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HD 4870 512mb or 1gb?

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December 17, 2008 7:54:35 PM

For my next upgrade I am considering a 4870, but I really don't know if buying a 1gb version would be worth it, since the difference between the two is $40. Keep in mind that I really need to trim money off this build!

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a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2008 8:09:04 PM

Based on the $40 difference, and the need to trim money off your build costs, I'd go for 512MB version.

However, ultimately the benefit from 1GB will be determined by the resolution at which you'll be playing your games at. If you're playing on a 17" or 19" monitor I don't think there's a point to anything larger than 512MB, as those monitors typically won't use resolutions high enough to merit a 1GB card.
December 17, 2008 8:12:13 PM

yeah, but I play on a 22" monitor, I believe. It's 1680 x 1050, anyway.
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a c 105 U Graphics card
December 17, 2008 8:34:56 PM

I have an HIS 4870/512 card. I replaced it with an XFX GTX260. Much better. How the 1gig card is going to perform....a few more fps perhaps and maybe you'll be able to turn on some of the goodies without taking a too much of a hit. ?.... what are you going to play ?

edit: I have to add..... unless your processor is going in the neighborhood of 3.4 or more neither card is going to give it's potential........
a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2008 8:48:02 PM

I'd say that at 1650 X 1050, you will notice little differnce between the two. If I were on a really tight budget, I would get the 512.
December 19, 2008 2:49:16 AM

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I have an HIS 4870/512 card. I replaced it with an XFX GTX260. Much better.

how much better are you talking about? Worth $30 over the 4870 512?

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How the 1gig card is going to perform....a few more fps perhaps and maybe you'll be able to turn on some of the goodies without taking a too much of a hit. ?.... what are you going to play ?

I play lots of strategy games, and some fpses too.

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edit: I have to add..... unless your processor is going in the neighborhood of 3.4 or more neither card is going to give it's potential........

I plan on getting a core i7 920 and overclocking it to the high 3 ghz area, so no worries there. :D 

a c 358 U Graphics card
December 19, 2008 11:22:12 AM

I would say that @ 1920 x 1200 is the point at which you would want to consider 1GB of video RAM.

Strategy games generally do not need to use a huge amount of video RAM. Then again there are different types of strategy games. Personally I like Galactic Civilization II; Civilization IV is ok.
a b U Graphics card
December 19, 2008 11:42:13 AM

Certain newer games, and older games with mods eat up vram, but at 16x10, I think youre ok. As for the 260 over the 512, not worth it. The 216 vs the 1 gig , still not worth it. When both cards came out, the 512 was 6% better than the 260, recently nVidia has done some nice driver improvements in a few games, and now so has ATI. Generally its like this for performance. 4870 512 > or = 260, while the 4870 1gig = 260 216. Let price be your final verdict.
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