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What beats a 4870x2

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October 28, 2012 7:45:53 AM

Hi all!

Recently my hd4870x2 died after serving me for 3-4 years. It has been a pleasure but it's time to look forward :) 
I was VERY satisfied by its performance even though it is 3 generations old.
My question for you guys is. How much do you have to pay to get a card that performs equal to the hd4870x2 (and what card) and how much better does todays high-end cards perform than the 4870x2?
I have kinda always been a ATI (AMD) guy when it comes to gpu but I am willing to get a nvidia card if they have gotten better than AMD.

And the last thing. Please tell me if the card you mention will bottleneck my rig which is:
Vista 64-bit
i7-920 á 4ghz
6gig 1600 mhz ram
850W power supply

- Thanks in advance!! :) 

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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 8:00:41 AM

the 7870 will easily beat a 4870x2 and its great value card from amd offering great performance.
alternative is gtx660 non ti which is on par or a little slower than 7870 but also costs lesser.
so its either gtx 660 or 7870 for you
October 28, 2012 8:04:44 AM

mohit9206 said:
the 7870 will easily beat a 4870x2 and its great value card from amd offering great performance.
alternative is gtx660 non ti which is on par or a little slower than 7870 but also costs lesser.
so its either gtx 660 or 7870 for you


Thanks for the answer. They seem to suit me quite well :) 
What about the 7950/7970? how much more performance will I get over the 7870 with my current rig??
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a c 128 U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 8:16:05 AM

Use this bench from Anandtech, you can compare any two cards across a variety of benchmarks.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=550

the Nehalem architecture is still enough to run modern cards. Wouldn't expect any bottlenecking.
October 28, 2012 8:21:44 AM

thanks everyone!
I think I will get the 7870 or 7950. Depends on the price :) 
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 8:57:19 AM

In games that support Crossfire, the HD 4870 X2 will be almost as fast as a HD 7850.Anything above that will be an upgrade.

Just take a look at this graph.
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performanc...
You card would give you about 34 FPS.
If you want a really significant upgrade you should buy a HD 7970 GHZ Edition like this one which is pretty awesome.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can't afford it you should buy a HD 7950 instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Both of these are great cards with very good, quiet coolers and they overclock very nicely.
October 28, 2012 10:39:49 AM

Kamen_BG said:
In games that support Crossfire, the HD 4870 X2 will be almost as fast as a HD 7850.Anything above that will be an upgrade.

Just take a look at this graph.
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performanc...
You card would give you about 34 FPS.
If you want a really significant upgrade you should buy a HD 7970 GHZ Edition like this one which is pretty awesome.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can't afford it you should buy a HD 7950 instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Both of these are great cards with very good, quiet coolers and they overclock very nicely.


Thanks for the input! :) 
What about the manufacture? Does it even matter which one you choose? I have always loved the design of the XFX cards and in my case their 7950 at 800 mhz is slightly cheaper than other manufactures. And then there is a 900 mhz for a +52$. It that worth the extra money??
a c 128 U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 10:42:40 AM

Only if you dont want to clock the thing yourself. Otherwise you are paying $50 for 10min of work.
October 28, 2012 10:45:20 AM

manofchalk said:
Only if you dont want to clock the thing yourself. Otherwise you are paying $50 for 10min of work.


okay thanks!
What about the manufactures??
a c 128 U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 10:49:08 AM

Sapphire, Gigabyte, MSI (except the 660Ti and 670 Power editions) and ASUS are all good manufacturers to pick from.
XFX are a decent manufacturer, but I dont recommend them since they use reference-oriented cooling versus the others full-blown custom design.
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