My brother wants a new video card to replace his 3870 so what video card is better the 460 or the 5850É
buy both and return the one that isn't the best.
[COLOR="Black"]If he is plugging the new card into the PC that previously had a 3870 then that PC's CPU probably isn't very fast. So it doesn't make too much sense to buy highend graphics cards as they will be limited by the CPU.
The 460 with 1gb is supposed to be a very good deal though and should be more than enough for all current games at common resolutions. [/COLOR]
he has a amd Althon 64 4400+ and 3 gigs of ram will that bottleneck...
[COLOR="Black"]Most likely, I think that CPU might even bottleneck the last generation of graphics cards (ATI 48xx). You need a reasonably fast 4-core CPU to get the most out of current generation graphics cards. A new graphics card will still improve FPS, but the older the CPU sooner you reach the FPS limit.[/COLOR]
well I have a Quad core 6600 and a 5850 is that a bottleneck
Overclock that Q6600 to about 3GHz, and it should be fine.
I say go for the GTX 460. Its only a few percent slower than the 5850 on average (and much faster in a few cases) in overall framerates, but like the rest of the Fermi family, it gives much better minimum framerates which is what you need for smooth gameplay. Its also a bit ahead when it comes to DX11 games.
The 460 no longer has the heat issues that plagued the 465, 470, and 480, and overclocks like a champ. Overclocked it will kill a 5850 hands down, even a OCed 5850.
While the 5850 is a slightly more powerful card, the 460 gives you a few more features such as CUDA & Physx. You might think those are minor additions, but having gone from nvidia to ati & now back to nvidia, I actually missed those features(mainly cuda for video encoding)