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Looking for replacement for Radeon HD 4870 x2 card

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November 25, 2009 4:33:54 AM

I have a Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 x2 2gb 512bit(256x2) card that just died on me. I am in the process of seeing if i can get an RMA on it but i was wondering what other cards out there that are comparable or better in the $350-$450 price range. I havent been happy with radeon in the past and i was looking to move over to a geforce card. If i could find a geforce card that performs the same or better that would be preferable.

I was looking at the EVGA GeForce GTX 285 card but i am not sure how the performance would translate from a dual-core to a single core gpu.


my system specs are as follows if that helps any...

-Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
-Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
-ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
-SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
-Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive(x2)
-OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (x2)
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November 25, 2009 5:20:27 AM

This isn't really the time for an Nvidia card at the moment. ATI Radeon currently has the best cards in terms of performance, as well as the best cards in terms of bang-for-your-buck in most areas.

I suggest you get a 5850, which is a dx11 card costing ~$260. It is cheaper than the GTX285, outperforms it, runs cooler, uses less power, and supports dx11.

Or you can get a $400 5870, which is basically 4870x2 in one card with 1600 shader cores...it is currently the fastest single GPU on the market.

Both cards have sold out fast, and you might need to wait a week or two before new shipments arrive at Newegg/Tigerdirect/Amazon...
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November 25, 2009 5:25:23 AM

I'd go with a 5850 or 5870. The 5870 is the only single GPU card on the market that really competes with a 4870x2 in speed.
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November 25, 2009 5:34:23 AM

4870x2 easily beats the GTX 285.
The GTX 260 SLI would do the job but it looks like your board doesn't support SLI.
If I am not mistaken, the 295 would be the only option but it's out of your price range.

So, back to ATI, the 5870 is in your price range. It performs better or equally well as the 4870x2 while being less noisy, consuming less power and running cooler. Despite your bad experience it's worth to give it another shot.
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November 25, 2009 5:37:09 AM

HD 4870X2 performs better than both HD 5850 and GTX 285,and performs pretty much like a single HD 5870,so if you want to upgrade it to get a performance boost then go for HD 5790 or HD 5870 CF
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November 25, 2009 5:39:06 AM

Why is the edit function disabled? :( 
Anyway, here's a good chart.
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November 25, 2009 5:55:34 PM

thanks for the input guys, I think i am going to go with a 5870 or maybe shell out a little extra for the 5890 whenever newegg gets them in stock
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November 26, 2009 9:16:11 PM

My motherboard is crossfire ready, so i was wondering since no where seems to have a 5870 or 5890 if two 4890 cards would be better?
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November 27, 2009 4:26:36 AM

currently there are no 5890. but maybe amd will make it in the future if nvidia fermi going to challenge their 5000 series perfrormance
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November 27, 2009 6:19:54 AM

If you can wait a bit, the very next big shipment should come at the end of November resp. beginning of December.
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