Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC Review

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vrmlbasic

This article says the Radeon 6850 is $150 here but yet MPC says that it is only $138 in its "Computing on the Cheap" article. 12 bucks makes a fair difference when this very article says that 20 bucks difference in price is enough to make a decision harder.

What gives?

Also, please nix the spam filter.

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Peanut Fox

It's an older article from last year. Pricing has since changed. That's probably why the 650ti was compared against the older AMD cards, being at the time they may have been similar in cost.

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vrmlbasic

Even so, the 6850 was more than 2 years old by "Holiday 2012". It still seems odd to me that they bash the 6850 here and then recommend it in another article (and have been recommending it since at least 2011). It's a decent enough card but it has known performance quirks and is pretty aged, both of which lead me to consider the 6850 more of a "straw man" in the comparison instead of a legitimate competitor.

I still haven't determined if the 6850 is still even made or if what we see in stores is just leftover, legacy stock (which could affect the pricing adversely, possibly giving the card a higher price than it should have).

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vrmlbasic

Why compare to the now-ancient 6850 & 6870? Those cards are from 2010, and even back in 2011 MPC ran an article stating that the 6850 was the least expensive GPU which was just powerful enough to game at 1920*1080. We all know that the 68xx series, due to a quirk of AMD's, doesn't represent the "second best of the series" tier performance. The 68xx series was badly abused by the 58xx series even then. Now that it is 2013 is it really relevant to be beating down on the 6850? Is the 6850 still being made even?

While the benchmark table does include tests against a 7850 (which owns the test card) the article brags about beating the 6850, which is about as impressive as a modern sports car beating a Model T in the quarter mile.

Where's the test against 3-year-old Nvidia hardware that is known to be underperforming for its time?