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October 28, 2012 6:01:46 PM

I am looking into upgrading to the A-8 5600K processor and wanting to pair it with a dedicated card. I'm not sure what one but people where saying you could only go up to the 6670. I was wondoring if you could go higher to something like the GTX 600s or 500.

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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 7:04:38 PM

You can't go higher than the 6670. If you want to be going with the gtx 600 series, it would be a bad idea to pair it with a apu. I would only be getting an apu to use the integrated chip, and maybe a crossfire with 6670.

I guess go with the 6670 if you're in need for the fps boost in gaming.
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October 28, 2012 7:21:56 PM

lchrisk said:
You can't go higher than the 6670. If you want to be going with the gtx 600 series, it would be a bad idea to pair it with a apu. I would only be getting an apu to use the integrated chip, and maybe a crossfire with 6670.

I guess go with the 6670 if you're in need for the fps boost in gaming.

Thanks i'll probably be going with the 6670. But 1 last thing do you have a recommendation for it? (What company and etc.)
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a c 106 U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 7:53:19 PM

highest you can go is the 6670 i believe. You cant pair an AMD igpu with an nvidia card. to answer the latter half of your initial statement.


edit: the most you can get out of it is probably the DDR5 version of the 6670
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October 28, 2012 7:54:30 PM

Ok thanks but i'm trying to figure out what is the best preforming one I can get.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 7:56:21 PM

note on my edit, there are 2 versions of the 6670. a ddr3 and ddr5 version. ddr5 being the faster one.
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October 28, 2012 7:59:54 PM

Okay but I was told that when you pair it with the apu it downgrades to so it is only as fast as the ddr3 version.
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a c 216 U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 8:00:43 PM

You may actually be better off with a slow 6670, one with GDDR3 is possible. The reason I say that, is I've been hearing complaints about microstuttering with these setups. Having the APU using DDR3, and the GPU using DDR5 is a recipe for them working at difference speeds.
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October 28, 2012 8:02:21 PM

Ok i'll look at the ones that I think are promising then i'll get back to you.
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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 8:08:30 PM

ddr5 and ddr3 will not change the crossfire with the 6670. if you have the ddr5 the system tones it down to ddr3. save yourself some money and get the ddr3 version.

Get the one i sent you. its the best one on there.
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October 28, 2012 8:10:06 PM

Okay thank you I will probably get the Sapphire 2GB one
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a c 216 U Graphics card
October 28, 2012 8:41:09 PM

lchrisk said:
ddr5 and ddr3 will not change the crossfire with the 6670. if you have the ddr5 the system tones it down to ddr3. save yourself some money and get the ddr3 version.

Get the one i sent you. its the best one on there.


That's not true. The idea of crossfire and SLI adjusting it's clocks and speeds to the slower card is a myth. Testing shows this to be wrong every time (though I haven't tested this one on an APU crossfire setup), but I agree with your suggestion of getting the cheaper card.
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