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Comparable replacement for HD 4870 x2?

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May 10, 2010 6:13:31 PM

Hello,
I have a VISIONTEK ATI HD4870 X2 2GB PCI-E that recently died. I am trying to find a comparable card for my computer, and I don’t know what I should be looking for exactly. Below are my computer's specs. Thanks very much in advance! -J


-NVIDIA NFORCE 790I ULTRA SLI MOTHERBOARD
-2x ELPIDA 2GB DDR3 PC3-8500 U-DIMM 1067MHZ CL7 JEDEC STANDARD
-AVC PENTIUM 4 DUAL CORE HSF Z9H741K011
-750 WATT OEM ATX PSU
-1 KILOWATT MOUNTING BRACKET AMTEK
-WINDOWS VISTA HOME PREMIUM
-SEAGATE 500GB SATA 7200RPM 16MB CACHE HDD
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May 10, 2010 6:48:48 PM

The HD5870 is about on par with the HD4870x2. It will also use much, much less power, give you DX11 compatibility and no crossfire scaling/compatibility issues. If you are will to overclock you could also save some money and go for the HD5850 which can OC past the performance of a stock HD5870.
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May 10, 2010 6:51:46 PM

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Also, is your CPU still a Pentium 4? that will bottleneck even a single 4870.

I think that's just referring to the fan. Cant be a Pentium 4 or D with DDR3 ram.

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May 10, 2010 7:53:13 PM

jyjjy said:
The HD5870 is about on par with the HD4870x2. It will also use much, much less power, give you DX11 compatibility and no crossfire scaling/compatibility issues. If you are will to overclock you could also save some money and go for the HD5850 which can OC past the performance of a stock HD5870.


I think I am going to go with your suggestion on the HD5870, but I need one last piece of advice. I checked Tigerdirect and Newegg, but I have no idea what I'm looking for exactly to ensure that my system will be running as smooth as it once did. I do see the list of choices but I don't know which one would be best for me. Thanks again!!
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May 10, 2010 7:54:44 PM

Yep. What is his CPU? If it's a Core2, it's already a significant bottleneck for a 4870x2.
If it's a Core2Quad, then there's not much he could upgrade to except the 5970, GTX480 or Xfire/SLi configurations...where there'll be more bottlenecks.
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May 10, 2010 7:57:19 PM

2.85 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 is what I have
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