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November 4, 2010 5:58:53 PM

Ok so i bought built my pc in june of 2009 on a budget and got the 4870 512mb ati gpu card. Back then i did not have a high res monitor, however that that i am playing on a 1920x1080 monitor all the time I am starting to see some stuttering during games that i would like to play on ultra or even high graphics. My question is, should I try and find another 4870 card and xfire them, even if the card i would buy is 4870 1gig (i know it would act like a 512mb card). Or should i just upgrade to a whole new card?

Computer Specs
AMD Phenom II X4 quad core running at 3.2ghz a core
800w PSU
4 gig DDR2 Ram
4870 512mb GPU

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November 4, 2010 9:23:01 PM

Hi,i have 2 4870`s,both 1 gig in crossfire,and tbh,i am disoppointed with crossfire.I have found that the most recent games that i have brought,F1 2010,Dirt 2,Mafia2 all run better with one card,now being that they are new games i would have thought that they would have run better in crossfire,the 4870 its self i cannot fault,but in CF i dont see any jump in performance. I am selling my two cards and going back to one card,possibly the 6870 as its about the same power as 2 4870`s and with second gen DX11.This is just my opinion,if it was me i would not get a second 4870,i would go for a completey new card.Hope this helps.
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November 4, 2010 9:26:30 PM

Well i don't want to say it, the 4870 at that res really cannot keep up with current games. To be honest, sell your card and put it all towards a single 460 768mb (which is 150-160$. That or spend a little more and go with the 6850 1gb. A good place to refer to is this article.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-rad...
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November 4, 2010 9:33:34 PM

aznshinobi said:
Well i don't want to say it, the 4870 at that res really cannot keep up with current games. To be honest, sell your card and put it all towards a single 460 768mb (which is 150-160$. That or spend a little more and go with the 6850 1gb. A good place to refer to is this article.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-rad...

The GTX460 is an horrible upgrade from a 4870, you spend $80 for a mere 20% performance increase.

Crossfiring is actually a nice option, but at this resolution you're starting to get limited by the 512MB vRAM. Whats your exact budget anyways?
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November 4, 2010 9:39:34 PM

I would say an upgrade to a HD6870 and sell of that HD4870 if budget allows.
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November 4, 2010 9:52:22 PM

aznshinobi said:
Well i don't want to say it, the 4870 at that res really cannot keep up with current games. To be honest, sell your card and put it all towards a single 460 768mb (which is 150-160$. That or spend a little more and go with the 6850 1gb. A good place to refer to is this article.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-rad...

Tbh,i am running a 24" at 1920X1200 with a single 4870 and it copes quite well,i know i have the 1gig version,but as a single card i have not complaints with the 4870 i have to say.
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November 4, 2010 10:04:23 PM

$225 ish the budget so really 250 is the highest (I'm a poor college student). Sorry for not mentioning that in the first post.
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November 4, 2010 10:10:02 PM

Well iam from the UK,so i dont know how much the 6870 is over there,but if you can afford it,thats the card i would go for and not another 4870.
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November 4, 2010 10:10:53 PM

What is the difference in the 6850 1gig and 6870 1gig. Is it worth spending that extra to get the little of extra performance. By the way the games that I play are L4D2, WoW, SC2, Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Crysis. Probably going to get some more, just dont know what.
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November 4, 2010 11:05:37 PM

I have read alot of reviews to do with the 6850 and the 6870,now i am looking at getting one of these cards my self and ppl are saying that the 6850 is the card to go for as it has more room for overclocking.Now the 6870 has a higher clock speed so there is less room for overclocking. I personaly dont know enough about overclocking correctly,with voltages and stuff like that,so for me,and its personal preferance,i would go for the 6870,so i dont have to mess about with overclocking.But if you are ok with overclocking then go for the 6850.
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November 5, 2010 1:19:33 AM

Well IMO the 460 may only be a 20% upgrade, but when it's OC'd it's a great OCer. The 6850 maybe a great OCer as well. But you just bump it easily to 850 mhz and it runs like a 5870 or something around that area. I mean not to say the 6850 is bad at OCing either. It's just that with the 460 you'll save money since the 768mb model is only 150$ now after MIR. So I think it's a great deal.

Like this MSI Twinfrozer SOC GTX 460, it's a great cooler plus it's based on the Hawk 460 which was a beast OCer with super low temps. I mean I'm not trying to say AMD is better than Nvidia or vice versa, but you have a low budget and I'm just trying to save you some dough.

Of course if your board doesn't support SLI, then go with the 6850 so you can CF later, I 'd go with the 6850 since it has the highest overclocking ability of the 68xx and best price/performance of the 68xx line.

GTX 460 Overclocked review: http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3410/palit_geforce_gt...

It's not the model i suggested, but as you can see with OC the 460 is really great. But the model I suggested can up voltage.
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