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What should I replace my 2 ATI Radeon 4870s with?

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May 17, 2011 3:10:39 AM

Ok so I am currently running 2 SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5's Cross-Fired. I'd like to get some of your opinions on what I should upgrade to. I want to go down to 1 card as opposed to crossfiring, so I'm basically looking to take at least one step up in performance but only needing the 1 card to do so. I also want to stick with ATI/AMD. Any advice on which card to look at?

Here are the stats on the current card(s) I have in my rig. Thanks in advance for any info!



Brand
SAPPHIRE
Model
Vapor-X
Interface
PCI Express 2.0 x16
Chipset Manufacturer
ATI
GPU
Radeon HD 4870
Core Clock
750MHz
Effective Memory Clock
900 MHz, 3.6Gbps
Memory Size
1GB
Memory Interface
256-bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
DirectX
DirectX 10.1
CrossFireX Support
Yes


a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 7:03:01 PM

One 6950 should give you about a 10-15% performance boost, and it's only a single card. Not to mention it's only about $240-$250.
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a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 7:16:56 PM

How much are you willing to spend? The 6950 would be an excellent upgrade (see if you can find the 2GB reference cards), that can be BIOS flashed to a 6970 for free.
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a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 7:32:57 PM

over the past several weeks, the 2gb ref cards with the switch are becoming rare to nonexistent. unless you plan on playing on multimonitor setups, the 1gb should suffice and is $30-40 (around $210-220 if you live in the US) less than the 2gb.
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May 17, 2011 7:51:22 PM

Unless you have multiple 1920 monitors or are running 2560, why bother. You can probably play everything fine with your 4870's.

Otherwise, a 6950 or 6970 is probably the best bang for the buck.
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a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 8:37:20 PM

that one does not have the bios switch, a reviewer on newegg noted. several threads (on TH) and another review I read a while ago said the switch on the msi TFIII 6950 2gb is for the fans, switching between performance and silent modes. if you are using only one monitor now and for the foreseeable future, it makes no sense to get the 2gb 6950, as there is no performance difference between a 1gb and 2gb 6950 on one monitor setups. use catalyst control center to overclock the cards to 850MHz and adjust fan speeds.
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a c 105 U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 8:47:08 PM

you don't need a friggin BIOS switch . the card runs everything fine the way it is....... stock. hate people that keep suggesting that. the card in the link is good. will run cooler than the one i have. next time give specs of all your hardware. we already can assume what the 4870's do.
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May 17, 2011 9:05:20 PM

Ok thanks.

Here are all my system specs as requested...

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

Memory : 8GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Video Cards: 2 SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI-E

Monitors: 2 ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1)

HDD: Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Black 7200RPM

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7




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a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 9:09:49 PM

Hmmmmm

If you're REALLY set on upgrading your GPU, then go for it, but know that the next thing is going to be your Mobo/CPU/RAM.

Nice monitors btw.
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a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 9:13:59 PM

I concur, dont upgrade your video cards unless you are also upgrading your cpu.

Also if I were you I would wait until the next generation of video cards because you cannot get a very major upgrade right now unless you want to crossfire.
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May 17, 2011 9:15:06 PM

borisof007 said:
Hmmmmm

If you're REALLY set on upgrading your GPU, then go for it, but know that the next thing is going to be your Mobo/CPU/RAM.

Nice monitors btw.


Well I plan on a full upgrade some day but figured that the Video Card is by far the least expensive and most transferable to a new system in say 1 year or more from now.

And thanks for the monitor compliment, I love them!
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a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 9:25:22 PM

Zadeus79 said:
Well I plan on a full upgrade some day but figured that the Video Card is by far the least expensive and most transferable to a new system in say 1 year or more from now.

And thanks for the monitor compliment, I love them!



you wont see much of an improvement with a video card upgrade now because of your cpu`s bottleneck, and because you already have a powerful video card setup. so why not wait until you get your new system before getting a new video card? one year from now the new generation of GPUs will have been released, and they will be much more powerful than anything you can get now.

if you go out and buy a 6950 now, you will have spent $250 for a few extra frames per second at most, and by the time you transfer it into your new system, it will already be outdated.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
May 17, 2011 9:36:18 PM

For a single card only a 6970 is going to be a meaningful upgrade for you. For now I recommend overclocking your CPU to get the most out of it as there are likely cases where it's holding back your current 4870s.

If you decide to get a third monitor to go eyefinity you might think about getting a second 6970, but if you're cool with gaming on just one monitor, or two in some cases, then I think one card should be fine ^_^
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May 17, 2011 9:48:12 PM

Best answer selected by Zadeus79.
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May 17, 2011 9:49:17 PM

Thanks for the input folks, I guess now I need to consider a CPU overclocking. I'm a newb when it comes to that though, anyone have a good source for me read over on making that happen? Thanks again!
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a b U Graphics card
May 18, 2011 1:35:33 AM

Two 4870's in CF are slightly faster than the GTX480, which is still roughly comparable to a GTX570...

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-gaming-graphics...

You'd likely be hard pressed to notice the difference even with the $500 GTX580; I'd expect the 6950 to only tie your current framerates, so, again, not really an upgrade. Ditching your current hardware only to tie your current framerates is not very cost effective.

I'd stand pat for now, unless you are contemplating future gameplay on 3 monitors...
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