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***5850 Vs 6870***

Discussion in 'Latest News, Deals & Special Offers' started by rjk, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. rjk

    Caporegime

    Joined: Aug 8, 2007

    Posts: 25,161

    As you all know, the 6870 is out and everone is eager to see it compared to its replacement.

    Myself and Gibbo have been testing our sample card to see what it is capable of in a 24/7 capacity.

    we chose a rig to test that we feel reflected the average user setup.

    i5 760 Overclocked to 4GHz
    Gigabyte P55-USB3 Motharboard
    4GB Corsair XMS3 1600MHz DDR3
    Titan Fenrir EVO CPU Cooler
    500GB Seagate HDD
    Corsair TX650W PSU
    Windows 7 64

    Unfortunately we were very limited on time with the card so in game benchmarks were simply not possible, but im sure some proper reviews will give you an idea.
    We focussed on Vantage and Heaven to get our results.

    Overall I think the card looks decent, it is very quet on the stock cooler and is quite compact. the card runs cool too, only hitting 55'C under load in 3DMark which is quite impressive especially at auto fan settings.

    the drivers we used for the test were 10.10, they shipped with the card and worked well although they were a little clunky for my liking. hopefully AMD can sort this out quickly.

    The overclocks in this test were the maximum we could achieve from each card without adjusting voltages. your results may vary so we havent posted the actual clockspeeds.
    the performance is what really counts, lets see how it does:

    here is the 5850 at Stock settings
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    and the 6870 at Stock settings
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    very much level pegging in my opinion.

    here is the 5850 at overclocked settings
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    and the 6870 at overclocked settings
    [​IMG]

    the 6870 pulls away fractionally here

    lets see how it performs on a test using DX11 and a standard Res of 1080P

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    as you can see the 6870 did suffer from poor low end frame rates but from my experience, this would just be the prerelease drivers.
    this is a card that I predict a nice improvement over time and for the price is competing well with the 5870 which is supposed to be the superior card.

    it will be interesting to see the driver development improve for this card and I am looking forward to seeing the competition really heat up :)

    thanks for reading,
    your feedback is welcome as always

    rjk
     
  2. Gibbo

    Commissario

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 25,747

    Location: OcUK HQ

    Hi there

    Rather impressed with the cards, better than expected performance, definetely smack bang between the 5850 and 5870 for sure and as such I think the £199.99 Inc. VAT price is especially good, plus factor in HIS are giving CODMW2 away with theirs too. :)

    [​IMG]


    We have 100+ of both Sapphire and HIS in stock! :D
     
  3. Gibbo

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    Location: OcUK HQ

  4. Gibbo

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    Location: OcUK HQ

    ;)
     
  5. Azza

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    Posts: 32,985

    Location: Fuerteventura|Birmingham

    Maybe I should have waited instead of buying that 460 the other week. :D
     
  6. SeraphX

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 7, 2010

    Posts: 7,173

    Location: Sussex

    links are live now 21:49 :p
     
  7. d_brennen

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 30, 2009

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    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    Looks good for launch pricing...

    /waiting on a Big.Wayne price/performance chart :)
     
  8. Arthalen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 20, 2006

    Posts: 2,029

    Location: Leeds, UK

    Soooo, good release it seems.... looking forward to the 6950 as my 'proper' 5850 replacement.

    Time for some crystal ball gazing....so with:

    6850 @ £150
    6870 @ £200

    I suspect:

    6950 @ £250
    6970 @ £300
    6990 @ £500

    Annnnnnd.... I expect 1 of the following:

    1) Nvidia do a price drop on 480's too £280-290ish range
    2) Nvidia pull the 485 out the bag a'la 285 refresh and maintain similar kind of pricing but faster card to compete at £300 price point.

    So, who fancies a bet on that little lot?... :D
     
  9. Chisharpe

    Gangster

    Joined: Sep 16, 2010

    Posts: 237

    Location: Hampshire

    I wish I could have this before the weekend
     
  10. Gibbo

    Commissario

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    Posts: 25,747

    Location: OcUK HQ

    Saturday delivery and you can. :)
     
  11. SeraphX

    Soldato

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    Posts: 7,173

    Location: Sussex

    am i dreaming to expect the 5770 to drop below 90 quid now? lol :p
     
  12. greywolf

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 2, 2005

    Posts: 1,615

    Forget the cards, is that an OcUK CD burger I spot...
     
  13. JediFragger

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 15,655

    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    Sure is! Midnight snack Sir? :D
     
  14. Ace Modder

    Antec Rep

    Joined: Sep 8, 2003

    Posts: 21,555

    Location: At the pub

    Here is our HIS stock modelled by the ever professional RJKONEILL

    [​IMG]
     
  15. d_brennen

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    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    So this is why sometimes, when you buy a graphics card from an etailer, it appears to have been opened!
     
  16. 5UB

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    Well that picture made me laugh this morning lol.
     
  17. eXist

    Wise Guy

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    Posts: 1,022

    that pic reads FAIL all over ;)
     
  18. LiamC

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    Joined: Jan 24, 2009

    Posts: 1,366

    Location: Edinburgh

    Makes me want a job with OcUk :(
     
  19. rjk

    Caporegime

    Joined: Aug 8, 2007

    Posts: 25,161

    facepalm

    please bear in mind that this happen during a discussion about the graphics and marketing surrounding graphics cards

    and why manufacturers tend to use cgi characters in outrageous poses to depict the prowess of their products.

    so the above sillyness was totally justified and relevant.

    I had every faith that my colleagues would document this occurance and post it on the internet for all to see :rolleyes:
     
  20. valkia

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    Joined: Aug 22, 2010

    Posts: 4,868

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