Looking to replace 6970 for around 100-150..suggestions?

Maliki2

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Hello,

Haven't been watching the graphic card race lately...I need something to replace my aging 6970. Is there anything in the 100-150 dollar range?? Thanks.

Jason
 
If you can stretch for $199 you could get an RX480 4 GB model. That would probably last you for 2-3 years at 1080P. I don't think you can beat the price/performance of that card.

Unfortunately, none of the new graphics cards have been released in the $150 price range yet. That may change in the next couple of months (RX 470 is supposed to be coming out), but right now it means you'd have to get last gen tech, which is probably not the best buy from the standpoint of longevity.
 
RX480 is the way to go at $200. I doubt we'll see a 1060 close to that anytime soon and I'd love to see a 1050TI but I doubt it will be in the next few months. If $150 is a hard cap I'd wait for the base 1050 and see if AMD drops the 480 price or releases a 470.
 
I would look for a used 7870 which can easily OC to 1200 GPU, 1300 Memory.

If you want something new, the 470 will do the trick...
 
I would look for a used 7870 which can easily OC to 1200 GPU, 1300 Memory.

If you want something new, the 470 will do the trick...

7870 isn't that much of an improvement over the 6970, even accounting for overclocking. Or did you mean the 7970?

Honestly, if he's had the 6970 this long, I don't think going up just one generation makes a lot of sense. It would probably be better just to wait a couple months for the lower end new cards to be released.
 
I just realized that my FX8370 will bottleneck cards like 970 and 290x, 390 ...
Rx480 or rx 470 is the way to go ...
I have an 6950 so in some way i may be in the same position as you but please write your system spec too..
 
Hello,

Haven't been watching the graphic card race lately...I need something to replace my aging 6970. Is there anything in the 100-150 dollar range?? Thanks.

Jason

Are you looking for new, used or either?

Used I would go with a 290 and up and skip the 7970 at this time. While still a capable GPU it is also at point in time where the 3gb and age where it will decline fast. For it's time it was outstanding in longevity.

Anyways I have a 7970, 290 and 290x. PM me if you might be interested in any of those.
 
I just realized that my FX8370 will bottleneck cards like 970 and 290x, 390 ...
Rx480 or rx 470 is the way to go ...
I have an 6950 so in some way i may be in the same position as you but please write your system spec too..

I'm thinking at this point the Rx480 and or 470 may be there for me. As long as the price is right.
 
And what about the 460? Money is tight, and I'm looking for at least a minimal performance upgrade from the 6970.
 
It looks like the 6970 is a bit slower than the 7870. 7870 then converted to 270X (with clock speed bump), and then to 370X. So, I think it's safe to say that the 470 will probably be a fair bit faster. With the 460 it's less clear whether it would be a significant step up.

Actually it's kind of impressive to see that a high end 2010 graphics card is still probably as fast as a $100 graphics card 6 years later.
 
And what about the 460? Money is tight, and I'm looking for at least a minimal performance upgrade from the 6970.

The 460 is Polaris 11, a much smaller chip then then Polaris 10 which would be in the 470 and 480. It should be a power mizer but the cost of 75w to 130w in which only a few hours a day average over a year really does not add up to much. Maybe $30 savings. Performance wise it will be significantly slower then the 470.

If $150 is the hard limit you want to spend then for something new the 470 would be probably the best bang/$. If you go used you could get more performance then the 470. For example a used AMD 290x or possibly a Nvidia 980. While the 290x would be better for DX 12 and Vulkan games currently and most likely in the future but the 980 is more power efficient.
 
Noko: he is in the same boat as me...It depends on cpu if it worth or not or if he is willing to upgrade the CPU...
 
The 460 should be about as fast as a 7850 or 7870 depending on the game, and a 6970 is in that same performance ballpark. 6970 to 460 would be a sidegrade, but one with much improved power savings and modern features. If you're really on that tight a budget and can live with 6970 level performance for a year or two the 460 is a viable option.
 
Sorry for dissapearing on you all. I work 2 full time jobs so I have been a bit busy. LOL

Anyone

CPU is a AMD Phenom II X6 1100T processor.
 
You have rx 470 officialy launched for 180$ but some reviews recommend nvidia to be paired with low cost/old cpu's ... The challenge will be that the nvidia next low end card under 200$ will have only 3gb vram...
 
Pretty sure that issue of old cpus is in old games as well. But pretty much any old game will play fine at 60 fps on 1080p. Just consider new or upcoming games and the RX 470-480 will be fine.

Honestly the 470 pretty much overlaps the 480. Yet may save you a good 50$ once MSRP kicks in with good supply. AIB version put the 470 faster than the 480 4 gb. Id grab an 8gb ver of the 470 just for future proofing.
 
Pretty sure that issue of old cpus is in old games as well. But pretty much any old game will play fine at 60 fps on 1080p. Just consider new or upcoming games and the RX 470-480 will be fine.

Honestly the 470 pretty much overlaps the 480. Yet may save you a good 50$ once MSRP kicks in with good supply. AIB version put the 470 faster than the 480 4 gb. Id grab an 8gb ver of the 470 just for future proofing.

Awesome thanks. I'm in no hurry since my 6970 is still plugging along nicely. So I will wait until some supply kicks in and get the 470.
 
Best to check out newegg.com

Best to check out newegg.com

Just want to suggest checking out newegg.com. It's what I did when I was researching which card would cost me less than $279.99. I ended up with an XFX Radeon R9 390x for that exact price minus $30.00 Rebate, costing me $249.99.


Right now I see
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9 380X DirectX 12 AXR9 380X 4GBD5-PPDHV2E 4GB for $169.99. here's link-->http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131687
 
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