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Upgrading to 5770...card advice?

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June 19, 2010 8:05:42 PM

Hey, guys.

I built my pc awhile back with intent on upgrading the video card. I put a Sapphire 1GB 4670 in there, and now I'm gonna upgrade. I've been tracking Newegg prices for awhile...

This weekend the Asus CuCore EAH5770 is insanely low in price-- $167 -$18 = $149.99, and there's a $20 rebate for a total of $130. That's like mid-range 5750 price!

ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

  • APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today/Tomorrow (weekend Newegg Deal)
  • USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, 3D Modeling (Blender)
  • CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Sapphire 4670 1GB + OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w
  • OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: P7P55D Pro, i7 860, HAF 922, 4GB Ripjaws DDR3, Win7 Home Premium, WD Caviar Black,
  • PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
  • OVERCLOCKING: Not necessary; no X-fire for now.
  • MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2x 1280x1024, but very few games I play dual screen. Eyefinity not needed for now (But I need the dual slot for 2x DVI)
  • ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would wait for GTX450/455/460 or whatever the 5770 competitor will be, but Nvidia's been too slow getting Fermi out. I don't need to wait the whole summer for the 5770 to drop...plus I doubt it'll drop below $130 for at least a year, or until ATI's next series.

    As you can tell from my system specs...the video card is kinda my chokepoint in terms of performance. Mobo, i7, caviar black, etc will handle.

    So, Asus CuCore EAH5770--Good Deal? Or do you think any other cards will drop to $130 soon? I haven't seen any 5770s this low...

    Thanks in advance,
    Sprunth :) 
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    a c 1415 U Graphics card
    June 19, 2010 8:07:57 PM

    The Asus is a great deal!
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    June 19, 2010 9:11:06 PM

    Best answer selected by Sprunth.
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    June 20, 2010 12:31:20 AM

    I have these cards in CrossfireX and I am not that happy with the temp issues I am having. The heatsinks on 'em look like a joke compared to 5770s like MSI's Hawk! If you didn't buy them yet, and you want to go ASUS, try to find EAH5770 v2. Not CuCore. Or better alternative, MSI Hawk.
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    June 20, 2010 12:48:31 AM


    Here is MSI's beast...
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    June 20, 2010 3:03:50 PM

    Bushmaster78FS said:
    I have these cards in CrossfireX and I am not that happy with the temp issues I am having. The heatsinks on 'em look like a joke compared to 5770s like MSI's Hawk! If you didn't buy them yet, and you want to go ASUS, try to find EAH5770 v2. Not CuCore. Or better alternative, MSI Hawk.


    I would think MSI's Hawk would be better, but again, I'm not overclocking and the EAH5770' CuCore should be good enough. Obviously the Hawk's Twin Frozr II is 'beastly' at cooling, but that's not my goal. Also, 1280x1024 is a low resolution.

    Thanks for the input though.
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    June 20, 2010 3:22:45 PM

    Bushmaster78FS said:
    I have these cards in CrossfireX and I am not that happy with the temp issues I am having. The heatsinks on 'em look like a joke compared to 5770s like MSI's Hawk! If you didn't buy them yet, and you want to go ASUS, try to find EAH5770 v2. Not CuCore. Or better alternative, MSI Hawk.

    The question here was if the asus was a good deal for $130. If the MSI was the same price it would have come into consideration.
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    June 20, 2010 3:52:52 PM

    rolli59 said:
    The question here was if the asus was a good deal for $130. If the MSI was the same price it would have come into consideration.


    Right. The MSI hasn't dropped below $175 yet...Probably b/c the fans/heatsink and such does cost more. For $130, I probably could have gotten a 5750 or a 5670 with a much better cooling setup. But, that was my question.

    As Long as the CuCore cools, I'll be fine with it. It'll as least be an upgrade from my 4670.

    Thanks rolli59

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    Also, I've already ordered the card. :) 
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    June 20, 2010 5:58:52 PM

    I see what you guys are saying, as far as the price goes, definitely ASUS, both cards specs are the same AFAIK. I'm a big ASUS fan also. I am just a bit disappointed with the cooler design.

    Sprunth, what is your case? My problem I think stems from a bad airflow, I read reviews that EAH5770 remains cold in some systems, please let me know how your temps are going to be... Thanks...

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    June 20, 2010 6:01:26 PM

    Oh and EAH5770 CFX I have scores about 17900+ on 3DMark Vantage, let me know your results.
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    June 20, 2010 6:52:08 PM

    Bushmaster78FS said:
    Sprunth, what is your case? My problem I think stems from a bad airflow, I read reviews that EAH5770 remains cold in some systems, please let me know how your temps are going to be... Thanks...


    My case (as it says in my first post :kaola:  ) is HAF922.

    I'm not running the fans on full, but its pretty cool.
    Currently I'm reading 18C on my mobo. My Sapphire 1GB 4670 (which doesn't have a great fan/heatsink either) is reporting ~30C, at full load 50C.
    I only have 2 drives in the case and the 4670 is the only PCI slot used on the mobo.

    Here's the HAF922 fans speeds right now (monitored by Asus AI Suite):
    Front 200mm 500rpm
    Top 200mm 760rpm
    Back 200mm 830mm
    This is close to idle...

    So I think my case has pretty good flow...could be better though :p 
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    June 20, 2010 7:29:22 PM

    Oh I am sorry man, my bad, being lazy today ... :)  You should not have any problems heat-wise with the EAH5770 then... But I'll be expecting to hear about your numbers. Good luck man and take care.
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