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My 3870x2 what to do with it

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April 2, 2010 1:52:44 AM

Hello,
I presently have a sapphire 3870x2 and have a friend who wants to buy it from me. if i do sell it i was looking at getting something in the 5700 range probly the 5770 but am wondering if ill get a good gain graphics quality wise. in other words would about 100-120$ be worth it.

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April 2, 2010 2:09:08 AM

$100 -120 for the new one or the old one? The jump up to HD5770 is not big except newer tech and power efficiency. To see a noticeable gain you would need a HD5850
April 2, 2010 2:50:32 AM

Well to be honest, you won't see much of a difference. The ATi Radeon HD 3870X2 is slightly slower than the HD 4870, although in some games where it is optimised, the 3870X2 will beat the HD 4870. The performance of the HD 4870 is around the same as an HD 5770. So really, I personally wouldn't upgrade, unless you need/want DirectX 11, ATi Eyefinity or lower power consumption.
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April 2, 2010 3:02:04 AM



The 4870 512 is about 4% faster than the 3870 X2, and the 5770 is right between the 4870 512 and the 4870 1gb. I would expect a 5-8% performance boost across the board. This isn't much at all, but I think the lack of scaling problems that the 3870 X2 is plagued with from the hardware design and the EXTREMELY higher overclocking potential makes the 5770 a good upgrade. Set the 5770 to 1GHz on the core and you will speed past the 3870 X2 pretty easily. I recommend these for overclocking:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope that helps.
April 2, 2010 11:37:07 AM

Well that pretty much sums up what i had read and gathered before. The 100-120 is what the card would cost me after i sold mine. Just one more thing the only 5770 that would be available to be (except buyinh online) would be the vapor-x version. I looked it up a bit and didnt see much of a difference. It ends up being 6$ more than the normal version. Guess ill look at my wallet and threaten it for money hopeing it doesnt threaten me back :) 
April 2, 2010 3:21:06 PM

I would recommend MSI if you plan to overclock because they provide the MSI Afterburn software that allows you to overclock your card and change the voltages, you can do the same with the software with some other cards, but MSI covers volt changing in their warranty.
April 2, 2010 11:46:55 PM

loony41 said:
Well that pretty much sums up what i had read and gathered before. The 100-120 is what the card would cost me after i sold mine. Just one more thing the only 5770 that would be available to be (except buyinh online) would be the vapor-x version. I looked it up a bit and didnt see much of a difference. It ends up being 6$ more than the normal version. Guess ill look at my wallet and threaten it for money hopeing it doesnt threaten me back :) 

Vapor X has upgraded cooling. It is a good choice.
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