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July 11, 2012 3:44:41 PM

Hey all

I currently have 2 4870s in Xfire (16x/4x) and eventually thinking about an upgrade. Would the 7850 be significant enough to justify $250? That's about what I'm willing to pay. I've been debating this since Tom's heirarchy put's an x2 on par with a 7850 (besides power consumption, DX11).

PII 1090T
4GB DDR2
1680x1050 monitor
Corsair 650w PSU

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EDIT: I should add the games I play are D3, Mass Effect 3, BF3, maybe WoW again someday with Mists

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a c 103 U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 4:15:04 PM

if you are getting the same performance going from 2 4870s to one 7850 it would not be worth the 250 bones in my opinion.....you are getting dx11 but that alone is not worth 250 bucks
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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 4:22:49 PM

I upgraded from crossfire 4850s to a 6870 (which are supposed to be about the same) and am much happier with the 6870 than the crossfired 4850s. Most of this is because of all the driver problems that I had with crossfire and the much lower temps I have with the 6870.
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a c 103 U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 4:25:15 PM

yea you will have less heat less issues and less power consumption with a single 7850 but to me thats not worth 250 bones for no performance upgrade
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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 4:31:07 PM

Honestly, if you are only willing to spend that much then you are going to have to wait for the next generation of chips and hope for a good $/performance deal.

a GTX670 or 7970 would basically be minimum for an upgrade IMO (basically $400+)
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a c 105 U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 4:40:04 PM

I didn't see that chart you're talking about but the 4870x2 has no place being in a chart next to a 7850. they are 2 completely different animals. until people stop looking at Frame Per Second as the SOLE purpose of performance too many are going to be swayed by inaccuracy's.............
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a c 105 U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 6:36:50 PM

don't even post that stupid chart..............
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July 11, 2012 6:43:47 PM

I came off of 3 4870's to a single GTX 480 and was very impressed by the performance. Unfortunately, a 480 is more of the same as far as heat and power consumption are concerned. EVGA's reference 480 is on Newegg for $220, which is really hard to beat. I honestly think you'll be satisfied by a 7850 if you should choose to go that route. It'll be a lot quieter and run cooler AND you get all of the DX11 features as well as Eyefinity. Plus, you rid yourself of the driver issues associated with multi-card setups.
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July 11, 2012 6:48:13 PM

4870 x2 is slightly worst than a 5870. A 5870 is roughly the same performance as a 6950 or 560 Ti. Both of those cards are a fair bit worse than a 7850. Plus you get DX11 and 2gb of VRAM. Especially if considering going with a bigger/multi-monitor setup in the future, the 7850 will really blow a 4870x2 away.
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July 11, 2012 10:31:07 PM

Thanks for all the input. It seems like it would be a positive change, but I'll still wait a bit until at least the GTX 660s come out to see how they fare, and maybe 7870s will drop more by then. I'd be curious to compare everything like min/ave/max FPS, 3DMark, heat, power, noise, micro stuttering, and overall feel between old gen and a new gen card. If I can I'll post again. Maybe others are wondering the same thing based on that possibly misleading Tom's heirarchy.
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July 11, 2012 10:32:44 PM

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a c 125 U Graphics card
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July 11, 2012 10:34:50 PM

You'll have to do a little interpolation, but this review shows 4870x2 vs 5870:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5870,2422...

This review shows 5870 vs 6950:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-rade...

And this review shows 6950 vs 7850:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...

Hard to find anyone doing benchmarks for 3 generation old cards to compare with new stuff.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
July 12, 2012 1:24:30 AM

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