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4670 - Gigabyte vs Sapphire

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July 13, 2009 5:15:57 PM

Considering an upgrade from my existing video card (ATI 2400 HD Pro). Looking for any input on the two choices below. Both are equally priced. They are the same card (4670); just looking for any opinions regarding the brand choice or any other opinions. Also, I've investigated quite a bit and it appears that either of these cards will run fine with my system's 350 W power supply. I am not a gamer at all; use is for Photoshop CS2 and some video (non-HD) editing.

SAPPHIRE 100255HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-R467D3-512I Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Thanks for any opinions.

System specs:
Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6600
2 GB RAM
Windows XP Pro SP2
350 W power supply
ATI 2400 HD Pro GPU PCI Express

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a c 236 U Graphics card
July 13, 2009 6:32:13 PM

both are the same, can't go wrong with either card

I would personally choose the gigabyte only because I have owned a gigabyte card int he past and never had an issue with it but then again I've never owned a sapphire card. Flip a coin if you need to.

Anonymous
July 13, 2009 6:40:01 PM

Don't bother with either, save your money as if you dont game you will see no performance difference with a new card over the 2400hd you have already, of course, you may be wanting to decode to 1080p with a blue ray player, then a 4350 will do the job perfectly!
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July 13, 2009 7:34:14 PM

Agreed, if you're doing nothing but decoding HD content an ATI 4350 or 4550 is all you really need. The increased potential of a 4650 or 4670 would be wasted by lack of utilization.
July 14, 2009 1:23:25 AM

Thanks for the responses. I have to upgrade from the ATI 2400 HD Pro because some of the features for the video editing software, Pinnacle Studio Plus 11, will not work or are disabled and the problems have been pretty much narrowed down to this specific card.

Will take a hard look at the 4350 and 4550. Price difference to the 4670 is about $30. Any advantage to the 128 bit 4670 vs the 64 bit 4350/4550? Here's one 4550 I've looked at. Any comments about fanless cooling?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 15, 2009 3:32:49 PM

Actually, considering the price of 4550s you might as well get a 4650 (it will give you identical memory bandwidth and 4 times the amount of processing units).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Actually, I take that back, there's really no benefit over just buying a $35 HD4350 for you. Sorry for the flip-flopping, I normally try to recommend on the safe side of computational power, but in this case there really isn't any point (unless you intend to try some gaming at some point).
July 15, 2009 5:45:32 PM

KyleSTL said:
Actually, considering the price of 4550s you might as well get a 4650 (it will give you identical memory bandwidth and 4 times the amount of processing units).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Actually, I take that back, there's really no benefit over just buying a $35 HD4350 for you. Sorry for the flip-flopping, I normally try to recommend on the safe side of computational power, but in this case there really isn't any point (unless you intend to try some gaming at some point).

Thanks for the link. Looks like a good option for what I want to do. As stated, I'm pretty committed to upgrading the 2400 HD Pro because of the limitations it imposes on my editing software. Who knows, I might actually try a game or two just to lighten up a little :wahoo: 
Anonymous
September 17, 2009 10:25:32 AM

Gaming rocks, go with the 4670 then and enjoy a few games :) 
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