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September 16, 2009 11:07:20 AM

Hi, I have at the moment a NVIDIA GEFORCE 7800 gt graphics card, and am about to re-new with a ATI RADEON HD 4870 2 gig vapor-X card, how much better graphics wise is the improvement and is this card conversant with ASUS EK A8N-SLI board? thank you, PODLOD :( 

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September 16, 2009 12:25:23 PM

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Don't upgrade to that card, it will not be worth the money.

The new cards are almost upon us and will be greatly improved on the 4870 which was greatly improved on the card you have now.


So what your saying is that the new card is no more powerful than my existing?
September 16, 2009 12:27:22 PM

So what your saying is that the new card is no more powerful than my existing?
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September 16, 2009 12:31:37 PM

Nono, it's that ATI is releasing their 58XX series this month. Once those are released, then the prices for everything else will drop.

Also, don't get the 2GB version..it's a waste. Unless you're gaming at 2560x1600, anyways.
September 16, 2009 7:53:38 PM

shadow187 said:
Nono, it's that ATI is releasing their 58XX series this month. Once those are released, then the prices for everything else will drop.

Also, don't get the 2GB version..it's a waste. Unless you're gaming at 2560x1600, anyways.


Hi again, let me explain my prob quickly, I play sometimes the game Empire Total war, and Oblivion, and after a couple of hours, the game slows up and the characters voices break up, also when there is a lot of graphics its is hard to play.
I have a Windows XP home edition, 2.10 gig AMD ATHLON 64 x 2 dual core proc 3800= 2 cpu`s, ASUST EK board A8N-SLI, 3072 meg memory ram with 517 gig free space. plus my card. The pc engineer seems to think that the new card will solve the prob, what do you think? thanks.
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September 16, 2009 8:38:45 PM

podlod said:
Hi again, let me explain my prob quickly, I play sometimes the game Empire Total war, and Oblivion, and after a couple of hours, the game slows up and the characters voices break up, also when there is a lot of graphics its is hard to play.
I have a Windows XP home edition, 2.10 gig AMD ATHLON 64 x 2 dual core proc 3800= 2 cpu`s, ASUST EK board A8N-SLI, 3072 meg memory ram with 517 gig free space. plus my card. The pc engineer seems to think that the new card will solve the prob, what do you think? thanks.


Your CPU is pretty weak for high-end gaming (and probably the reason of the slow gameplay), so while you will definitely see improvements with a 4870 or 5870, you won't be able to utilize their power to the fullest.
September 27, 2009 7:54:55 AM

Hi again, If I do decide to buy this new card, what else do you think in your opinion should I upgrade in my pc to be compatible, and help my gaming?
a c 165 U Graphics card
September 27, 2009 11:20:18 AM

First off, check the CPU and GPU temperatures under load, slowdowns after a period of gameplay can often indicate overheating issues. Speedfan or Realtemp are good for the CPU and GPU-Z or Rivatuner for the graphics card, they can all be left monitoring the temperatures while you play.
For the upgrade I'd say either the GTS250 or HD4850 class of card would be more than enough, a more powerful card would be held back by the 'slow' CPU.
As a matter of interest I've just put a cheap 8800GT 512Mb card in my rig to replace the 256Mb 7800GTX (it's a placeholder until I build new next year:) ) and it's running even quite hard games like Dead Space at 1920x1200 smoothly.
Here is a list showing where the cards fall relative to one another:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/best-graphics-card,review...
September 29, 2009 6:51:08 AM

Hi, just want to thank you all for your help and advice, and the Graphics card hierarchy is really useful ! thanks again.
October 7, 2009 9:00:50 AM

Hi again, I have downloaded something called speedfan that will regulate the speed of my card, but the only thing is, it is rather confusing, what is the best speed for the fan to have at to ensure the best temp?
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October 7, 2009 9:19:18 AM

Download EVGA precision and see if that lets you change the fan speed on your 7800 with one easy bar.

The best fan speed is one that keeps the card from getting too hot while also not making too much noise. If noise isn't an issue then put the fan up high. I dont know how hot the 7800gtx can handle but generally anything over 100C should be avoided.
October 7, 2009 1:33:58 PM

Hi jenny my card is a ATI Radeon hD 4870 now

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October 7, 2009 2:09:24 PM
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Ah ok.

What you wanna do is use Catalyst Control Centre (CCC, red icon at the bottom right of your screen).

From there, select the graphics menu and select the Overdrive option. After you click on the key icon to unlock it, you are able to set the fan speed manually.

It should be fine as it is, but sometimes you are better off setting the fan to 40-50% constantly. Try stuff out and keep an eye on your temps.
October 9, 2009 7:25:26 AM

Hi Jenny, thanks for the info, so i have now learned something new, but will it conflict in any way with realtemp which i have downloaded which constantly stays at 45deg when playing my game?
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