Poll: Which mid-range graphics card would you buy?

After a brief reprieve, our weekly poll returns with a vengeance. With our review of AMD’s new Radeon 6850 and 6870 graphics cards hitting on Monday, we’re curious what you think of the options available in the middle of the graphics market. This segment has traditionally been home to some of the best values around—the sweet spot, if you will. The question, of course, is which mid-range graphics card is the sweetest? You can cast your vote over on the right column on the front page or after clicking on the comment link below.

In our last poll, we asked about your most anticipated PC game of the holiday season. 23% of you are most looking forward to Fallout: New Vegas, which has since been released. Call of Duty: Black Ops came in a distant second place with 12% of the vote, while the next World of Warcraft expansion garnered a 10% share. Behind those titles, 4% are eager to play Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and another 4% can’t wait for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, myself included. Fewer are interested in Medal of Honor, Trackmania, and upcoming Lost Planet and James Bond titles, while 5% don’t play games at all. The majority (32%) chose the “other” option, but judging by the comments, most seem to be waiting for games that aren’t due out until next year.

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    • Nikiaf
    • 9 years ago

    I just ordered a 6850 to replace my 4850. It`s a decent upgrade, but what i`m more concerned about is that it uses a lot less power than the 4850 as well as being a lot quieter. Since i only have a 500w power supply that doesn`t like being pushed too hard, upgrading to a more powerful card would require a psu upgrade, and i don`t wanna spend that much money.

      • travbrad
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, actually all of these cards have pretty impressive power consumption coming from the 4800 series (which weren’t power hungry to begin with). They consume less power and are much faster at the same time. Even the 6870 is 10watts below the 4870.

    • Disco
    • 9 years ago

    If anyone is interested (I would be if I didn’t have a 5850), there is a great deal on a 6870 from NCIX. only $239 CAD ($220 US?) and free express shipping.
    §[< http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=56239&vpn=AX6870%201GBD5%2DM2DH&manufacture=PowerColor&promoid=1101<]§ Enjoy

    • oldDummy
    • 9 years ago

    I voted for a gf card.

    Can’t handle AMD drivers anymore.

      • Disco
      • 9 years ago

      What’s wrong with AMD drivers? I just had mine automatically updated through Steam without a reboot. I just clicked a button. Seems pretty nice in my simple little world.

        • SHOES
        • 9 years ago

        as with any “new” feature such as this some people are bound to have some issues. You own a computer therefore you must deal with a few brainteasers here and there, if you think different hardware is going to solve your problem wake up buddy and welcome to the 21st century of computing.

      • odizzido
      • 9 years ago

      haha I went ATI because I couldn’t handle Nvidia drivers anymore.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    If I was forced to upgrade. I would either a 460 or 6850.

    Otherwise, my 4850 CF setup is running fine. It is no thanks to lack of compelling games that pushes hardware to their knees. The games that do are really “tech demos” with forgettable gameplay.

    • vvas
    • 9 years ago

    The 460 768MB is certainly tempting, but if I had to buy a new card right now I’d probably go for the 450, the /[

    • Hattig
    • 9 years ago

    6850 because it hits a good pricepoint for the power, and because it overclocks nicely (775 -> 900+). Most stuff below is just crap. Sadly my old 8600GT resurrected itself, so my purchasing excuse isn’t there any longer Oh well, might have to be done anyway.

    • Shobai
    • 9 years ago

    “Waaa,” for the lols, but probably 6870 if it came down to it. i’ll hang out for the 69xx release to upgrade from my 4890, though, if at all.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 9 years ago

    Though they doubtlessly improved, I still cannot trust ATI/AMD drivers. I am going to stick to NVidia for a while.

    Also, I am pretty satisfied with SLI so I would probably get 2 cheaper cards instead of 1 mid/high end card.

      • Krogoth
      • 9 years ago

      I cannot understand why some people still insist on AMD/ATI drivers are bad, while Nvidia drivers are 100% perfection.

      They are both roughly equal in terms of features, issues and stability. The fanboys just blow the minor issues out of proportion. The issues that do occur are typically on “bleeding edge” platforms and new game releases. Aside from some flukes, there hasn’t been any major issue in either camp for years.

      People are just too darn spoiled. They don’t know what “bad” drivers are or what is “broken” hardware. These days, BSODs are usually from cooling, power and overclocking related issues.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 9 years ago

        I agree with this. There is nothing wrong with ati’s current drivers.
        Distro’s like Mandriva even install the proprietary driver for you, so you can’t really complain much about linux.
        You could probably complain more about the general state of linux, and how they don’t cooperate to improve and create some better standards.

        • designerfx
        • 9 years ago

        it’s called bias. People discard facts to form their own beliefs. In reality both sets of drivers are pretty equal, and sometimes one sucks and sometimes the other does.

          • indeego
          • 9 years ago

          In my experience I’ve only ever had two issues with video cards, and both were attributed to AMD drivers.

          1. I updated ATI drivers and was forever stuck in a loop of 640×480 back in the early XP days. I had to repair install, bumming me out and forever making me alone.

          2. We have a client machine with Visual Studio and there’s a documented bug with ATI drivers where you must install ATI drivers via command line every time to get it to work, otherwise they fail. Normally I don’t mind the occasional bug, but it still isn’t fixed, half a year laterg{<.<}g

      • hansmuff
      • 9 years ago

      It’s actually drivers that steered me away from nvidia.
      I had a perfectly fine 8800GTS512. I didn’t really NEED an upgrade or anything. Then nvidia released this driver that messed with the fan control, and about a week later my card was dead.
      Ati drivers are not all peaches and sunshine, but card killing drivers are something i can’t really tolerate. My 5850 upgrade was bittersweet.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 9 years ago

        Almost forgot about that, and there was the starcraft2 bug too.
        ATI’s drivers are fine, and reportedly have been higher quality than nvidia’s ever since Vista.
        I honestly think it’s more of a, “it’s different, and I don’t like change” issue.

    • mongoosesRawesome
    • 9 years ago

    a used 4870 still has price/performance on these cards by a mile. gtx 260 does too, though less so because they are usually more expensive.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 9 years ago

      I may be putting mine up in the BB if I upgrade to a 6870.
      Keep an eye out if you’re interested.

      • flip-mode
      • 9 years ago

      Price/performance is only one angle of consideration. There’s also:

      performance
      temperature
      power consumption
      fan noise
      display outputs
      DX11
      overclocking
      warranty

      On all the above points, either of the 68xx cards trumps a used 4870. So while you’re getting an edge on price/performance, you’re giving up a lot to get it.

      • clone
      • 9 years ago

      a used 4870 still has price / performance on these…. no it doesn’t.

      1st if you own a video card then it costs nothing to keep hence comparing price won’t work because it’s biased.

      2nd performance matters once the card doesn’t cut it anymore and HD 4870’s while they certainly can do a decent job of rendering even modern games can no longer handle 1920 X 1200 with full details because they don’t support anything DX11.

      so yeah if you own an HD 4870 keep it do whatever, you can get brand new HD 4850’s at NCIX.com for $65 after rebate but that doesn’t make them great cards, they are outdated and priced accordingly.

    • DrCR
    • 9 years ago

    I’m still happy with my 8800GT. Probably won’t upgrade for a while too.

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    i choose to spend less, just not on a budget card. its a bad time to buy video cards now during the upcoming holiday season. I’m gonna wait it out just a bit.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 9 years ago

    Well given the fact that I already own a mid-range DX11 graphics card, the only cards that would make sense for me to upgrade to are the high-end graphics cards. Which may happen as soon as we start seeing the 6970s and 580s reviewed.

    • rang0046
    • 9 years ago

    would love to see what damage gonna do now since amd 6870 got the most votes or may be hes gonna find an oc 460 max and throw it in there too

    • Chrispy_
    • 9 years ago

    Very little love for the GTX460 768MB?

    Maybe it’s economics of the UK market but the 768 costs 30% less than the 1GB card or the 6850.

    Now look at the _[<*[

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    6850.

    6870 is a bit too rich for my blood (I don’t game enough to warrant a $200+ card). If I find I need more power I can always buy another one.

    • TaBoVilla
    • 9 years ago

    I’m a heavy AMD guy, but that GTX460 over 800Mhz sure looks nice close to the $200 mark..

    • Buzzard44
    • 9 years ago

    The 6870 and 460 1GB >800 MHz are “mid-range” graphics cards? In what parallel universe or time period?

    A 5870 is only marginally better than a 6870, hardly enough to classify it in a higher division of graphics card, and only a 280 beats a 460 1GB >800Mhz on the green side.

    That’s like calling New York City a “mid-sized city” because Tokyo has a slightly higher population.

    • anamericangod
    • 9 years ago

    I still have a 4850 and have no damn clue what to upgrade to.

    Can’t wait on the next generation for forever though…

      • hans
      • 9 years ago

      I’m right there with you. Since MOH doesn’t seem to mind, I probably won’t upgrade until either I get a 24″ monitor or a game performs poorly.

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 9 years ago

    I replaced my long-standing 8800GT SLI cards for a pair of Radeon HD 5770’s only a few months ago. The 2 new cards on offer would hardly be an upgrade?

    • Fighterpilot
    • 9 years ago

    The Barts cards are similar/a little better than the GTX460 but you also get UVD3, better thermals and power and the ability to run up to 6 displays off one card.
    Forget about CUDA/WUDA/SHUDA…

    • CheetoPet
    • 9 years ago

    Still very happy with my 4890, but I’d prolly go with the 6870. Actually, I’d probably wait another month & see what the 6900’s do to the market then re-evaluate my options and bank account.

      • ClickClick5
      • 9 years ago

      Same boat here (4870 though). If I can push it to the 7xxx, I will.

      • Hurstmeister
      • 9 years ago

      Same here. I upgraded from a 8800 GTS 512 card to a 4890 last Christmas. Its hanging in so far. I will wait until the 69xx cards or even until the next 5xx cards from Nvidia roll out to see how things turn out.

      I’d like to see at least as much performance increase as I did going to this 4890 card. I wasnt expecting it to run as hot and use as much power as it does. I was having game crashing issues and found that my 600 watt PSU just didnt have enough balls for the job along side 4 HDD’s , an over volted CPU and a HSF combo with dual 120mm fans. What was I thinking right?

      Hopefully the 5870 or 480 cards come down under $250. The prices for the 470 cards are very tempting now. Maybe if they drop below $200 It may be more than I can pass up.

        • Shobai
        • 9 years ago

        Mate, that’s some dodgy PSU! My 4890 et al is running off 300W of SFX awesomeness =) has been for ~15months

          • Hurstmeister
          • 9 years ago

          Are you running 6 HDD’s for 5 TB in total, optical drive, a processor OC’d to 4.2ghz with a Zalman copper cooler using twin 120mm fans, X-Fi Titanium sound card, An ATI TV/capture card (Which I have since replaced with an external USB device) plus the 4890 card with from what I have read will pull almost 300 watts on its own at full load. I’m also running a 30″ NEC monitor with a 2560×1600 resolution.

          The PSU was a 650watt BFG I purchased from best buy on sale. My son is using it in his system now. Originally I thought the game crashes were driver related because they didnt start until I switched from the 8800 GTS card. I talked with a few friends and they suggested trying a better PSU and upping to an Antec 800 watt has fixed it. I dont think a 300watt PSU could support my system. BFG was supposed to be a good PSU.

            • SHOES
            • 9 years ago

            I ran 4890’s in sli off a thermaltake toughpower 700w for almost a year with an overclocked liquid cooled deneb 940.

            • Hurstmeister
            • 9 years ago

            I guess the 650watt BFG was junk then. Who knows. I dont have it or the problems anymore.

    • swaaye
    • 9 years ago

    I guess I’d pick GTX 460 1GB @ 800+ MHz because it runs a little lower power at idle, I like NV’s CP better, and apparently NV has slightly better texture filtering.

    But I’m not buying anything until I have some new games. I just have not been doing much gaming in the past few months.

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 9 years ago

      Actually the 6800s appear to have slightly better filtering this time around.

    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    Waaa no option to say “integrated graphics are good enough”??!!

    • can-a-tuna
    • 9 years ago

    Yes, your HD6800 review was a true feat of neutrality. I voted for HD6850 because I’ve seen in many other reviews what the card can actually do for it’s price. That is *if* I had the need for upgrade. My HD5770 has plenty of life left.

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 9 years ago

    6850. It’s going to drop well below $200 and it’s going to own that area. It’s also going to drive the prices of all the previous $150-180 crap down low.

      • khands
      • 9 years ago

      6850 is launching at $179 right? I would already consider that “well below $200”.

        • sschaem
        • 9 years ago

        6850 is 179$ + shipping + tax > $200 (dunno where to find it cheaper)
        But you can get a GTX460 for < $150 (including shipping & tax)

    • Risme
    • 9 years ago

    None of the above. I don’t play much and i’ve been losing interest for games steadily for two, maybe three years now. I guess this is what they call getting old and there’s more important things to do like following the stockmarket which is my hobby.

    I’m not impressed by TSMC’s 40nm process and I hope they can do better on 28nm. I don’t have my hopes high however and so I’m more interested to see what kind of strategy AMD has on 28nm regarding Global Foundries. Hopefully Nvidia should be back on track with 28nm as well. In any case 28nm GPUs should probably start arriving sometime between late Q2 and late Q3 and I’m timing my next major system update around that time, which will include two new higher resolution monitors. Currently i’m very limited by my 17″ CRT’s 1024×768 native resolution so my 7600 GT can run the games I play well enough, but just barely.

    Hopefully 28nm GPUs will run cooler than current GPUs based on 40nm node and therefore the cooling solutions will be quieter. I sit in front of my PC about 12 hours a day on average and it needs to be whisper quiet.

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      l[

      • willmore
      • 9 years ago

      I feel similarly. I had a GF9800GT that I loved, but I picked up a GF9800GTX+ for $49 a few months back when the prices crashed.

      I base my buying decisions on the games I play and what they need. Right now, I don’t really play anything that stresses my card–except Borderlands. But, I just turn the AA down a little and I’m okay. My monitor is 2048×1152, so that’s probably not an issue on that game for people with more ‘normal’ sized monitors.

      But, none of this really matters as that doesn’t answer the question. The question says ‘would’, not ‘are’. I’m not gonna buy anything, but if I was going to, I’d get the 6850. The price is what I paid for my GF9800GT back when they were new and I like the power/performance of it. I guess I’d go seek out games that could make use of it, like Metro. Maybe splurge and crank the AF/AA on Borderlands up to max. 🙂

    • KingGeek
    • 9 years ago

    GTX 460 1GB… Will perform good now, and in a couple of years, will be a badass dedicated Physx card.

      • Triple Zero
      • 9 years ago

      I actually just did order a GTX 460 1 GB from the Egg so of course that is what I voted for. It’s overclocked but not over 800 MHz.

        • travbrad
        • 9 years ago

        Yeah the moderately “overclocked” ones seem to be the sweet spot IMO. Not over 800mhz, but enough to be noticeably faster.

    • hendric
    • 9 years ago

    Do I get to vote twice since I bought two, one for me and one for my son? I get to put together my new systems tonight! Squeee!!

      • douglar
      • 9 years ago

      It’s the only vote that really counts, and you can keep voting until you run out of money.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Voted for GTX 460 1 GB, but the truth is that it is such a hard call. In hind sight, I should probably have voted for the 6850 or 6870. Those cards seem more forward looking in terms of features. And the 6850 looks to be a capable overclocker, but it’s still too early to tell.

    Scott, can you fire up the 6850 and do a “quick look” at overclocking?

    Any of the options up there are close to twice as fast as my 4850 512, which continues to rock on. Batman AA is extremely playable on the 4850. I still do want a new card soon.

    • Hurstmeister
    • 9 years ago

    I didnt vote.

    I’ll end up with a 5870 or 470/480 when the prices go down after the new generation are out.

    Though the 6870 looks temping and priced right. New Egg has the XFX currently listed for $259, though I though the target was $239 for the 6870? I’m still mixed about it.

    The various other benchmarks I saw were different than what Tech Report has posted. Showing the 5870 almost neck and neck with the 6870 where other sites put it farther down with the 5850 or 5830 in some tests.

    Possible that TR got one of the ones with 1120 stream processors opened up?

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Opened up? The 6870 HAS 1120 stream units.

        • Hurstmeister
        • 9 years ago

        Oh, so then the other sites ended up with cards that were castrated?

        Maybe I read the article wrong.

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          You did, so please read again before replying further.

            • Hurstmeister
            • 9 years ago

            It was more of a question I was hoping you could answer.

            I guess not.

            It was something I read from a site in passing. Anand or hocp possibly. But I can not find the article right now. Googled it and all I come up with is more reviews on the card. Nothing about how not all of the cards that were reviewed had all the stream processors opened up.

            I’m pretty sure that I read that some reviewers got cards that had more stream processors than others. I recall reading that perhaps a bios modification in the future may ‘open up’ the cards for better tessellation performance. I may have quoted the actual number wrong. 1120 I thought was the high side,.. I stand corrected. Now I am boggled trying to find the article I read.

            • mcnels1
            • 9 years ago

            It was the 6850 where some sites got ones with 1120 stream processors instead of the intended 960. The 6870s all correctly had all 1120, as far as I have heard.

        • designerfx
        • 9 years ago

        I’m wondering how it overclocks given lower thermals and all that

          • lilbuddhaman
          • 9 years ago

          A google showed one sit claiming a 30% OC on their 6870 (with a different cooler, but still air ?) but Tom’s said they could only budge 5%. Both couldn’t push memory much at all.

          Sooo it sounds like some of the 6870’s out there are actually 6970’s that didn’t make the cut..

          So buying one could be a gamble.

          The 6850’s on the other hand sound like they can clock to 900mhz no problem, stock cooling, wonder if there is a chance for a pencil-mod to get the other shaders and mod it to a 6870 ??

            • Hurstmeister
            • 9 years ago

            Thats something I would be interested in. If the 6850’s could easily be brought up to 6870 specs then that would be a decent card with good performance for the money.

    • PopcornMachine
    • 9 years ago

    I would like to get a 6870, but I’m waiting for custom cooled versions.

    • ybf
    • 9 years ago

    My primary reason for not buying a new card is noise. I have an 8800GTX (haven’t bought a serious game since “will it run crysis” wasn’t a catchphrase), and its cooler is no louder than the CPU fan, which itself is a soft whirr most of the time.

    The specs on cards aren’t terribly important, because I’d be okay with adequate performance as long as it’s at least pleasant for new game titles . I don’t need an eked-out advantage in a fiddly niche, just a fuzzy region of competency. Hence the midrange topic here is appropriate. Which leaves the noise as the unknown.

    Is the noise level on the newer midrange models more hovercraft or negligible? And if the midrange price point are all pretty quiet, how about the pricier cards?

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Get a Vapor-X HD5870, and you’ll get pissed off at your CPU fan.

        • Lans
        • 9 years ago

        Hehe, I am waiting to see reviews of Vapor X HD 6870 or similar models.

        But I would probably be more pissed at my WD Veloci Raptors. My cpu fan is near silent with bios fan control and don’t need to rev up to noisy levels except on 90+ F days. My board doesn’t have dynamic control for case fan but I can set it to 50% in bios and system is still plenty cool. Although the 120mm case fans I got is pretty quiet even at full RPM (albeit I can tell they are on).

    • bottlenecker
    • 9 years ago

    I wonder what the poll will look like after the 6000 series has been out for 6 months. Same choices. I think the overwhelming numbers show that people are more interested in the newest product/technology out.

    Personally, I just can’t pull the trigger on any of these. My machine is 2 years old and I’d feel better doing a complete rebuild before investing that much into graphics alone without upgrading processor and RAM. Oh and SSD.

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 9 years ago

      The irony is in your name.

    • ucisilentbob
    • 9 years ago

    Was very tempted to pull the trigger on a Radeon 6870. . . but the EVGA Lifetime warranties and customer service kept calling me back. So I ended up ordering myself a GTX 460 1GB SC W/Lifetime Warranty for 199.99 off amazon.

      • StuG
      • 9 years ago

      Why not just go XFX? I’ve had more luck with them over EVGA, EVGA tries to get out of the warranty anyway they can.

      • normalicy
      • 9 years ago

      I totally agree with StuG, XFX has been incredibly good to me & EVGA not so much (I’ve had to RMA both brands… which were both Nvidia based cards now that I think of it).

        • ucisilentbob
        • 9 years ago

        I dunno I guess I’m just more comfortable with EVGA.

          • dashbarron
          • 9 years ago

          My 8800GT died about a year ago now (after about two years of service), and EVGA replaced it without a problem. I waited about three weeks to get my replacement, but the fact stands that because I choose EVGA, I got a replacement card (about $110) for free. I can’t see how this is a bad option to go for spending maybe another $10-20, if that.

    • Klopsik206
    • 9 years ago

    Can anyone can help me to assess, what’s the performance delta between GT 8800GTS I have now and new Radeon 68xx?
    Thanks!

    • KarateBob
    • 9 years ago

    GeForce GTX 465 😉

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    I voted budget because the next thing to show up just below the $180 range ought to sound the death knell for the 4870/5770s that have been coasting there all too long – and likely without additional power connectors and ginormous coolers.

    • ew
    • 9 years ago

    I’m going to buy a used 4850 from someone who is getting one of these cards. Last time I checked they were going for $65 shipped on eBay.

      • anotherengineer
      • 9 years ago

      Right on, want my HIS 4850 Turbo, $50 CND u pay shipping, then if I can sell my speakers I should be close to a 6850 🙂

        • ew
        • 9 years ago

        I’m tempted to say yes but I’m just about to leave on a 3 week vacation. You should definitely be able to get that price selling on eBay though. Make it a buy-it-now (the fees are lower) and I’ll bet it sells in < 48 hours.

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    I’m still holding out hope that they’ll finally release the Voodoo5 6000.

    • Deanjo
    • 9 years ago

    Until AMD smartens up with their non-Windows driver support the choice is really only limited to nvidia for me.

      • ew
      • 9 years ago

      I’m running a 5450 on a Linux HTPC with the AMD binary drivers and it works just fine. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

        • StuG
        • 9 years ago

        Do you get HD video acceleration? That’s where most of the fuss is.

          • ew
          • 9 years ago

          All I know is VLC plays 720p videos pretty well. The CPU is a Athlon 64 X2 3600+. The only problem is no vsync so there is occasional tearing in the video.

            • Deanjo
            • 9 years ago

            Sure your cpu is doing all the work. Meanwhile my HTPC using 8200 IGP is purring along playing high bitrate 1080P while recording two HD streams coming from two Hauppauge HD PVR’s on a single core sempron completely fanless and never getting out of it’s lowest p-state with a cpu percentage of around 10%. All without any tearing.

            That’s an almost l[<3 year old IGP<]l whooping your 5450 card.

        • Deanjo
        • 9 years ago

        -Video decode acceleration
        -bad rendering glitches
        -they fix one openGL app only to break another
        -poor Wine support
        -slow agonizing support for newer kernels and xorg releases
        -driver updates with ZERO changes other then release number

        … the list goes on and on and on……

        As one comment on the mailing lists said “After being a long time ATI user and fighting with their drivers the whole experience was enough to turn me off enough that it was comparable to french kissing your grandmother. Switched to nvidia for linux use all of the sudden was like an orgy with supermodels.”

      • DrCR
      • 9 years ago

      Arch dropped it. I haven’t used ATI since the 9800Pro era, but a distro specifically droping a manf’s binary said a lot for me.

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    Less on a “budget” card. The poll doesn’t include the GTS 450 which I’m heavily interested in as a cheap, competent 8800 GT replacement in just about every area. Maybe this week, maybe this christmas, but that card’s a near-certainty.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 9 years ago

    Anybody else think nVidia dropped the ball on naming the 460?

    There’s effectively three different versions spanning the entire mid-range, that’s absurd.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      …and all three are pretty much their most compelling options.

      If you asked them, I’m sure they’d tell you they nailed it. Sneaky bastids.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 9 years ago

    My 4870 is being upgraded to a 6870, so the poll is well timed.
    Hopefully it will actaully arrive today via Canada Post!

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    My price range is $100-$150, so none of these. Still happy with the $90 4850. 🙂

      • sschaem
      • 9 years ago

      EVGA sell the GTX 460 from there website for 149$ with free shipping.
      You can find the EVGA GTX 460 card on amazon for the same price with free shipping and no tax.

    • Sahrin
    • 9 years ago

    TR readership is 20% fanboys. Interesting.

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      I dont know which option(s) your talking about, but either way, far more than 20% of TR readership is a fanboy of either AMD or NV.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    I voted wah because I ALWAYS vote TR snarkinessg{<.<}g

      • Jigar
      • 9 years ago

      X2….

        • plasticplate
        • 9 years ago

        Wish we had more people like u………..

          • Jigar
          • 9 years ago

          Don’t worry, you have me. Oh btw, TR has me since 5 years.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    waaa was a cute option. thanks geoff (h)

    • mcnabney
    • 9 years ago

    Even though I voted for the 6870 I disagree that it is a mid-range card. $230 is not a midrange price, the 57XX line is a midrange line and I could see the 6850 as midrange, but not the 6870.

      • khands
      • 9 years ago

      The generally accepted range for a mid-range card is between $150 – $250 USD, making the 6870 at the higher end of the range.

      • spigzone
      • 9 years ago

      Kyle O’Hocp disagrees, noting in a post the 6850/70 are very definitely mid-range cards and that the REAL high end cards are coming … but then he has advance knowledge of the 69xx cards which he, along with several other ‘in the know’ site honchos seem to think are something special indeed.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      We’re just spoiled as of late because the “high end” has cost twice as much for the last few years and just about never offered comparable bang for your buck.

      When a $400 8800GTX was high end and your midrange option was a $200 8600GT, things were a little different.

      It will probably even out with the 6900s.

    • maxxcool
    • 9 years ago

    Nvidia still tops the charts despite production issues and eventual bankruptcy that is coming.. so i would buy a non-OC 460 1 gig to get the 256 buss.

    • paulWTAMU
    • 9 years ago

    6850 if it’d been available when I bought. I did buy a 768 meg 460.

    I d on’t consider over 225 or so to be midrange…to me midrange is like 150-200 or so…

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, alot of these aren’t really midrange. Stock-clocked 460 1GB would be my preference and it borders on not really being midrange. 6870 is just too rich for my blood and 6850 isn’t consistently faster than the 1GB 460.

    • thermistor
    • 9 years ago

    Want to do 3×1 Eyefinity with 1680×1050 displays…I’m hoping the 6870 will be more than adequate. Just waiting to pull the trigger…soon.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      do it. send me your old card. I’m pulling tricks right now trying to get one. my 4850 is lagggggiinnnggg in fallout NV, but i think that’s due to bugs, rather than the actual game though….

        • cygnus1
        • 9 years ago

        probly bugs. when the game itself isn’t spazzing out, it runs creamy smooth at 19×12 on my 5770.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 9 years ago

    I’d spend more on a high end card but I’d also be happy with a 6870. Great card.

      • plasticplate
      • 9 years ago

      Same here, I’m saving up for 6970 or Gtx580 (whichever one ends up being faster). Once the performance numbers for both the cards come out, i shall have a better idea. However if i feel the performance jump doesnt warrant spending the extra money, i shall go with a 6870 and spend the difference on Asus Xonar HDAV so that i can bitstream sound thru HDMI to the receiver instead of the crappy optical cable i’m using currently.

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