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ATI 6870 vs 560 (non ti)

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August 16, 2012 8:14:11 AM

Hey guys, I'm looking to replace an old htpc card and the fastest cards that fall in my budget are the ati 6870 or 560GTX

I'm going to be using it for games like Diablo 3 and Assassins creed III.

6870:

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=62756&vpn=HD687A...

560 (non ti)

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61236&vpn=GV-N56GOC-1GI&m...

The 560 is about 10$ cheaper ($130 CAD).

Any suggestions?

EDIT: Will either of these run on a corsair 550VX psu stably?

More about : ati 6870 560

a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 8:48:14 AM

Actually they are about the same. I would recommend the GTX 560 non TI since it requires less power so it generates less heat. That power supply should be good enough for that card :) 

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a c 79 U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 8:59:40 AM

fastreaction said:
Actually they are about the same. I would recommend the GTX 560 non TI since it requires less power so it generates less heat. That power supply should be good enough for that card :) 

- Fastreaction

It's the other way around. The GTX 560 uses more power than the 6870.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp...
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August 16, 2012 9:01:11 AM

Thanks for replying,

Does that extra 70mhz clock and 0.2ghz memory on the 6870 make it significantly faster?
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 9:02:29 AM

You are comparing non reference cards.

- Fastreaction
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 9:04:13 AM

HD 6870: 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended.

GTX 560: Minimum System Power Requirement: 450W

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a c 79 U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 9:09:06 AM

fastreaction said:
HD 6870: 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended.

GTX 560: Minimum System Power Requirement: 450W

- Fastreaction

You can't use those recommendations for that, they're just approximations with a lot of extra wiggle room added for safety. They don't want to get sued because someone fried their PSUs.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 9:10:56 AM

xfire21 said:
Thanks for replying,

Does that extra 70mhz clock and 0.2ghz memory on the 6870 make it significantly faster?

There is a difference but I can't call it "significant". Don't expect a 10fps increase or something :p . The difference is probably not noticable.

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August 16, 2012 9:13:52 AM

Well since they're about the same, I'm leaning towards the 560gtx because I just read reviews about the XFX 6870 and everyone was complaining about it being loud. My antec 300 does only a mediocre job handling noise so yeah.

Thanks fastreaction :) 
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 9:17:01 AM

Sakkura said:
You can't use those recommendations for that, they're just approximations with a lot of extra wiggle room added for safety. They don't want to get sued because someone fried their PSUs.


Also if you check here http://www.hwcompare.com/11005/geforce-gtx-560-vs-radeo...
The difference is 1% and it says that the 6870 uses more power. Forget the power and heat, they are both good enough for that power supply.

- Fastreaction
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August 16, 2012 9:20:07 AM

The 6870 and the 560 (non ti) trade blows equally in games.

The 6870 uses less power than the 560 though.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 9:21:23 AM

He should just get the one which is the cheapest.

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a c 79 U Graphics card
August 16, 2012 9:34:28 AM

fastreaction said:
He should just get the one which is the cheapest.

- Fastreaction

Yeah pretty much. The power consumption differences aren't going to be big enough to really matter anyway.
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