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5850 or 6850? [urgent]

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October 28, 2012 4:48:54 PM

Ok well bidding ends soon on a 5850 going for the same price as a 6850, it has an aftermarket twin cooler on it which looks awesome.

Anyway, I kind of need this 5850 to last, I don't get a lot of money so yeah

is the 5850 good? because its 2 generations old, will this mean slower performance on newer games and games to come?

I'm thinking 6850 because it's just newer, just like some would argue the 7770 is better than both due to optimized drivers


so yeah, ???????????????????????????????

it ends soon, so halp pls

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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 4:56:59 PM

From the benchmarks I'm looking at the 5850 is actually a little faster (at stock speeds). I run with the 6850 and it's a great card but look at a new 7770 since it's in the same price range. The 7770 Vapor-X is a really good overclocker, current generation and is cheaper than a new 6850.

Also the 5850, being 2 gens older, won't get any better with drivers. The same goes for the 6850. The newest drivers from AMD (12.11) actually gave a 5% increase to the 7770. So if anything the 7770 has a chance to actually increase performance where as the other two are stuck where they're at.
October 28, 2012 5:16:17 PM

I just typed in on ebay "7770" and there was one timing out in less than a minute, i quickly checked to see it was all good and bid on it, won it, a Gigabyte 7770 for £87 total, good deal or am I an idiot

I just checked the new 12.11 driver release and i'm feeling pretty confident I made the right decision in getting a low end 7770. I also have a 550w psu so the less power consumed the better.
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 6:35:13 PM

Quaddro said:
even 2 generation older, but 5850 still better than 7770..

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=512

7770 only owns 5850 in power consumption


Those are using extremely old drivers. Anandtech doesn't update it's benchmarks when new drivers are released. Those benchmarks are from the release of the 7770. The 7xxx cards have seen two driver versions that have increased performance and reliability. And as I said, the 7xxx cards should continue to get better until Q1 2013 when the 8xxx (or whatever they're going to be called) release.
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 6:59:45 PM

7770 is worse than the 6850. The only thing it goes going for it is its price and power consumption.

If you have $200 get the 7850.

6870 is also a decent card.
October 29, 2012 1:55:49 AM

Lol, I felt the 7770 was over priced, so I canceled my purchase and bought a 6850 for £82, however its quite old and the same asus card but newer with everything in it ends soon and i'm going to try and get that for a similar price and cancel the old one.
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