Hi all, I've been running HD 4850 512mb Crossfire for a while now and my, it has served me well for the past couple of years.
I've decided to skip the 5000 series due to the sheer power of the dual cards, but the 6870 looks very tempting for its price.
Here's my question:
Will there be noticeable gains from upgrading to the 6870 from my setup?
I scored somewhere around 13000~ in 3dMarkVantage Performance for GPU and I read somewhere that the 6870 scores something like 15-16k? Is that 2-3k boost a substantial boost?
My main gripe is I game on 1680x1050 and a lot of settings I can't max without taking fps hits nowdays like on SC2 or BFBC2. Even Mass Effect my GPUs are working 100% with all the eye candy on WITHOUT AA in some cases.
DX11 looks tasty, and I've been itching for a video card upgrade since I decided to skip the 5000 series. Not sure if I'm willing to shell out 300$+ for the 69XX once they come out since I could grab another 6870 down the line for CF.
CPU : PII 965 @ 3.4, planning to OC if I upgrade GPU.
RAM : 2x2GB for 4GB total.
RESOLUTION : 1680 x 1050.
2 4850s perform pretty much like a HD 5850(or slightly faster) and since the difference between 6870 and 5850 isn't anything huge,you may not notice a big difference in performance.
2 4850s should handle all games fine at 1680x1050.
SC2 doesn't benefit from CF,but your cards should handle BC2 and ME2 fine on highest settings.Try OC'ng your CPU and update to the latest VGA drivers and see if it helps.
He uses the same CPU as I do. I have not tried OC'ing my CPU yet, but I'm doubtful that it'll do anything. I can try it
to see if it would boost my fps with more details turned on, but something tells me that eye candy is more GPU intensive.
But of course, I am not 100% positive, that is why I'm asking here.
Could be a driver issue because your cards should play it fine with 8xAA http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-480,258... (Have a look at 5850's performance)
And no,a 6870 won't give you a huge boost in performance,if you want to upgrade.Then I don't recommend anything lower than 5870.But IMO,upgrade your monitor first because for either your current cards or anything you want to buy, a full HD display is needed in order to show the true potential of your cards.