What beats a 4870x2

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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  1. 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
  2. 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??
  3. www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
  4. 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.
  5. thanks everyone!
    I think I will get the 7870 or 7950. Depends on the price :)
  6. 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_Performance/images/bf3_1920_1200.gif
    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=N82E16814202008

    If you can't afford it you should buy a HD 7950 instead.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    Both of these are great cards with very good, quiet coolers and they overclock very nicely.
  7. 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_Performance/images/bf3_1920_1200.gif
    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=N82E16814202008

    If you can't afford it you should buy a HD 7950 instead.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    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??
  8. Only if you dont want to clock the thing yourself. Otherwise you are paying $50 for 10min of work.
  9. 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??
  10. 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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