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4870 - Should I buy?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Smithy, 23 Sep 2009.

  1. Smithy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Mar 2006

    Posts: 1,519


    I'm currently running with a 9600GT (512MB). It has served me well up until now but I've found that it struggles somewhat in games of late. My thoughts are that if I could sell my 9600GT for a fair second hand price (nudge nudge wink wink), then a new 4870 could well be within my price range.

    Is this a good time to buy a 4870? Are we likely to see much of a drop in prices following the release of the 5xxx series?

    Tom's hardware tells me that if in the future I decide to crossfire a pair of 4870s then I could see some impressive results.
  2. unknownsock

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Mar 2009

    Posts: 1,691

    Location: Leeds, UK

    Imo wait a couple of weeks, as all the 4*** cards are at the end of there life now.
    So the last of the stock should go quite cheap.
  3. ssmacc

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Mar 2007

    Posts: 2,426

    Location: Macclesfield

    I've got a 4870 1GB and thinking of crossfire, although if i'm honest i max almost all games now at very playable framerates...If you can get one at £100 or less I'd vote yes.
  4. amigafan2003


    Joined: 18 Jan 2008

    Posts: 17,475

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    OUCK have the 1gb 4870's for £100 now.....

    I've been very happy with my xfired 4870's.
  5. DarkMatter


    Joined: 27 Jun 2008

    Posts: 627

    Location: Rugby

    i got my hd4870 for £70, i hope it will be ok..... quite a big jump in price from 70-200 for the hd5850 lol,
  6. Smithy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Mar 2006

    Posts: 1,519

    The 1GB 4870s in crossfire don't seem to benchmark as high as the 512MBs in crossfire. It's a marginal difference I'll admit, but its worth noting. Is this difference irrelevant given the benefit of higher memory count especially at higher resolutions?