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a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 2:56:07 AM

I've been thinking of upgrading my 8600GTS for sometime now and I'm debating if I should go with a 4670. Can someone tell me how much performance improvement I may experience when I switch over?

My current setup is:

2.2Ghz Duo
8600GTS [512 DDR3]
3GB DDR2
430W Thermaltake PSU
320GB HD

and I'm thinking of this:

HIS Radeon HD 3760 IceQ

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

More about : 8600gts 4670

a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 3:28:47 AM

but going with one of those cards would require me to upgrade my PSU as well - don't have a budget for it. Thanks anyways.
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December 2, 2009 3:51:57 AM

the top card doesnt need a power directly into it.
a b U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 2:45:42 PM

All the points above are good. What motherboard do you have and how much overclocking, if any, will it allow?

If you can't overclock, even if you plug in a 9800 GT, you'll get improved performance but you won't see the full performance of the new GPU until you can increase the fsb and the frequency of your CPU.
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 4:07:17 PM

The HD4670 will be about 50% more powerful than the 8600 GTS.
The one you are looking at is a lot more expensive than necessary though;
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
The difference in memory size is entirely meaningless as the HD4670 cannot properly use more than 512mb.

Or for a much better card that's only a bit more than the one you were looking at grab this;
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
It has a 6-pin power connector but barely uses it and should be fine with your PSU.
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 10:32:36 PM

I just linked that and mine didn't have a period at the end so it actually worked :p 
a c 1308 U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 10:42:51 PM

jyjjy said:
I just linked that and mine didn't have a period at the end so it actually worked :p 

Fixed! Did not notice your link but looked at the HD4770 card which at $120 I think is to expensive for about 20% in performance increase.

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a c 355 U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 11:04:03 PM
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The % performance increase from 8600GT => HD 4670 will be significant.

See following examples:








See following review for additional benchmarks:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_4670
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 2, 2009 11:57:04 PM

rolli59 said:
Fixed! Did not notice your link but looked at the HD4770 card which at $120 I think is to expensive for about 20% in performance increase.

An HD4770 is a lot more than 20% better than an HD4670. More like 50-60%.
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2009 1:36:04 AM

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The % performance increase from 8600GT => HD 4670 will be significant.
I hate it when people miss the difference between 8600GT and GTS - there is a huge difference in performance. But never the less - nice graphs; they are very self-explanatory.

Neitherway, I'm neither going with a 4670 or a 4770 - depending on prices. I will also be getting a new PSU so I can use my old PSU to build a media center - my older PC is P3 with 4GB DDR2 and a 2400 HD Radeon AGP with a fried PSU - it's outdated but I'm sure it can handle being connected to my 50 inch TV to watch shows in .AVI format.
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 3, 2009 1:42:48 AM

It was probably just a typo, the graphs he provided did include the GTS and not the GT. Considering you were talking about the "HIS Radeon HD 3760 IceQ " in your first post there's a saying about glass houses you should read up on :p 
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2009 3:43:06 AM

The test system for the charts above used an an e8400 @ 3.6 GHz. Back to my point, his current CPU @ 2.2 Ghz is more of the problem than his old videocard and he should look at replacing both and not just one component.
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 3, 2009 10:56:26 AM

Yeah, it would be a good idea to upgrade or at the very least OC that CPU.
December 3, 2009 11:47:22 AM

I am not sure he would be that CPU limited. I have a 2.2ghz core 2 duo and I saw significant improvement from a 4650 to a 9600GT. So I think the upgrade would be worth it, even without overclocking.
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2009 12:50:06 PM

For him to see that kind of performance gain as you did with your system, he would have to go a GTX 260 or HD 4870, lol.
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 3, 2009 1:11:03 PM

Why? An HD4650(DDR2 at least) is actually very close in performance to a 8600 GTS.
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 3, 2009 2:35:55 PM

His PSU is 430w and isn't some no name brand. It should be fine for an HD4770.
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