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Old October 31, 2010, 05:05 PM
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The way I see it is, you are either an overclocker, or you aren't.
I am.
Thus, I really value reviews that compare overclocked products, to the competition's overclocked products.
This article was really useful in this regard, assuming you are interested in one of the new AMD cards or the impossible to find EVGA FTW 460 card.

Now, I'm personally more interested in the November GPU releases, but was interested in how my current 5850 would compare to these three cards. Unfortunately, even though it is in plentiful supply, and available right in between the 6850 and 6870 prices ($250 at N C I X this week), you didn't include it. But then again, even if you had, you didn't think to overclock the 5870, so I doubt you would have done so with the 5850.

But if you had, that would have made this a GREAT article.

My 5850 at stock voltage runs at 900/1150 (up from 725/1000 stock). I have friends running them much higher than this, so I would assume mine is close to average. The 5850 is a Great overclocker. Anytime you can push a GPU up by 25% you know it is great at OC. (The regular 460 is also a great overclocker.) Much better than the 8% to volt-bumped 13% on the 6870. Yes, stock to stock, the 5850 is beat by the 6870 (yay! I love it when the mid-range cards come out beating the high(er) end previous generation cards), but OC'd, I'm pretty sure that even mine at 900/1150 is going to edge the top oc'd 6870 in your review. That is why this would have been a great comparison, if you'd have included it. Also, obviously, there are a ton more 5850 cards available for sale than the EVGA FTW 460s.

Also, since I mentioned it, using the FTW version from EVGA isn't representative of the majority of the OC'd 460 cards. Before this card was announced (2 days before the AMD cards were!?!) I hadn't heard of anyone hitting 800MHz on their 460 OC. Let alone the 850 that EVGA is getting with their Nvidia hand picked GPUs. Most of the 460 OC'd cards are clocked at 725MHz. The next best (hand picked) is at 810MHz (MSI) also released at the same time as the EVGA FTW cards.

Just double checking while writing this, I see they are both now in-stock. Both around $260Cdn (MSI and EVGA) making them both very competitive to the 6870. Well done Nvidia. I hope you are making a couple bucks on them. We need this GPU competition to continue as long as possible.

Anyway, I doubt you will do it, but it would be Great if you could update the article with OC'd 5850 numbers. As long as the 5850 remains available, it is an excellent 4th option to consider at these price ranges.

Thanks in advance ;)

Edit: my mistake. I see in your July review that the 460 1GB you tested hit 827MHz OC'd at default voltage. At $180 to $220 Cdn for the average (725ish MHz) OC'd cards, they are very competitive with the new AMD cards. None of these would make me want to upgrade obviously, but I love seeing such evenly matched and priced competition between AMD and Nvidia.
Just a Note, although not included in this because this article was for the newly released sets of Cards (FTW although the 460 has been out for a bit , and 6XXX series), you will find in seperate reviews of the 5XXX cards the OC results.
THis should give you an idea on the headroom available at the time.

Just a thought,
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Also, since I mentioned it, using the FTW version from EVGA isn't representative of the majority of the OC'd 460 cards. Before this card was announced (2 days before the AMD cards were!?!).
The GTX 460 1GB FTW was announced and released on September 8th, 2010. About 50 days before the HD 6800 series was released.
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Was it that long ago? I guess I'd know that if I'd been shopping for one. Well, good for you Nvidia. I hope your 580 kicks the 6970's a$$ and the competition continues.
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Here are some interesting results. Over 1Ghz on the core with the GPU voltage at 1.3V!

Diamond, Sapphire & XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Roundup - Radeon HD 6870 Overclocking With TRiXX - Legit Reviews
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time to try the 6850's with that one piece of soft...:)
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Here are some interesting results. Over 1Ghz on the core with the GPU voltage at 1.3V!

Diamond, Sapphire & XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Roundup - Radeon HD 6870 Overclocking With TRiXX - Legit Reviews
I may have missed it but did that tell us anything we didn't already know?
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Old November 1, 2010, 06:17 PM
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I may have missed it but did that tell us anything we didn't already know?
That they can hit 1Ghz? I dunno. I just found it interesting lol
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I wish you guys would still use the 4870s in these reviews, as they are still on of the most popular series of cards owned.

would be nice to compare, say, 4870s in crossfire against a single 6870.
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Can a reference 460 1gb achieve FTW specs without a voltmod?

Oh and hi everyone! first timer here =P
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Not to go off topic, but WTH is Fudzilla talking about?

Geforce GTX580 launch on 9th Nov, sampling now

Do you guys really have a GTX 580 on hand?
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