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HD 5870 or 6xxx

QSatuQSatu Member UncommonPosts: 1,793

ok I have a silly question. I can spend 200-300$ and I actually don't know whether HD 5870 is better than hd 6870 or not.. which one should I buy? 58+ or 68+?

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  • krondinkrondin Member UncommonPosts: 106

    Honestly with 200-300 to spend i would recomend a ati radeon 6950, 2 gig ddr5.  Price around 275.  But make sure your case can handle an extended video card profile, as this video card is a tad longer then other high end cards.

  • ABRaquelABRaquel Member UncommonPosts: 541

    If you have between $200~$300 I would recommend getting the 6950 (click me) which can be flashed safely to a 6970 (a $350+ card).

  • QSatuQSatu Member UncommonPosts: 1,793

    thank you. I have a 550 w power supply.. is that enough for this card? right now I have hd 5770 so will 6950 fit on my motherboard?

  • ABRaquelABRaquel Member UncommonPosts: 541

    Originally posted by TwilightEdge

    thank you. I have a 550 w power supply.. is that enough for this card? right now I have hd 5770 so will 6950 fit on my motherboard?

    Make sure your PSU has a 6 pin PCIe connector, since 6950 requires one.

     

    EDIT: Forgot to add that the 6950 requires a 500 watt PSU, so a 550 watt PSU should suffice, I would recommend getting a 650watt one just to be on the safe side.

  • krondinkrondin Member UncommonPosts: 106

    550w ps is enough. Its your case itself usually that might restrict a 6950 card install. Look up your case specs and the 6950 length specs and make sure it will fit prior to purchasing one. Most motherboards will accomidate this cideo card but there are a few designs that will not. < like some with ram slots which might block an extended length video card install etc...> so check your Motherboard specs as well.  All that being said , the 6950 is an amazing card if you can use it. Good Luck!

  • Maki2Maki2 Member UncommonPosts: 43

    What's your PSU's brand?

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  • Zeus.CMZeus.CM Member Posts: 1,788

    Originally posted by ABRaquel

    Originally posted by TwilightEdge

    thank you. I have a 550 w power supply.. is that enough for this card? right now I have hd 5770 so will 6950 fit on my motherboard?

    Make sure your PSU has a 6 pin PCIe connector, since 6950 requires one.

     

    EDIT: Forgot to add that the 6950 requires a 500 watt PSU, so a 550 watt PSU should suffice, I would recommend getting a 650watt one just to be on the safe side.

    I own HD6950, and it requires 500W and 2x 6 pins power cables!

    If you are looking for the best buy card thats HD6850.

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 23,296

    A Radeon HD 5870 is substantially faster than a Radeon HD 6870, and nearly as fast as a Radeon HD 6950.  If you can find a 5870 for under $200, then sure, it's a nice card at that price.  But don't pay as much for it as a 6950 would cost.

    In order to know whether your power supply would be enough, you'd need to say what power supply you have.  Give the exact brand name and model, not just the nominal wattage.  A high quality 550 W power supply will handle pretty much any single GPU card on the market very well.  A cheap junk "550 W" power supply that explodes if you try to pull 300 W from it won't fare so well.

    For example, here is a comparison of a few:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3985/three-550w-psus-for-different-prices/1

  • GroovyFlowerGroovyFlower Member Posts: 1,245

    Originally posted by Quizzical

    A Radeon HD 5870 is substantially faster than a Radeon HD 6870, and nearly as fast as a Radeon HD 6950.  If you can find a 5870 for under $200, then sure, it's a nice card at that price.  But don't pay as much for it as a 6950 would cost.

    In order to know whether your power supply would be enough, you'd need to say what power supply you have.  Give the exact brand name and model, not just the nominal wattage.  A high quality 550 W power supply will handle pretty much any single GPU card on the market very well.  A cheap junk "550 W" power supply that explodes if you try to pull 300 W from it won't fare so well.

    For example, here is a comparison of a few:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3985/three-550w-psus-for-different-prices/1

    ASUS 6970 DIRECT CU II its only 298euros but one best videocards out there, stay on very good low tempature and very silent card.

    To be always on safe side, i recconment  a 850 PSU 550 maybe ok but its still on low side with not much more to handle.

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