Possible Radeon HD 8870 and 8850 Specs Leaked to the Web

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evi789

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BernardBack

Yeah, basically if you have a 6950 or anything in the 7000 range, wait until the 8000's come down in price and/ or the next line of cards are in sight (especially, if that gen is said to be DX12). For now, any DX11 card is a good card right now. You definitely don't want to get an 8000 series if DX12 is the next gen beyond that.

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noobstix

My Radeon HD 6870 is still going strong after more than a year. It hasn't shown any signs of going down (even after a few conservative overclocks). Although there are some games that have minor lag (most recently, Borderlands 2), it can still push out some decent framerates with max detail @ 1920x1080 (sometimes I'll turn off AA though). When the 7000 series came out, I definitely told myself I was gonna wait until the 8000 series. However, if my card lasts more than another year or two at least, I might be looking forward to the 9000 series (or an 8800 series on sale for like $150 or less).

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

You want the hardware ahead of the software. It's no fun buying games that won't run on high-end gear. Halo, Oblivion, Crysis, and GTA IV are all examples of games that could not run well on even the best machines of their day. In some cases, it took years for the hardware to catch up. No fun at all.

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azuza001

While I love new graphics cards I really think we have hit a point that its obviously questionable as to why we need a new one. I have a geforce 670 (evga ftw cards are awesome) and can play borderlands 2 at 1920x1200 with everything maxed and physix set to maximum with just this one card doing it all and it still runs at 60 fps smooth (adaptive vsync is cool) no matter what's going on. When even physix can't kill the card (batman arkumn city was the same way) then the tech really has outpaced the software.

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Nimrod

60fps wasnt good 10 years ago when i was competing in MOH:AA ladders and its not really good now either. 60hrz LCDs just meant it was easier to get away with. We now have120hrz 1080+ displays and cheaper higher res monitors, not to mention stereoscopic gaming.

Theres your wake up call

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kevaskous

Here's your wake-up call. The only enormous benefit having more than 60FPS ever really gave was the ability to use full tick rate for hit reg purposes. most game engines don't work the same way anymore (CS:Go being a exception) Also 120hz LCD look like utter trash on a visual fidelity note so you -ARE- dropping quality for quantity, -period-. Back when I had my beastly Trinitron CRT I used insane refresh rates, because you had to, to compete. Reality most people don't compete nor care to and as stated before most games simply do not run tick rates that high anymore.

Getting quite sick of the bandwagon of more is better, it's not true and hasn't been since LCD's stopped being trash. Coming from a guy in his later 20's who's competed in every -major- game outside DOTA since I was a kid.

-Cheers!

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xXSINS OF WARXx

My two HD 4890's in crossfire are still running strong. I was considering the 7950 but I just might wait for the 8870. Decisions, decisions...

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Chronologist

And it just seems like yesterday when i was at the top of the world with an 8800 gtx...

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JLloyd13

can't wait to see the 8970. progression of best cards on earth:

280
285
290
295
5970
6990
7970
680
690
and coming up---
8970
780
8990
790

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Andrew.Hodge

...and then Nvidia will release the 700 series, which will outperform it in one single metric by twelve percent during boost mode and people will hail it as the fastest card on the planet.

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kevaskous

There is alot of reasons to love the 6 series from Nvidia, and I hate the damned company :P

If you deny it, you do so of your own ignorance and prejudice.

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Valor958

Gotta love the GPU wars. I've delayed buying anything to let prices to drop to really justify upgrading from my GTX460. I can run all modern games just fine on med/high graphics at good framerates, so upgrading from that is just gravy. Maybe I'll treat myself to a new one with tax returns in February to see what all has been brought to the table, and what else has been reduced to compete. Heck, maybe even Black Friday will hold good deals this year.
My only concern is that I've had horrible luck with AMD drivers and nVidia has always been flawless for me. Even IF these compete and/or surpass the 670/680, i'm not sure that would be enough if driver support is still low quality.

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Slugbait

You're not the only one to have bad experiences with AMD drivers. ATi had a long and well-documented history of releasing lousy drivers, and it seems those developers were retained when ATi was purchased by AMD. I personally swore off ATi during the 3D Rage Pro days.

Whereas I've also always had a great experience with nVidia cards (and Matrox and 3Dfx), not everybody was that lucky...but then again, those folks having a bad experience with nVidia were using Vista. Eventually nVidia got it fixed for Vista, but by then nobody really cared anymore...many had gone back to XP.

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Andrew.Hodge

I have never had any problems with AMD video drivers in the last five years that I've had enough money to build computers.

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kevaskous

Unless by using one driver that worked for your older card and never changing it, that's a load of crap. AMD has had drivers so bad they released hot fixes for hot fixes. Fact, so has nvidia for that matter, pick a company for a feature set and price, period.

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Andrew.Hodge

I simply selectively upgrade my drivers. Sometimes, I'll wait a good four or five releases to make sure what I'm getting is bug free for the games I play and the software I run.

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kevaskous

My statement still doesn't change and is no less true.

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Joji

Well... I guess it's a good thing I didn't spend my money on the $304CND XFX HD7950 DD.

I'm going to spend my money on that shiny new 8870! :)

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vrmlbasic

Isn't the 7950 still more powerful than the 8870?

The X800 series are supposed to be the mid-range/low-level performance options. Some of the 5000 Radeon series are more powerful than the 6850, as I've sadly come to realize. The "Thousands place" number isn't as important as the "hundreds place" number in AMD's scheme, when the "thousands place" numbers are only one different, as I have been informed.

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Novus

If it is as stated to be (equal to the GTX 680), it will definitely be better than the HD 7950. The HD 6000s series were always weird with rebrands on the lower end and what not.
The fact is, people should be basing performance off of specs and benchmarks, not a naming system.

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Joji

Yep, that's what I thought as well. I was thinking to my self how a 8800 series could match up to a GTX670. Not only that, but for the price of $200? That's pretty sweet, don't you think?

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