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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
September 17, 2008 4:35:58 AM

hi all,

I built a new rig about 2 months ago, it is all going pretty smoothly,
Im running a Q9450 @ 3.2ghz
4 gig ddr2
HIS 4870
asus p5e deluxe
500gig hdd

The system runs well. Crysis (the most demanding game i own) runs at about 35 fps average on 1680 res with all settings high. (it raises to about 45-50 in quiet areas and in extremely demanding areas can dip to 25fps)

The plan was always to buy the 4870 as a stopgap then either add a second 4870 when the price dips or sell it off and get a 4870x2, however i am now debating whether to keep what i have or upgrade

any feedback would be appreciated, lawrie34

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a c 262 U Graphics card
September 17, 2008 5:30:52 AM

An upgrade may not make sense unless there is a BIG jump in performance. I don't see that here. Almost nothing runs Crysis at high fps. For other games, if you can average 60fps, then you don't need more to enjoy good gameplay.

Here is a good article about that:
a c 106 U Graphics card
September 17, 2008 5:31:19 AM

Since you already have one 4870 you could get a 4870X2 and run 3 way crossfire on that X48 board. As long as you don't set everything to "Very High" that should be more than enough power.
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September 17, 2008 6:32:39 AM

i have a zalman 750w psu, so it is reasonably juicy, would it handle that configuration?

also how effective is coupling two different cards, i realise the 4870x2 is effectively a dual core 4870 but will the be compatable with crossfire and will there be much stutter, etc

i will most likely stick with the standard at the moment, but when prices drop with the next wave i could pick up some of these cards for a steel and im just curious about the compatibility

September 17, 2008 6:52:43 AM

Dude relax!!! You system kicks a$$. Anyways, Crysis is just one game! Also I read somewhere that the new crysis upgrade is better optimised and will run smoother so don't worry so much.
September 17, 2008 7:01:48 AM

Seriously, just keep your video card till newer cards come for Christmas. Your 4870 is a beast of a card.
September 17, 2008 7:38:48 AM

thanks guys, thats kinda what i was thinking also. I might aswell wait untill the first quater next year and upgrade then, im sure the 4870x2 will be obsolete then anyway.
September 17, 2008 8:18:38 AM

No one runs Crysis maxed out, as it's a poorly programed pig that was rushed out to the masses.