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Upgrade from Radeon 5770 CX to 7850 worth it?

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January 15, 2013 7:12:52 PM

HI!

I'm an avid gamer and since I've been using 2 CrossFire Radeon HD 5770's for my graphics solution (which at the time cost around £300 X_X).

I've been running into a plethora of visual problems like visual tearing, stuttering and v-sync not working properly whilst playing games and the help forums frequently say they're working on a patch for CrossFire GPU set-ups.

It was my birthday last week and I'm considering biting the bullet and moving over to a single card 2GB GPU like the Radeon 7850 (has to be ATI).

Long story short, is the upgrade from the 2 Radeon 5770's to the Radeon 7850 worth the ~£140?

Thanks :) 
a c 173 U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 7:17:07 PM

Yes as a 7850 is vastly more powerful in almost everything except for bitcoin mining but everything else there is great gains.
a c 134 U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 7:18:59 PM

I would say on a graphic level yes the 7850 is a vast improvement on the 5770. However with that being said your system also needs to be taken into account the age of it and what your processor is. If your system is to old it may not be a optimal choice for you.

If you could please provide.

CPU:
MEMORY:
MOTHERBOARD:
VIDEO CARD:
CASE

If your computer is store bought please provide the following:

COMPANY NAME:
MODEL NUMBER:
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a c 173 U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 7:22:53 PM

bigshootr8 said:
I would say on a graphic level yes the 7850 is a vast improvement on the 5770. However with that being said your system also needs to be taken into account the age of it and what your processor is. If your system is to old it may not be a optimal choice for you.

If you could please provide.

CPU:
MEMORY:
MOTHERBOARD:
VIDEO CARD:
CASE

If your computer is store bought please provide the following:

COMPANY NAME:
MODEL NUMBER:


His system had two 5770 so it being able to manage a single 7850 is fairly certain as the combined power consumption of two 5770 is greater than most stock clocked 7850.
a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 7:32:20 PM

I think he was more asking about CPU and ram... Thinking they might be a big limiting factor in his gaming experience.
a c 134 U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 7:35:21 PM

Correct Derza you are correct. Two 5770's would still not equate to a 7850 at this time.
a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 7:42:13 PM

If we look at the Graphics Hierarchy by Tomshardware, then it would mean you'd move 4 tiers up if upgrading to the 7850. Tomshardware at least recommends that you jump 3 tiers within every upgrade, to see significant performance difference. So I'd say it'd be a worthy upgrade.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... You can see the Hierarchy here.
a c 134 U Graphics card
January 15, 2013 7:44:48 PM

That is a very thought out assessment I think most jump within 2 generations but certainly 3 would be the you should jump point.
January 16, 2013 4:57:29 PM

bigshootr8 said:
I would say on a graphic level yes the 7850 is a vast improvement on the 5770. However with that being said your system also needs to be taken into account the age of it and what your processor is. If your system is to old it may not be a optimal choice for you.

If you could please provide.

CPU:
MEMORY:
MOTHERBOARD:
VIDEO CARD:
CASE

If your computer is store bought please provide the following:

COMPANY NAME:
MODEL NUMBER:


Certainly!

CPU: Intel core i7 920
MEMORY: Corsair Dominator 1866mhz 6gb
MoBo: Asus P6T SE
GPU: as stated

Thanks for helping ^_^
a c 134 U Graphics card
January 16, 2013 4:59:24 PM

Oh I forgot to ask!
Power Supply:

But yes the 7850 would really destroy the 5770 in every way. So I would say it is a safe upgrade for you within that price range if AMD was the brand you wanted to go with.
January 16, 2013 5:00:00 PM

lostgamer_03 said:
If we look at the Graphics Hierarchy by Tomshardware, then it would mean you'd move 4 tiers up if upgrading to the 7850. Tomshardware at least recommends that you jump 3 tiers within every upgrade, to see significant performance difference. So I'd say it'd be a worthy upgrade.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... You can see the Hierarchy here.



Thanks! I'd totally forgot about TH's hierarchies, they're so useful.

Edit: Wait I can't see 2 5770's in CX on that list, so am i really moving up that much?
January 16, 2013 5:01:01 PM

bigshootr8 said:
Oh I forgot to ask!
Power Supply:

But yes the 7850 would really destroy the 5770 in every way. So I would say it is a safe upgrade for you within that price range if AMD was the brand you wanted to go with.


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a c 134 U Graphics card
January 16, 2013 5:06:33 PM

Yea you should be just fine :)  7850 for you sir or a gtx660 both are comparable to one another.
January 16, 2013 5:08:35 PM

Hold the phone though, the GPU hierarchy doesn't list 2 5770's in CX, so am I really moving up so many teirs?
a b U Graphics card
January 16, 2013 5:29:08 PM

Jeremy Christian said:
Hold the phone though, the GPU hierarchy doesn't list 2 5770's in CX, so am I really moving up so many teirs?


the old GPUs doesn't scale so well in crossfire.
a c 134 U Graphics card
January 16, 2013 5:33:32 PM

They don't normally place mutiple gpu configurations into there charts they do with the 7990 and the 690 which I don't agree with them doing. You are making quite a jump if its anything in the 7850-7970 range or the 660-680 range.
January 16, 2013 11:07:27 PM

Thanks guys! I probably will go with the upgrade then :) 
a c 173 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 12:03:09 AM

its far better, you will notice much smoother gameplay. Even if the 5770's benchmarked equal or slightly better, you would still get smoother gameplay with single 7850, far less microstuttering. just to give you some perspective, i went from crossfire 6850's to a single gtx660, which benchmark about the same, but gameplay is far smoother on the gtx660 and its much faster in scenario's where the 1gb vram of the 6850's was overloaded, many new games will use more than 1gb now.
January 17, 2013 3:35:34 PM

I know! Almost every game I load up I'd start with having my PC in CrossFire and turn it off immediately, the games just run better with one card :(  Guess that second 5770 was a huge waste of money.
January 17, 2013 3:36:06 PM

Also how do I tag this thread as [solved]?
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