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Another 4870 1G or one 58xx?

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June 23, 2010 7:40:23 PM

my specs are in my sig. I have a Sapphire 4870 1G. i found a new Asus 4870 1G for $120. Should i get it or just save up and get a 58xx card? Either way, I want to stay 256 bit, so i dont want a 5770.

consider:
-Direct x 10.1 vs 11
-PCIe 2.0 vs 2.1
-gaming only. Will i see enough of a FPS improvement to warrant a xfire set up?
-will 2 4870's be obsolete to fast?

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June 23, 2010 7:53:06 PM

That's pretty sweet deal I get it for now it will run all games good for ages at 1920x1200 easy and then when it doesn't you'll have the cash saved up to upgrade to a new gen card
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June 23, 2010 8:05:10 PM

I may have found catch 22. The asus states DDR5 not GDDR5. Is the lack of G a typo or is it the reason this card is cheap?
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June 23, 2010 8:07:08 PM

@50bmg: DX10 and 11 is Win 7/Vista only and you do not mention your OS.
The C2D is going to hold back dual 4870's a little, but not too much-a little overclock will go a long way to addressing this 'problem' and a cheap cooler (coolermaster Hyper 212 plus) is more than enough to keep the temperatures down on such a chip.
You're not missing much without DX11 apart from a huge drop in framerates (from DX9) and I doubt the developers will stop supporting DX9/10 soon so the second card is not likely to become a doorstop very quickly.
Me-I'd grab the second card in a heartbeat, but make sure the PSU can handle it.

EDIT;

It's a typo.
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June 23, 2010 8:15:02 PM

Yeh it's a typo and yes the above is bang on but 4870 are dx10 not 9 so the will last ages.
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June 23, 2010 8:54:23 PM

Adding a second 4870 to my system, even though they are 512mb cards, was pure awesome. The C2Q offer very similar performance clock-per-clock (even slightly better by some peoples opinions) when compared to Phenom IIs, so our experiences should be similar. I personally decided to wait another generation for a DX11 card, seeing as how neither NVidia nor ATI gives spectacular tessellation performance yet, and that seems to be the DX11 feature I am most interested in, personally.
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June 23, 2010 9:15:05 PM

Well these are the first DX11 cards so they will be very poor compare to next year this time, adding an extra 4870 for that price is a no brainer and you will get some really nice performance.
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June 24, 2010 11:48:17 AM

cool. Tom's members FTW.

To Coozie: my specs are in my sig.

I used to keep up with this stuff, but last year i got into black rifles and have not be geekin it up lately. It is time to blow some cash on some framerates.
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June 24, 2010 12:24:14 PM

really, i do play BC2. Can you describe the difference?
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