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August 5, 2010 9:59:21 PM

I know this may seem like an older question but i'm looking to buy a new graphics card due to gt220 software issues... i'm now completely turned off by nvidia so....
I'm looking to either buy a
180$ ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 video card
or a
160$ ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 video card
These seem almost identical seeing as they are almost the same gpu but one has 256-bit and one has 128-bit, is it really worth the
20$ for an older card or should i buy the slightly newer one that seems to have better cooling?

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August 5, 2010 10:35:04 PM

I would get the 5770... even though it's a little slower.
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August 5, 2010 10:44:21 PM

It's actually not slower at this point. It was on the initial drivers but over the last year as the drivers have matured it has caught up. Here is a recent chart from a GTX 460 review;

So the card is equal in performance, DX11 and much more power efficient than the HD4870. That it is cheaper as well makes it a no-brainer.
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August 5, 2010 11:50:08 PM

thanks, i guess that whole 128 vs 256 bit is out of the question?
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August 6, 2010 1:22:19 AM

Well those are just isolated numbers that added to a lot of other factors determines what matters in the end, which is performance. In that regard they are pretty much equal.
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August 6, 2010 1:26:53 AM

thanks, now i have another question on this area of the forum =D
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August 6, 2010 6:55:11 AM

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