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Suggestion for upgrading from HD4850

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April 25, 2012 1:02:13 AM

I got a new 1080p monitor from 720p and noticed a lot more slowdowns. I also monitor my GPU usage when playing AION and it hits 100 pretty frequently so I thought I should update my card.

I have a Radeon HD4850 PCI-Express Video Card 1GB DDR3 Ram which pretty much perform exactly like a 4770 (I have a 4770 and switched it out with this card because BF3 with textures on high need > 512 MB of ram)

My price range is between 100- 180. I used tom's guide (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...) and noticed the GeForce GTX 560.

After researching a bit more I noticed the Kepler models are coming out. http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/06/nvidia-kepler-roadma...

The GTX 640 and 650 looks attractive but I don't know if it's worth waiting or get a card that is priced around the same.

Can anyone advise me?
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April 25, 2012 1:10:18 AM

Right now the 560 non Ti is going for around $129.00 on newegg. So if you don't want to wait that would be the way to go. Or just wait for a better card to come out. I wish you good luck.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 25, 2012 1:25:31 AM

DM186 said:
Right now the 560 non Ti is going for around $129.00 on newegg. So if you don't want to wait that would be the way to go. Or just wait for a better card to come out. I wish you good luck.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



That is not a GTX 560. It's a much gimped version roughly the same as a GTX 460
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April 25, 2012 1:29:40 AM

Proximon said:
That is not a GTX 560. It's a much gimped version roughly the same as a GTX 460


Yeah I see that now I should have read it a little more closely but I didn't and thanks for pointing that out to me.
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April 25, 2012 1:31:13 AM

Proximon said:
That is not a GTX 560. It's a much gimped version roughly the same as a GTX 460


Yea I saw that but noticed the memory interface was 192. I guess it makes a huge difference compare to the 256 one?
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April 25, 2012 1:41:12 AM

Proximon said:
In general, at 1920x1080, the 6870 is the slightly stronger card and costs less:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think it comes down to individual cards and what deal you can get. Either will be fine. You can always wait for the next GPU... there will always be a new one just around the corner.



I think this is the best card for my price range and performance, Thanks Proximon.
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April 25, 2012 1:42:02 AM

Proximon said:
It does, from what I can see. I think you can find a good deal somewhere....

I have no idea about the seller, but they accept Paypal and the card is good, free shipping
http://www.ecrater.com/p/13766010/xfx-double-d-hd-687a-...


lol thanks for the reply... looks tempting, I might risk it.

I noticed this one on newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
Core Clock: 900MHz
Stream Processors: 1120 Stream Processing Units
Effective Memory Clock: 1050MHz (4.2Gbps)

for $154, what do you think?
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April 25, 2012 1:46:34 AM

So maybe you should wait and see what benchmarks the new cards bring to the table. Or just get a 6870. They all fall in line with your budget. Sorry for the wrong info above.

I didn't look that close do the fact with all the cards going on sale I thought it was just another card on sale. Any way here are a list of 6870's to look at and good luck.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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April 25, 2012 1:48:35 AM

DM186 said:
So maybe you should wait and see what benchmarks the new cards bring to the table. Or just get a 6870. They all fall in line with your budget. Sorry for the wrong info above.

I didn't look that close do the fact with all the cards going on sale I thought it was just another card on sale. Any way here are a list of 6870's to look at and good luck.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


Don't worry about it DM186, I appreciate your reply!
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April 25, 2012 1:57:13 AM

I made the jump to a 6950, I would say check ebay. Never had a problem buying through that site, and I have built 3 computers using Ebay. I had a 4850 and I loved that card but the 6950 just eats it up comparatively but I also paid 250 for it. A 6870 might be a great choice or you could hunt for a 4850 x2 since its got the same performance as a 6950 but fora whole lot less
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April 25, 2012 2:48:56 AM

Best answer selected by nhat11.
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April 25, 2012 3:03:58 AM

Proximon said:
That is not a GTX 560. It's a much gimped version roughly the same as a GTX 460


It's actually worse than a gtx 460 768 mb
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April 25, 2012 3:59:23 AM

I'll take your word for it :)  Only seen comparisons of those two cards, and that on a Chinese site.
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