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Dual 512 4850's or a single 1GB 5770/896GTX260?

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February 16, 2010 7:14:41 AM

My 4870 has died out on me, and I intend to take it to the shop for a similarly priced replacement. In case I don't get a 4870 (hearing a lot about it being out of production) should I get ask for a 512(x2) 4850X2 or a 5770/GTX260?
My res- 1024*768, 4xAA, 16x AF.
Don't flame me for the monitor, I'm perfectly happy with it.
February 16, 2010 7:56:15 AM

Get the HD5770 for sure

Similarly priced and comparable performance.
DX11 and low power consumption is a plus too ;) 
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February 16, 2010 8:54:59 AM

shubham1401 said:
Get the HD5770 for sure

Similarly priced and comparable performance.
DX11 and low power consumption is a plus too ;) 

I really don't care much for power or DX11. Raw frame rates are what I'm after, as I upgrade every 3-5 years or so. Is the performance increase of a 4850X2 over a single 4870/5770/GTX260 enough to negate to negative aspects of 512 megs of GDDR3 memory? I intend to ask for another 4870 under warranty, but if that's not available I intend to ask for something else around the same price/pay the difference.
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February 16, 2010 9:17:33 AM

HD 4850x2 is a beast . But
It has two fans and gets really hot while gaming.
Many buyers complain about fan noise and high temps.

So overall,HD5770,4870 are better deal than 4850x2 despite being a little weaker.
though you won't notice a difference at that resolution :) 

I said HD 5770 cuz it is very similar to HD4870 in performance.

BTW which PSU do you have?

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February 16, 2010 10:42:59 AM

shubham1401 said:
HD 4850x2 is a beast . But
It has two fans and gets really hot while gaming.
Many buyers complain about fan noise and high temps.

So overall,HD5770,4870 are better deal than 4850x2 despite being a little weaker.
though you won't notice a difference at that resolution :) 

I said HD 5770 cuz it is very similar to HD4870 in performance.

BTW which PSU do you have?

On noise: Don't care. Keeps the dog away. Impresses visitors. Headphones filter out noise.
On heat: Where I live, in summer, even something like a GeForce 8600 will nudge 90 under load. Half the time I simply open up the case....
So is the performance bump over the 4870/5770 worth sacrificing that much memory? If it's gonna start running out of frame buffer by the end of the year, I'd rather go with a 5770/another 4870.
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February 16, 2010 11:04:08 AM

Just for the sake of reliability get the 5770.
Even that will be able to play games at 1024X768 for many years.
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February 16, 2010 11:34:08 AM

If you don't care about power consumption,Heat dissipation,Noise then get the 4850x2.

Its a good card.Not every piece is noisy. :) 
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February 16, 2010 12:15:32 PM

Reliability. Now that's something I wanna hear. OK then, will go for a 5770/4870, else if not available, 512 4850X2.
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February 16, 2010 12:37:01 PM

You won't feel a difference with either card. All of them are much much much more powerful than what you need for 1024X768.

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February 16, 2010 1:34:39 PM

Overkill=One step closer to the impossible dream that is future proofing.
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