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)
8GB System RAM
WD Caviar Black 640GB
WD Caviar Blue 640GB
Corsair 750Watt Power
Samsung SyncMaster 21.5"
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Case
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.
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.
I just came from a Vision-Tek HD4870 my specs are very simulare to your except im running a Phenom firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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).
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:-)