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Get a 5870 or keep 4870

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April 6, 2010 4:06:23 PM

I was wondering if anyone can give me an idea if I would get very much better game performance by switching out my Sapphire 4870-1GB with a new 5870-1GB? I play MS Flight Simulator X, Crysis, Call of Duty (World at War, 4 and 2).

Current System specs:

Asus M3A78-EM Motherboard
AMD Phenom II 965 (overclocked to 3.6GHz)
Sapphire 4870-1GB
8GB System RAM
WD Caviar Black 640GB
WD Caviar Blue 640GB
Corsair 750Watt Power
Samsung SyncMaster 21.5"
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Case

Thank you!

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April 6, 2010 5:02:12 PM


A 5870 performs equal to two 4870s in crossfire.
April 6, 2010 5:10:56 PM

This really depends on resolution. A 5870 is roughly twice as fast as a 4870, but if you are playing at a lower resolution, you may not need that much more power right now. At 1920x1080 (resolution of the samsung Syncmaster) I would say a 5870 will help you for sure with Crysis, though the 4870 is still pretty good for the COD games. I've not played FS X though, so I won't comment on that. The 5870 does give you the option of expanding to triple display eyefinity gaming, as well as DX11 as well, which, is really a cool experience. If you are feeling like your 4870 is not quite up to snuff right now, I would go for the 5870. If you feel like its doing what you need it to, and aren't looking to increase your screen resolution or whatever, then you probably don't need it yet.
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April 6, 2010 5:40:51 PM

finni is right. While the 5870 is a kick ass card, the 4870 is still more than capable of handling most titles on the market, if not all. It does boil down to resolution and how high you want to crank your details..

I had this decision a month or so ago and took the plunge to 2 5970. I wanted eyefinity and dx11 and have been happy with my purchase.

April 6, 2010 7:35:26 PM

April 6, 2010 8:16:36 PM

1920X1080 resolution with maxed out detail settings
April 6, 2010 8:20:11 PM

If you are looking to Max Crysis at 1920x1080, and you want some AA and stuff on top of it, you'll be wanting the 5870. You can then throw your 4870 on ebay or whatever to regain some of the cost.
April 6, 2010 8:32:22 PM

I just came from a Vision-Tek HD4870 my specs are very simulare to your except im running a Phenom 940@3.6 and im gaming at 1680x1050. A HD4870 is not enough to max out every game at my resolution sure it can run games good but if you want max image quality then it will fall short in games like Crysis and S.T.A.L.K.ER Call of Pripyiat.

I bought the XFX HD5870 and i can now run Crysis at 1680x1050 ultra detail at around 50fps always fluid no frame drops even during explosions and gun fights. Get the 5870 man you will love the performance its about double that of a single 4870 and dx11 look's sweet!
April 6, 2010 8:39:57 PM

The only thing to remember is that the game FS-X is more CPU intensive than GPU.
April 6, 2010 8:42:07 PM

+1 5870

I upgraded from a 4890 w/ factory OC to a 5870 and the performance difference was night and day. No regrets.
April 7, 2010 12:40:21 AM

Anyone want to buy a 1-year old Sapphire 4870-1GB shipped from Abilene, Texas U.S.A.?
April 7, 2010 4:03:04 AM

In a few months that is. I see the price just went up 15 U.S. Dollars. ATI, NVidea, duke it out.
April 7, 2010 5:28:49 PM

Lol- good luck with the new card man:-)
April 8, 2010 2:59:17 AM

matt7777 said:
In a few months that is. I see the price just went up 15 U.S. Dollars. ATI, NVidea, duke it out.

I was wishing that if they duke it out, the prices should go down, not up.
April 8, 2010 5:01:24 PM

Well, hopefully at some point they will:-) I was guessing that they would at least go back down to MSRP with the Fermi release, but we'll see if that happens (Fermi is supposed to be available at Newegg tomorrow).
April 11, 2010 2:30:21 PM

Im also waiting for the price drop, but it looks like it wont come...
April 12, 2010 4:58:52 PM

It'll come, might just have to wait a bit longer.
April 13, 2010 3:17:21 AM

Waiting is painful...
April 13, 2010 4:46:54 PM

True, but hey- patience makes us better people right? :-)
April 14, 2010 4:06:42 AM

So what is that saying about the people who buy brand new cards without any reviews?
April 14, 2010 4:43:00 PM

Well, nothing wrong with that, but if you want a better price, patience is a virtue:-)
April 15, 2010 2:09:48 AM

Well my virtue is running low as I am getting tired of waiting for the 5870 to come down in price.
April 15, 2010 5:40:18 PM

Haha- I understand. I was in the same spot till I got my 5750s. I was trying to convince myself that I didn't need to get one and should be happy with my 4870. Then I got a free 5750 and could just have one, so I bought the other:-)