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5870 GFX card (XFX) - £136.79 @ Scan
5870 GFX card (XFX) - £136.79 @ Scan

5870 GFX card (XFX) - £136.79 @ Scan

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Great bang 4 buck as they say.

maybe a misprice as the 5850 is the same price.

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Went for this last week. You have to be careful with a card like this. It has just cost me another £200 to get a new CPU and mobo because everything else is now the bottleneck. Good card and good value for money.

More tempted by the 6850 at £118.79, cheaper and apparently slightly faster

The 5870 is faster than the 6850, go for the 5870.

Radeon 6850 is NOT faster than 5870. Quite the opposite and by a substantial margin in fact. But it is still a good card and uses far less power than 5870. Depends what you value most. I have a 6850 with passive cooling mod and I'm most happy

Banned

Power consumption of one of these on full is over 350 watts.

Whats the running cost of one of these on average?

Lechuck

Power consumption of one of these on full is over 350 watts.Whats the … Power consumption of one of these on full is over 350 watts.Whats the running cost of one of these on average?



The card alone definitely doesn't consume 350W. Maximum board power is rated at 188w.

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i really can't understand why some people are voting cold.

Here is results for the 5870 v the 6850. anandtech.com/ben…291
The 5870 wins them all bar the power levels.

Great price. Last gen but to be honest the 6XXX series offer very few improvements so if you want a high end card on a budget this is definately the best deal around at the minute

For those wondering the max power output of one of these is 188W (according to specs)
Edited by: "mkins99" 16th May 2011

basergorkobal

Radeon 6850 is NOT faster than 5870. Quite the opposite and by a … Radeon 6850 is NOT faster than 5870. Quite the opposite and by a substantial margin in fact. But it is still a good card and uses far less power than 5870. Depends what you value most. I have a 6850 with passive cooling mod and I'm most happy



Was purely going on the results here, but I stand corrected nontheless:

videocardbenchmark.net/hig…tml

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I got the Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-x and think that cost me close to £300 and its super quiet and with the water technology its ultra cool too

Think mine came pre OC'd

Edited by: "Kindred" 18th May 2011

The 6xxx series cards will outperform a 'high-end' card in crossfire + OC'ed. So it's best if you get 2, otherwise 5870.

PintMcPint

Went for this last week. You have to be careful with a card like this. It … Went for this last week. You have to be careful with a card like this. It has just cost me another £200 to get a new CPU and mobo because everything else is now the bottleneck. Good card and good value for money.


I have the same dilemma now. Bought 5850, and performance is pretty bad. Would need to spend about same amount aswell. But I am waiting for more am3+ boards.

Im running 4gb memory with a Q6600 chip on a Lan Party DK motherboard with the 5870 and have no bottlenecking problems.


Originally I had the HD 4870x2 but that melted as it pumped out way too much heat and after some serious gaming melted i think

Edited by: "Kindred" 18th May 2011

will this be a big improvement over the hd 4850?

4850 is still capable for older gen games and source games, but if you want a high and steady FPS for the newer games this would be probably the perfect price point + performance for you,

Plus sell your 4850 on ebay for £40

Thanks.
You reckon this will run Skyrim comfortably? That's pretty much the main reason i've upgraded my 'mochine'.

what else is in your system?

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I know you dont have the card but if you ever want to check if your system will run a game use

systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/

Skyrim isnt out for a while, may be worth you holding off,

Ignorant Pom

Thanks. You reckon this will run Skyrim comfortably? That's pretty much … Thanks. You reckon this will run Skyrim comfortably? That's pretty much the main reason i've upgraded my 'mochine'.



Almost certainly given that Skyrim is going to be released on console too, and reportedly is not going to be making significant use of DX10 & 11 effects.

I've only found a handful of games that I cannot comformably run at max settings with my 5870. (Metro 2033's is one example, due to it's heavy use of tessellation)

As for all these 6xxx series comparisons; the 5870 beats even the 6870 in most tests - it's only tessellation where the newer 6870 performs better.

If you can get the one with Vapor-X tech I would recommend it. Yes it is slightly dearer but the heat reduction is immense.

I suppose it depends how much airflow fans you have in the PC if you need a cooler GPU

I have one of these in my i7 950, 12GB RAM 128GB SSD and it runs like a trooper. This exact card. It can be a little noisy under load, and mine idles about 40.

Go for a vapor x if you can afford it, but if you just want performance look no further. Very little out there can challenge this. Only the very latest stuff like the 6970 etc.

Heated!
Edited by: "steluca5" 18th May 2011

Kindred

Im running 4gb memory with a Q6600 chip on a Lan Party DK motherboard … Im running 4gb memory with a Q6600 chip on a Lan Party DK motherboard with the 5870 and have no bottlenecking problems.Originally I had the HD 4870x2 but that melted as it pumped out way too much heat and after some serious gaming melted i think




Unless you have your q6600 massively overclocked (3.4ghz +) vs the stock 2.4ghz, your cpu will significantly bottleneck this card not that it really matters as you will pull 60fps+ in just about every game available atm, but a bottleneck none the less.

Q6600 is such a great chip you can even overclock "non overclockable" prebuilds (e.g Dell) with a simple BSEL mod, just google it and behold - easy 3ghz all thanks to some sticky tap, a precision knife and a steady hand.


Edited by: "Tyranicus66" 18th May 2011

alexgamblin

what else is in your system?


i5 2500k, p8p67 pro, 8gb of some or other ram.

you're right though; i can afford to wait a while.

Tyranicus66

Unless you have your q6600 massively overclocked (3.4ghz +) vs the stock … Unless you have your q6600 massively overclocked (3.4ghz +) vs the stock 2.4ghz, your cpu will significantly bottleneck this card not that it really matters as you will pull 60fps+ in just about every game available atm, but a bottleneck none the less.Q6600 is such a great chip you can even overclock "non overclockable" prebuilds (e.g Dell) with a simple BSEL mod, just google it and behold - easy 3ghz all thanks to some sticky tap, a precision knife and a steady hand.



Well Overclocked mate and I can get well over 120+fps in most games. Even Crysis Warhead on max everything i was getting 60+fps

Edited by: "Kindred" 18th May 2011

Ignorant Pom

i5 2500k, p8p67 pro, 8gb of some or other ram.



Lol. Yes.

nice (_;)

AMD 5870 has performance near identical to the nVidia GTX 550 Ti, and scan has one of those for just under £100

scan.co.uk/pro…dmi

Or get the MSI Cyclone model with the improved cooler (important if you have bad cooling in the rest of your case) for around the same price as this 5870

scan.co.uk/pro…dmi

mehall

AMD 5870 has performance near identical to the nVidia GTX 550 Ti, and … AMD 5870 has performance near identical to the nVidia GTX 550 Ti, and scan has one of those for just under £100http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-gtx-550-ti-oc-40nm-4300mhz-gddr5-gpu-950mhz-shader-1900mhz-192-cores-dl-dvi-i-mhdmiOr get the MSI Cyclone model with the improved cooler (important if you have bad cooling in the rest of your case) for around the same price as this 5870http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-gtx-550-ti-cyclone-ii-oc-40nm-4300mhz-gddr5-gpu-950mhz-shader-1900mhz-192-cores-mhdmi



Whaaaa? The 5870 poops on the GTX 550 ti. Odd comparison. I'm not saying the GTX is a bad card btw.

mehall

AMD 5870 has performance near identical to the nVidia GTX 550 Ti, and … AMD 5870 has performance near identical to the nVidia GTX 550 Ti, and scan has one of those for just under £100http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-gtx-550-ti-oc-40nm-4300mhz-gddr5-gpu-950mhz-shader-1900mhz-192-cores-dl-dvi-i-mhdmiOr get the MSI Cyclone model with the improved cooler (important if you have bad cooling in the rest of your case) for around the same price as this 5870http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-gtx-550-ti-cyclone-ii-oc-40nm-4300mhz-gddr5-gpu-950mhz-shader-1900mhz-192-cores-mhdmi



Not sure where you're getting that from. A 550 ti is quite a few steps down from a 5870 bar the odd game like Dirt 2 that heavily favour nvidia cards. It's closer to a 5770 performance wise. anandtech.com/sho…0/7

For those that haven't seen it Tom's Hardware's graphics hierarchy chart is a decent rough guide though it'll vary depending upon games and overclocking etc.

steluca5

Whaaaa? The 5870 poops on the GTX 550 ti. Odd comparison. I'm not saying … Whaaaa? The 5870 poops on the GTX 550 ti. Odd comparison. I'm not saying the GTX is a bad card btw.



Indeed; 5870 is roughly 75% faster than the GTX550 ti.
A very odd comparison indeed, and infact highlights how much of a bargain the 5870 for £136 is!

I went for a 2500K and a H61 motherboard. Was going to go Z68 but the nice ones I like ain't in stock. Already had some nice DDR3 but will get more when Z68 is back. Was playing games with it all last night. Seriously impressive.

Would the 5870 be bottlenecked by my system? If so, will it really cause a big difference in games to upgrade the CPU?

Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.9 Ghz), 8 GB Ram (1066)

i paid about £300 for the HIS version of this card a year ago..... But i dont regret it too much as i have to say it is fantastic, so far it runs everything i can throw at it on 1680x1050 on high settings. And makes Crysis2 look lush, getting those head shots in bad company 2 also became easier with this card somehow

TehJumpingJawa

Indeed; 5870 is roughly 75% faster than the GTX550 ti.A very odd comparison … Indeed; 5870 is roughly 75% faster than the GTX550 ti.A very odd comparison indeed, and infact highlights how much of a bargain the 5870 for £136 is!



And just shows that a lot people think they know what they are talking about on the internet when in actual fact they know sweet FA

nt1311

Was purely going on the results here, but I stand corrected … Was purely going on the results here, but I stand corrected nontheless:http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html



Yeah, I bought a 6850 based on that chart. But I've heard loads of people since say the 5850 is better, so why is that chart wrong? Is it not done by trusted people that know how to benchmark cards?
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