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Which desktop configuration will perform better?

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February 19, 2013 3:18:38 AM

Hey everyone.

Which desktop configuration will perform better when gaming? I don't care about DX11 effects.

- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
- AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB DX11 GDDR5 Graphics Card
- 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit
- 1TB 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

**OR**

- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
- AMD Radeon HD 4870X2 Dual-GPU 2GB DX10.1 GDDR5 Graphics Card
- 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR2 1066MHz Memory Kit
- 1TB 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
February 19, 2013 3:19:46 AM

Whats the budget?
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February 19, 2013 3:21:50 AM

tiny voices said:
Whats the budget?


I just simply want to know which configuration will perform better when gaming, that's all.
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February 19, 2013 3:28:24 AM

tiny voices said:
The first one.


So, the better processor and the faster memory really outweigh the better graphics card? Is it by a lot, or is the Intel configuration still decent?
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February 19, 2013 3:30:07 AM

No, one 6770 will beat 4 4870's. GPU usually wins.
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February 19, 2013 3:32:32 AM

The 4870 is like 4 years old as is the core 2 quad. New tech wins here. The phenom is a more modern CPU and the GPU is much newer as well.

Plus ddr3 RAM beats ddr2 RAM everytime.

The intel build is just old.
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February 19, 2013 3:39:06 AM

The Core 2 Quad is definitely a slower processor, that's for sure, especially as stock speed.

I thought that the HD 4870X2 was comparable to an HD 7850/HD 6950/ HD 6870 in terms of raw power?

8GB of DDR2 memory at 1066MHz shouldn't be THAT much slower than 4GB of DDR3 memory at 1333MHz...
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February 19, 2013 3:43:03 AM

firinmylazerman said:

I thought that the HD 4870X2 was comparable to an HD 7850/HD 6950/ HD 6870 in terms of raw power?


Not even close to true. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/513?vs=549

Even with 2 4870's you won't get close to one 7850. You will use 3x the power if not more also. Don't forgot that 2 cards does not mean 2x the power. Not how crossfire/SLI works.
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February 19, 2013 3:49:13 AM

tiny voices said:
Not even close to true. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/513?vs=549

Even with 2 4870's you won't get close to one 7850. You will use 3x the power if not more also. Don't forgot that 2 cards does not mean 2x the power. Not how crossfire/SLI works.


Yes, I know how CrossFire/SLI works. I know that having two of the same card work together doesn't mean that it'll perform twice as fast as only having one of that card.

That comparison is between one HD 4870, not an HD 4870X2 dual-GPU card. It's only natural that a single HD 4870 card would perform like that compared to a single HD 7850.
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February 19, 2013 3:51:23 AM

I know. My point is even with 2 of them you won't get close to a 7850. Its just not going to happen. Its common knowledge to always pick the better single card over the 2 SLI/crossfire weaker cards.
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February 19, 2013 3:56:08 AM

Is the AMD configuration worth two and a half (2 1/2) times as much as the Intel configuration when comparing performance?
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February 19, 2013 3:57:13 AM

That list isn't really accurate in terms of performance.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/513?vs=549

Look, a low end modern card is still considerably better than the 4870.

Crossfired 7770's are usually considered about as good as a 7850. Therefor, crossfired 4870's will never be close.

It just won't happen man.
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February 19, 2013 3:57:45 AM

How much are each of these configurations?
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February 19, 2013 4:03:47 AM

I would consider the HD 7850 to be a higher end card, but... that's just my opinion, and yet again, that's a comparison between a single HD 4870, not the 4870X2 dual-GPU card, so... yet again, it's kind of obvious why the HD 7850 wins in that particular comparison.
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February 19, 2013 4:06:36 AM

You are not understanding. I am comparing ONE 4870 to ONE 7770.

It is well known that TWO 7770's are roughly as powerful as ONE 7850.

ONE 7770 is decently more powerful than ONE 4870.

Therefore, a card less powerful than the 7770 will never crossfire to be close to a 7850.

Make sense?
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February 19, 2013 4:18:56 AM

Agree with tiny voices and considering how cheaply you could Xfire that 6770 or even how cheap a 7770 is the first build is far superior, both in terms of power now and upgrades.
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