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Help choose videocard : GTX 460 or HD 6850 ?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by bnn1, Jan 25, 2012.

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Which card is better?

Poll closed Feb 1, 2012.
  1. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460, 1GB, 256 bit

    9 vote(s)
    75.0%
  2. Gigabyte ATI HD6850, 1GB, 256 bit

    3 vote(s)
    25.0%
  1. bnn1

    bnn1 Member

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    Hello,

    Please help me choose between these two cards :

    1. Gigabyte ATI HD 6850 1 GB, 256 bits

    2. Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB, 256 bits.

    I have an old DELL monitor @1280x1024, i plan to upgrade to a monitor which supports this resolution 1680x1050.

    My current rig is : AMD Athlon II x4@3.0Ghz, 8 GB DDR3@1333MHz, Gigabyte A75M-S2V motherboard and a 550W PSU.


    I plan to play : WoW Cataclysm, Crysis 2,GTA IV,Skyrim,Dirt 3,Mafia II.

    Thanks for advice.
     
  2. Ranguvar

    Ranguvar Member

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    Neither.
    Both AMD and NVIDIA are poised to release their new series of GPUs, so buying now would be a bad move.

    But if you _have_ to buy now, it's really up to which company you prefer.
    The two cards are neck and neck: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Prod...0.221.222.223.228.232.233.231.229.230.234.235

    Personally I have had a great experience with NVIDIA drivers both in Windows and Linux, so I continue to use them.
    YMMV.
     
  3. Lowki

    Lowki Master Guru

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  4. automaticman

    automaticman Master Guru

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  5. IcE

    IcE Don Snow Staff Member

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    The 460 will easily pull ahead of the 6850 with an overclock.
     
  6. automaticman

    automaticman Master Guru

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    I'm sure you could just as easily say that about any 2 closely matched GPU. If we're going to start talking overclocking the question is whether an 460OC can match 6850OC, I just don't feel like tracking down OC specific reviews to compare.

    Even my suggesting a 6870 is suspect considering we don't know how much he was looking at paying for a 460 OR the 6850

    The cheapest 460 on newegg is 139, which is only a few $ cheaper than the card I linked after an MIR. Looking at those two, I'd say get the 6870 every time.
     
  7. OneMustFall

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    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460, 1GB, 256 bit
     
  8. Anubis

    Anubis Ancient Guru

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    imho the 460.
    But as said before, since Kepler is coming soon, I'd wait..
     
  9. CoreyPL

    CoreyPL Master Guru

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    Those cards are neck in neck performance wise, but with GTX460 you will get CUDA. Aside from PhysX, there is a number of different software that will benefit from it, like media players and video encoders. AMD's implementation (APP) is not so popular yet. And PhysX won't run on AMD. I've owned GTX460->HD6870->HD6970->GTX580, and experience with both companies was great, so my opinion is based only on having PhysX, which could be used for ex. in Mafia II, that you will play.
     
  10. jhelsas

    jhelsas Master Guru

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    Cuda have become opensource, so, I think that it won't take long to someone fully port the Nvidia's CUDA compiler.
     

  11. bnn1

    bnn1 Member

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    In my country these 2 cards prices are very close. let's say i can buy a 6850 with 200 $ and a gtx 460 with 210$.

    i will also use Autocad for work and stuff, i will benefit of CUDA technology using this software?

    I don't plan to massively OC the cards, just a little bit when i'll feel they are not handling the games good enough.


    LE : I can see pictures @nvidia website with the GTX 460, where can i buy a card that looks the same? I mean not some 3rd party card manufacturer like Gigabyte,ASUS,Sapphire etc.
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  12. automaticman

    automaticman Master Guru

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    I think Autocad only officially supports the Nvidia Quatro and ATI FirePro professional cards. I don't have any personal experience as to whether it will work with the regular cards.
     
  13. CoreyPL

    CoreyPL Master Guru

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    Didn't know that, nice remark.

    But do you think, that PhysX will work on CUDA ports? Personally I think NVIDIA will still have full rights to this technology, because it is one of the reasons people buying NVIDIA cards over AMD. I think NVIDIA will still officially block PhysX on cards other than their own.

    Nevertheless, it would be good to see one common accelerated physics system working on all the cards. Maybe DirectCompute will be a solution?
     
  14. automaticman

    automaticman Master Guru

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    Yeah CUDA just went opensource what, a month ago maybe? It's still pretty up in the air how it will be implemented but it will be interesting either way. As for PhysX, that's the real question. Technically, PhysX is it's own API that run on the CUDA backend afaik. You're right that they didn't necessarily release the license on it.
     
  15. amieneel

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    another vote for 460.
     

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