like the same cooler, but that doesn't mean that it is the same card, only that it might be the same. However, that card is cheaper, but it does not come with the free $60 copy of Dirt Showdown, so if you factor in the game, that Amazon card is actually a little more expensive than the Newegg card.
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June 2, 2012 1:50:32 PM

blazorthon said:
That card doesn't seem to have its clock frequency specifications listed, so I don't know if it would perform as well as the one that I recommended, but from the looks of it, it might be the same card. It does have what looks like the same cooler, but that doesn't mean that it is the same card, only that it might be the same. However, that card is cheaper, but it does not come with the free $60 copy of Dirt Showdown, so if you factor in the game, that Amazon card is actually a little more expensive than the Newegg card.


cant i get the SAPPHIRE 7770 NON OC and OC it myself? wont it be practically the same?
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a c 1411 U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 1:53:33 PM

It can be the same but they use better binned parts for their overclocked cards but usually you can reach up to the OC card with the std.
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June 2, 2012 2:01:31 PM

rolli59 said:
It can be the same but they use better binned parts for their overclocked cards but usually you can reach up to the OC card with the std.


would you recommend getting a OC one for $15 more or getting a regular one and overclocking it
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June 2, 2012 4:57:11 PM

rolli59 said:
Between those two I would get the OC one but for the best performance I would go with the HD6870 for $150 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Will the 7770 OC beat the 6850 OC or even the 6870 OC? If all of them were highly overclocked which would give the best performance to price ratio? Since the 7770 uses less power cant it be overclocked higher than the 6850/70
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a c 1411 U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 5:01:17 PM

Chances are if you overclock that the HD6870 is going to stay in the lead. It still has on stock 10-15% performance advantage on the factory overclocked HD7770 cards.
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June 2, 2012 5:25:48 PM

rolli59 said:
Chances are if you overclock that the HD6870 is going to stay in the lead. It still has on stock 10-15% performance advantage on the factory overclocked HD7770 cards.


how about the 6850 and 7770?
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a c 1411 U Graphics card
June 2, 2012 5:29:37 PM

Over clocked HD7770 will beat a std clocked HD6850 std clocked HD7770 will be a little slower.
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June 3, 2012 10:45:07 PM

Best answer selected by jordan2323.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
June 4, 2012 8:03:11 PM

rolli59 said:
Chances are if you overclock that the HD6870 is going to stay in the lead. It still has on stock 10-15% performance advantage on the factory overclocked HD7770 cards.


Overclocking the cards manually, you can bring it farther than you can bring a 6870. The 7770 simply has more overclocking headroom.

@Jordan2323

If you want to overclock manually, then get a 7770 with a good cooler. Overclocking it manually, you can take it far past a factory overclocked 7770 and 6870. Factory overclocks are never nearly as good as they can be because the manufacturer doesn't want to make a cheap card that beats their more expensive cards at stock.
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