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RADEON 6770 or better card for under 150?

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September 28, 2012 11:19:56 AM

looking to get a 6770 but was wondering if this card will do well on all gametypes or if there is something better in my price range of 150?

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September 28, 2012 11:33:26 AM

In your price range you could get the HD 7770 around $110 which is probably your best option. Should be about 20-30% faster than a 6770.
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a c 196 U Graphics card
September 28, 2012 12:44:43 PM

^Agreed. If your PSU is up to it, you may even be able to find a HD6870 close to that price (I saw a Sapphire model for $160).
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September 28, 2012 12:52:30 PM

I've gotta agree with both of the above. I personally got a 7770 to replace my old 4770. got it from the egg for $104 on sale. If it was at full price I would have opted for the 6870. As it is right now I'm watching for the 7770 to be on sale again for CFX.
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September 28, 2012 1:12:11 PM

This Saphire 7770 Vapor-X is the best GPU up to $150, I highly recommend it:

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

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September 28, 2012 2:00:46 PM

What's the difference between vapor x and the regular?
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2012 4:20:13 PM

Get yourself a 6850 while you can. They just dropped the price and they're the same price as the 7770.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1gb 256bit $135 + Free Shipping + $15 MIR = $120 after rebates. They also OC very well.

Here you'll see the 6850 has a 3.5fps lead over the 7770 in BF3 @ 1920x1080 and for the same price, it's hard to argue with.

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September 28, 2012 4:32:05 PM

dscudella said:
Get yourself a 6850 while you can. They just dropped the price and they're the same price as the 7770.

Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1gb 256bit $135 + Free Shipping + $15 MIR = $120 after rebates. They also OC very well.

Here you'll see the 6850 has a 3.5fps lead over the 7770 in BF3 @ 1920x1080 and for the same price, it's hard to argue with.

If you don't have the PSU to support the 6850 (requires 6 pin) then definitely get the 7770 which is the best performing card without external power.


You do realize that the 7770 not only has superior overclocking headroom, but the factory overclocked model that I listed is quite superior to the 6850 even at stock, don't you?
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September 28, 2012 4:41:01 PM

luciferano said:
You do realize that the 7770 not only has superior overclocking headroom, but the factory overclocked model that I listed is quite superior to the 6850 even at stock, don't you?


That's not what I'm seeing. Also you forget to take into consideration the clock speeds that others have achieved with the 6850, not to mention the Vapor-x is $15 more than the 6850.

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Battlefield 3 tells a similar tale; if you're currently using a Radeon HD 6850, moving to Sapphire's HD 7770 Vapor-X would be a minor downgrade as far as in-game performance is concerned. - hexus.net
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September 28, 2012 4:55:18 PM



The 7770 is a better choice than the 6850 unless the 6850 is cheaper.
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September 28, 2012 5:07:55 PM

dscudella said:
That's not what I'm seeing. Also you forget to take into consideration the clock speeds that others have achieved with the 6850, not to mention the Vapor-x is $15 more than the 6850.

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Battlefield 3 tells a similar tale; if you're currently using a Radeon HD 6850, moving to Sapphire's HD 7770 Vapor-X would be a minor downgrade as far as in-game performance is concerned. - hexus.net


I didn't even mention the Vapor-X, so I don't know why you're talking back to me about it. I most certainly don't know why you'd link a review of it to me, especially one with an outdated driver that makes the review inaccurate. The card that I recommended is not only faster than the Vapor-X, but also cheaper, although it might not be quite as quiet.
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September 28, 2012 5:13:49 PM

dscudella said:
This one shows them even depending on the game / program.

I'll admit defeat if I'm wrong. The consensus is that you can't go wrong either way.

Here's a side by side comparison straight from Spaahire. Radeon 6850 vs Vapor-X 7770


It's a well-known fact that Anand doesn't use up to date drivers in that tool and the second link of your isn't even working.

BigMack70, can you post a link to your benchmark's full review?
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September 28, 2012 5:16:40 PM

Yeah but bear in mind that this (like probably all the 7770 reviews) are on old drivers:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7770_Vap...

The 7770 Vapor-X is going to perform similarly to the 6850 while using a bit less power and being quieter. In my book that's good enough to break the tie in the 7770's favor.
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September 28, 2012 5:23:56 PM

I edited that out Luciferano. Also the 7770 is PCIE 3.0 where as the 6850 is PCIE 2.1. I don't know if that's a big deal right now as far as bandwidth goes.

Edit: Also, the OP could get a Radeon HD 6870 1gb 256bit $160 + Free Shipping + $10 MIR = $150 after rebates. That fits into his budget if he doesn't mind waiting for the rebate.
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September 28, 2012 5:27:34 PM

PCIe 3.0 doesn't even really matter on high end cards like the 7970 or 680; it's just a marketing sticker for the box.
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September 28, 2012 5:33:31 PM

BigMack70 said:
PCIe 3.0 doesn't even really matter on high end cards like the 7970 or 680; it's just a marketing sticker for the box.


Gotcha, that's why I put it like that. Didn't know if it made a difference.
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September 28, 2012 5:38:30 PM

Yeah, PCIe 3.0 x16 to PCIe 3.0 x8 is only an average of 5% performance drop for even the GTX 690 IIRC. I'd be surprised if there's much more than a 1% difference between PCIe 2.0/2.1 x8 and PCIe 3.0 x16 for the 7770 and comparably performnig cards.
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September 28, 2012 6:59:36 PM

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/02/14/xfx_r7770_bla...

This too uses an older driver, but it uses a 7770 that is about as fast as the model that I recommended and shows that even with previous drivers, it crept up on the 6870. There isn't a 6850 in this review, but that it was creeping up on the 6870 with old drives is still enough to say that it was giving a damn good fight and with current drivers, could easily keep up with the 6870. The 7770 that I recommended had a slightly slower memory bus with a slightly faster GPU, so it might perform a little more or less depending on the test, but should average out quite similarly with a small lead over the Vapor-X model.
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September 28, 2012 7:04:35 PM

Not sure what driver they used in that test. I do know that the 7770 driver is up to 12.8 last time I updated. Every update it's improved so far.
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September 28, 2012 7:21:57 PM

Wouldn't I be able to Oc the vapor?
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a b U Graphics card
September 28, 2012 7:22:21 PM

After reading this review from Future Looks which put the 7770 GHZ Edition OC directly against the 6850 I think I'm changing my stance on this subject. Looks like that card is one heck of a contender.

The thing I would like to see is since they could only squeeze another 40mhz out of the core & 25mhz on the memory, how it would stand up against an OC'ed 6850.

I do have to admit, Sapphire made one helluva card in the GHZ Edition OC.
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September 28, 2012 7:39:40 PM

coolness5545 said:
Wouldn't I be able to Oc the vapor?

Yes, and the Sapphire OC can overclock more too. I'd put my money on the Vapor-X getting a higher overclock, but whether or not it's worth the money is another question. Personally, I'd go with the VX, as it's hardly any more expensive when you count in shipping.
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September 28, 2012 7:47:16 PM

Ya I found a vapors that is already oc for 150, so that is probably gonna be the winner, thanks for all the help guys. I had no idea what was better than what, so all the ideas were very helpful
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September 29, 2012 4:21:22 AM

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September 29, 2012 2:17:06 PM

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