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8600GTS VS 4670

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-details.asp?EdpNo=5071788&CatId=3669
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  1. 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.
  2. the top card doesnt need a power directly into it.
  3. I think you would see some increase but as said above it would be minimal. Overclock that processor to ~3ghz and that will help.

    Here is a good comparison.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-price,2323-6.html
  4. 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.
  5. 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=N82E16814121329
    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=N82E16814150369
    It has a 6-pin power connector but barely uses it and should be fine with your PSU.
  6. This HD4670 is the best deal on the market right now. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121329 For less than $50 after MIR
  7. I just linked that and mine didn't have a period at the end so it actually worked :p
  8. 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.
  9. Best answer
    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
  10. 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%.
  11. Quote:
    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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Yeah, it would be a good idea to upgrade or at the very least OC that CPU.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Why? An HD4650(DDR2 at least) is actually very close in performance to a 8600 GTS.
  18. His PSU is 430w and isn't some no name brand. It should be fine for an HD4770.
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