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XFX Radeon 6850 1GB just £133.57 @ scan

£133.57 @ Scan
great price for a brand new and awesome performing card! slightly faster than the £150 gtx 460 1GB and less power consuming. the cheapest of the 6850 i have seen and the rest are £150+. also 60 mont… Read More
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great price for a brand new and awesome performing card! slightly faster than the £150 gtx 460 1GB and less power consuming. the cheapest of the 6850 i have seen and the rest are £150+.
also 60 months warranty with scan / xfx uk which is a big bonus over rival companies :)!
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#1
I like the sound of this!
#2
Great deal!
#3
How would this compare to my old 8800GT 512mb ?
#4
CLOUD_TIGER
How would this compare to my old 8800GT 512mb ?

It blows it out of the water and then some. This 6850 is comparable to a stock GTX 460 1GB.

There's a decent graphics card ranking list here: http://www.overclock.net/graphics-cards-general/502403-graphics-card-ranking-5th-time-last.html

The 6850 is 13th, the 460 1GB is 16th and your 8800GT 512mb is 48th :)
#5
crackerbear
CLOUD_TIGER
How would this compare to my old 8800GT 512mb ?

It blows it out of the water and then some. This 6850 is comparable to a stock GTX 460 1GB.

There's a decent graphics card ranking list here: http://www.overclock.net/graphics-cards-general/502403-graphics-card-ranking-5th-time-last.html

The 6850 is 13th, the 460 1GB is 16th and your 8800GT 512mb is 48th :)


Mines 77th :D think its time for a upgrade hot
#6
hmm cracking price...overclocking potential is really good too. Pretty good review for stock and OC performance here

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ (main review, full link wont post)

:D




Edited By: CharlieBravo on Oct 22, 2010 22:25: Link broken
#7
Nvidia are fcucked again..
#8
Excellent price, benchmarks at mid resolutions seem to be on a par (and sometimes better than) with 5850's, which are still a lot more money.
banned#9
Is this faster than the 5850? Cuz as far as what ive read num ering has been changed and new 6850 is the equiv to the 5750-5770

From the looks of it, price wise, is it fair to say that we aee not going to see major boost in performance.
#10
Anyone considering this card take a good look at some reviews. Its seem to be less powerful than the 5850 and sandwiched between the nvidia 1GB GTX 460 & the 768MB GTX 460.

Do not let the big number fool you. To me the price reflects its performance. If I had the cash I would get a Nvidia 1GB GTX 460. I guess I will have to stick with my ATI 4890 for now.
#11
Isn't this supposed to be one of the best graphics cards money can buy? Seems a bargain.
#12
flamex
Is this faster than the 5850? Cuz as far as what ive read num ering has been changed and new 6850 is the equiv to the 5750-5770

From the looks of it, price wise, is it fair to say that we aee not going to see major boost in performance.

No, the 6850 is not faster than the 5850, but the 6870 is. You need to remember the 5850/5870 were high end cards and the new 68xx cards are "merely" mid-range.

The 69xx cards that are set to be released at the end of November/early December are the proper high end cards and are meant to replace the 5850/5870 and if the results of the 68xx cards are anything to go by, there should be a substantial performance boost. They'll also probably cost a lot but that's another matter.
#13
Just beware XFX, I have learnt first hand about there **** poor customer support when my 4890 card died. They basically turned around and said sorry we dont have to replace it, go to the retailer (even though I told them the retailer is no longer in business). I then foudn out many people had the same problem with XFX.
#14
dcx_badass
Good deal if you want to put up with some of the worst drivers ever made, I personally would rather pay more for something that works.

Judging by your avatar you like Miley Cyrus so your opinion is invalid :P j/k

If the drivers are bad with ATI then your only alternative is Nvidia and you could just buy a GTX 460 1Gb for £10 more.
#15
dcx_badass
Good deal if you want to put up with some of the worst drivers ever made, I personally would rather pay more for something that works.


agree with this comment. Its annoying you have to keep updating the ati drivers
#16
photonlord
dcx_badass
Good deal if you want to put up with some of the worst drivers ever made, I personally would rather pay more for something that works.


Judging by your avatar you like Miley Cyrus so your opinion is invalid :P j/k

If the drivers are bad with ATI then your only alternative is Nvidia and you could just buy a GTX 460 1Gb for £10 more.


Totally agree my last 2 cards have been ATI and there's been no trouble with drivers those days are long gone and spotty face kids don't know what there talking about. I've had a 4890 since launch and upgraded every time there's been a driver update and not once had a issue and my card is massively overclocked, My last Nvidia card was the 8800gt when they where the fastest card on earth and there's no difference with Nvidia's drivers as a pose to ATI.

I think people make statements about drivers when they have just gone and paid the best part of £200 for a 1gb 460 only to have there card massacred by a card that's £50 cheaper so the only way they can sleep at night is tying to explain why they where stupid in the first place, anyway enough with the little boys the big question is do i upgrade now or wait for the higher spec 6series cards as im not sure as to how much difference there's going to be between the 6850 and my 4890 i would be looking at at least the 6870 then in 6 months can always crossfire it.

I'd be interested in some peoples thoughts and not the little boys options like Miley Cyrus.
#17
dmaster2000
dcx_badass
Good deal if you want to put up with some of the worst drivers ever made, I personally would rather pay more for something that works.


agree with this comment. Its annoying you have to keep updating the ati drivers


You dont have to update the drivers if you are not having trouble, theres only 2 reasons that driver updates need to be done.

1: issues with card
2: to ring out more FPS and this only usually happens on brand new cards like these as the drivers mature they allow better speed but they get to a stage where there's nothing more to gain by updating.

The phrase for the day is if its not broke don't fix it,

Nvidia update there drivers all the time also but you don't have to upgrade those either. Tell me your not the type that every time a new bios comes out for your board that you risk screwing up your motherboard just to have the latest version.
#18
here's a review
link

p.s
I also have an 8800gt but i am waiting for a demanding game (but not crysis)
#19
AzeemB
i am waiting for a demanding game (but not crysis)

Try Metro 2033 :)
#20
pencrusher
Anyone considering this card take a good look at some reviews. Its seem to be less powerful than the 5850 and sandwiched between the nvidia 1GB GTX 460 & the 768MB GTX 460.

Do not let the big number fool you. To me the price reflects its performance. If I had the cash I would get a Nvidia 1GB GTX 460. I guess I will have to stick with my ATI 4890 for now.


i agree with you there. this isnt a gamers upgrade but for retailers to use when they sell their PC's to non-pro gamers. the 5*** series just got released & they wont leave it just like that. ati are doing what nVidia did with their 3** series. for true nVidia gamers the cards moved from the 2*** series to 4*** series. the 3*** series was used to make the card look better that the 2*** series. but us pro's didnt get fooled by this. If you look at alot of PC world gaming PCs you'll see decent i5 specs but the cards are GTX 315 or something. well this is ATi's version of this card. I know I'm repeating but this stresses me out to why they would mislead people with bigger numbers.
#21
Amen.
I bought not even a week ago MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 768 MB from Scan.Paid about £ 135, postage included ;-)
Have never had ATI before, I might give it a try if waited longer....
However, playing at 1680*1050 my GTX 460 must be good enough (coupled with E8400) and getting few extra FPS thanks to bigger memory and wider data bus, I don't care much.

Regarding driver updates - absolutely normal for me to update the driver when there is newer one out there. Used to benchmark new drivers and sometimes you could actually get less FPS with newer driver than with older one.(Nvidia 7600 GT, 8800GT)
So, saying that ATI 's drivers are rubbish is not nice :-)
#22
montana78
pencrusher
Anyone considering this card take a good look at some reviews. Its seem to be less powerful than the 5850 and sandwiched between the nvidia 1GB GTX 460 & the 768MB GTX 460.

Do not let the big number fool you. To me the price reflects its performance. If I had the cash I would get a Nvidia 1GB GTX 460. I guess I will have to stick with my ATI 4890 for now.


i agree with you there. this isnt a gamers upgrade but for retailers to use when they sell their PC's to non-pro gamers. the 5*** series just got released & they wont leave it just like that. ati are doing what nVidia did with their 3** series. for true nVidia gamers the cards moved from the 2*** series to 4*** series. the 3*** series was used to make the card look better that the 2*** series. but us pro's didnt get fooled by this. If you look at alot of PC world gaming PCs you'll see decent i5 specs but the cards are GTX 315 or something. well this is ATi's version of this card. I know I'm repeating but this stresses me out to why they would mislead people with bigger numbers.


I don't think it's a case of anyone being mislead. ATI have stressed that this is the new mid-range offering from them, with the high-end coming later on this year. The situation with Nvidia was very different. In many cases, they were simply re-branding an older cards with a new naming scheme. This is new tech.

With the 6800 series, you're getting performance comparable to last years high-end cards for less money.
#23
pencrusher
Anyone considering this card take a good look at some reviews. Its seem to be less powerful than the 5850 and sandwiched between the nvidia 1GB GTX 460 & the 768MB GTX 460.

Do not let the big number fool you. To me the price reflects its performance. If I had the cash I would get a Nvidia 1GB GTX 460. I guess I will have to stick with my ATI 4890 for now.

dcx_badass
I also hae an 8800GT, it doesn't stop ATI making **** drivers. Most people are mature enough to accept it without reducing the conversation down to pathetic school yard insults. Google it, look on forums ati have awful drivers, no two ways about it. My friend has a HD5770 he says it's a good card but still admits the drivers are awful and buggy (he went from a 8800GTS).


As someone who has flitted around with both going back as far as a Rage128 yes ATi have had driver issues in the past but i've had just as many with Nvidia not so much recently but to just state ATi have had issues is misleading greatly
#24
dcx_badass
Good deal if you want to put up with some of the worst drivers ever made, I personally would rather pay more for something that works.


Yeah they are rubbish. They use a shedload of CPU too compared to nvidia. I went from 8800GT to HD5770 and my FPS actually went down in some games (that were CPU limited).
#25
AshMcConnell
dcx_badass
Good deal if you want to put up with some of the worst drivers ever made, I personally would rather pay more for something that works.
Yeah they are rubbish. They use a shedload of CPU too compared to nvidia. I went from 8800GT to HD5770 and my FPS actually went down in some games (that were CPU limited).


Sorry, but WHAT? ATI cards stress a CPU more? What the hell are you smoking?!?

Considering I went from a 8800GT, to a 4850, then a 4870 (which was slightly faster than the 5770 I moved to next) and saw improvements each time, I put your experience down to something else being wrong with your machine, or you not cleaning out all the old Nvidia drivers when you moved to the 5770.
#26
I'ved got a 4780 1gb atm is this better than that? Graphics card is starting to die out slowly.
Not sure with this 6xxx series as they aren't on the same spec as previous 5xxx series.
#27
damoxuk
I'ved got a 4780 1gb atm is this better than that? Graphics card is starting to die out slowly.Not sure with this 6xxx series as they aren't on the same spec as previous 5xxx series.


Yes. A 4870 is on par with a 5770, and a 6850 is on par with a 5830, it wouldn't be much of an upgrade mind in terms of performance, but will run cooler and use less power than your 4870.

A 6870 would be a more worthwhile upgrade, but at £134, can't really fault this.
#28
pencrusher
Anyone considering this card take a good look at some reviews. Its seem to be less powerful than the 5850 and sandwiched between the nvidia 1GB GTX 460 & the 768MB GTX 460.

Do not let the big number fool you. To me the price reflects its performance. If I had the cash I would get a Nvidia 1GB GTX 460. I guess I will have to stick with my ATI 4890 for now.

in most games its slightly faster than the 1gb gtx 460 and slightly slower than the 5850. when its cheaper and faster than the gtx 460 1gb, why on earth would u recommend that card over this one? remember that all of the reviews for this card are only using launch drivers, so inevitably performance WILL get better!
#29
"the GeForce GTX 460 is more powerful than the Radeon HD 6850 and offers some stiff competition. "
Quote taken from here.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850-barts,review-32028-23.html
#30
I am very tempted with the xfx 6850 fron scan. At £133 it seems like a bargain. The only thing that bother me is the couple of reviews i've read saying that the xfx custom cooler is noisy or at least noisier than the stock cooler.
Is there any xfx 6850 owner in here willing to comment on the noise level?
#31
This price was wrong. It was Ex Vat.
#32
kr00t0n
AshMcConnell
dcx_badass
Good deal if you want to put up with some of the worst drivers ever made, I personally would rather pay more for something that works.
Yeah they are rubbish. They use a shedload of CPU too compared to nvidia. I went from 8800GT to HD5770 and my FPS actually went down in some games (that were CPU limited).


Sorry, but WHAT? ATI cards stress a CPU more? What the hell are you smoking?!?

Considering I went from a 8800GT, to a 4850, then a 4870 (which was slightly faster than the 5770 I moved to next) and saw improvements each time, I put your experience down to something else being wrong with your machine, or you not cleaning out all the old Nvidia drivers when you moved to the 5770.


The driver code runs on the CPU. If you have a severely CPU limited application (like a non-GPU physics simulation) it won't matter if you have an infinitely fast GPU, you wont get any more FPS.

The bottleneck on my simulator was the CPU at the time. I changed nothing, but switching the cards, cleaning the old drivers and installing the new drivers. The FPS dipped by around 10%. I profiled my simulator and found that the extra time was caused by the drivers.

Now i've removed the CPU bottleneck from my simulator (by doing some threading) and the card is much faster, but I don't like how inefficient the drivers are compared to nvidia.
#33
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#34
You guys, ATI is still to release its 69xx series of cards.

The 6850/70 is just to compete better with the gtx470 and gtx460, its more like a side step compared to the 5850 rather than better or worse than it.

For me its a newer card and clocks well, its just behind the 5850 at stock so its better than a gtx460 and on par with a gtx470, its in the same price range as the gtx460 so its not aiming for top range the new 69xx series is!

Either that or wait for the gtx 5xx series. This is just another mid range budget gaming card.
#35
Its an XFX card though. If anything goes wrong with it, be prepared to be shafted by XFX. As I found from biter experience.

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