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.
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.
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.