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GTX 470 21 42.86%
Radeon 5850- 26 53.06%
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Old 04-16-10, 08:44 PM   #1
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Question Ordering a new card tomorrow...

Time has come for me to finally order a new card. The wife is letting me get one for my birthday and I just got BFBC2 so I can't wait to crank it up.

I'm going to be deciding between the 5850 and the GTX 470. I'll be getting a hexacore chip next month as well.

So which card should I get and why?

(I've got 4 140mm fans, and 4 120mm fans in the case, as well as the ability to add a fan on the gpu retention bracket so heat will not be an issue)

I also have a 750 Watt psu with tons of power in reserve so I'm not really worried about that either.
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Old 04-16-10, 09:16 PM   #2
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5850 xfire still looks like the best bang for your buck.
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Old 04-16-10, 09:26 PM   #3
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I would go with the 470. I have had both and I think the 470 is just 'smoother'. Plus, the other nice thing that everything just works out of the box. With the Ati card I needed to use ATi Tray Tools for an easy way to do profiles, and D3DOverride to force Vsync on.

Trust me, I love Radeon cards...but I am sticking with the 470 for now.
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Old 04-17-10, 05:29 PM   #4
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I would go with the 470. I have had both and I think the 470 is just 'smoother'. Plus, the other nice thing that everything just works out of the box. With the Ati card I needed to use ATi Tray Tools for an easy way to do profiles, and D3DOverride to force Vsync on.

Trust me, I love Radeon cards...but I am sticking with the 470 for now.
The 470 really does "feel" smoother? I wonder if it's because of the higher mins.
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Old 04-17-10, 05:38 PM   #5
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How about a used 5870 if you don't care about PhysX? I just wanted to give you another option at that price-range. 470 would be my first choice since I do care but the 5870 is significantly faster than a 470 in most games that don't use PhysX. However, the 470 benefits much more from overclocking.
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Old 04-17-10, 07:10 PM   #6
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If you don't care about physx, one of the high end 5850s will clock safely to higher performance than a GTX 470 will, and probably still be cooler as well, for less money.
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Check out the 2GB Sapphires http://www.pureoverclock.com/article940.html
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Old 04-17-10, 08:22 PM   #8
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The bad thing about the 2GB version is the higher price and from what I've heard that cooler design is significantly louder than the stock one (does a better job at cooling though).

This is a tough choice but I see you are coming from an ATI card. If you are really happy with ATI then maybe you wouldn't want to switch brands. But the 470 does have a bit of a performance advantage though not sure how that goes when it comes to overclocking.
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If you're using the 1080p monitor in your sig theres no real need for 2GB.
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Old 04-17-10, 10:03 PM   #10
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If you look carefully at all the reviews out the 470 often beats the 5850 in averages and even more often in mins, particularly with AA on.

IMO it's a perfect 1920x1200 card. It also seems to respond well to overclocking.

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/32...d/index13.html

These cards are going to be more popular once they've been out a while and users have been overclocking them. If the 470 isn't enough for you, you could always grab another for SLi.

Some folks might be interested in nVidia 3d vision too. That can currently be done on Alienware OptX AW2310 3D monitors, and ACER GD245HQ and GD235HZ monitors. You need the glasses/kit too. I was very skeptical about nVidia's 3d vision until I tried it on my neighbor's Alienware LCD. Now I'm getting a 470, the kit and an ACER GD235HZ to run it myself on my second rig. Supported games below.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/3D_Vision_3D_Games.html

5850 Crossfire is a great value and something to consider. IMO you wouldn't go wrong with any of these cards or combinations, pick what you prefer.
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Old 04-17-10, 10:23 PM   #11
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I vote 5850, I'm very happy with mine and play everything with 4xAA or 8xAA and it runs smooth.
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Absolutely no point in going with a 470. The 5850 is ridiculously underclocked from the start and you can easily bump the clocks up to 850/1200 without having to increase the voltage or fan speed. At that speed it performs within a 0-5% margin of a 5870 while drawing less power, being quieter and performing better than a GTX 470. Not to mention it's cheaper too.
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