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Upgrading HD4870

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February 24, 2011 7:37:47 PM

My Radeon HD 4870 is beginning to show some age, and with all the new games coming out this year (mainly Crysis 2) I've decided it's time to upgrade. I'm currently stuck deciding between the GTX 570 and Radeon HD 6970. I will be purchasing from TigerDirect and from what I'm seeing on their website both cards are roughly the same price. If someone could please tell me which card I should get and why (please, no "ATI sucks get Nvidia" fanboy stuff here) I would really appreciate it. I simply want to know which card will be the best for my system and why. Here's my specs:

:::EDIT::: I'm gaming at 1920x1200


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.2GHz

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P

4GB DDR2 RAM

650w Cooler Master PSU

500GB Western Digital Caviar Black

Thanks again. Also, links to a specific product are always welcome.

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February 24, 2011 7:44:26 PM

I'd go for the GTX 570 Twin Frorz II hands down.
Althought I would pay for a GTX 560 Twin Frorz II and simply get to 1ghz core.
You are near a GTX 580 with that setup, you save money and you have a beast card.
February 24, 2011 8:00:07 PM

TigerDirect does not have a GTX 570 Twin Frozr, but they do have the GTX 560 and HD 6950. Why would you take the GTX 570 over the HD 6970?
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February 24, 2011 8:21:01 PM

I'd be all over that if newegg were an option, but unfortunately I'm limited to TigerDirect for the purchase :/ 
February 24, 2011 8:28:01 PM

:( 
You got credit there I bet ?
February 24, 2011 8:29:44 PM

$200 gift card :p 
February 24, 2011 8:34:23 PM

Meh, grab anything that doesn't have the reference heatsink I guess.
February 24, 2011 8:37:17 PM

so you would recommend the GTX 570 over HD 6970?
February 24, 2011 8:44:20 PM

Reading test online you should go for the 6970, but honestly, it's a matter of Nvidia or AMD.
I'd go for the GTX 570 if it has a non reference cooler, same as 6970.
They are noisy and non efficient.
I saw that 6970 pwns gtx 570 in most part of the tests.
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February 24, 2011 9:00:58 PM

If you go for the AMD card get the one with 2gig memory. I game at 1920x1200 and sometimes that 1gig isn't enough.
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February 24, 2011 11:31:20 PM

Wait until the end of February. The GTX 590 and Radeon 6990 are about to get launched. That means that the high end cards prices will be forced down a little. It might be only $20 and $50 on deals--but I think your 4890 can hold out until then.

I'd go with the 6970 because it has a larger frame buffer. And when you crossfire/SLI a second one down the line and run 3 monitors, you'll want larger than a 1280MB frame buffer.
February 25, 2011 1:59:47 PM

dalauder said:
Wait until the end of February. The GTX 590 and Radeon 6990 are about to get launched. That means that the high end cards prices will be forced down a little. It might be only $20 and $50 on deals--but I think your 4890 can hold out until then.

I'd go with the 6970 because it has a larger frame buffer. And when you crossfire/SLI a second one down the line and run 3 monitors, you'll want larger than a 1280MB frame buffer.


I'm not going to crossfire/sli or run 3 monitors. For a single 1920x1200 monitor would you still recommend the HD 6970? Also, is my Q6600 going to hold the 6970 or GTX 570 back? If so, would I be better off going with the 6950? Thanks!
February 25, 2011 2:04:01 PM

I would go with the 6950, I think your cpu is going to bottle neck a 6970 and the 570. You will get good performance from a 6950.
February 25, 2011 2:12:45 PM

residentdean said:
I would go with the 6950, I think your cpu is going to bottle neck a 6970 and the 570. You will get good performance from a 6950.


Will the performance increase a lot from my 4870? I'd hate to spend that kind of money for an upgrade that only increases performance a little. Also, how does the 6950 compare to the GTX 560?
February 25, 2011 4:37:53 PM

The only reason to get a GTX 560 is to crank it to 1ghz else go radeon.
February 25, 2011 10:06:34 PM

It's a really big difference in scailing and every else you can think about! Get a 6950 you won't be dissapointed I built a custom gaming computer for one of my customers and I was very impressed with 6950's performance.
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