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Hybrid Crossfire 5770 or GTS 250?

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August 24, 2010 4:42:13 PM

Hi,

my board has only one pci-e slot but hybrid crossfire is an option. It has the onboard HD 4200 gpu. Will hybrid crossfire improve a single ati card's performance or is it just for power saving? I'm planning on getting a Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 or a GTS 250. Which combo is better?

Thanks
August 24, 2010 4:48:44 PM

You cannot use Hybrid crossfire with the HD5770 and you wouldn't want to if you could. It is for older weaker cards.
The HD5770 is still better than the GTS 250 though. It is 20-25% faster, DX11 compatible and uses significantly less power.
August 24, 2010 5:26:15 PM

so what then is the hybrid crossfire good for in a mobo in 2010? as they really emphasize on it among the features. it's a pity I won't benefit from it, well I guess I'll go with the 5770. thanks
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August 24, 2010 5:44:22 PM

heyz4k said:
so what then is the hybrid crossfire good for in a mobo in 2010? as they really emphasize on it among the features. it's a pity I won't benefit from it, well I guess I'll go with the 5770. thanks


neither nvidia or ATI really support hybrid CF anymore, it seems like both are just waiting for it to go away.
August 24, 2010 5:57:46 PM

It was always pretty pointless except maybe in certain laptops.
August 24, 2010 6:46:02 PM

huh!?!! at least i wasn't really going to game using the on board gpu anyway. thanks for the insight guys. I guess I don't really have a reason to tie myself to a 5770 then. What grfx card is better than the 5770 for under $180 or is it the king of the road in that price range?
August 24, 2010 6:48:53 PM

for around $180, your options would be the ATI 5830 on sale. The Nvidia GTX 460 768mb at $200 though makes more sense. It's shorter, uses less power, and has better performance then the ATI 5830.
August 24, 2010 8:35:13 PM

thanks, am going for the GTX 460 instead. i want a more powerful card because SLI or Crossfire are not really among my options.
August 24, 2010 9:10:30 PM

I have a 1600x900 monitor but I'm looking to get a new one soon, maybe 1920x1080.
August 24, 2010 9:17:57 PM

For 1080p the HD5770 while be pretty good but the GTX 460 is worth the extra money, especially if you overclock the card.
August 24, 2010 10:22:12 PM

I agree with jyjjy. The GTX 460 @ $200 is the best option for 1920x1080 without increasing your budget. It's a great performer. :) 

With a more flexible budget, the GTX 470 or ATI 5850 are probably the BEST cards @ 1920x1080. But those are more expensive.
August 24, 2010 10:41:00 PM

The 768mb 460's are really better than a 5830, I would got for the cheaper one.
August 25, 2010 7:36:01 AM

Wow, thanks guys. What if I don't manage to get a 1920x1080 monitor and am stuck with my 1600x900 one will the GTX 460 be overkill or still worth it? I'm supposed to trade in my screen for $50 and get the higher resolution one so I'm instead considering using my money from the screen to get a better card.

The screens are:
Samsung E2020X 20-Inch (current)
Samsung B2230H 22-Inch (new)
August 25, 2010 8:05:23 AM

At 1600x900 the GTX 460 will still help in the more intensive games like Crysis and Metro 2033 and others if you want to max out AA. It would also last you a longer time.
That said if you know you are just going to keep that monitor the HD5770 would still be very good.
August 26, 2010 10:08:03 AM

Thanks, seems it will now just depend on the budget. I'll wait for a week or two and when I get that extra $50 I'll just get the gtx 460 instead of a bigger screen but if not I'll just order for the Sapphire 5770. Are sparkle products good? I'm used to hearing the big names like Sapphire & Gigabyte so I'm not sure about the Sparkle GTX 460.
August 26, 2010 7:08:03 PM

I haven't really heard many complaints about them I guess. It looks to be the reference card so physically the card will be the same as others. Other than that I guess it comes down to price, customer service and warranty. You can see the price, I honestly don't know anything about their customer service but the page lists that the card has a lifetime warranty which is nice.
But anyway, if it is going to take you a bit to buy then the pricing on various cards will have changed so don't worry about choosing a specific version of the card until you are ready to order.
August 26, 2010 9:24:42 PM

There's another Sapphire card that is $5 cheaper and has been for a while.
August 27, 2010 7:27:54 AM

I just saw a combo for an ocz modxtream pro 600W + gigabyte gtx 460 OC for $240 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... I can get that and sell my friend the psu for the $70 thus getting it at $170 whereas the Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 costs $160. I just hope that offer stays on till next week.
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