XFX HD 6850 - 1GB - PCI-E Graphics Card - £87.99p & Free Delivery - Ebuyer
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XFX HD 6850 - 1GB - PCI-E Graphics Card - £87.99p & Free Delivery - Ebuyer

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Found 21st Aug 2012
Novatech's price has just gone up so this is the cheapest I could find. My friend has an XFX 6850 for over a year and he's happy with it (totally anecdotal I know!)

On a side note can anyone explain to me why people on ebay are paying £80+ for a 2nd hand card when these are less than a tenner more?! Are they just stupid?

The blurb:

"With the 6000 series, XFX is literally putting you in the game. The AMD Radeon HD 6850 is 3-D ready and one of the first HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 solutions for Stereoscopic 3-D on the market.

The AMD Radeon HD 6850 ushers in a new era of gaming that takes users to an entirely new level. The AMD 3-D experience is truly immersive and seamless. AMD has also teamed up with other Open 3-D ecosystem partners to provide consumers with more choice, more innovation and lower cost.


Specifications

GPU - AMD HD 6850
Core Clock - 775MHz
Memory - 1GB DDR5
Memory Bus - 256bit
Memory Speed - 4000MHz
Outputs - Dual DVI, Dual Mini DisplayPort, Single HDMI
Interface - PCI-Express
Recommended Power Supply - 500 watt"
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People on eBay stupid? Well I never...
Point taken!
Nice card, wish the 6870 were this price!
id add the extra 3 year warranty considering it's xfx.
johnwilliamson47

id add the extra 3 year warranty considering it's xfx.



xfx is lifetime warranty?

edit: I see they discontinued it...****.
Edited by: "lumoruk" 21st Aug 2012
bah been waiting for it to drop. Went for novatech £95 just last night.

Always happens to me.
good buy.
kunyk says good buy.

I say hot!
kunyk

good buy.



Friendliest post I've ever seen you make kunyk
hopper84

Friendliest post I've ever seen you make kunyk



then you're not stalking me enough.
kunyk

then you're not stalking me enough.



Link us to you on facebook that's where all the stalking goes down.

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bottom line is that this card can handle ANY game on high settings at 1080p with 60fps. it is an awesome card.
People on ebay will always pay more, stupid fools... Always been the case and remember there is shilling to keep prices high! lol
hopper84

Friendliest post I've ever seen you make kunyk




He must be on the happy pills!
icehawk

People on eBay stupid? Well I never...




I've been on Ebay for 13 years so I guess it must be right.............................
conor147

bottom line is that this card can handle ANY game on high settings at … bottom line is that this card can handle ANY game on high settings at 1080p with 60fps. it is an awesome card.



No, it cannot.
Serious question now - is there much difference between this and a 6870? They go for about £120plus - worth the extra?

It means at the more reasonable resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 there's … It means at the more reasonable resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 there's barely a game out there you can't top 30fps on the highest graphical settings. Indeed, we almost managed to hit 50fps in DiRT 3 and could even get the beautiful Shogun 2 above 30fps in the full HD res of 1,920 x 1,080. The famously system-taxing tessellating monster, Metro 2033, almost managed to get up to 20fps with all the good stuff maxed out. That may not sound like a lot, but is actually a pretty significant score.This then is a serious gamer's graphics card for a bargain price. In fact you're not only limited to the moderate 1,680 x 1,050 resolution with this card - it will do pretty well at powering a proper 1080p HD monitor



techradar.com/rev…iew

My monitor is 1920x1200 so maybe i would need something with just a little more ooooomph..?
kharma45

No, it cannot.




Here we go - post a GPU deal and get your guaranteed celebrity badge for 100+ comments!
Phila4

Serious question now - is there much difference between this and a 6870? … Serious question now - is there much difference between this and a 6870? They go for about £120plus - worth the extra?



Depends on whether you can justify it yourself

anandtech.com/ben…290
I fancy getting this but I'm only running a dual-core 2ghz and 4gb ram... is there any point??
Im thinking of getting this, Will Msi Indio Mb work with it I will also need a new Psu looking at 650 upwards any ideas
FUUUUUUUUUUUU im waiting for the sapphire version in the post, paid 95ish




XFX a better brand?
Used XFX for years had no problems but others say they crap

Just moved from
ATI to Nvidia due to crossfire drivers are rubbish SLI works better, some may disagree but I can only go how they been for me
Would Pes 12 still be lagging jerky with this card?
important : that card (XFX) is very noisy.
saphire always better
Jack-L92

FUUUUUUUUUUUU im waiting for the sapphire version in the post, paid 95ish … FUUUUUUUUUUUU im waiting for the sapphire version in the post, paid 95ish XFX a better brand?



where did you get it?
Novatech
Phila4

Serious question now - is there much difference between this and a 6870? … Serious question now - is there much difference between this and a 6870? They go for about £120plus - worth the extra?



I paid the extra at scan for an MSI overclocked one on a today only deal a couple of days ago. Came to £115.

I personally think it's worth the extra £20 at least for a factory OC'd one. If you check benchmarks the 6870 is often 5 fps~ better which in some cases can be the difference between a game even being playable.

But then you could always make the argument why not pay more for a 560ti which gets you PhysX also. I personally always have a £100 budget whenever I decide I need a new graphics card.
ataritheone

saphire always better





I've done a fair bit of reading about these cards and Sapphire always seems to be the brand of choice and XFX less reliable.

I was really holding out for a good deal on a Sapphire 6870, but I'd probably go for a 6850 if a good deal came up. XFX just seems like an unnecessary gamble, even though it's cheaper.
ValueForMoney

I paid the extra at scan for an MSI overclocked one on a today only deal … I paid the extra at scan for an MSI overclocked one on a today only deal a couple of days ago. Came to £115.I personally think it's worth the extra £20 at least for a factory OC'd one. If you check benchmarks the 6870 is often 5 fps~ better which in some cases can be the difference between a game even being playable.But then you could always make the argument why not pay more for a 560ti which gets you PhysX also. I personally always have a £100 budget whenever I decide I need a new graphics card.




Thanks. Difference in price is about £30 or so for a Sapphire card. You know what it's like - if I go for a 6850 today, there'll be a great deal on a 6870 tomorrow!
Phila4

Thanks. Difference in price is about £30 or so for a Sapphire card. You … Thanks. Difference in price is about £30 or so for a Sapphire card. You know what it's like - if I go for a 6850 today, there'll be a great deal on a 6870 tomorrow!



If you're after the "today only" deal I got at scan it is still on:
http://www.****.co.uk/tod…spx

£116 with delivery unless you're a forum member of AVforums and qualify for free delivery. X)
Edited by: "ValueForMoney" 22nd Aug 2012
Best thing to do is compare price to performance:

The HD 6850 @ £87.99p gets you a baseline in performance. Compare that to the 6870 performance and figure out the percentage improvement and price increase at the resolution you game at. (I usually pick BF3 because it's a taxing game.)

HD 6870 @ Techpowerup (They didn't have a BF3 score as it wasn't out yet so I used Crysis)

So at 1920 x 1200 the HD 6850 scores 25.3 FPS and the HD 6870 scores 30.0 FPS. That's a 19% improvement.

The price of the HD 6850 is £87.99p and the HD 6870 is £115. That's a 30% increase in cost.

Then just figure out if paying 30% more is worth the extra to you for the performance improvement.

You can factor in other things like overclocking and such but this will give you an idea of the ball park you're in.

The HD 6850 has been at a price to performance sweet spot pretty much since it's introduction. It gets you good image quality at 1080p in all games which you won't get if you drop down a level + going up in price gets you diminishing returns the higher you go. I.e. You end up adding 50-100% of the price for a 20-30% performance gain.



Edited by: "weltysparrow" 22nd Aug 2012
I got
AMD Athlon II X3 425
Foxconn m61pmv motherboard
3gb ram
500w cooler master psu

Can I use this card? :O


ether707

I got AMD Athlon II X3 425Foxconn m61pmv motherboard3gb ram500w cooler … I got AMD Athlon II X3 425Foxconn m61pmv motherboard3gb ram500w cooler master psuCan I use this card? :O


Your motherboard will take the card. Your PSU will need 2 of the 6-pin PCIe power connectors to power this card though, which may be the sticking point. You can get adaptors that take power from two 4-pin molex connectors to one 6-pin PCIe from Maplins, but you will need four spare Molex to do this. 500W is a bit puny for running cards of this weight, so possibly need to upgrade the PSU to a 650W or so, so you will need to make a bit of a "is it time to get a better PC" rather than send good money after your current rig.
If you just want to be able to get better frame rates, then stay with what you have and get a card like this. If you want to play modern games, then I'd save up a bit more cash and get a new PC.
TLBSQUEAK

Your motherboard will take the card. Your PSU will need 2 of the 6-pin … Your motherboard will take the card. Your PSU will need 2 of the 6-pin PCIe power connectors to power this card though, which may be the sticking point. You can get adaptors that take power from two 4-pin molex connectors to one 6-pin PCIe from Maplins, but you will need four spare Molex to do this. 500W is a bit puny for running cards of this weight, so possibly need to upgrade the PSU to a 650W or so, so you will need to make a bit of a "is it time to get a better PC" rather than send good money after your current rig.If you just want to be able to get better frame rates, then stay with what you have and get a card like this. If you want to play modern games, then I'd save up a bit more cash and get a new PC.



Rubbish. A good 500w PSU can easily take a 6850.
plus a 6850 needs 1 pci-e 6 pin.
kharma45

Rubbish. A good 500w PSU can easily take a 6850.


Absolutely.
i rather have a corsair vx450 running a 6850 than some crap ezcool 1000watt.
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