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Difference between Ati Radeon 4XXX and 5XXX Series

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March 17, 2010 2:40:44 AM

I need to know what is the difference. I keep hearing that the 4890 is better then a 5770 because of the last 2 number in the card but is that true or not. I need to know so i can buy a card or keep the one that is coming to me now.

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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2010 2:44:07 AM

No, pay no attention to the numbers. They aren't comparable between different gens. However, I believe the 4890 still is faster that the 5770. The 5770's benefits are DX11, Eyefinity, and lower power (and thus heat) dissipation.
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March 17, 2010 2:46:58 AM

The 5830 replaces the 4890 fyi.
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2010 3:56:49 AM

Mainly, 48xx uses DirectX 10 and is on the way out over the next year or so. 5xxx uses DirectX 11 and is the new technology.

The very best of the 4xxx series (4870, 4890) are slightly "faster" than the very lowest end of the 5xxx series (5750, 5770), but nothing to write home about. The 5750 is probably the only one where you'd notice a significant dip. That's pretty much the extent of the overlap.

Also, as mentioned above, the 4870 and 4890 use a lot of power and generate a lot of heat comparatively.

I don't really see much point in buying a 4xxx series card anymore, unless you need a card that's dirt-cheap or uses a tiny amount of wattage (e.g. the 4670) for an older machine.
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March 17, 2010 4:01:45 AM

Ok so what would be the best for autocad solidworks maya 3ds max and mudbox.
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2010 4:35:39 AM

ie. 4870

4 = generation
8 = tier (whether it's entry, gaming, etc)
70 = rank among the tier

Usually the 7's and 8's are the gaming tier, and the last two numbers denote how they fall within the tier.

Due to new tech improvements, new generations usually have better cards when comparing the same tier...

ie. 5870 is nearly 2x faster than a 4870
5850 is nearly 2x faster than a 4850
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a c 365 U Graphics card
March 17, 2010 4:59:40 AM

HD 5xxxx

1. DX11
2. Lower power consumption compared to HD 4xxx series. Example, HD 5850 is more powerful than the HD 4890, and uses less power.
3. True bitstreaming audio for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Digital TrueHD.
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2010 10:46:32 AM

Best would be none of the above, instead a very expensive workstation card. However, out of those two I'd assume the 4890 is still a little faster, however nothing remarkable most likely.
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March 17, 2010 12:56:49 PM

Workstation?

You need an ATI FireGL or Nvidia Quaddro
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March 17, 2010 1:25:50 PM

No, try a gaming card first. If you have any issues with it, THEN you can try a workstation card.

Gaming cards in this day and age are perfectly fine for most 3D apps (Maya, Mudbox, and 3Dsmax will all work fine, I assume CAD will also but i haven't used it myself).

Workstation cards used to offer a benefit, and still do to a minuscule extent, but the cost is bleep-ing exorbitant. A 5850 will be as fast as a $2000+ workstation card. And what do you get? Some slightly better drivers (that are released more infrequently). PLUS, workstation cards now come out after gaming cards, so they're all based on older hardware.

Only get a workstation card if the gaming card gives you errors that you can't live with.

People need to stop recommending Workstation cards for common 3D Applications.
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March 17, 2010 2:39:17 PM

I also need to know if i can stick a pci express 2.1 into a 2.0 slot.
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a b U Graphics card
March 17, 2010 4:01:31 PM

Yep, that is perfectly fine. All the PCI-E versions are designed to be backwards compatible (and 2.1 and 2 are very similar).
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March 18, 2010 7:17:26 AM

I also need to know if i have a 500 watt power supply would i need to upgrade it to get me a 5850 graphics card
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a b U Graphics card
March 18, 2010 1:15:54 PM

What 500W PSU? A good one could do it, but a cheap one, probably not.
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March 20, 2010 1:19:24 AM

I have the Apevia Atx Java.
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March 30, 2010 10:59:48 AM

Hey guys,

Does anybody know if Maya 2010 will work with Ati Radeon 5750?
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