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Is Radeon 6670 1 GB GDDR5 is futureproof

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May 2, 2012 4:12:09 PM

Hi All,
I am looking forward to purchase a budget GPU. My first choice goes to Radeon 6670 GDDR5 1GB. There is another model of 6670 but it has 2 GB memory but it is GDDR3.

Now I am extremely confused which one I should buy. Considering the fact that whether Radeon 6670 1 GB gddr5 will be enough for next 3 years i.e. 2015...??? Or I should choose 6670 2 gb sacrificing performance or looking for a radeon 67xx options...?

I play mostly NFS, DIRT, RACEON, FIFA/PES and any high rated racing games. Don't like shooting or action. My monitor is of 1366*768 display.

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May 2, 2012 4:17:17 PM

Don't buy a 6670 2GB. The GPU isn't powerful enough to use that extra vram, and absolutely nothing at a low resolution like 1366x768 is going to need 2GB vram for a very long time.

The 6770 or the 7750 are better buys. They are around the same price ($90-110) and both perform much better than the 6670.

Whether these cards will be "enough" for the next 3 years depends entirely on your expectations for them. Will they be maxing out games in 3 years? No, they don't even do that now really. Will they still make most things playable in 3 years? Possibly.

No way to know for sure. It's impossible to truly "futureproof" a computer. And all that said, vram is the least of your worries on GPUs like this - 2GB will bring absolutely no benefit to such a low-end card; you will run out of GPU power long before you need more than 1GB vram.
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May 2, 2012 4:17:39 PM

Look for 6770, they are much faster mate :) . More future proof

The 6670 card is not that of a gaming card. Just note that 6770 may need a better power supply.

We can't say how much year it will stay on you. But we can say that a 6770 is much more future proof than the 6670

And yeah, just a final tip, don't get the 6670 2GB. The 6670 will not fully use 2GB.
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May 2, 2012 4:20:55 PM

I am just expecting that 6670 1 GB GDDR5 is enough for gaming in medium level graphics settings. My CPU (i5 2400 + dh67cl) and RAM (ddr3 8GB) is quite ok for next few years gaming.. but I am just too confused about the GPU. :( 
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May 2, 2012 4:22:05 PM

Just get a 6770 and make sure you don't expect to be maxing out games in 3 years, and you'll be fine.

6670 makes no sense as a purchase since it's not really cheaper than the 6770 and the 6770 is significantly faster
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May 2, 2012 5:28:25 PM

Ok.. I will buy a 6770 but still, it is 1 GB GDDR5... Is 1 GB memory is enough for next 3 years?
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May 2, 2012 5:32:05 PM

See my post above. These GPUs don't have enough power to take advantage of 2GB vram. Any game or setting that requires more than 1GB vram is going to be completely unplayable on those GPUs even if they had 10 GB of vram.

More vram =/= more futureproof on low end GPUs.
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May 2, 2012 5:36:05 PM

I've got a 7750 in 2 machines. I can't max settings in all games but it will definitely play anything with decent detail. If you want something energy efficient and with some juice. I'd look here as well. If you want just something with more muscle for less of a cost, look for the 6800 series radeon,etc because you can get a good deal on them, at the cost of case space and a higher electric bill.
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May 2, 2012 5:40:46 PM

HD 6850 is at least $40 more expensive than a 6770. If your budget can fit it, it will of course be the better card. However it isn't "more muscle for less cost" - it's "more muscle for more cost".

7750 is pretty close to a 6770 in terms of performance but slightly more expensive... a good card if you care about power savings, but not if you strictly care about price/performance.
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May 2, 2012 5:48:17 PM

Unless your running high resolution and at least a HD6950, you don't need 2GB or ram, even a 6950 runs out of juice before it can use 2GB.

A 6670 is about as futureproof as a mohawk haircut. Keep in mind a 6670 is much slower than a 5770, which is much slower than my 4yr old 5850, which is no where near futureproof, I need an upgrade.

I recommend getting the new HD7750 in the $110 price range or a GTX550ti in the $120-130 range.
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May 2, 2012 6:06:47 PM

Yeah I saw once 7770 at $120 (one day) not now, but if you can find such deal it is the greatest option.

So your first pick would be a 6770/5770 then second, a 7750 (slightly slower, but consumes less power and doesn't require any additional power cables) then 7770 (if you could get it ~$120) then fourth will be 6850...
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May 2, 2012 6:09:42 PM

HD 6670 isn't not futureproof. In 3 years time, I doubt it will even launch new games. Anyway, I'd suggest getting at the very least hd 6850.
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May 2, 2012 6:28:38 PM

brokenquark said:
Ok.. I will buy a 6770 but still, it is 1 GB GDDR5... Is 1 GB memory is enough for next 3 years?


You sound a lot like some of my other memory obsessed friends, so to reinforce what other people are saying:

to put things simply, GPU memory, or the 1GB of GDDR5 memory that you're referring to, is strictly storage space. it's there to store images the video card's processor has processed and rendered so that the image can be shown on your monitor when it is needed. Basically, for lower end video cards like the 6670, 6770, or the 7750, the processor cannot work fast enough to ever need a second GB of memory. 1GB is more than enough for them. Thus, even if you get the 2GB version, it will do you no good, and there's no performance difference between that and the 1GB version.

This reminds me of my friend who paired 32GB of memory to his i3 2120...
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May 2, 2012 6:30:01 PM

If you do not anticipate a monitor upgrade, a HD6670 will probably be able to play the less-demanding types of games you list (i.e. non-shooters) on "decent" settings for quite some time. I suspect previous posters are anticipating a higher resolution, in which case it is already somewhat weak. If available and within budget (power as well as money), a HD6770, HD7770, or even HD6850 would be much more capable. If power is a limiting factor, a HD7770 or HD7750 would be your best choices.
In any case, the performance improvement of GDDR5 over DDR3 is much more significant than having 2GB of RAM. Lots of RAM only becomes useful with very high resolutions and/or multiple displays, and MUCH stronger graphics cards (like HD69xx or HD79xx).
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May 2, 2012 6:34:56 PM

I've owned both the GDDR3 AND GDDR5 Version of the HD 6670 and the GDDR5 version is MUCH faster. Running Crysis 2, BF3 and Dirt 3 at 1680X 1050 basic settings just fine. Forgot to mention, have this paired with AMD A8-3850 APU in dual-graphics mode.
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May 2, 2012 6:46:48 PM

"Futureproof" and "budget" do not coexist. if you want to futureproof something, you're going to spend the money.

Take for example: The Radeon 4890 was released in April 2009 as the top dog of the Radeons. We just passed the 3 year mark. The current 4890 became the 5830 which became the 6850, which is better than the 7770, but doesn't come near the 7850. You'll see below there is a big price gap between the 7770 and the 7850, and it will probably be filled by the 4890 rebadge.

The price of the 4890 at release was $250.

The current lineup of Radeons are:

7970 - $450
7950 - $400
7870 - $350
7850 - $270
6870 - $180
6850 - $140
7770 - $140 --- Not worth the buy
6790 - $130
6770 - $120

A $250 graphics card 3 years prior is now $140. Beyond this point of $140, you start seeing rapidly diminishing returns on your money, but below that, every $10 extra you spend you tremendously extend the life on your card.

Back then, the $180-$200 card was the 4870, which became the 5770, which became the 6770, now between $110-125. You can reasonably expect this to occur with the 6870. It was able to play most games at 1920x1080 at reduced settings.
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May 2, 2012 6:49:18 PM

geekapproved said:
Unless your running high resolution and at least a HD6950, you don't need 2GB or ram, even a 6950 runs out of juice before it can use 2GB.

A 6670 is about as futureproof as a mohawk haircut. Keep in mind a 6670 is much slower than a 5770, which is much slower than my 4yr old 5850, which is no where near futureproof, I need an upgrade.

I recommend getting the new HD7750 in the $110 price range or a GTX550ti in the $120-130 range.



The 5850 came out in late September 2009. It is not even 3 years old.
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May 2, 2012 6:52:26 PM

brokenquark said:
Ok.. I will buy a 6770 but still, it is 1 GB GDDR5... Is 1 GB memory is enough for next 3 years?



Graphics Memory usage scales with your resolution, and your settings: the higher the resolution, the more memory, the higher the settings, the more memory.

A GTX 570 comes with 1.25GB of Memory, it usually doesn't run into memory problems until you hit 1920x1080 on very high settings.
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May 2, 2012 7:47:54 PM

MasterMace said:
The 5850 came out in late September 2009. It is not even 3 years old.


Thanks for your contribution to the forum.

It would have been unthinkable for people on the forum to think my video card was 4yrs old. God it seems like more than 4yrs.


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May 2, 2012 9:08:54 PM

geekapproved said:
Thanks for your contribution to the forum.

It would have been unthinkable for people on the forum to think my video card was 4yrs old. God it seems like more than 4yrs.


well, it really depends on the path we're headed down toward... the gaming world's becoming more console dependent (hate to admit it as a PC gamer...), so if we see more stuff like what they did with GTA IV, yeah, we're gonna need more and more powerful video cards fairly quickly lol
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May 2, 2012 9:21:30 PM

Well.... I have chosen Sapphire Radeon 7750 I GB GDDR5.... It quite amazing that it gives that output in just 55W...!!!

However, does it require PCI 3.0 for mandatory or it can run smoothly on PCI 2.x?

What do you think...???
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May 2, 2012 9:24:14 PM

it doesn't require it, it just supports it. It will run just fine on 2.0/2.1 slot.
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May 2, 2012 10:01:13 PM

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My single 480 kicks all games in the teeth with a passion at max detail, how old is it?
It all depends on the GPU you purchase.
My setup is good for another year or two.
I now have 2x 480's, i can see another 3 years out of them in all honesty.

it's why I got a 7970 this year for my upgrade :)  I was more referring to trying to make a budget build future proof... also, even my 7970 gets pretty taxed if I try to max out everything on GTA IV while using the HD texture modes... it's just a poorly scripted port of a console game... and if games head down that route... will, it'll be pretty sad
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May 4, 2012 12:59:10 PM

brokenquark said:
Well.... I have chosen Sapphire Radeon 7750 I GB GDDR5.... It quite amazing that it gives that output in just 55W...!!!

However, does it require PCI 3.0 for mandatory or it can run smoothly on PCI 2.x?

What do you think...???


Good choice.
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May 4, 2012 2:21:08 PM

brokenquark said:
Well.... I have chosen Sapphire Radeon 7750 I GB GDDR5.... It quite amazing that it gives that output in just 55W...!!!

However, does it require PCI 3.0 for mandatory or it can run smoothly on PCI 2.x?

What do you think...???


PCI express slots are all backward compatible. a 3.0 card will run just fine on PCI 2.0
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May 4, 2012 2:51:23 PM

Well, but is PCI 3.x needed to unleash the full capability of radeon 7750 or PCI 2.x is enough?
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May 4, 2012 2:55:27 PM

brokenquark said:
Well, but is PCI 3.x is needed to unleash the full capability of radeon 7750 or PCI 2.x is enough?

there are faster cards and have been faster cards than the 7750 out with pcie 2.0 - so no it wont saturate the slot you will be fine without 3.0 for the 7750
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May 4, 2012 3:16:13 PM

A 7970 doesn't even get bottlenecked by pci-e 2.0
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January 23, 2013 4:51:14 AM

good choice. 7750 will play all your games on medium -high for next 3 years at low resolution
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January 23, 2013 5:11:09 AM

mohit9206 said:
good choice. 7750 will play all your games on medium -high for next 3 years at low resolution


Well it seems you brought this thread back from the dead. Someone close this please? :kaola: 
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