1GB VS 2GB GPU? Which is better?

So Im looking at either the 2GB 5870 or the 1GB 6870. I dont do much gaming, but isnt 2GB better than one? Im gonna be doing video editing, but dont want a workstation card. So which would you get? I dont want to wait for he 6970, just of these two? THANKS
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  1. First of all, the 5870 is faster than the 6870 in the first place.
    Yeah, the 2GB is better, but if it costs a lot more to get the extra GB, don't get it. It probably won't help much, but if it doesn't cost any more you might as well. I would recommend the 1GB 5870 over the 2GB price/performance-wise.
    And also, for video editing, you really don't need more than, say, a 5570. It's less than 100 dollars and you won't notice a difference if you are only doing video editing.
  2. To be honest, it doesn't really matter for video editing. The graphics card doesn't do much in video editing, so I'd get a fairly low end graphics card and spend the extra on the CPU (which is what makes a much bigger difference).
  3. ^+1 for both comments. But another thing, don't get ATI cards for video editing. Say your using Adobe After Effects or Premiere. Both use Mercury Engine, you'd benefit from going with a GTX 460 and just OC it. Vram doesn't matter until you start gaming. Vram is there so when you game, it doesn't use your system ram or in my case my 4gigs.

    Anyways back to the 460, Mercury favors Cuda cores and you'll get a video editing boost by using the 460. So Yeah, save some cash and go with the 460, then get a better CPU.
  4. jryan388 said:
    First of all, the 5870 is faster than the 6870 in the first place.
    Yeah, the 2GB is better, but if it costs a lot more to get the extra GB, don't get it. It probably won't help much, but if it doesn't cost any more you might as well. I would recommend the 1GB 5870 over the 2GB price/performance-wise.
    And also, for video editing, you really don't need more than, say, a 5570. It's less than 100 dollars and you won't notice a difference if you are only doing video editing.



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  5. I second the Nvidia card IF you're using software that can take advantage of CUDA. If not, I'd get a nice 5570 for a nice Eyefinity setup. Either way.
  6. 4745454b said:
    I second the Nvidia card IF you're using software that can take advantage of CUDA. If not, I'd get a nice 5570 for a nice Eyefinity setup. Either way.



    Hey, when you say that a "5570" has a nice eyefinity, does the 5870 also have "Eyefinity setup" ??
    thanks
  7. Yes, but spending the extra money on the 5870 won't get you anything over the 5570. So why bother?
  8. ^ True dat, the 5570 is good enough if your not going to be using Adobe Premiere. But if you plan on gaming a tiny bit, get a 5670 or 5750 or a GTS 450. Great budget cards. =P
  9. Reading the post again, he did mention "much gaming" so I guess the GTS450 is for him. I think the GTX460 is the sweet spot for gaming/CUDA work.
  10. Ermm he says he "DOESN'T DO much gaming". But I guess if he ever wanted to, then yeah I suppose the GTS 450 is right for him.
  11. seems like he just cant let that 5870 go!
    you know what... if your looking for a high end card and dont seem to care much about budget just get that 5870
    or even the 2gb one if you want to throw some money away
    its way too overkill for your needs but you dont seem to care
    it will do both gaming and video editing nicely and yes it does have eyefinity too
    you can even go 6 monitors on it if you want
  12. tomate2 said:
    seems like he just cant let that 5870 go!
    you know what... if your looking for a high end card and dont seem to care much about budget just get that 5870
    or even the 2gb one if you want to throw some money away
    its way too overkill for your needs but you dont seem to care
    it will do both gaming and video editing nicely and yes it does have eyefinity too
    you can even go 6 monitors on it if you want



    Well no, actually changed my mind after getting other peoples feedback, im gonna get the GTX 460 1gb 8)
  13. Better choice. If you want to burn cash the GTX470 isn't a bad idea. Only be a few seconds faster then the GTX460 however.
  14. Well here is what I think would be a better choice, since you don't plan to do much gaming. 1gb is not really needed for the 460, the 768mb version will do just fine. This is the best 460 from the 768mb department.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121390&Tpk=DirectCu%20460%20768mb

    Review: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1369/17/

    If you really stuck on 1gb of VRAM even though you don't need it. The best one is the MSI 460 1gb Hawk. Great cooler, keeps temps low. But I really don't think you need it since it's after all not going to be any different from the 768mb model. Your paying 60$ more for something your not going to utilize (meaning your not going to be gaming with this.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518&cm_re=460_hawk-_-14-127-518-_-Product

    Review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-460-hawk-review/21

    Bottom line: I suggest just going with the DirectCu, save 60$ and spend it on the CPU upgrade down the line. The DirectCu to Hawk, if your not gaming there is no difference. Both coolers are great and quiet. The DCU will be your best bet.

    Amazon prices since your PM:

    DirectCu 460 768mb: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003V8AS00/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1290940474&sr=8-1&condition=new

    MSI Hawk 460 1gb: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Geforce-460GTX-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B00446CJDM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1290940528&sr=1-1

    Amazon: If you go with the Hawk, pick it up at Amazon, It's the same price but you don't have to pay taxes, or at least I think. If you pick up the DCU go with Newegg, the taxes need to be paid but it's cheaper than going with Amazon, the 150$ is after an MIR, why do that when Newegg's price is at 150$ with a 15$ MIR...
  15. aznshinobi said:
    Well here is what I think would be a better choice, since you don't plan to do much gaming. 1gb is not really needed for the 460, the 768mb version will do just fine. This is the best 460 from the 768mb department.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121390&Tpk=DirectCu%20460%20768mb

    Review: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1369/17/

    If you really stuck on 1gb of VRAM even though you don't need it. The best one is the MSI 460 1gb Hawk. Great cooler, keeps temps low. But I really don't think you need it since it's after all not going to be any different from the 768mb model. Your paying 60$ more for something your not going to utilize (meaning your not going to be gaming with this.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518&cm_re=460_hawk-_-14-127-518-_-Product

    Review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-460-hawk-review/21

    Bottom line: I suggest just going with the DirectCu, save 60$ and spend it on the CPU upgrade down the line. The DirectCu to Hawk, if your not gaming there is no difference. Both coolers are great and quiet. The DCU will be your best bet.

    Amazon prices since your PM:

    DirectCu 460 768mb: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003V8AS00/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1290940474&sr=8-1&condition=new

    MSI Hawk 460 1gb: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Geforce-460GTX-PCI-Express-Graphics/dp/B00446CJDM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1290940528&sr=1-1

    Amazon: If you go with the Hawk, pick it up at Amazon, It's the same price but you don't have to pay taxes, or at least I think. If you pick up the DCU go with Newegg, the taxes need to be paid but it's cheaper than going with Amazon, the 150$ is after an MIR, why do that when Newegg's price is at 150$ with a 15$ MIR...


    Alright thanks dude, Im going to order the ASUS DirectCU on Monday, because they should have better deals for cyber monday. Thats should work perfect though, hope to see big improvement. Considering right now Im using a Intel X3100 with 256 MB MAX.
  16. Lol alrighty then good luck.
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