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HD 4650 to HD 5670 worth upgrade?

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April 1, 2010 7:26:21 AM

I need to make sure before I buy this card today for £80 that I will see a performance increase with my games. My worry is that my core 2 duo E6400 2.2Ghz will bottleneck the card and I will see no increase in performance by going from a Radeon HD 4650 to a HD 5670. Do you think that my processor will bottleneck the card, and do you think that it is worth the upgrade?

I have choose that card because people said that this is the only card around a £100 price limit that will work on my 300watt psu.

Thank you very much in advance for your comments.
April 1, 2010 7:28:13 AM

adam_x_brookes said:
I need to make sure before I buy this card today for £80 that I will see a performance increase with my games. My worry is that my core 2 duo E6400 2.2Ghz will bottleneck the card and I will see no increase in performance by going from a Radeon HD 4650 to a HD 5670. Do you think that my processor will bottleneck the card, and do you think that it is worth the upgrade?

I have choose that card because people said that this is the only card around a £100 price limit that will work on my 300watt psu.

Thank you very much in advance for your comments.


My other specs are in my siginiture by the way. =D
April 1, 2010 7:59:45 AM

What is your PSU? brand? model?
yes, u will see a performance increase on that 5670. :) 
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April 1, 2010 8:12:32 AM

Yeah, it'll be worth it.
April 1, 2010 8:15:56 AM

It's defineatly faster, but don't expect a night/day difference.
April 1, 2010 9:02:43 AM

I dunno, especially if it is a DDR2 HD4650 the difference will be quite large.
April 1, 2010 10:00:21 AM

Hey there,

IMO you will see an improvement.

You may want to oc your cpu.

Here's a review (nearest comparison is to a 4670-close enough) :

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533...

Good luck.

PS Test specs are different to your rig but the comparison should be relative.
April 1, 2010 10:09:22 AM

hell yeah!
April 1, 2010 10:39:16 AM

hunuok said:
nearest comparison is to a 4670-close enough


The HD4670 is actually over 50% more powerful than the DDR2 HD4650 so no, it isn't necessarily very close at all.
April 1, 2010 12:47:53 PM

I like to be extremely frugal, but yeah I'd say it's definitely worthwhile. Depending on resolution and settings, I think you're in the range where a lot of games could easily go from unplayable to playable.
April 1, 2010 12:48:59 PM

I have the hd4670 and 5670 and I saw a noticable difference,plus a higher windows experience score for aero graphics and gaming graphics
April 1, 2010 3:29:17 PM

awesome thankyou everyone.... and it will work on a a 300watt psu... its generic, and came with my HP computer
April 1, 2010 3:58:20 PM

Since the card doesn't need additional power connector from PSU then it's okay, u'll be fine with that generic PSU. HD 5670 is a very low power consumption card. :) 
April 1, 2010 4:00:06 PM

Thanks loads for the advice just bought it for £90 =D
Do you think my procesor will bottleneck it? noobs on yahoo answers said that it would =S
April 1, 2010 11:57:10 PM

It will a bit on the more CPU intensive games. I would say to overclock it but on an HP I would have to guess that is impossible. You may want to consider a CPU upgrade.
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