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April 10, 2010 9:48:30 PM

Towards the end of last year I asked about upgrading the gfx card on my aging Opteron box, thread here:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/forum2.php?config=t...

Anyhow, santa didn't deliver :(  but I did get a modest bonus at the end of last month. :D 

poking around various UK websites I spot a 1G Sapphire HD4870 for a touch over 100GBP- that's about 30GBP less than everyone else. And just within my price margin.

Before that I was looking at either a GTS 250 or a HD5750 (Both also in 1Gb incarnations), as they're about the same price point. However, the 4870, despite being older, seems to have better benchmark results.

Given the box itself is getting on some, and it'll probably not see an OS upgprade for a while, is it worth jumping at this potential bargain, or am I better off going with something a bit younger and taking a hit on the performance?

cheers

G

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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 10, 2010 10:31:19 PM

It's a nice deal to be sure, but see if you can find an HD5770 for somewhere close to that area. Same performance as the 4870, but tons of new features.
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April 10, 2010 11:16:29 PM

shadow187 said:
It's a nice deal to be sure, but see if you can find an HD5770 for somewhere close to that area. Simmilar performance as the 4870, but tons of new features, anbd low power usage wich saves money.


Fixed.
April 11, 2010 8:29:29 AM

The lower power usage sounds attractive. Though I'm not sure DX11 support will ever be an issue, depends if I try win7 on this box, but that'll be another thread.

Same supplier does a 1G 5770 for 109GBP, a bit more for a bit less. hmm.
a c 175 U Graphics card
April 11, 2010 11:55:30 AM

5770 for 109 > 4870 for 100. Not even close.
a b U Graphics card
April 11, 2010 12:15:15 PM

Either would be an excellent choice for the price bracket. 4870's are all but dried up here in the States, and the few I've found can actually cost a little more than the 5770's.

5770 would get my vote.

(And poor builderbob... If only he'd use his browser's built-in spellchecker, his editing would have been great.)
April 11, 2010 12:18:39 PM

RazberyBandit said:
Either would be an excellent choice for the price bracket. 4870's are all but dried up here in the States, and the few I've found can actually cost a little more than the 5770's.

5770 would get my vote.

(And poor builderbob... If only he'd use his browser's built-in spellchecker, his editing would have been great.)


Yeh....

But IE8 doesn't have built in spell check, I need Chrome on my desktop.
April 11, 2010 3:45:01 PM

Went for the 5770 in the end. Figured I'd have less grief installing it as it only needs the single 6pin molex, and the lower power consumption would also be good. The eyefinity feature looks useful as well, though I'm not sure if my processor/mobo will cope with it.
April 11, 2010 3:46:44 PM

oh, and thanks for the help!
April 11, 2010 3:48:36 PM

ouch said:
Went for the 5770 in the end. Figured I'd have less grief installing it as it only needs the single 6pin molex, and the lower power consumption would also be good. The eyefinity feature looks useful as well, though I'm not sure if my processor/mobo will cope with it.


Good Idea, at the same price.

How much more was it?

(And the Eyefinty function si sort of a fail on midrange cards, cuase they can't power the insqane resoultion Eyefinity needs to look nice)
April 11, 2010 3:58:00 PM

109GBP plus delivery, which took it to 117 all in. The 4870 would have been 101GPB plus delivery (the same, I'd assume). So the difference is less a tenner, or a round of drinks if you don't have many friends. :) 
April 11, 2010 4:01:14 PM

Yeh, Good deal.

Enjoy the card, You'll make the cash back up on Power Savings.
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 11, 2010 4:23:31 PM

ouch said:
109GBP plus delivery, which took it to 117 all in. The 4870 would have been 101GPB plus delivery (the same, I'd assume). So the difference is less a tenner, or a round of drinks if you don't have many friends. :) 



I love your way of comparing money.

Round of drinks...heheheh.
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 11, 2010 7:48:51 PM

Hm...one at 13a, one on 10a. My Q8200 shouldn't go over 95watts (9.5a), and the 4850 uses 110Watts (11a) so that would work.

April 11, 2010 9:10:05 PM

Right.

Keep in mind that it was found in a dumpster next to a Mafia Informant and a Frige, So it may not work 100%.

But the 330W i offered you does.....
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 11, 2010 9:34:24 PM

330W I'm worried about is the amperage on the 12v.
April 11, 2010 10:58:34 PM

Ah.

Does the 330 have more amps?
April 13, 2010 9:04:51 PM

Arrived today (found it behind the bin!).. Installed and working inside an hour (included eating dinner). Then I managed to shoehorn the ageing 6800GT (and it's improbably cooler) in the wifes dell, she's now shooting zombies :) 

Cheers again..

G (off to shoot some of my own zombies)
April 13, 2010 9:10:53 PM

....You should post some Crysis benches hehehhe.
a c 175 U Graphics card
April 14, 2010 1:30:46 AM

Quote:
she's now shooting zombies


You have a wife who plays video games? Does she have a hot sister? Ahhh, who am I kidding, does she have a sister period? [/joke]
April 14, 2010 5:24:45 PM

Bob - not got crysis, so no benches, could prolly post some benches from Fallout3 or GTA4 when I'm next home.
47 - yes she has a sister, though I feel it would be inappropriate for her bro-in-law to comment on hotness ;) 

Said wife has also just completed a memory upgrade on the dell box, so she's now shooting more zombies, or playing sims 3 :) 
a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2010 10:33:16 PM

It's only inappropriate if you get caught! :D 
a c 175 U Graphics card
April 14, 2010 11:53:36 PM

You still have to live with yourself Razbery. You want a sister in law problem, just hear my story... (and no, I'm not telling.)
a c 130 U Graphics card
April 14, 2010 11:59:30 PM

I'd listen. I'm not one to judge, :) .

Anyways.

Gotta love those hardware forums, amirite?
April 18, 2010 4:37:14 PM

ouch said:
Bob - not got crysis, so no benches, could prolly post some benches from Fallout3 or GTA4 when I'm next home.
47 - yes she has a sister, though I feel it would be inappropriate for her bro-in-law to comment on hotness ;) 

Said wife has also just completed a memory upgrade on the dell box, so she's now shooting more zombies, or playing sims 3 :) 


Don't bother with GTA benches.

POst Fallout

GTA is an oddity in that it uses more CPU power than GPU power
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