ATI 6870 vs 560 (non ti)

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=HD687AZHFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1043

560 (non ti)

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61236&vpn=GV-N56GOC-1GI&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1043

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

Any suggestions?

EDIT: Will either of these run on a corsair 550VX psu stably?
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  1. 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
  2. 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-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944-16.html
  3. Thanks for replying,

    Does that extra 70mhz clock and 0.2ghz memory on the 6870 make it significantly faster?
  4. You are comparing non reference cards.

    - Fastreaction
  5. fastreaction said:
    You are comparing non reference cards.

    - Fastreaction

    It goes for reference cards too.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-4.html
  6. 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
  7. Sakkura said:


    The difference is also not that big. He will be fine with that power supply for both cards and both cards are about the same.

    - Fastreaction
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

    - Fastreaction
  10. 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 :)
  11. 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-radeon-hd-6870/
    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
  12. The 6870 and the 560 (non ti) trade blows equally in games.

    The 6870 uses less power than the 560 though.
  13. He should just get the one which is the cheapest.

    - Fastreaction
  14. 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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