+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Upgrading my GPU

  1. #1
    Telaran
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    61

    Default Upgrading my GPU

    So I have a Diamond Radeon 5670 and want to upgrade. I don't want to break the bank but was looking at

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=032908

    or

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=035710

    I know the 6890 is higher end, but are these both viable upgrades?

    Thanks

    Cole

  2. #2
    Soulwalker
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    6

    Default

    I just built a new computer, so all of this is recent in my(faulty) memory. So I may as well use it while it remains.

    If you go with ATI, I don't think you need a 6870, save the 50$ for another game-- or save it to apply toward another upgrade in a few years-- and get a 6850. I got a 6850 and everything I throw at it runs at 40-60fps at 1600x900 at max or near max settings for the game, including RIFT.

    Games I've tried with it(I got it 4 days ago) are RIFT, Just Cause 2, Dragon Age(1 and 2 demo), Crysis(and Warhead), Final Fantasy 14(it actually looks very good, even if the game itself is crap), LotRO, Fallout: NV, Dawn of War II, Arkham Asylum and a few other console ports. With the exception of FFXIV(because it's coded poorly), everything maintains an average minimum framerate of 40+, except RIFT during large battles.

    The Nvidia 460, as I remember, benchmarks a bit better than the 6850 but runs hotter and isn't as easy to overclock unless you improve the cooling. I bring that up, because though I'm running at base clock speed right now(haven't seen the point in overclocking yet), I did test it and my 6850 runs at 55-60c under high load at stock settings. ATIs says the max temp is 110c and my old video card used to idle at 60c(it was an Nvidia 8800 GTS). I can over clock by nearly 15% before problems start appearing with a temperature of only ~65-70c under high load. Which only a few games achieve anyway. Which is why I'm running at stock speeds at the moment.

    So, I can't say much about the 460 or 470, but the 6850 is the biggest jump I've ever had in a video card since the introduction of 3d acceleration, and I tend to build a new mid-range computer every 2.5-3 years.
    Last edited by Cardef; 02-26-2011 at 10:50 PM.

  3. #3
    Soulwalker
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    4

    Default

    Your better off with the 5800 series. Go to tomshardware.com and read up on what they say about the new 6000 line it's actually a step down. However you can flash the bios to unlock better performance if you know how to. Which saves you a hundred or so bucks from having to buy a better one with the same gpu and perf.

    However the same Nvidia card would be a 470 or above not the 460.

    Hope that helps. If nothing else read up on the cards at the above mentioned website.

  4. #4
    Soulwalker
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    23

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by kydon1328 View Post
    So I have a Diamond Radeon 5670 and want to upgrade. I don't want to break the bank but was looking at

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=032908

    or

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=035710

    I know the 6870 is higher end, but are these both viable upgrades?

    Thanks

    Cole
    I checked a couple Benchmarks on Techpowerup and they had the 6870 beating out the 460 by a solid 10-15% across the board. If you were dedicated to either of those cards I would go with the 6870 for more bang for your buck. Your next upgrade option is the Nvidia 560 Ti, which is a little more expensive than the 6870, but beats it out by around 4-6% and crushes the 460 by about 22-24% (all numbers according to Techpowerup's aggregated performance summaries). Now according to the site you linked the 560 Ti would run you ~$40 more. So it really depends on what you want to spend.

    I personally would go with either the 6870 (great performance in the ~$200 range), or the 560 Ti (amazing performance in the ~$250 range). Hope this information helps you in your decision.
    Last edited by Nesshin; 02-26-2011 at 10:47 PM.

+ Reply to Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts