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VGA ugrade GTX 260 or HD 5770

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October 31, 2009 8:20:43 AM

I recently upgraded my monitor from 1280x1024 to 1920 x1080 and my GTS 8800 512 has hard time keeping up with 50 % increase in pixel amount from 1.3 MP to 2 MP

Budget is low and highest I want to go is GTX260 or HD 5770 both of which start from £120. This is selling my GTS 8800 for £70-80 so real upgrade cost is £40-50

GTX260 slightly faster and PhysX
HD5770 lower power consumption and DX11

a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2009 8:40:03 AM

I would take the 5770.
It is slightly slower in benchies but the drivers are not very mature yet.

It also supports DX11 and lower power consumption.
a c 144 U Graphics card
October 31, 2009 5:27:48 PM

both cards are good. the advantage of choosing 5770 is because it dx11 support. as for the PhysX i think it doesn't really important because not all games using it.
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a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2009 5:36:49 PM

The GTX 260 will out perform the ATI 5770 with current drivers and such. However, for the money, I'd probably lean toward the 5770. It will support future DX11 titles with new eye candy, should use less energy, and will probably find improved performance with future driver updates.

The GTX 260 certainly is a fantastic card (I have 2!). But for a new upgrade, I'd consider the 5770. I also game @ 1920x1080 and a single GTX 260 does pretty well with current titles.

If you can afford it (and want to keep from upgrading again as soon) I'd recommend the ATI 5850. If you can't afford that upgrade, then the 5770 is a good choice.
November 1, 2009 1:31:06 AM

I'm pretty sure if you look, theres more games out there that support PhysX than DX10.. And there are no games that support DX11.... lol But with DX11, DirectCompute/Physics, DX 10 hardware does that and DX10.1 does tesselation. Other than ShaderModel5.0, have you considered a HD4890?
November 1, 2009 3:48:51 AM

Thanks everybody for input. I was looking at HD 5850 first but they start at £200 That would mean raising my upgrade budget from £50 to £130, I am not a hardcore gamer and really do not want to spend so much, I could hold off the upgrade and see if prices drop for Cristhmas or after Nvidia Fermi launch. If HD 5850 would drop to £150 I would definately buy it but I guess that's just dreaming here.

I do not really care much for DX11 or PhysX because by the time there will be enough DX11 games out I will probably need new faster video card. As for PhysX I have Q6600 @3.2 GHz so I can easily run PhysX on CPU. I have seen PhysX titles running better with Nvidia cards on dual core CPU's when it can be offloaded to video card freeing up CPU for other things but on quad have not noticed any difference.

So it is more between slightly higher speed of GTX 260 and lower power consumption of HD 5770 specially at idle which would also bring temps and noise down at iddle.

I like my PC to be quite at low load and does not mind if it gets a bit louder when gaming.

I am leaning towards HD 5770 and then again being drawn back to GTX. Decisions, decissions, so much choice, so hard to choose at least I have narrowed down to 2.

Oh whait HD 4890 is only £126, I have not considered it before but now ,damned I am back to choose from 3, and then there is HD 4870 which is only £113 for 1GB version, oh man! Back to drawing board.
a c 189 U Graphics card
November 1, 2009 7:58:47 AM

Go for 5770,,,
November 1, 2009 9:46:26 PM

Buy the 5770 dude...you will be futureproof.
November 2, 2009 1:01:40 AM

and lets not forget about GDDR5 versus GDDR3 ;) 

I'd go with the 5770, or wait a few months for the 5850 to come down in price.
a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2009 4:08:06 AM

given the circumstances, i'd go with 5770. and this is coming from a gtx260-216 owner.
November 9, 2009 11:22:24 PM

In my personal opinion the HD 5770 is a better choice considering the price and if you hold out for just a little while id get 2 and crossfire, because in crossfire they perform alongside the beastly 5870 if thats not insentive enough then i dont know what is lol
February 11, 2010 3:27:59 PM

coolronz said:
I'm pretty sure if you look, theres more games out there that support PhysX than DX10.. And there are no games that support DX11.... lol But with DX11, DirectCompute/Physics, DX 10 hardware does that and DX10.1 does tesselation. Other than ShaderModel5.0, have you considered a HD4890?




Look it up. Dirt 2 and BattleForge both support DirectX 11.
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