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Old February 24, 2011, 08:26 AM
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Default Ati 5850 is it better than Ati 6870.

I have a saphire 5850 was planning on selling it to get a 6870, Is it worth switching. Also if you guys do recommend a 6870 what name brand should i get asus, Msi, xfx.

Is the 6870 more powerful than a 5870 or the same, i am hearing mix reviews.

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Old February 24, 2011, 10:05 AM
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You're only going to receive a smaller 3-7% average increase in performance going to a 6870 from a 5850. However that being said you will get a card that does run cooler, and consume less power. So from that standpoint I would probably do it.
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Old February 24, 2011, 12:41 PM
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If it's raw FPS power then the 5850 still had the edge over the 68xx series and the 5870 would definitely be better than the 6850. It was meant to replace the 5830.
Think more about the 6950 if you are going to go over to the 6xxx series cards.

Well if you read the reviews here in actual (not sythetic benchmarks) the 6870 edges ahead of the 5850. I myself was persuaded by the team here to opt for 6XXX series card vs cheaper 5850's.
I don't regret it one bit.

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Old February 24, 2011, 01:24 PM
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I wouldn't go through the hassle and expense of upgrading a 5850 to a 6870 because they are close in performance. If you need to upgrade, a 6950 card would be substantive.

I'm not sure what the current best prices are for these cards, but based on a quick look, the 6950 appears to be only around $20 more than the 6870.
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wouldn't do it. Keep what you have or jump to a 6950 or better.

Edit: if buying new I would go for the 68xx, but given you already have a 5850 I wouldn't go to the 68xx series.
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Upgrading from a HD5850?

Let's see..a HD6950 is just a tad better than a HD5870 in most titles (HD69** is better at tesselation or Higher res)....but would you go from a 5850 to a 5870??? If not, according to the reasoning, a 6950 is not enough of an upgrade...

I'd say go HD6970 or GTX570, or consider HD6950 crossfire, SLI GTX560Ti or something....(better than GTX580)
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Old February 24, 2011, 04:04 PM
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Well, The 5850 doesn't consume much power as I have one and it doesn't run hotter than a 6870. I was going to do the same except go for a 6950. but the performance increase was only 10-15% at best. I will skip the 6xxx series and wait to see what the 7xxx series will offer before upgrading. But if you plan on crossfiring. The 6xxx series has the edge for that. AMD has made significant performance gains the 5xxx crossfiring.
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Old February 24, 2011, 06:41 PM
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Thanks to all who replied.

I was planning not to upgrade because i wanted a huge performance boost, Just wanted to get the better card since the 6870 is cheaper and newer, also better performance card (sounds like i am wrong or reading some bad misunderstood review)

Looks from the reply the majority of people think i should stick with what i got. I was planning on selling it to a friend and getting better card looks like that ain't happening....unless someone changes my mind.

Thanks once again to all who replied.
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:10 PM
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The 6870 is more of a sidegrade compared to what you have...with a bump in tesselation support. I guess if you play games where that's important, than sure the $20 upgrade is worth it. Do you have someone ready to buy your card?
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Old February 26, 2011, 06:12 AM
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yes i do my cousin wants it.

Also what do you guys think, i should do get a HIS 6870 3 year warranty but used (from someone) for 180, or get a xfx 6870 new with life time warranty for 259 + tax i need your opinion thanks.

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