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November 22, 2009 4:29:11 AM

hi Guys

Was just wondering if it would be worth me upgrading my 4850CF setup on my Phen II x4 955 to a single 5870 setup?

Would it be worth the extra $400 AUD after i sell the 2 4850's?

Cheers

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Phenom II X4 955 3.45ghz
DDR3 1333mhz 4GB
Asus HD4850CF
Raptor 160GB
Win 7 Prem 64-bit

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November 22, 2009 5:04:08 AM

I'm not 100% sure about this, but I suspect that your CPU will severely bottleneck a 5870. But yes, it is definitely worth! Especially if you can sell them for the same cost of a new 5870...
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November 22, 2009 5:12:11 AM

MARSOC_Operator said:
I'm not 100% sure about this, but I suspect that your CPU will severely bottleneck a 5870. But yes, it is definitely worth! Especially if you can sell them for the same cost of a new 5870...


How would it be bottleneckd? wouldnt it be already? The best and latest of the Phenoms Overclocked with a 2yr old card?

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November 22, 2009 5:24:43 AM

the only thing that a phenom 2 955 would bottle neck are 4 card setups and 5970 but other than that i think that 5870 would be a good idea. I mean the benefits are there lower power comsumption, Dx11, Single gpu, and its more powerful. So yes its a wonderful idea.
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November 22, 2009 5:31:52 AM

ice429 said:
How would it be bottleneckd? wouldnt it be already? The best and latest of the Phenoms Overclocked with a 2yr old card?


Since when the 5870 is 2 years old?? :o 
And I don't think your cards are bottlnecked as it is at all, a 4850 x-fired performance wise, sits somewhere between a 4890 and the 4870x2-- depending on game and settings. And they are not CPU hungry as the 5870, 4870x2 and the GTX295. Your CPU is plenty for your cards.
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November 22, 2009 7:24:28 AM

MARSOC_Operator said:
Since when the 5870 is 2 years old?? :o 
And I don't think your cards are bottlnecked as it is at all, a 4850 x-fired performance wise, sits somewhere between a 4890 and the 4870x2-- depending on game and settings. And they are not CPU hungry as the 5870, 4870x2 and the GTX295. Your CPU is plenty for your cards.


I meant my 4850CF is an old card.
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November 22, 2009 7:29:58 AM

It would be an upgrade but I'm not shure if its worth the extra money
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November 22, 2009 7:55:59 AM

First tell what resolution you game at?

I don't think there's a need to upgrade for you cuz you already have a good setup.
You can wait until Nvidia release their new cards or when prices of 5870 are reduced.
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November 22, 2009 8:12:07 AM

MARSOC_Operator , wtf are you smokin'?

That CPU will NOT bottleneck even a 5870 crossfire setup. Maybe, you can be so nice to show uswhere you read that it will.

I agree with tacoslave. Its a worthy upgrade. But if you are not bothered about all this and I am sure your games are also running fine, then why upgrade. Let the prices fall a li;l bit before you jump on the DX11 game wagon. After all, there are exactly 'ZERO' games that are DX 11.
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November 22, 2009 10:24:19 AM

not worth spending all that extra considering the prices as well as performance benefit . hold your money for a few more months and wait for dx11 to become more common , look at the benchmarks and various games look and perform with dx11 .

4850 CF is a pretty powerful setup to hold your money a few months .
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November 23, 2009 1:00:52 PM

The games i play most are Far Cry 2, Crysis WH, Crysis and the COD Series. the Crysis collection and Far Cry 2 i want to max out on my 1920x1080 46" Samsung Series 6 TV with full AA.

My setup cant do that in DX10!!

And i have aquired 1 for $400 AUD (when in stock - 3 weeks) from my wholesaler at work. Perks of working in retail.
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November 23, 2009 3:08:54 PM

u've acquired one , then that's great ! it will surely give you some good performance , with AA , and actually because of the improvements in the architecture , 5870 can better handle AA than 4800 series .

by the way , even i game on LCD tv , 32" Bravia , although its 1360x768 kinda limited , but the brightness and colors and screen size make up for it compared to lcd monitors ! what do you think ?
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November 23, 2009 3:16:12 PM

The 5870 will be a bit more powerful but the real difference is the DX11 support and much lower power usage/heat. Whether that's worth the money to you is really a judgment call only you can make.
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November 23, 2009 10:33:25 PM

The 5870 from what i can see on multiple sites absolutely destroys 4850CF setups by a hefty margin.

As for LCD TV gaming...You cant get any better than it. As long as you have motionflow 100hz or better it is awsomness.
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November 23, 2009 11:26:23 PM

Where have you seen that?
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November 24, 2009 3:00:52 PM

Almost all the reviews I've seen state that the card is about on par with an HD4870x2, including the Tom's review you just linked. Crossfired HD4850s really don't lag too far behind an HD4870 so "destroy" is far from the word that should be used.
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November 26, 2009 11:05:58 PM

jyjjy said:
Almost all the reviews I've seen state that the card is about on par with an HD4870x2, including the Tom's review you just linked. Crossfired HD4850s really don't lag too far behind an HD4870 so "destroy" is far from the word that should be used.


From what ive been told by multiple people... Some of the games that are out now dont fully support dual-gpu gfx cards.
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November 26, 2009 11:39:10 PM

The 5870 is definitely worth it over two 4850; they'll be easily outperformed by a large margin, and the 5870 will use less power, output less heat, and support DirectX 11. Also, a Phenom II X4 955 will not be bottlenecked by a single 5870. :lol:  The 5870 keeps up with an HD 4870X2 most of the time and when it doesn't it will beat it in DirectX 11, newer more efficient games making use of the tesselation and other hardware advantages, as well as driver improvements. It's a very easy winner.
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