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Will C2D e7500 bottleneck an ATI 4870?

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August 31, 2010 1:12:33 AM

Hello,

I have an 8800GTS and a Core 2 Duo e7500 2.93ghz. I am considering a GPU upgrade... maybe an ATI 4870. But would it be worth it? Would the C2D make the upgrade from the 8800GTS pointless? Thanks for any input.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 1:18:03 AM

It should be fine although an OC wouldn't hurt.
a c 355 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 1:18:13 AM

Nope. Yer fine.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 10:06:54 AM

4870 is an old card...
You'll better with a new tech, like HD5770 or GTX460...
More efficient, less heat, dx.11.
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 10:22:54 AM

I'd recommend a 5750 or 5770 in your case. as wa1 said, more efficient with power and heat plus it has DX 11.

An overclock on your CPU might go a good distance, However I wouldn't go 200mhz above stock with the stock cooler for safety reasons.
August 31, 2010 10:24:55 AM

Generally, bottlenecks only happen when you use a low resolution with a slow processor. Your processor is fine. However, if you play on 720p or lower, that 4870 might be a little overkill for that.
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 10:29:08 AM

Actually, A good point stridervm, What games do you play and at what resolutions?

What is your price range for this upgrade and were are you located? (i.e USA)
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 11:52:19 AM

No, it won't be a bottleneck, but as others said you can get a 57xx series card, lower power consumption, DX11, less heat.
August 31, 2010 12:10:50 PM

my friend has a gtx 280 with a core 2 duo at 2.5ghz.but on my core i7870 with a gtx 260 lightning edition core 216 superlocked 1792mb single card i still get more fps than him on games like crysis,gta 4.To get the best possible experience out of these cards an i7 is a requirement
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 12:18:20 PM

sadseada123 said:
my friend has a gtx 280 with a core 2 duo at 2.5ghz.but on my core i7870 with a gtx 260 lightning edition core 216 superlocked 1792mb single card i still get more fps than him on games like crysis,gta 4.To get the best possible experience out of these cards an i7 is a requirement


Your superclocked ~1800MB GTX260 is equal to the GTX280.
August 31, 2010 12:23:09 PM

unknown_13 said:
Your superclocked ~1800MB GTX260 is equal to the GTX280.

no matter how much you overclock the 260 i dont think it will equal a gtx 280
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 12:30:31 PM

sadseada123 said:
no matter how much you overclock the 260 i dont think it will equal a gtx 280


Although I cannot confirm/reject that claim as I haven't investigated this report I suggest that before you make comments like this you research the charts and/or google.
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 12:32:22 PM

sadseada123 said:
no matter how much you overclock the 260 i dont think it will equal a gtx 280


That's not true. Plus that this is the ~1800MB VRAM version, so if not the same, it's very close to the GTX280.
GTA4 runs a lot faster on a quad core CPU that on a dual. Even Crysis sometimes wants more than 2 cores.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 7:37:22 PM

sadseada123 said:
my friend has a gtx 280 with a core 2 duo at 2.5ghz.but on my core i7870 with a gtx 260 lightning edition core 216 superlocked 1792mb single card i still get more fps than him on games like crysis,gta 4.To get the best possible experience out of these cards an i7 is a requirement

Your friend has an e5200 at stock most likely which is significantly weaker than an E7500 so this is not relevant. If your friend were to OC his processor you would likely see his system getting better results that yours.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 7:39:20 PM

decode said:
An overclock on your CPU might go a good distance, However I wouldn't go 200mhz above stock with the stock cooler for safety reasons.

The stock cooler should be fine up to about 3.5ghz on a wolfdale processor... I don't know where you get your information from but you shouldn't hand it out as fact unless you are actually getting it from a reliable source.
August 31, 2010 9:19:38 PM

I am in the US, and budget may depend, possibly as varied as $150-$230. I am now considering a GTX 460 1mb... so to change my inquiry, is a card this powerful worth it with my C2D e7500? I think it might be, because in the future I can SLI the 460, or use it as a dedicated PhysX card.
August 31, 2010 9:20:06 PM

Oh, p.s., I need to stick to nVidia I think, according to my MoBo.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 10:45:11 PM

Yeah, it should be fine for the GTX 460 as well.
There is no way your motherboard requires an Nvidia card. Even if it is an Nvidia chipset it will work fine with ATI cards. If it is SLI and not crossfire all that means is you wont be able to use two ATI cards at once.
What is the native resolution of your monitor?
August 31, 2010 10:59:28 PM

Ok,

Well, MSI GTX 460 1gb here I come! Thanks everyone for advice. This is an amazing forum community, I've had several of my noobish issues resolved quickly. I'm a young lawyer... not giving up gaming anytime soon though!
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 11:18:38 PM

Just spotted this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The card has a 10% off promo code right now but when I apply it in the cart it is giving a -$27.60 discount which is higher than 10%($23.) Anyway it makes it $210 shipped and with the free game that is a great deal.
September 1, 2010 5:38:34 AM

jyjjy said:
Your friend has an e5200 at stock most likely which is significantly weaker than an E7500 so this is not relevant. If your friend were to OC his processor you would likely see his system getting better results that yours.

no matter how much you overclock an e5200 it can never match the power of an i7 870.if the i7 is overclocked to 4ghz no processor on the planet can beat it.plus both of us game at 1920 1080 rez so at that rez vram does come into question
a b U Graphics card
September 1, 2010 5:46:03 AM

Correction, A i7 930? / 980X / etc 9xx's can beat it ;) 
a c 376 U Graphics card
September 1, 2010 6:24:08 AM

sadseada123 said:
no matter how much you overclock an e5200 it can never match the power of an i7 870.if the i7 is overclocked to 4ghz no processor on the planet can beat it.plus both of us game at 1920 1080 rez so at that rez vram does come into question

Of course you can't OC an E5200 to match an i7. I was talking about gaming performance.
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