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ATI Radeon HD 3870X2 keep or go with ATI 7770?

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June 30, 2013 7:11:00 AM

Okay I've had my 3870X2 for about 2 years now, but its ow starting to show it's age, i've replaced fan twice, fitted new DVI connector (working) it's been a goo friend but it's old.

Should I go with the Radeon HD 6670 or the Radeon HD 7770?

The Games i play are;
Portal 2
Portal 1
Fable Lost Chapters
Fable 3
Assassins Creed 1
Assassins Creed Brother Hood
Dragon Age 1 (origins)
Dragon Age 2
And thats about it really.

I do do some Rendering with Adobe After effects CS6 and I do use Cinema 4D R12 but it's all light basic 30 second animation or logos I work in 1080p too

Should I stick with Current one or upgrade?
Running Intel Core2 Duo E8200 OC 3.5GHz
Dell XPS 730

Now I know that cause i have a PCIe speed of 1.1 I won't get the speeds of a 2.0 or a 3.0 but is it still worth updating?
June 30, 2013 7:22:07 AM

You wouldn't see much improvement with a 7770. A 6670 would actually be a step down. I'd go with a GTX660 if you really want to see significant gains, but sounds like you've invested time, effort and money in this card so why not stick with it if it's still getting the job done?
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June 30, 2013 7:31:43 AM

sam_p_lay said:
You wouldn't see much improvement with a 7770. A 6670 would actually be a step down. I'd go with a GTX660 if you really want to see significant gains, but sounds like you've invested time, effort and money in this card so why not stick with it if it's still getting the job done?


Hi!

So I have a card that is just as good then! and i thought of going nVidia but the last nVidia i used was GeForce MX440 AGP
And the drivers are getting worse the more updates there is (I know why update but on windows 7 and the older drivers cause BSODs) latest one is okay thoguh
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June 30, 2013 10:57:49 AM

I had an MX460, loved that card :-) Only thing it ever wasn't able to handle was the rain in GTA3. It's actually still running in another computer! Because your card is dual GPU, performance is heavily dependent on scaling and how well-optimised games are for multi GPUs. So in well-optimised games you could achieve 7770-grade framerates, while less-optimised games may be little over the framerates of a 3870. If you do grab that GTX660 (or any other GeForce), you honestly don't need to worry about driver instability.
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June 30, 2013 11:10:11 AM

sam_p_lay said:
I had an MX460, loved that card :-) Only thing it ever wasn't able to handle was the rain in GTA3. It's actually still running in another computer! Because your card is dual GPU, performance is heavily dependent on scaling and how well-optimised games are for multi GPUs. So in well-optimised games you could achieve 7770-grade framerates, while less-optimised games may be little over the framerates of a 3870. If you do grab that GTX660 (or any other GeForce), you honestly don't need to worry about driver instability.


Yeah it was a good card just not good enough to handle the most basic of game - can't do Bejeweled Blitz (facebook)

so what nVidia would you recommend max budget of 100GBP

and in nVidia what features am i looking for? like the minimum amount of Cores on ATI i know i need a minimum of 480


What about a older ATI that is crossfire?
I have SLI and Crossfire compatibility for 3 Cards

Mushibu090
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June 30, 2013 11:38:16 AM

sam_p_lay said:
You wouldn't see much improvement with a 7770. A 6670 would actually be a step down. I'd go with a GTX660 if you really want to see significant gains, but sounds like you've invested time, effort and money in this card so why not stick with it if it's still getting the job done?


Are you actually comparing a card thats 4 generations old to a HD7770? The 3870x2 is slower than the HD4870 which compared to the HD7770 is a bad joke. Not to mention that the HD7770 consumes almost 2x less the power than the HD3870x2 and offers direct x11 and overall better performance than the HD3870x2 in question. I own one myself and its got my core 2 duo bottlenecked.

To OP even though the HD7770 is quite beast i suggest you get a HD7790 or a GTX650ti which is in the 110-100 Pound price range. If you can increase your budget to 120 i'll find you a HD7850 from my favorite retailer
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June 30, 2013 1:35:14 PM

haider95 said:
sam_p_lay said:
You wouldn't see much improvement with a 7770. A 6670 would actually be a step down. I'd go with a GTX660 if you really want to see significant gains, but sounds like you've invested time, effort and money in this card so why not stick with it if it's still getting the job done?


Are you actually comparing a card thats 4 generations old to a HD7770? The 3870x2 is slower than the HD4870 which compared to the HD7770 is a bad joke. Not to mention that the HD7770 consumes almost 2x less the power than the HD3870x2 and offers direct x11 and overall better performance than the HD3870x2 in question. I own one myself and its got my core 2 duo bottlenecked.

To OP even though the HD7770 is quite beast i suggest you get a HD7790 or a GTX650ti which is in the 110-100 Pound price range. If you can increase your budget to 120 i'll find you a HD7850 from my favorite retailer


That's funny because you make a fool of yourself almost every time you post. The 7770 is indeed faster than the 4870 (and 3870X2) though not by much. And yes, the 3870X2 does consume more power (thanks for that, Captain Obvious). But I was talking purely about average framerates.

Only an ignorant moron would assume anything that's new is better than anything old. To give an extreme example, a 7800GTX (2005) will outperform a GT610 (2012). We're comparing a low-end new card to an absolute top end old card here, and in framerates there won't be a big difference.

OP, here's what you want:

http://www.dabs.com/products/evga-geforce-gtx-650-ti-10...
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