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December 11, 2010 11:37:18 AM

Hey, I have an Asus EAH 4870x2 that I got two years ago. I've used the SmartDoctor tool that came with it to bump the GPU clock up to 820Mhz. I mainly use it for WoW and Starcraft 2. I like playing at the highest settings on a 46" 120Hz LED TV. Performance is pretty decent for the most part, I typically get around 50-60fps in calmer areas and 30-50 in more intense settings, but one thing that happens a fair bit is when I'm out in the world flying and looking off into the distance, and then turn suddenly. It basically drops to 1fps for a second, then pics back up. I think the max view distance is probably taxing it a bit. I was reading the Cata performance guide done by Tom's recently, and I am strongly considering getting either a GTX 570 or 580. Do you think that this might be a worthwhile upgrade? I do quest a lot, I had loremaster before the exp and I'm planning on getting all of the quest achieves again. Thanks!! -btw, I doubt anything is being bottlenecked by my processor, it's an i7-965 EE which I've got clocked to 4.25GHz, and I've got 12gigs of 1600 ddr3 ram, with a solid state drive. if you need any more info, let me know. I also slightly suspect my internet might be a bottleneck area, but I don't think that would be affecting the area concerned here. TY!

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a c 169 U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 12:08:27 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums
Well,4870X2 should handle WoW perfectly fine,so there might be a problem with your Internet which causes sudden FPS drop.
Anyway,4870X2 performs pretty much like HD 5870,so the only cards that are worth upgrading to are GTX 580/HD 5970
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 12:39:54 PM

Be sure it is not just a problem with WoW and not your graphics card as there isn't much better at the moment than what you have got and would be a terrible waste if it didn't fix your problems.
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December 11, 2010 12:59:29 PM

Maziar said:
Hello and welcome to the forums
Well,4870X2 should handle WoW perfectly fine,so there might be a problem with your Internet which causes sudden FPS drop.
Anyway,4870X2 performs pretty much like HD 5870,so the only cards that are worth upgrading to are GTX 580/HD 5970

ahh, but the article on Dec. 6th by Chris Angelini noted that WoW doesn't seem to scale beyond one GPU. It actually places the 5970 below the 5870 at my resolution

"Now's probably a good time to point out the Radeon HD 5970 languishing in the middle of our charts. AMD claims World of Warcraft is supported by CrossFire, but all of our testing (and a good number of posts to Blizzard's forums) suggest that this game simply will not scale beyond one GPU, even when the GPUs are built onto the same card. As a result, what should be the fastest board here falls to the center of the pack." -World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm--Tom's Performance Guide
1:00 AM - December 6, 2010 by Chris Angelini

And seeing as my card is the 4870x2, does that make it essentially equal to a single 4870 or is it even worse than a normal single gpu 4870? That was one I was unsure of, I forget if the 5970 is essentially a 5870x2 or not.

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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 2:02:52 PM
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Yeah, your card will be equal to a 1GB 4870, the 5970 is an underclocked 5870x2 IIRC so would be worse than a 5870.

However, best wait till next week for the 6970 and50 to see what they bring to the party.
a c 169 U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 6:16:14 PM

Yes i forgot about that.WoW doesn't benefit from CF,so your card will use one core(as a result you'll get the performance of 1 4870), but again, 5970 will give you a good boost.
And as stranger mentioned,5970= 2 5870's under-clocked to 5850's speeds
December 11, 2010 6:19:35 PM

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