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Upgrading GPU - ATI HD 6870 or GTX 560 ?

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September 25, 2012 3:56:44 PM

Hi Everyone.

SO i have digg'ed around and i have found 2 cards that seem to be under my budget. One is ATI 6870 and the other one is Nvidia's GTX 560.
Checked reviews here at Tom's for both these cards and it seems ATI manages a decent lead over GTX 560 in many games. So it seems to me , going with ATI is a wiser choice.

Here is the price i am being offered by one of the local store:
ATI HD 6870 - 260$
GTX 560 amp edition - 240$
GTX 560 Ti - 277.6$

Wierd thing is , GTX 560 is almost 20$ cheaper yet for most games its able to gain 10-15+ FPS vs the 6870. :o 

However , ATI beats both the AMP and Ti for Bulletstorm.

Here is where i checked the reviews of GTX560
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp...

This one is for ATI 6870
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...

The former link includes HD 6870 when reviewing GTX560 so one can compare directly.

There are 2 Things i would like to ask you guys.

1. Which one of these cards should i go for? And if there is any better choice then please do suggest.

2. Is ATI 6870 compatible with my motherboard ? I have seen the specs and they are using Pci express 2.1 standard.



Here are my system specs:

Mother Board : Gigabyte G31M S2L (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...)
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93 GHz
Memory : 2 GB ( :sarcastic:  yea ill be upgrading this very soon)
Current GPU : ATI 4650
Power supply : 400 Watt ( :pt1cable:  Yes i know this one needs to go after i upgrade my card)


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September 25, 2012 4:42:02 PM

damon88 said:
Hi Everyone.

SO i have digg'ed around and i have found 2 cards that seem to be under my budget. One is ATI 6870 and the other one is Nvidia's GTX 560.
Checked reviews here at Tom's for both these cards and it seems ATI manages a decent lead over GTX 560 in many games. So it seems to me , going with ATI is a wiser choice.

Here is the price i am being offered by one of the local store:
ATI HD 6870 - 260$
GTX 560 amp edition - 240$
GTX 560 Ti - 277.6$

Wierd thing is , GTX 560 is almost 20$ cheaper yet for most games its able to gain 10-15+ FPS vs the 6870. :o 

However , ATI beats both the AMP and Ti for Bulletstorm.

Here is where i checked the reviews of GTX560
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp...

This one is for ATI 6870
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...

The former link includes HD 6870 when reviewing GTX560 so one can compare directly.

There are 2 Things i would like to ask you guys.

1. Which one of these cards should i go for? And if there is any better choice then please do suggest.

2. Is ATI 6870 compatible with my motherboard ? I have seen the specs and they are using Pci express 2.1 standard.



Here are my system specs:

Mother Board : Gigabyte G31M S2L (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...)
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93 GHz
Memory : 2 GB ( :sarcastic:  yea ill be upgrading this very soon)
Current GPU : ATI 4650
Power supply : 400 Watt ( :pt1cable:  Yes i know this one needs to go after i upgrade my card)


1.) Look at benchmarks for both cards, or one that compares them in the same article. (looks like you might have done that already)

2.) Find your resolution in the games you are most likely to play

3.) Compare the results

4.) Shop online for a good deal on the winner


EDIT: ALSO understand that not every game benchmarks the same way, a 560ti is a better card than a 6870 by looking at specs and architecture. But depending on how a game is coded and optimized the 6870 might win. Like bulletproof for example. Also depending on your budget look into a 7000 series AMD card or an NVIDIA GTX 600 series card.

EDIT 2: Here is a 448 core 560ti for 219. and it has a $30 mail in rebate card. 189 after rebate is a steal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 26, 2012 6:53:42 AM

First of all , thanks for posting your valuable opinions.

yarmock said:
1.) Look at benchmarks for both cards, or one that compares them in the same article. (looks like you might have done that already)

2.) Find your resolution in the games you are most likely to play

3.) Compare the results

4.) Shop online for a good deal on the winner


EDIT: ALSO understand that not every game benchmarks the same way, a 560ti is a better card than a 6870 by looking at specs and architecture. But depending on how a game is coded and optimized the 6870 might win. Like bulletproof for example. Also depending on your budget look into a 7000 series AMD card or an NVIDIA GTX 600 series card.

EDIT 2: Here is a 448 core 560ti for 219. and it has a $30 mail in rebate card. 189 after rebate is a steal.

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

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2. As for resolution currently i have only 17 inch monitor and its native rez is 1152 x 864, But i will be upgrading to 21 inch monitor after my gpu upgrade so i am targeting resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

3. Saw the benches , 560 Ti is overall more powerful but 6870 is quite close to 560.

4. Now as for getting the card.

Looked at the the cards from this site Flipkart.
If one scolls down to the range of 15k once can see 6870 and 560 and 560 ti

http://www.flipkart.com/computers/components/graphic-ca...


I have compared 4 cards here , 2 are 6870 and rest are ti

http://www.flipkart.com/graphics-cards/compare?ids=GRCD...

One interesting thing i see on this website is that there is also a
HIS ATI HD 6870 which costs about 236$
Power color ATI HD 6870 costs 248$

Anyone knows how HIS stacks on the performance, ive read its quiter than other variations. But is it worth to get it instead of sapphire or powercolor

Now for the budget, my initial budget was 11,000 Rs/- or 206$

SO i raised it as far as i could , 14,000 Rs/- or 262$ , this is like THE LIMIT. anything above would be too much. Considering that ATI 7k series seems out of reach.

Help me out guys :sarcastic: 
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October 3, 2012 1:23:22 AM

Bought 6870 sapphire. Satisfied with performance but for some games my e7500 Is creating a bottleneck. Thanks for your input guys.
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