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Replacing HD 6970

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GatorChamp

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So I have a HD 6970 in my wife’s system. She only games at 1650x1050 so it’s plenty to drive the system. I have a friend though who is strapped for cash and needing a card. Was thinking of offering him the card for like 20-30 bucks and getting something new for my wife’s system. I also not a fan, no pun intended, of the amount of noise the fan produces or the amount of heat it pumps into the room. I was looking at RX 460s.

Obviously these cards are really far apart in generations, so finding a comparison was hard. I’ve only found this, http://hwbench.com/vgas/radeon-rx-460-vs-radeon-hd-6970 , so I’m turning to the forums to seek the knowledge around the difference in power. It’s looking like the 460 will actually be a step down in terms of performance. Do yall agree?

And side note im not stuck on the 460 but my wife only games every now and then and only at 1650.
 

Blaylock

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RX 460 looks like a pretty hefty downgrade. Why not look into an HD7xxx series. It'll be an upgrade for her and wont set you back much.
 

Tír na nÓg

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^Was thinking likewise...
A 7970, a 280X, maybe a 680 or a 770, why not a 780?

The 4 first ones sell for +/- $100, while you have to put an extra 50 bucks for the last one.
 
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GatorChamp

GatorChamp

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I'm really looking at the sub $100s but would shell out maybe tops $110. A 780 is overkill for her needs and are also in the $150 area on ebay.

Looking on ebay 670 seem to be in that sweet spot. There is a 680 on the forums for $90 which is a pretty good price. Think I might wait and see if someone puts one (670) on the forums. Pref is the buy from the community and I'm not in a rush.

It's weird that AMD is putting out cards that are 3 generations and 6 years newer that are slower... I get they are budget cards but still??? Would think budget cards could equal cards from 6 years ago...
 

Blaylock

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You're not exactly comparing apples to apples though. Look at the budget cards from 6 years ago compared to the current budget cards and you will see a drastic difference.
 

Tech Tweaker

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It's weird that AMD is putting out cards that are 3 generations and 6 years newer that are slower... I get they are budget cards but still??? Would think budget cards could equal cards from 6 years ago...

Yeah, to be fair it's kind of an apples to oranges comparison. The HD 6970 was one of the top-level single GPU's at the time it was released. Whereas the RX460 definitely isn't a top-level GPU in terms of performance.

I'd imagine the RX460 is more comparable to the HD 6850 or 6870 in terms of performance delivered.