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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2009 1:28:41 PM

I'm gonna be having a complete new build very soon. I'm seriously looking at the 4870x2. I'm running a Samsung 22" monitor @1680x1050. I know the 4870x2 is a bit overkill for that res but I won't be upgrading for around 3 more years after this so it's got to last.

Any personal opinions especially from current 4870x2 owners will be very welcome. Is it performing as you'd hoped etc? Any problems you've encountered?
February 27, 2009 1:45:28 PM

4870x2 in this rez 1680x1050 is not overkill if you play Crysis, stalker, Cryostasis and you can use 16xAA in almost all the games.
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2009 1:47:52 PM

Brilliant, that's music to my ears.
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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2009 2:10:38 PM

If the CPU in your sig is your computer, then you will experience serious bottleneck.

A Pentium4 single core CPU will bottleneck the 4870x2, which is a relatively high end card.
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2009 3:14:46 PM

The OP stated that this would be for a completely new build.

I have to say, I have a 4870x2, and I love it. It can almost pull 1920x1200, 4xAA on Crysis on Very High, and it can definitely run the same settings (including AA) in Crysis quite smoothly at 1680x1050. All other games are beautifully smooth fully cranked, and I can't say I have any complaints.

Now, as for 16xAA? The performance hit for 16x is pretty big, so I wouldn't count on it in anything more demanding than HL2 Ep. 2 or so, but 8x is easily doable in basically everything but Crysis.
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2009 3:16:07 PM

Bluescreendeath said:
If the CPU in your sig is your computer, then you will experience serious bottleneck.

A Pentium4 single core CPU will bottleneck the 4870x2, which is a relatively high end card.


Nope,
In my post at the top I've said i'm building a complete new system. (i7, 6Gb, Corsair 850W, Raptor)

Also 4870x2 relatively high??? Don't you mean almost as fast as GPU's go only being beat by the GTX 295. You should have said very high end card.

Anyway thanks for raising a potential problem.
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2009 3:20:49 PM

cjl said:
The OP stated that this would be for a completely new build.

I have to say, I have a 4870x2, and I love it. It can almost pull 1920x1200, 4xAA on Crysis on Very High, and it can definitely run the same settings (including AA) in Crysis quite smoothly at 1680x1050. All other games are beautifully smooth fully cranked, and I can't say I have any complaints.


Many thanks for that although in your sig it's saying you're running an i7 965 so I guess the performance will be pretty special. I can only afford the i7 920 although I will be buying a cooler and maybe oc to 3.2Ghz.
a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2009 7:47:11 AM

The 4870x2 is a beast of a card and it will handle most anything that you throw at it. While minimal AA/AF adjustments you should be able to run everything out there at that resolution.

Which OEM are you going to buy from? Any preference?
March 17, 2009 10:33:37 AM

Kkkk1 said:
Many thanks for that although in your sig it's saying you're running an i7 965 so I guess the performance will be pretty special. I can only afford the i7 920 although I will be buying a cooler and maybe oc to 3.2Ghz.


920 and 965 can overclock to very nearly the same speed... there's not much reason to get anything other than the 920, really. The 940 is in an even worse position than the 965, imho, it's absolutely worthless.
a c 169 U Graphics card
March 17, 2009 11:51:31 AM

I have a HD 4870X2 with my rig and first i had a 22" monitor with 1680x1050 resolution and it handled every game out there with max settings :)  and now i have a 24" monitor with 1920x1200 resolution and i can still max out every game :) 
I am very happy with the way it performs :) 
March 17, 2009 12:40:53 PM

EQPlayer said:
920 and 965 can overclock to very nearly the same speed... there's not much reason to get anything other than the 920, really. The 940 is in an even worse position than the 965, imho, it's absolutely worthless.



Hey EQPlayer, how is that quad fire working out for you?
I already have a 4870 1Gb and I am thinking of buying a hd4870 x2 in couple of months so I'll have tri-fire setup.

Do you know of any good quad fire or tri-fire benchmarks out there?
March 17, 2009 12:54:01 PM

tri fire would do better than quad fire, theres a thread created by the user annisman, if you check a couple of pages back he compares 4870 X2 with 3 way 4870s (4870 X2 + 4870 1 gig).

Main thing I want to see is 4870 1 gig x's 3 vs 4870 X2 + 4870 1 gig.

Most review sites prefer using 4 4870s rather than 4870 X2 quads, since it does tend to get higher frames.
March 17, 2009 12:59:29 PM

L1qu1d said:
tri fire would do better than quad fire, theres a thread created by the user annisman, if you check a couple of pages back he compares 4870 X2 with 3 way 4870s (4870 X2 + 4870 1 gig).

Main thing I want to see is 4870 1 gig x's 3 vs 4870 X2 + 4870 1 gig.

Most review sites prefer using 4 4870s rather than 4870 X2 quads, since it does tend to get higher frames.


Hmm , interesting. I'll look into it.

Thanks
March 17, 2009 3:25:33 PM

4870x2 is the second best single graphics card out on the market right now.. your PC couldnt even handle a 9600gt much less that!
a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2009 4:57:47 PM

That's why he's building a new one with the X2..
a c 169 U Graphics card
March 18, 2009 6:09:20 AM

L1qu1d said:
tri fire would do better than quad fire, theres a thread created by the user annisman, if you check a couple of pages back he compares 4870 X2 with 3 way 4870s (4870 X2 + 4870 1 gig).

Main thing I want to see is 4870 1 gig x's 3 vs 4870 X2 + 4870 1 gig.

Most review sites prefer using 4 4870s rather than 4870 X2 quads, since it does tend to get higher frames.


Yeah, HD 4870X2 CrossFireX doesnt scale very well,i hope AMD will make better drivers for it soon.
March 18, 2009 11:20:13 AM

^oh I'm sure they will, I mean its not like they don't have the means...its just they have different priorities.

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