6850 vs 6870. Help needed!

  Zurik 21:42 19 Sep 11

Right. Im buying a new graphics card and at the moment im stuck between the hd 6850 and the hd 6870. Im buying through amazon, so as far as I can tell, I have:

-Sapphire 11180-00-20R HD6850 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (£126.95)

-Asus 1GB Radeon HD 6850 DirectCU PCI-E 2 (£134.46)

-Sapphire 11180-03-40R HD 6850 1GB Toxic GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card (£139.98)


-Sapphire 11179-09-20G HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (£137.48)

-Sapphire 11179-00-40R HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card (£148.69)

... So many choices!!!! Which one should I go for? What is PCI-E, and is it worth paying the extra £10 for it? The HD 6850 toxic version with PCI-E is priced about the same as the HD 6870 no PCI-E, does one thing balance the other? Which one is better? God, im confused.

All help is very very welcome. Thanks in advance!

Notes: Size, power consumption and noise are aspects to be discarded, what Im looking for is really the best price/quality ratio.

  QuizMan 09:23 20 Sep 11

I cannot speak for the 6870, but I bought a XFX Radeon HD 6850 from Amazon about 3 months ago for less than the prices you quote and am very pleased with it. It was a PCA recommended graphics card so you can't say fairer than that.

It works well at the full HD screen resolution of 1920x1080. I am not much of a games player, but it does all I need it to do. My only minor criticism is that the fan can get noisy if the graphics card has to work overly hard, but that rarely happens in my case.

Have a look here XFX graphics card

  carver 09:41 20 Sep 11

Zurik depends a lot on the resolution of your monitor and how high it goes, also what are you using it for.

Personally I would go for the 6870 card as it will give you a bit more power for games, have a look here http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-performance-radeon-geforce,review-32274.html and just have a read of their comments.

Decent one here http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-xfx-hd-6870-dual-fan-black-edition-4600mhz-gddr5-gpu-940mhz-1120-stream-processors-dvi-hdmi-mdp- and it runs quieter than the others even thought it's clocked higher.

They will all be PCI-Express. It is simply the name of the connection that modern graphics cards use.

PS, "PCI-E" is short for PCI-Express.

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