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Will the Radeon HD 4870 be able to handle next gen games?

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August 16, 2013 1:09:01 AM

Hello everyone.
I have the Radeon HD 4870 and my question is will this card be able to handle next-gen games at least at medium settings and at 1024x768 resolution or should i star saving money to buy a new graphics card?
August 16, 2013 1:14:16 AM

whats in the rest of your system? i had a 4850 until not too long ago before getting a 7870, made a massive difference when i changed.

even an older 6850 would be a massive upgrade for you.
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August 16, 2013 1:15:48 AM

mauller07 said:
whats in the rest of your system? i had a 4850 until not too long ago before getting a 7870, made a massive difference when i changed.

even an older 6850 would be a massive upgrade for you.

Well i have 3GB of RAM and will buy a new cpu: AMD athlon ii x4 750k- a quad core 3.40GHz
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August 16, 2013 1:17:24 AM

i would start saving money. it should be able to play most games at low-medium. but not all. like mauller07 said, ever an older graphics card like a 6670 would be an upgrade.
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August 16, 2013 1:18:43 AM

It should provide 25-30fps but remember that higher resolution will not work. I'm currently playing on HD4850 and there was a few games that didn't work in FullHD.

Titles no working on this gpu:
- NFS: The Run
- NFS: Most Wanted 2012
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (but it was probably memory problem)

Next-gen games won't offer much better graphics as gpu of consoles were developed 1-2 years ago, not 2013.

snakehead97 said:
Hello everyone.
I have the Radeon HD 4870 and my question is will this card be able to handle next-gen games at least at medium settings and at 1024x768 resolution or should i star saving money to buy a new graphics card?


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August 16, 2013 1:19:29 AM

aidanklenk said:
i would start saving money. it should be able to play most games at low-medium. but not all. like mauller07 said, ever an older graphics card like a 6670 would be an upgrade.


OK. What graphics Card would you recomend that is powerfull but also cheap(Sorry for the question but I`m kinda short at money)
What about the geforce GTS 450. I herd it's good.
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August 16, 2013 1:24:37 AM

have a look at how much you can get a 6870 for, how much is the gts 450 going for? it is a pretty old card itself, around the same generation as your 4870 so probably wont be an upgrade
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August 16, 2013 1:27:14 AM

The 6870 and the 6670 are both good cards.
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August 16, 2013 1:45:50 AM

What about the ATI Radeon HD 6850? Is that good for gaming?
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August 16, 2013 1:45:52 AM

What about the ATI Radeon HD 6850? Is that good for gaming?
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August 16, 2013 1:47:49 AM

the 6850 is a brilliant card, a friend of mine still has one and it works great even on most new games, check if you can find a 6870 first.
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August 16, 2013 1:53:19 AM

mauller07 said:
the 6850 is a brilliant card, a friend of mine still has one and it works great even on most new games, check if you can find a 6870 first.


That's why I'm asking because I found one. verry cheap for only $100.
So will you be able to play Next gen games like COD Ghosts, Assassins creed 4 or Watch Dogs with this card at a high resolution and on high quality?
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August 16, 2013 2:01:15 AM

Ok so i guess i should start saving some money. I was surprised of how cheap the card was though, which means I will not have to save much money.
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November 8, 2013 1:49:29 AM

Well resolution is actually key about graphical cards performance(fps) . If you're using 1024*768 resolution, so far you have big advantage for performance. For example, I can have 40fps performance with 6850 card at 1920*1080 res, but you can also have 40fps, with your 4870 card at 1024 res. So far so good.

If you are talking about next gen, then technology may start to be a handicap on some games. For example you can never use Dx11 with 4870, it has opengl 3.2 and shader 4.1.

Summary: Yep if you can afford to buy 6850, it would make huge difference. It's a great card. I'm using it with 1680*1050 res. And I'm having great fps in all games at high graphical settings. So it means you will have even better fps with 1024 res. So you will have pretty more time than me to start complaining about fps ratings at high settings.

I think you can't play all next gen games at medium sets, you may need to drop to low sets for some of them at 1024 with your 4870.

I think best solution for you would be to sell your card and add money to it then buy secondhand 6850. Because there are lots of 6850 users whom also wanna upgrade their cards.
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