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Crossfire compatibility... 6870+6850?

Q: Crossfire compatibility... 6870+6850?

Hi, so I've recently purchased a radeon HD6870 card and was considering going for a cross fire setup.

At the moment a second 6870 is outside my budget. Whould it be possible to pop in a 6850 without any issues?

Is crossfire limited to a given manufacturer or can I mix them.......I.e Sapphire + HIS

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A: Crossfire compatibility... 6870+6850?

Any manufacturer will work with any other as long as it is the same card. No the 6870 needs another 6870 to crossfire I assume that hybrid crossfire might work but it would be less than stellar. Others would know more on the subject.

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Hi All,
Im planning to replace my old pc. These are my choices,
1. MSI 970A-G46 Motherboard
2. AMD 3.6 GHz AM3+ FX4100 Processor
3. Corsair Vengeance DDR3 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) PC RAM (CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9)
4. some 500 watts psu
5. existing seagate 500 gb harddisk

So I have my previous Ati hd 5670 1gb card, now should i buy a new ati 7770 1gb, 6850 1gb, 6870 1gb or get another 5670 1gb and make a crossfire setup?

I Cant afford an 6870 but can try if thats the best. I'm in india so it costs around 13000.RS
Any suggestions on graphic card or my other new components are welcomed. Thanks in advance And more important thing is I have a 19' monitor of 1368x768 resolution. I play mostly hardcore Games like BF3 and crysis 2.

A:Amd 5670 crossfire Vs 6850 6870 7770

Any of the cards you listed will be faster than two 5670's in Crossfire, with the 6870 being the fastest and the 7770 the slowest (but not by much behind the 6850).

The listed components look good, but there is one troubling bit,

4. some 500 watts psu

As long as it is a good quality 500W it should be OK. If it is some no name, then I wouldn't trust it at all.

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I recently won 6850 in a sweepstakes competition and i'm wondering whether i should sell it and get a GTX 580 or buy a 6870 and crossfire the two. I know the nVidia option would be more expensive overall but that's not really an issue...

A:Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 in CrossFireX or GTX 580?

My personal preference where possible is to run one more powerful card than two or more less capable cards in Crossfire or SLI.
If you are the kind of person that tinkers and tweaks a system and are constantly upgrading then the drawbacks of multi-GPU gaming (driver releated bugs mainly) will be more insignificant than the advantages (lower performance/$ costs).

If you plan on Crossfiring with the HD 6850 then I would suggest you pair it with another HD 6850. Crossfiring with a 6870 would tend to bring that cards level down to 6850. Crossfire and SLI rely on on alternate frame rendering (AFR) where each card produces a frame more or less alternately- thus the slowest card tends to dictate the level of performance as well as game IQ you can use.
An alternative is to trade the 6850 against a HD6950 (not such a large price discrepency as the GTX580) with the possibility of adding a second card at a later stage if you feel the need for higher game IQ or framerates.

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Toms Hardware 10/21/10 Don Woligroski, Chris Angelini

AMD Radeon HD 6870 And 6850: Is Barts A Step Forward? : The New Radeon HD 6000 Family

A:AMD Radeon HD 6870 And 6850: Is Barts A Step Forward?

Just finished reading a great review on the VisionTek 6870 and it is impressive. This new series of cards from AMD look like great gaming cards and in the 250.00 range.

Visiontek Radeon 6870 1GB

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I just recently got another HD Radeon 6850 and I'm almost positive that I installed them correctly. The power is connected and the bridges are on.
I installed the disk that came with the card.
Heres the problem: I have no option to turn on Crossfire in my AMD control panel. I looked under gaming and nothings there. I also looked under Performance and there isn't an option there either.
I searched up driver profiles for the Crossfire drivers or watever, and it still won't show up.
Yes, my motherboard is crossfire compatible, but what am I doing wrong?
I can defiantly tell there isn't a boost in performance.
Also, I know the card is in properly because the AMD Control panel says the card is disabled where it shows primary card, and disabled card. -.-
P.S: the only thing out of the ordinary is that the POWER connections are different on each card. ( One is connected with different cord )

A:Solved: Crossfire will not enable ( Two 6850's )

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Hey, some weeks ago i bought two HD 6870's in Crossfire. I started the PC up, started a game and got a BSOD. After that, It have happened many times. The problem is that i only get the BSOD when i start a game..

System specs:
Win 7 Enterprise x64
Original Windows
Full retail
Age of hardware: around 5 months
Age of OS install: around 5 months



A:HD 6870 Crossfire BSOD

Help me please

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Hey I was wondering, will a Radeon HD 6850 Crossfire run Skyrim on max settings with the following components? I have 2 Radeon HD 6850 and a Crossfire Bridge so I was wondering.

Intel i7-2600K, 3.4 GHz
Windows 7
64 bit operating system
1 TB Hard Drive

A:Will a Radeon HD 6850 Crossfire run Skyrim on max settings?

Unless you have some crazy resolution I'm gonna say you will be more than fine . Hopefully it'll be properly supported out of the box; this is a major release though so I'd imagine any issues would be addressed very quickly.

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This E8400 is a beast, been taking 1.5v Vcore for over a year, and is simply rock solid.

I have it at a solid 4.8ghz, and this thing is still AMAZINGLY FAST.

All games run like a breeze. All games.

A:Would my CPU (4.8GHz) bottleneck HD 6870 CrossFire?

... but yeah, it probably would. As impressive as your overclock is (and it is very impressive), 4.8 GHz does not mean 2 X 2.4GHz because of scaling issues. From what I've read you really need a decently clocked (>3 GHz) quad core to fully utilise modern, higher end graphics cards. Still, if all your games really do run like a breeze, you won't really need a better CPU.

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Hey everyone. I just recently bought another card to xfire for my rig. Since ive done this however my games randomly freeze or bsod, or freeze with a loud buzz until i shut my rig down.. i think its a driver issue, because it used to do it when i had 1 card and i bumped it down to like 11.10 and everything worked fine.. but when i got the new card, apparently 11.10 didnt support xfire.. so i had to update to 11.12.. and now i have my issue..

850w PSU

12GB DDR3 Ripjaw G.skill Ram

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz OC to 3.6GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGIBOX

>>>>>>SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100314VXSR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...

Crossfired with >>>> SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

with Coolermast HAF 932 Advanced

A:AMD HD Radeon 6870 Crossfire causes BSOD and Freezing in games

When having stability problems the first thing you want to do is not OC, don't start OC until you have the system running stabile.
Check you ram timings in BIOs and make sure they are correct.
Try bumping up you ram voltage and see if that helps.
Try upping your graphic card voltage a little.

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Hi all, I am building a new computer and have already got the Case, Motherboard, Hard Drive, DVD writer, CPU cooler, Neons and i am waiting on the RAM.

Next i plan to buy the Power Supply. But i am stuck on which one to buy. The Corsair HX650 or the HX750. I plan to overclock this new system as high as i possibly can.

The final specs will be:

AMD Phenom II x4 955 CPU
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H Motherboard
4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 RAM
1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3 HDD
2x HIS Radeon HD 6870 video cards
NZXT M59 Case

2 sets of cold cathodes are going into this system. 2 red ones and 2 blue ones.

So will the HX650 power this system fine. Or will i be better off getting the HX750, which is only $60NZ more then the 650.

Cheers, Nathan.

A:Corsair HX650 or HX750? Radeon 6870 CrossFire

The HX650w will suffice for that setup. Here is a little reading on the subject. This ais a an OC'd i7 956 BTW

The HX650 has 52A on the 12v rail and is more than capable for a CF 6870's the 750w would provide headroom for upgrades, however the 6870 can only go 2x CF.

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Are there any "significant" differences between the ATI Radeon 6850 and 6870 graphic cards?

I am considering purchasing the ATI Radeon 6850 graphics card. However, I am told that the 6870 is a superior card.

I would like to see a side-by-side comparison of these two cards before making a decision.

Does anyone know of a website that provides such a comparison?

Thank you.

A:Any "significant" differences between the ATI Radeon 6850 & 6870?

AMD Radeon HD 6870 And 6850: Is Barts A Step Forward? : The New Radeon HD 6000 Family

And there you are....


Main differences....160 more shaders....8 more texture units....125 mhz faster clock speed...and a little more memory bandwidth

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I want to get a new HD 6870 but I heard that It's not compatible with my motherboard's bus type.
My motherboard

it says my motherboard has a 1 x PCIe x16 and i read somewhere that the HD 6870 needs a gen type 2.
I don't really understand this, but is it still compatible with my motherboard?

HD 6870

A:From HD 5670 to HD 6870. Motherboard Compatibility

It will work the GPU's are backwrd compatible.

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I have'nt been around for a while but I have a quick question before i buy my second video card.

I have a Radeon x1950 Pro with 256mb gddr3

Can i crossfire this card with a Radeon x1950 Pro with 512mb gddr3?
Or do i need the same exact card specs as the first one.
(Both are From Sapphire)

A:Crossfire Compatibility

This may help:

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Hey, I'm wondering how to go about linking two graphics cards to the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS .
The card states that it is SLI "ready", does this mean it is incompatible with the CrossFire cards? (obviously I prefer the tiling capabilities of Crossfire)

Also, is the linking of two SLI cards internal or external?

Thanks in advance,

A:SLI / Crossfire Compatibility

Two Linking SLI cards are internal.

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I just got a new computer and put in it a 6950 HD radeon gfx card with crossfire capability. My older computer was using a radeon sapphire series 9600. I am assuming not, but could I link them both or is the 9600 too old to use or provide any benefit?

A:Crossfire compatibility with older graphics card?

No Crossfire.
6950 would require either another 6950, or 6970, or 6990

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I've done a lot of Googling and Ixquicking, even searched AMD's site without much joy. I can't even find out if the mobo is suitable - only having one PCIe x16 slot maybe indicates nope from the off. The following is very specific, but I'm hoping one of you geniuses can offer advice. Apologies in advance for the headache.

Win 7 64 bit.
Motherboard is ECS GeForce6100PM-M2
CPU is AMD Phenom(tm) 9350e Quad-Core
Graphic card is Radeon Sapphire HD 5670 1GB DDR5 PCIe x16
All of which is AMD stuff.

I can buy an adapter to convert the PCIe x4 slot to a flying cabled x16 slot, and which includes a 12V lead.
I can buy an identical graphic card but with less memory (512MB), but same DDR5 for ?20, which is pretty cheap.

Any hope in hell of that combination working with Crossfire and showing improvements? I enjoy fiddling, and can afford the ?20, but I'll not bother if I get a definite no. I have no idea of the capabilities of the x16 cabled slot from the x4 mobo slot either.

Assuming the mobo, or the x4 to x16 cabling makes it all pointless immediately, would the two cards work in a suitable mobo with 2 PCIe x16 slots. I have read of the 5670 being paired with other cards but not with another 5670 - no examples, I mean, not no success. It's all very confusing.

I'm still searching, by the way, for info elsewhere. I've just spent so long that I thought I'd post this just in case I don't find anything useful elsewhere.

Ta muchly.

A:Crossfire and motherboard/graphic card compatibility.

You can only pair a HD5670 with a HD5670 maybe a 5650 that was like 4+ years ago you could find one on ebay or amazon probably

When mixing and matching cards there is a structure put in place example http://sites.amd.com/PublishingImage...hart_1618W.jpg

This tells you what can and can't be matched now if you would like 16x you will need to find a board with multi slots and even if you do it will run 8x not 16x

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basically i bought a 1900xtx long time ago and i am thinking about adding in the 2nd vid card. is there a way to tell or find out if i bought the master card or not? cause i can't remember.

another quick question, if i could get the 2nd vid card for around 100-150 would it be money well spent as an upgrade?

A:how do i know if i bought a crossfire master card or just crossfire ready card?

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Which video card is faster, GTX 460 1 GB or HD 6850?

Which overclocks better?

I've seen some benchmarks and it's mixed results.

A:GTX 460 1 GB or HD 6850?

Quote: Originally Posted by imeem

Which video card is faster, GTX 460 1 GB or HD 6850?

Which overclocks better?

I've seen some benchmarks and it's mixed results.

The HD 6850 is around ~5% faster in most cases (according to techpowerup's performance chart).

Which one overclocks better?

I have absolutely no idea, both GPUs have good offerings built for overclocking.

The GTX 460 has the MSI one with the Hawk aftermarket cooling, which is said to be pretty bad ass.

The HD 6850 has the ASUS one with the DirectCU cooler and unlocked voltage.

I'd go for a HD 6850 to be honest, it's cheaper, has some very good offerings for overclocking and it's faster.

The GTX 460 1GB might be better in heavy AA/Tessellated situations though.

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I have just build new rig with HIS 6850, ASRock 870 Extreme 3, and 1090T.

When I play latest COD (Black Ops) all at maximum it runs fine, same for all Half life games and Portal (all I have played with new PC thus far). But if I play COD MW2, all at max the GPU heats up to 90C with fan at 100%. Same for Red Alert. There is no reason why it sould run 90C/100% on those "older" games when my old 9800GTX pulled it off just fine with no overheating.

Yes, I have the latest drivers.


A:Why does my 6850 run at 100% (sometimes)

So are those older games pirated? If so they will not have the latest game updates which can make them conflict with your latest drivers causing you to over heat. I tried a crysis demo years ago and it ran like crap on my computer because the demo had not been updated in so long. But when I bought the game it ran fine on max. There demo actually crashed my computer a few times.

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So I've decided to upgrade my video card and I've narrowed them down to the following:
XFX HD 6850 1GB
Gigabyte GTX 460 OC 1GB
MSI GTX 460 Cyclone OC Edition 1GB
All are pretty much the same price: £140-£150.

The reason why I put 2 GTX 460s in there is because I've heard problems with the Gigabyte card (on Newegg) where they fail after a couple of months. However it seems to run quieter than the MSI. Would be great to hear the opinion of someone who owns either of these cards regarding reliability and noise levels.

I do intend to overclock the video card so I'm also interested in the overclocked performance (and temp and noise).

I game at 1920x1080 and don't really want to spend any more as I think these cards are sufficient.

A:GTX 460 1GB or Radeon HD 6850?

I would grab the 6850, less draw(psu) power.

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So I have windows 7 64 bit home premium and I just got a new graphics card 2 days ago (Radeon HD 6850) and since then the device driver has "stopped responding" 4 times now while playing the game "world of warcraft" and twice it caused my system to shut down. Any idea whats causing this and how to fix it?

A:Issue with HD 6850

ATI Radeon Driver Downloads | Get Updates to the Latest ATI Radeon Drivers.

See if driver for 6850 is up to date at this site.

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why is the hd 6850 a lot cheaper than the hd 5850 series video cards?
even now, the new series are cheaper than the 5850 series.
does anyone know, in layman's terms, what makes the new card cheaper than the previous?

i don't wanna sound ungrateful, but it kinda throws me off.
got me doubting the new hd 6850 series cards.

A:Hd 6850 vs hd 5850

Hopefully this article from Anandtech will give you a better idea. But for one, the 6800 series has less Transistors, Steam Processors and Texture Units than the 5800. Not bad given that the 6850 pretty much performs on par with the 5850. The 6850 is a great card for the price!

Here?s that article.

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I want to put the Radeon HD 6850 in my computer. However I do not know the power suply for it, so I though I could use some help.

This is my computer I just bought :

Asus - Essentio Desktop / AMD Phenom? II X6 Processor / 8GB Memory / 1TB Hard Drive - CM1730-05

A:Radeon HD 6850

Well this is interesting I can't find information on the included power supply either.
The only way to really find out is to slide the side panel off and look at the power supply yourself.
They generally have a sticker on the side of them that details their outputs and total wattage.

Taking the side panel off is nothing scary really
just shut down the computer first remove the screws there are usually 2 to 4 of them. (preferably with a screwdriver that doesn't have a magnetic tip)
and slide the panel off.

You shouldn't actually need to touch anything inside there.
You just need to look at the label on the psu.
My guess is it's a lower end psu, pre built systems almost always are.

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HI guys. I am in some deep trouble and cant find any solution anywhere. I just bought an HIS HD 6850 which i deeply regret as HIS i think will be the worst company ever. THe moment i play any game the system completely freezes and it blinks then the game star ts to run it runs for like another 6 seconds and then complete freeze again. this process keeps going on and on no matter what game i run. please advise.
my system specs are

Intel Pentium G620
Asus P8H61-M LX (mother board)
Cooler Master Extreme 600w PSU
HIS HD 6850

I tried to contact to HIS support center they replied after 2 days saying install windows 7 sp1 i even tried that and still no good and now i am not getting any further replies from their support center.

A:HIS Radeon HD 6850

The easiest way to return your HIS 6850 to your supplier if it is still within 30 days exchange period. Get some other brands like Gigabyte, Asus and Sapphire. Good luck.

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Hi guys i hope i'm on the right board. I've been looking around, and been asking lots of questions, but it really comes down to my specific PSU.

My computer is as follows
Core i5-750 (lynnfield) quad @ 2.66ghz
4gb (2x2gb) Corsair DDR3 ram @1333mhz
Albatron Geforce 9600GT (Which i'm upgrading obviously)
Asus P7P55 LX Motherboard
Acbel 510w PSU AcBel Polytech Inc. (Im almost 100% certain this is the one, so go by this)
I have a 500gb WD GREEN HD,
a standard DVD burner,

Now I dont do ANY overclocking, tampering with voltages etc, and i never plan to, so that aside, I purchased a Gigabyte 6870 graphics card, the 'OC version' with the three fans (it's massive), and i havent installed it yet. Will my power supply, going by that link (has all details etc), be able to handle it fine? or will i need to upgrade? Some people say i should be fine, but they havent seen specs of the PSU.
Oh and it's about 1 year old, the PSU that is, and doesnt get used 24-7, just regular usage and gaming.
Thanks heaps in advance for any help guys!

A:My PSU with 6870

On the two 12v rails it only puts out 18A on each and a total of 360WS, this PSU is pretty much the bottom of the food chain.

You should use a PSU calculator, (search on the web) there are several from almost every PSU manufacturer and input your total components and see what is recommended.

The PSU is the most important piece of equipment in the system with under-voltage or over-voltage you can ruin the rest of your components.

If your PSU will work with your components by the calculation you should allow for additional Amps and Watts to the PSU is not under a constant load causing it to run hot and go out before its time.

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Yes, truth is stranger than fiction.
Shock horror, a Chinese website is publishing a Vantage score, complete with partially filled GPU-Z screen purportedly showing the upcoming Cayman XT (HD 6870). The Vantage score would indicate an approximate 20% improvement over a stock GTX 480 and ~35% over the HD 5870.

Memory at 6400MHz effective...wow.


A:HD 6870? Is this it?

Looks like the Chinese are the ATi equivalent of Russia's Microsoft leak crew!

Looks good, even if I don't understand half of it! haha.

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I have really been looking at getting a GTX 560 but just saw some review that shows that 6870 to be faster. I don't know how reliable that is. Anyone care to lead me in the right direction that shows me otherwise? Thanks.

A:GTX 560 vs HD 6870

TechSpot has a review of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti and compares it to other cards including the Radeon HD 6870. Look here: http://www.techspot.com/review/359-nvidia-geforce-gtx-560ti/

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WOAH, guys I don't believe this!

I was just cruising through newegg cause my graphics card has been pissing me off with low fps all day and night, when i came across a Sapphire Radeon 5830 for only $103 with FREE SHIPPING...

Radeon 5830

However, I really want a gaming experience at 1920 x 1080 with at least 40 fps on games like GTA 4, Red Faction Guerrilla, Bad Company 2 and such, preferably on at least medium settings.

Also, my crap motherboard only sports a single PCI-E slot, so I'm pretty much confined to a single graphics card.

My other choice would be the new Radeon 6850, which apparently is THE best budget graphics card at this time. But then again how can it be the best when the Radeon 5830 is at $103 with free shipping. The Radeon 6850 comes with lifetime warranty, free shipping and is only $170.

With all these factors in play, I'm wondering which is the better deal...?

Radeon 6850

A:Radeon HD 5830 at $103 vs 6850 at $170, better value?

The higher the better man. Get the 6850. BTW what is your PSU?

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I am new to this forum and am requiring some help with a graphics card I purchased yesterday.

I recently purchased a VTX 3d HD 6850 1GB GDDR 5 but when I inserted it in my computer and hooked it up I cannot get any picture on my monitor.

I am currently running the computer,
Windows 7 Home Premium
ASUS M3N78 PRO - With the latest BIOS revision
AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition

and at the time I was using a 480W power supply

After it initially did not work I tried various things such as,
Flashing the CMOS which had no effect
Upgrading PSW to a 700W Alpine
Unplugging everything except the GFX card and the Power but still I get no image.

In the background the Windows is booting as I can hear it start I just get no image

I tried the GFX card in another computer with a P5B Premium motherboard and the card worked perfectly with no problems.

Sorry if my spelling or grammar is bad im having to use the on-board GFX on my computer but that is HDMI which i can only plug into my TV which is behind my computer desk so im having to type with my head turned so I cant see the keyboard.

Any help would be appreciated,
Thanks in advance.

A:VTX 3d Radeon HD 6850 Problems

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Recently I posted a thread about the ati radeon hd 5870, but now I have decided to go with the 5850 or 6850 because of my budget. This is meant for gaming if your wondering. I don't care about price. I just want to know which one will have better performance.

A:Radeon HD 5850 vs 6850?

First off what PSU do u have? As for AMD's new naming scheme it go's 6850, 5850, 6870 and then the 5870. As for which is better 5850 is faster but AMD has improved somewhat with the 6800's. Personally I would recommended going with the 6870 since it's about the same price as the 5850, and only a little more then the 6850.

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I have seen on the internet on more than one place that GTA 5 is recommended to work on a system with:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 3.66GHz and
Video Card (GPU): 1GB NVIDIA 8600 or 1 GB ATI

will I be able to play it with a i3 2120 and a HD 6850

A:Will i3 2120 with a HD 6850 play GTA 5

is a 2120 better than a intel core 2 quad @ 3.66

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Hey guys, I'm having a bit of trouble with my card, it seems Windows 8 randomly "loses" the drivers... Here's an example.

I'm playing Team Fortress 2, 200+ FPS, everything is awesome. I quit for a bit, come back, launch TF2, and suddenly I get 10FPS, suddenly WebGL or OpenGL applications no longer run, and everything is going quite a bit slower, I look at my AMD VISION and its showing my GPU clock at 100Mhz, I try overclocking, nothing happens.

And here's the weird part, some applications don't even recognized I have a graphics card, as seen here http://puu.sh/kLAu.png

This is what AMD VISION shows:
Driver Packaging Version: 8.93-111205a-132421E-ATI
2D Driver Version:
Direct3D Version: ( shouldn't this be 11? )
OpenGL Version:
AMD VISION Version: 2012.0216.2321.41809

A:ATI Radeon HD 6850 Windows 8


The first thing I would do is completely uninstall any and all overclocking utilities then reboot. Should alleviate issues here.

Overclocking graphics is over-rated to me anyhow. If a game plays at, for example, 47 fps average....making it play at 52 is not going to be noticeable in any way besides the little numbers on the screen saying it, from the oc app.

Now I know you don't want to listen to me lol. So that's why you can install ATI Tray Tools after by Ray Adams. The latest beta is extremely stable and this software is excellent in all ways.

ATi TRAY TOOLS by Ray Adams

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Hello there,
I made an account on this forum only to ask this so I hope it was worth spending a minute of my life... .

Here is my problem : I`ve got a HD 6850 GPU and it randomly reaches 100 degrees. I know this is hot as hell and I don`t know why. My specs are :
-Phenom II X4 955
-Saphire HD 6850 (obvious huh?)
-ASRock N68-GE3 UCC
-Dual Channel 8 GB Ram
-Energon 650w PSU

So... when I play games (on 1280x1024 and Maximum settings) my GPU sometimes reaches 100 degreees (Celsius). I know when this happens because the games begin to stutter. Sometimes I can play a game, let`s say AC Revelations for 6 hours without the card going over 60 degrees, and sometimes it gets to one hundred in 30 seconds after entering the game. And after I exit that specific game (ALT + F4) the temp drops at a nice 40 in minutes.

Another thing, I have never overclocked anything in my PC, but I did use FurMark several times, and then I unninstalled it (BTW it reached 100 degrees in FurMark too). The card is about one year old so it is still under warranty but I bought it second-hand (from a friend) and he forgot to give me the warrany paperwork... and he`s off for about a month and I can`t get it right now.

Oh, and I did set all the settings in the Catalyst Control Pannel to "Performance".

So, my question is : Why do you think my card is overheating and what can I do to fix that ?

A:Sapphire HD 6850 overheating

Have you cleaned all the dust out of the cards cooler and made sure the heatsink is seated properly? Is the fan on the card spinning? You could try removing the cooler and replacing the thermal paste. Remember though that if you do that, you may void the cards warranty.

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Case: NZXT Black Tempest 210 Mid-Tower Gaming Case

CPU: Intel® Core? i3-2120 3.30 GHz 3M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155

Cooling Fan: Intel LGA1156 Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink

Motherboard: Biostar H61MH Intel H61 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ Onboard Video, HDMI, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB 2.0, SATA-II, 1 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [B3 Stepping]

Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by AMD)

Power Supply: 450 Watts - Standard Case Power Supply

Hard Drive: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)

Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)


Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard

Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

PRICE: 507

What should I change?

A:My first gaming PC i3-2120, HD 6850

I would up the PSU to 550-650w and up the video card to a 6870 for an extra $35

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Whenever I try and watch a 60fps 1080p Youtube video, it begins to lag and eventually freeze for a seconds making the video unwatchable. However, it is able to play 60fps 720p with no problem. Any ideas on how to fix this?

I am using up to date drivers, details of which can be seen below:

Thanks in advance

A:AMD Radeon HD 6850 Problem

Before looking at the card, what is your internet connection speed? It is possible that your connection is the problem and not the video card.

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Hey there! Before I start, thanks for looking at my thread, any feedback is appreciated.

I have built a new system (the other day) with a new MSI HD 6850 graphics card. When I installed windows 7 everything is fine. The graphics card, however, is showing up in the device manager as 'Standard VGA device". So, I go to install the latest drivers through device manager, that results in the changing of this to "HD 6800 series...". I am then prompted to restart the pc, which is when the problem arises. After the windows flag, I am left with a blank screen, although something is happening because the backlights are still there. Tried numerous reinstalls after formatting disk etc. Tried updating BIOS. Computer runs fine in safe mode. When I boot to the last successful load up, the computer works fine again, until of course the driver installs once again.

Cheers, Triopas.

A:HD 6850 startup problems

does your motherboard has onboard graphics ?

If so try disabling onboard graphics and see what happens

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Is this normal? Seems kind of hot at idle. Also, what is the highest the 6850 safely goes?

A:Radeon 6850 40 Idle

for idle that's normal and a bit on the cooler side for idle.I'm almost sure your comparing your temps to what is normal and hot on cpus on graphic cards this is totally acceptable. According to the chart you should idle around 45c and your at 40c which means your card is fine and not overheating. My 6870 idles at 45c and at load goes from 55-60c even though those charts say my load temp is around 85 but i'm sure that's when under hours and hours of stress since i've never seen it go above 70c under load yet and i hit that when i played crysis 2 for around 3-4 hours playing the campaign so its fine . So to answer your question yes 40c is perfectly normal for a gpu like yours or any gpu
source:AMD Radeon 6870 and 6850 Graphics Card Review - Temps / Noise / Power / Overclocking.

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I've got an issue that needs resolving, but please take time to read and understand the problem, or don't bother replying at all.

I'm anxious about Diablo 3 coming out soon and I'm considering buying one of the mentioned video cards to replace my current GeForce 9600 GT. Those two have a power consumption that my PSU - Corsair VX450 will meet.

GeForce GTX 550 Ti
-Pros: Lower power consumption of the two; PCI Express 2.0; PhysX; Cheaper
-Cons: Worse performance

Radeon HD 6850
-Pros: Better performance
-Cons: Higher power consumption; PCI Express 2.1; More expensive

- The 6850 is undoubtedly better, but the main issue with it is whether it will work on my old Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi MB, since I've for PCI express 1.0a slots, and I've found many people on the net, having issues with compatibility.
- The 550 Ti on the other hand isn't as good, but still is a lot better than what I have. It's cheaper, requires less power and is PCI Express 2.0 - haven't found people complaining about compatibility with PCI Express 1.0 MBs.
- I'm worried how much will my other components bottleneck each of those cards.

My PC: http://www.fileden.com/files/2012/5/3/3299865/Report.txt

So finally a little background... I've played titles like Crysis, Skyrim and StarCraft 2 on my PC with 1920x1080 resolution and lowered detail. I've played the Diablo 3 open beta too (1920x1080 window mode, low detail), but I'd like a bit b... Read more

A:GeForce GTX 550 Ti <or> Radeon HD 6850

I have a M2N32-SLI Deluxe and ran a 6870 in it for a few months with no problems. It currently has a 6670 in it and runs fine no issues with either GPU. I know you can play Crysis and Skyrim on it. I don't play Diablo.

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I recently bought a new computer with the following specs:

MSI X58A-GD45 Motherboard (no onboard graphics)
Intel i7 960 x4
Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Card
2 TB hardrive
8gb 1333 RAM

When I first started it up, the screen was 640x480 and terrible colors so i assumed that was because drivers weren't installed (but it still seemed worse than normal). I successfully installed windows 7 Home Premium and installed the ATi catalyst center and all the drivers for the graphics card but once I rebooted windows crashes saying a video card problem. I reboot into safe mode and that works but still terrible resolution and low color settings. I check device manger and driver is installed there but it still just isn't working. The colors and resolution are worse than what safe mode should typically be in. Any ideas?

A:Radeon HD 6850 Problems

your card might be bricking i would slip it in another system and test to make sure

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Sorry if this is a dumb question but can I run an ATI Raedon card on this Nvidia chipset mobo ( XFX780i SLi c/-PCI Exp enabled). In other word do I have to use an Nvidia based GPU or can I used an ATI card. I would only be using one card. I have a GTX280 1gb and the AA is useless.

A:ATI 6850 on XFX 780i mobo?

You should have no problem running an ATI Radeon card with the Nvidia motherboard chipset. For that matter, you would have no problem with an Nvidia card and an AMD chipset.

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Hello and Merry Christmas everyone!

I was not sure whether to post this question because I sort of made up my mind and came up with a final decision, but I decided that a piece of advice cannot harm me anyway.
I may have posted questions about PSUs and GPUs here before, but I had "financial difficulties" and wasn't able to buy them. Now I am. Or at least I'm closer than ever.

I want to buy the ASUS EAH6850 (1GB GDDR5, DirectCU, etc., etc.) but having waited for almost a year now I think that it could actually not be a bad idea to wait for the HD 7850 to come out and buy it instead--as it will most likely be better on so many levels and it will be worth the wait. Simple as that. For you anyway.

What's your opinion on my choice (reasons for the opinions, too)? Should I wait or should I buy the HD 6850 now? Why? I don't play stuff like Crysis, but I play Assassin's Creed (my favorite) and I'd like to max it out in 1080p. Both cards will do the trick anyway, but the main idea is to find out if the HD 7850 will be so much better that it will be worth the wait. Its release date is about February or March 2012.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. I like how Assassin's Creed is in the example of a "proper thread title"...

A:Radeon HD 6850 or HD 7850?

The $$$ is going to be the big factor, you can get a 6850 between $150 ~ $200 and the 7850 is probably going to be $300 ~ $500. From what I have read the 7850 is going to out perform anything out there right now but it will also require a much larger power supply as this is going to be a power hog, you will be able to put your coffee mug ontop of your pc and it will stay piping hot all day

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Now this make more sense.



A:Dual GPU 6870

Seems to be the season for dual-GPU. I guess you gotta find something to new release between now and 28nm.
ColorFire are already on the board with their self-proclaimed HD 6890. Could throw AMD's naming system out the window (a 6890 having more perf. than a 6950 for example).
Add in Galaxy's intended dual GTX560Ti and EVGA already setting the table with a dual GTX 460, it makes you hope that CFX/SLI drivers have a better track record in the future than the past.

Will be interesting to see how many of these designs come to pass (EVGA excepted of course).

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I've been saving up for a new graphics card for a while now, and after Christmas I'll be about ready to order it.
I was looking to get one of these: http://www.ebuyer.com/258815-exdisp...l-dvi-hdmi-dp-out-pci-e-ebr1-ax6870-1gbd5-2dh (a PowerColor HD6870) - however, a spanner has been thrown in the works as I saw this card: http://www.ebuyer.com/396968-gigaby...12&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=b2c_thursday (a Giga-Byte GTX 650) for cheaper.

I have looked up a comparison between the two cards, but there didn't seem to be many and the one I looked at didn't tell me a right lot. That's why I've come here, hopefully one of you has an answer for me

So, which one should I go for - the GTX 650 or the Radeon HD6870?

Current system specs said:

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit

Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 3 - clock speed: 3.0GHz

Processor Count: 2

RAM: 8190 Mb

Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5570, 1024 Mb

Hard Drives: C: 476926 MB; E: 476929 MB

Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3Click to expand...


A:[Q] GTX 650 vs. Radeon HD 6870

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My first post on this forum, I will try to be as thorough as I can.

My rig is as follows:

8GB Corsair DDR3
AMD 8 core FX black edition Core clock 3.1 (slightly OC 3.7)
OCZ Modxstream-pro 700w
Radeon HD 6870 1GB

My questions are kind of all over the place. But if the forums are nice to me, I am confident my questions can be answered.

1) With this set up I was assured my rig was "very nice", And I could play anything on max settings.
Witcher 2 has teriible framerate on ultra, Tribes: Ascend has bad pop up, and the game I built this computer for, Diablo 3, Must be toned down to play.
2) My GPU drivers are all up to date, I have extensively tweaked and played with all the sliders in the catalyst. And I can play everything I want to play. Yet I feel like I am missing something in the settings that I am possibly missing to get the best out of this set up. This computer should run Diablo 3 on max no propblem.
3) I guess my question is should I have bought a beefier card for my gaming tastes, or is there some small thing I am missing in settings that could make the difference I desire?

Coming up with money for the very enticing HD7870 is a little ways off. I just spent 1500 Bucks on this set up. (including a Samsung 24" LED monitor, and HP laser printer)

Any help would be very nice. I will check back tomorrow. And if you have questions from me, ask away.

Thanks in advance,

humble computerNo0b

A:Maximizing my HD 6870

Well I'm not surprised you get terrible framerates in Witcher 2, it's a very demanding game.

However you should easily be able to max D3, are you getting slow frame rates all the time or is it just occasionally dipping? Have you checked your GPU and CPU usage while playing?

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I wana make new pc and my budget is 550-650€ and I was wondering which gpu is best for me.
I wana have i3 2100/i5 2500 and 8gb ddr3 1600.
I wana use programs like cinema 4d and games like gta 4, bf 3 on 22" screePočetna?Proizvodi?Grafičke kartice (VGA)?VGA PCI-E ATI Radeon?VGA AMD Radeon 6870 MSI OC 1GB/DDR5,/2xDVI/HDMI/2xDP/256bit
n(1920*1200) and win 7 ultimate x64
So, which one has best performance and can fit in budget?

VGA AMD Radeon 6790 Powercolor 1GB/DDR5/2xDVI/HDMI/DP/256bit; 123€

VGA GeForce GTX560-Ti MSI 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC,1.28GB/DDR5/DVI/HDMI/320bit; 280€
VGA AMD Radeon 6870 MSI OC 1GB/DDR5/2xDVI/HDMI/2xDP/256bit; 175€

Also, if u have any other gpu to suggest, please tell me.

A:6790/6870/gtx 560

the 6850 is a cracking card when updated! and at little over ?100 its well in budget.

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Now and then, almost daily, the fan of my HD 6870 DirectCU goes nuts and start spinning at full speed (atleast from the sound of it) and sometimes lead into instant shutdown of my PC, but not always. If it doesn't shutdown the PC a little hit on the chassi or touching the fan itself makes it quiet again. Tried out some light overclocking before but it's been running with factory overclock settings for a while now. Anyone have any idea what's going on?


A:HD 6870 fan goes nuts

I had some similar issues when I used the wrong power supply connector for my card. It worked, but until I changed it to the one marked "pci-e" it did some funny stuff.

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