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Will my setup bottleneck a 5870?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 28, 2009 12:42:25 AM

Hello all. I have been seriously eye-balling the new ATI 5870 for my system and was wondering what kind of a bottleneck I should expect.

My rig:

Antec 900
Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHZ @ stock (Core VID 1.325 Volts)
4 x 2048 Corsair DDR2 800 mHz memory for 8192 MB total
Intel DP35DP Mobo
BFG 9800 GTX+ OC 512 MB
OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler
Antec 550w Neopower
Seagate 2 TB 7200 RPM total storage
22" Samsung ToC

I am aware that my power supply is cutting it close but have been told by multiple people that it should be fine. My motherboard does not allow any overclocking at all and I generally game at 1680x1050. I was under the impression that even so it should be a huge upgrade from my current gpu. Any thoughts or suggestions are welcomed. Thanks in advance.

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December 28, 2009 12:56:41 AM

I like that deal for sure but my line of thought is that I won't be upgrading the video card for long after this (my wife has limited patience for my constant want to upgrade). I was thinking it would be a long-term investment and could replace mobo, power supply over time and add another 5870 down the road for more juice.
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a c 1322 U Graphics card
December 28, 2009 12:59:34 AM

At your current resolution there is nothing out that the 5850 cant handle. And when time comes to run two cards you will have 2x 5850.
December 28, 2009 1:14:08 AM

rolli59 said:
At your current resolution there is nothing out that the 5850 cant handle. And when time comes to run two cards you will have 2x 5850.

I will have to think about that for a bit. After the countless positive reviews I've read about the 5870 it's hard to settle for second best. Thanks for the food for thought for sure though.
a c 1322 U Graphics card
December 28, 2009 1:16:10 AM

You are welcome. If you could get your quad up to 3.0ghz I would definitely say 5870
a b U Graphics card
December 28, 2009 1:40:56 AM

My HD 5850 handles all games completely maxed out at 1920x1080 no problem whatsoever. It is VERY capable.
December 28, 2009 1:43:30 AM

The higher the resolution you run the better as your only limited by the gpu..i use a HD5850 in Eyefinity with 3 -21.5" LCD's for 3x1 landscape at 5760X1080 and i am on a 775Platform with a overclocked e5200 @3.9Ghz and there is no bottleneck other then what the card can do.. crossfire is when you need to think about a upgrade on the platform.
December 28, 2009 2:06:27 AM

So a lot of people are going the route of the 5850 it would seem. Makes me think I should give it more time to sit. I will be making my purchase in about 3-4 days most likely so I will check out more benches and such. I have never run at a higher resolution because I have never been given the option to do so in any game or program. I was under the assumption that a 22" monitor just couldn't support any higher or my current video card couldn't so was thinking I would crank up settings to make it more gpu dependant. In any case thanks for the quick responses everybody.
December 28, 2009 3:35:49 AM

W Craven said:
Well here is some eyefinity with a single 5850 at 5760 x 1080 for you to look at while you think about it..



Dirt 2 DX11

Very nice. 3 screens is certainly impressive although I would have to drop cash on a desk that would even fit that (not including 2 more screens lol). Nice to hear that the 5850 is as capable as it is. I see your rocking out the steering wheel as well. Game on.
December 30, 2009 6:18:07 AM

Thanks for the input again folks. My 5870 will be here in a cpl days as well as my 850 watt psu.
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