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December 17, 2009 8:14:05 PM

I really want a new card, have 256 MB 3400 series so i was wondering which one of the following would be the best choice? 4870 vs 4890 vs 5770

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a c 179 U Graphics card
December 17, 2009 8:41:52 PM

The 4890 is the fastest, but the 5770 runs the coolest, and provides DX11 capabilities, it also performs similarly to the 4870. If you dont plan to upgrade for a few years the 5770 is your best option as it will allow you to play the upcoming DX11 games.
a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2009 9:01:50 PM

Short-term performance: 4890

Longevity: 5770

What are the rest of your system specs?
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December 17, 2009 9:31:32 PM

Hey Pat...I'm in your same boat.
I was looking to upgrade from my 8800GT as I am upgrading into a i5-750, Thermaltake Lanbox (Small Form Factor) case for mobility and power.

Though I had originally decided on a 4870, I quickly found that their stock was dwindling and finding one at a competitive price was much more difficult.

Thus, my decision was between a 4890 and a 5770 since they are relative prices to one another. Though the 4890 is faster across the board, the 5770 runs much cooler and is much greater fit for my SFF build.

My hope is that in 3 months, I can pick up a 2nd 5770 for Crossfire performance on par with 5850s and 5870s OR sell my existing 5770 (XFX Double-Warranty FTW) and pickup a 5850 for single card ease.

Going back to your question, I think capt_taco sums it up best.

If you're priority is today's gaming performance, 4890 is the winner at the cost of higher temps and power consumption.

If you want to hang onto this card for longer than a year, I think the 5770 will give you more flexibility.
December 17, 2009 9:33:05 PM

I don't recommend the 5770, I think it<s price isn't really well placed for a mere 4870 with DX11 support'

If you can find a 4890 for 170$, just go for it. There is no DX11 games right now and we are yet to see a game fully native in DX11... I don't think it will happens any soon since all the PC games are now console ports.

a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2009 10:00:03 PM

redgarl said:
I don't recommend the 5770, I think it<s price isn't really well placed for a mere 4870 with DX11 support'

If you can find a 4890 for 170$, just go for it. There is no DX11 games right now and we are yet to see a game fully native in DX11... I don't think it will happens any soon since all the PC games are now console ports.


To the OP: This is an important point to consider, by which I mean, the decision to invest in a DX11 card depends a lot on what your current CPU/motherboard is.

If you've got a Q9550 or some other powerful quad core, you'll probably be keeping that system for a few years, so a 5xxx card supporting DX should be a wise investment.

On the other hand, if you've got an early dual core machine, you'll probably build a new system anyway before they go to DX11-only games. So a 48xx card will be fine.

Also, if you're in the latter situation (which I'm guessing is more likely, based on the fact that a 256MB card has apparently been through a full life cycle with your machine), a 4890 may be overkill. To take full advantage of the power of a 4890 or even a 4870, you probably want at least a mid-to-late generation Core 2 or an early quad core CPU; otherwise your CPU will likely limit performance well before the card. Depending on how old your CPU is, you might even max out your performance with a 4850 or 4770.
a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2009 10:05:23 PM

Get the 4890 for now.

5770s at the moment are overpriced (the cheapest 4870s cost $40 less and perform the same), and when games actually do start to use DX11, the 5770 won't be that great of a card anymore.
December 17, 2009 10:11:56 PM

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Aspire M5201
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2 64-bit
Chipset
ATI RS780+SB700
Processor
AMD Phenom(tm) 9650 Quad-Core Processor (2.3 Ghz)
System Memory
4096 MB (2x2GB)
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WDC WD6400AAKS-22A7B0 ATA Device, 596.17 GB (supposed to be 640 GB)
CD/DVD Drive
PIONEER BD-ROM BDC-202 ATA Device
KPGB OHMNO1Y3ST SCSI CdRom Device
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ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics (256 MB)
ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
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1919 MB
Audio
ATI HDMI Audio
ATI HDMI Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Network
Marvell Yukon 88E8071 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
D-Link WUA-2340 USB Adapter
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December 17, 2009 10:58:38 PM

Pat22 said:
I really want a new card, have 256 MB 3400 series so i was wondering which one of the following would be the best choice? 4870 vs 4890 vs 5770


i just got a 5770 myself, it's not bad at 1920x1200... though it does sometimes stutter on mass effect maxed out
a c 212 U Graphics card
December 17, 2009 11:42:54 PM

performance wise.....the 4890 is a step above....the 4870 and GTX 260 are pretty close....the 5770 a bit behind....5770 has advantage in that it will still be viable card 3-4 years from now.
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