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Good time to buy a HD5870?

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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 7:33:28 AM

Hello all,
well I'm upgrading my monitor from a 19inch 1440x 900 to a 23inch 1900 x 1080, I know that my current Hd5770 would not be able to handle many games at that resolution (I like to max games out) and so I decided to crossfire. When I was looking around however I found a xfx HD 5870 for only £200 new, the prices must have dropped because of the new 69xxx series but It's still an amazing deal. Do you think that It is the right time to buy a HD5870, I really can not see ATI bringing out a card for £200 with the same performance as the HD5870 for a while.

What do you think? :) 

Thank again
Adam :D 

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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 7:57:25 AM

Why don't you get a HD6870? Its on par with the HD5870 and almost costs the same as well. I don't thing the ATI 69xx cards would be near the 200 pounds mark. They should be at least above 250 pounds!
a c 130 U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 8:07:49 AM

The prices won't go down much further before the card fades out of existence. It's up to you.
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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 8:31:40 AM

Hd 6870 is a better choice than HD 5870.
a c 189 U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 12:10:19 PM

Agree, newer tech is better than the old one, so you'll better get HD6870 or wait a little bit until 69xx series out...
December 13, 2010 12:44:29 PM

no dont buy hd 5870,get a gtx 570 for same price or wait for upcoming gtx 560,that would be better,hope this helps.
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 1:45:22 PM

right my budget is being stretched at £200 - And that is the most that I can get with selling my current graphics card, I can't seem to find a direct comparison of HD6870 and the HD5870? Is it definitely better? I can't get an Nvida card really because I have a xfire ready motherboard so it would not make sense really =/ Thanks anyway though, and cheers for all the replies, keep em coming =D
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 1:50:47 PM

Why not just crossfire the 5770 with another?
Vapor-x 5770 are only 150$, and you'll see good framerates for cheaper.

I would go for a 6870 otherwise, as it uses less power then a 5870 for near exact fps.
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 1:53:07 PM

I would rather get a single powerfull card for now as I know it will be easier to upgrade later, I've just been looking on the net and it looks like the Hd5870 is a little better in benchmarks? what new tech does the 6870 have? :) 
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 2:00:01 PM

adam_x_brookes said:
I would rather get a single powerfull card for now as I know it will be easier to upgrade later, I've just been looking on the net and it looks like the Hd5870 is a little better in benchmarks? what new tech does the 6870 have? :) 

Second generation dx11, lower power usage, better crossfire scaling.
MLAA and 3D support, but the 5000 series adopted both as well.

You went with saying you want a single powerful card, but Nvidia is out of the option because you...aren't going to crossfire your board anyway?
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 2:02:00 PM

If I get either the 6870 or 5870 I do plan to crossfire in the future. I think that buying one single card now will make my system more future proof. I plan to by the second card to crossfire mid next year I think :)  so you think that it's defiantly worth getting the new 6 series card? :) 
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 2:04:06 PM

adam_x_brookes said:
If I get either the 6870 or 5870 I do plan to crossfire in the future. I think that buying one single card now will make my system more future proof. I plan to by the second card to crossfire mid next year I think :)  so you think that it's defiantly worth getting the new 6 series card? :) 

Either you get it, or you wait until the 7000 series, which by then you'll ask the same question later.
Do you know which model you want; Sapphire, ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, etc?
a c 130 U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 2:04:59 PM

HD6870 uses 40 less watts than the 5870 at load, runs much cooler, better at tessellation, uses new shaders, much better crossfire scaling, chance for improved performance over drivers.
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 2:05:29 PM

well I found an XFX Hd5870 for £200 not really looked at Hd6870's
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 2:06:45 PM

at shadow though, they are both the same price-(ish) and the HD5870 is faster, more stream processors and stuff. I really don't know haha :S
a c 130 U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 2:09:38 PM

The HD6800 uses different SP's than the HD5870. The HD5870 is also only marginally faster.
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2010 2:19:46 PM

Yep - the 5870 is a better buy right now (the 68xx series is the new mid line cards to replace the 57xx series where the 58xx series is to be replaced by the 69xx series as the high end cards) the thing is though if you plan on xfire later the 5870 may get harder to find while the 6870 will be around for awhile so depending on how long it might be before getting the second card you might be better off with the 6870. Either one though is a better option than xfired 5770's at your new monitor res -- esp if you can sell the 5770 to someone with a smaller monitor that can make good use of it (could probably cover the difference in price between a second 5770 and the 5870 (6870) fairly easily that way)
a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2010 6:07:57 PM

6870 hands down, the 6 series is better with tessellation, scales better, and generally is better in a high dx11 environment as compared to the 5000 series. I've seen many benchmarks of the 6870 matching or beating the 5870. There are instances that the 5870 wins, however it is usually when both cards are at 100+ fps already which is an irrelevant performance increase, unless you are going for records. You could also oc the 6870 to narrow the gap even further (although headroom seems to be not so great but ok). Basically in dx10 the 5870 is a bit better but in dx11 the 6870 seems to excel and often beat the 5870. If you have a crossfire capable motherboard, the 6870 is the clear choice as it scales much better than any 5 series card. Personally, I'm in a similar boat with the crossfire capable motherboard and I'm planning on getting a 6870 in the next week unless I can find a gtx 470 for cheap, and just be happy with that. Overall though a 6870 single or crossfire setup will haul some a. Looking at newegg it seems like the 6870s are back down in price around 240 like they were when they were released, and the cost may go up or down depending on 6900, and 560 prices and performance.
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