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4870 1 gb vs 4870 512mb worth 20$ extra on newegg?

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March 20, 2009 3:49:11 AM

which card yall think is a better deal, im thinking of saving 20bucks and going with the 512 because of the reviews ive read

ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512MD5

vs

POWERCOLOR AX4870 1GBD5 Radeon

its 179 for the 1gb and 154 for the 512mb


not sure which mfg is better, im new to looking at ATI cards but after my 8800gts went dead in 2 months, ill never buy nvidia again, thanks bump fill guys =/
March 20, 2009 3:58:42 AM

Depends on your monitor size / what resolution you run at.
a c 106 U Graphics card
March 20, 2009 4:33:27 AM

Well in many cases the Dark Knight 4870 will be faster. Still games like GRID already show a benefit from the extra RAM and future games are likely to continue hogging up more and more vRAM. I would spend the extra money to get the 1GB version, but that 512 is still a good choice so it's up to you.
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March 20, 2009 5:51:35 AM

It's worth if you are playing at 1920x1080 and higher resolutions with maxed setting.
I think newer games will definitely load more high res textures, so it will require the more VRAM.
a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2009 6:54:55 AM

I seen (from personal experience) a textured modded Oblivion easily fill up my 8800 GTX's 768 MB of VRAM at 1680x1050 with all eye candy on. $20 isn't much for a little insurance with newer more texture intensive games - and possible larger monitor purchases.
a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2009 2:18:32 PM

Moreover, the 1GB version is better suited for Crossfire so if you upgrade to a XFire system in the next 1-1.5 year, adding a 2nd one would be an option.
March 20, 2009 2:41:34 PM

wow, ok :)  ill get the 1 gb version, most the reviews ive seen said it wasnt actually any faster. i have a 19inch widescreen samsung lcd, its like 1444x900 or something res, so ive never been able to play anything at max settings before
March 20, 2009 3:56:11 PM

for 20$, I would be completly surprised if people didn't suggest it. Even with a smaller monitor resolution, you can still expect games that are heavy on AA/textures to kill the card.

Crysis still gives a good beating on cards @ 1280x1024. Same with stalker Clear sky.

And be sure of it that games will become much more demanding (also GTA 4 with the textures).
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