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6870: To buy or not?

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I saw a few 6870's on Newegg's Black Friday sale. Preferably the XFX one:

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561"]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150561[/url]

I right now have a Radeon HD5770. Link to product: [url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447"]http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150447[/url]

Will I notice any more performance on it? I only play Minecraft, but I might like to try some Linux Steam games out in the future. The reason I'm asking, I'm getting horrible FPS in Minecraft no matter what DE I run. Orange is trying to help me, but way too close to the holidays. We're not sure what the issue is.

Or should I just sit this one out and wait for the 7 series? Dunno how long this sale will last, so sooner the better. :)


Edit: Of course, I could just buy it and not use it if/until I and Orange can't figure out the problem.

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6850 was around 1.5 times faster than 5770 when I upgraded, so yea, 6870 will probably double the 5770

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6870 is a huge boost and I'd recommend it for gaming in general, but I don't know what it'll do for Minecraft.

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I have that same exact 6870 and it's definitely a step up over a 5700 series for most games, but like some of the customer reviews there say it is a bit noisy under a gaming load. So i'd keep that in mind if a noisy card might bug you.

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[quote name='Blackhearted' timestamp='1353539173' post='595340700']
I have that same exact 6870 and it's definitely a step up over a 5700 series for most games, but like some of the customer reviews there say it is a bit noisy under a gaming load. So i'd keep that in mind if a noisy card might bug you.
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:laugh: Funny you said that. I have about 40% hearing loss from radiation/chemo when I was 3yo. So yeah, the sound won't hurt me. Just have to crank up the speakers, and I'm good. :p

OK, I'll just wait for a few more considerations, and I'll get it. I have $150 in PayPal from when I sold my 1156 board/cpu online. ;)

Edit: I can always add on a 3rd party h/s. I had my eyes on the Arctic Cool models for awhile.

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No one else? OK, well with those three telling me it is a step above 5770, plus some of my friends on IM agreed, so can't be wrong. I'm going to buy it now. I can always send it back to Newegg. ;)

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I have a 6870 and its a fantastic card, I play most games with great frames at 1080p

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Bought it. Comes with free coupons for Farcry, MOH, Two Worlds, and Dirt 3. If it doesn't work in Wine, I can always use a VB or switch to my Win 7 side (that I haven't used for 2 weeks :o )

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[quote name='Mindovermaster' timestamp='1353555510' post='595341284']
Bought it. Comes with free coupons for Farcry, MOH, Two Worlds, and Dirt 3. If it doesn't work in Wine, I can always use a VB or switch to my Win 7 side (that I haven't used for 2 weeks :o )
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AMD givin you games

sweet deal.

The card is just right. I owned mine since late Novemeber in 2010, I don't see myself replacing till the HD9 series comes out.

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The 6870 has ~ the same performance as the 5850.

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@humanz: That made me think of "The Three Bears" :laugh: One bowl of porridge was too hot, the other was too cold, the other was [i]just right[/i] :)

@Primexx: That does not help me. I'm not comparing a 6870 to a 5850. I have a 5770.

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Congrats on the new card, i ran that for a year and a half, awesome card.

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OK, folks. I got it yesterday, and only installed it this morning. Had to clean out my case and rewire some stuff anyway.

All the talk about the fan being loud, I hear little. But it might be doing the same thing that I did with my 5770, when I slowed the fan down by editing the Xorg.

I'm seeing maybe a 20Fps gain in Minecraft. But Orange and I are working on that.

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Not to flame, but I think the nVidia 670GTX is a much better value and better performance.

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I like ATI/AMD cards better. In Linux, they have better open source drivers,

But, I do not want to pay $350-400. I got the 6870 for $150 with $40 MIR.

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its a good card, not that loud tbh but ya dont really notice it/get used to it. ive got the xfx black edition for like nearly 2 years now plays everything except GTA 4 at max (not enough ram on it). Goign wait for 8000 series come out next year and pick up a 7950 when the prices drop more

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Have you tried Optifine?

It's done wonders for my daughters laptops and even helps make minecraft run smoother on my desktop pc with extra detail settings switched on :)

It's even handier if you have many cores on your CPU, it allows multithreaded block loading :D

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Yeah, I use Optifine. It gives me a little boost, but not a heck of a lot. I have a lot of features turned off.

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