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4870 upgrade

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by shadowcreaper, 19 Apr 2010.

  1. shadowcreaper


    Joined: 29 Jul 2008

    Posts: 694

    Been out the loop for a while and wondering if i should upgrade 4870 and what would be a worthwile investment.

    my spec is asus p5e x38 intel PCI 3.0ghz cpu

    dont really want to go for super high budget(ie gtx280 when 4870 was out) but a decent enough card to replace 4870.

    hopefulyl you get drift
  2. cbarker118


    Joined: 1 Sep 2009

    Posts: 112

    What sort of resolution is your monitor?
  3. mysticsniper


    Joined: 1 May 2003

    Posts: 9,875

    What about getting another 4870, as there very cheap right now? Otherwise you might want to go for an 5850 :)
  4. Duke

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Jun 2003

    Posts: 33,779

    Location: Wiltshire

    I did this - picked up another for £60 second hand. Will get a new top card again end of the year or something.
  5. Kurisu Makise


    Joined: 1 Dec 2009

    Posts: 2,818

    Location: Staffordshire

  6. Snakedoctor


    Joined: 13 Sep 2007

    Posts: 3,952

    The 5770 is a very good inexpensive card and in crossfire performs almost as well as a Nvidia 480 for half the price. I recommend getting two.
  7. shadowcreaper


    Joined: 29 Jul 2008

    Posts: 694

    i heard from some people here that 5770 isnt a big upgrade from a 4850 so would it really be worthwile?

    also has anyone got a good link to a reliable site which compares graphics cards as i been out of the loop for a bit and i remember getting my 4870 based mainly due to the good reviews it had for performance and price. compared to nvdia cards at time
  8. uv


    Joined: 16 May 2006

    Posts: 8,435

    Location: Manchester

    It depends on whether the original card is a 512MB or 1GB.

    512MB = buy a new card
    1GB = buy another to crossfire with!
  9. Marine-RX179


    Joined: 6 Feb 2010

    Posts: 14,343


    A pair of 4870 1GB in crossfire would be as fast as a 5850.
  10. wam7

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    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,582

    Location: U.K

    You really need to be a bit more specific about price and a lot of people are suggesting Crossfire without knowing if you have motherboard that does it or the space.

    As it stands I could only really suggest the 5850 as a worthwhile upgrade.
  11. FMTopfan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Mar 2009

    Posts: 1,052

    Location: UK

    I have been told from many people online and close friends that the 4870 (I have it in CrossFire which helps things and is playable with most games, CrossFire profiles installed) is similar to a 5870 in DX10 so there is no difference in upgrading unless you get that or CrossFire the 4870/5870+.

    Again, this is what I was told since I was in the hunt for a upgrade or towards my future build but the increasing prices has me looking for alternatives and it seems I'm not the only one. I paid a total of £360 for both of my 4870 512MB on release 2 years ago and don't exactly have money to burn.
  12. shadowcreaper


    Joined: 29 Jul 2008

    Posts: 694

    the prices seem to be a little steep atm compared to the prices a few years ago when i got my pc with 4870 inside.(its 512mb)

    comparison wise a good upgrade looks like the 5850 from the reviews it seems a good card. but reviews and actual game performance are two differant things
  13. cobhc


    Joined: 11 May 2010

    Posts: 207

    Location: Nottingham

    Where have you seen this? All benchmarks I can see online show even 3 5770's performing nowhere near the speed of a 480.
  14. asoxedri


    Joined: 16 Sep 2009

    Posts: 655

    Location: London

    i wouldn't say so dude. depends what res he plays at, but even 2 x 512mb is still quite good.