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6850 vs 6870

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July 28, 2012 9:58:01 PM

There are 2 cards that I'm currently looking at. Both are HIS IceQ X Turbo cards but one is a 6850 while the other is a 6870. The 6850 is $158 while the 6870 is $188. Is the 6870 worth the extra $30? If so, are there any references or benchmarks that I could look at to compare the 2? I have a i5-2500k, 16GB DDR3 RAM, and a 850W PSU. My monitor runs at 1600x900 and I don't plan on buying a 1080p one until it burns out or something along those lines.

6850:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 92 U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 5:39:04 AM

no the 7770 is completely different than the 6770. the 6770 is a 5770.

the 7770 should be about 30% faster than the 6770.
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 5:46:42 AM

rwayne said:
I would recommend the HIS HD7770 GHz edition. The overclock should help a good amount.

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

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You do know that all Radeon HD7770s are factory clocked at 1GHz, right? That's why its name is the "7770 GHz Edition" - it's an AMD thing.

On the topic of overclocking, there are a few 7770s that are very overclocked.
Sapphire 7770 - Clocked at 1150MHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 12:41:41 PM

I totally agree with purple. If you make an marginal increase in performance now you will be doing it again in the near future costing more money with less results.

The 7850 is a huge performance increase over a 6850, 7770, or a 6870 plus is considered one of the best bang for you buck cards on the market today. I think it would be worth saving up to get it.

If it takes an extra month or two it will be worth it as the GTX 660s will be out at that time. Even if you are not interested in a 660 it may force the prices of everything else down a little.
a c 214 U Graphics card
July 29, 2012 4:25:02 PM

^+1 on the price drop.Though I think the GTX660 will cost more at the start(they always do).
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