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9800GX2 or 5770?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Fry750, 13 Apr 2010.

  1. Fry750

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 May 2007

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    Hey!

    (I do apologise that it's another versus thread)

    I'm after a cheapish GPU upgrade from my ageing 8800GT.

    I've seen a 9800GX2 for the £130 mark and that's of course 5770 money, but after trawling many a review it would appear that the GX2 is marginally the better card.

    Simply, which is the card to go for?

    If I was to purchase a 5770, I could always crossfire later I suppose but saying that I could quad SLI the GX2.

    Is the 5770 fast enough to actually run DX11 games well or is it simply a show of good faith?

    Anyways guys, all feedback etc is much appreciated!
     
  2. Marine-RX179

    Capodecina

    Joined: 6 Feb 2010

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    It depending on what res you gaming at.

    5770 is 'ok' for gaming at 1920x1080 for dx11 games, but would sometimes need to keep the AA at not higher than x2 and effect setting might need to be set to mediun quality. 'Ideally' people should get at least a 5850 for gaming in dx11 mode at 1920x1080 or above. If it is for 1680x1050, then it probably can handle dx11 games at 4xAA. However, don't expect the 5770 be able deliver playable/smooth frame rate for games like Crysis.

    If you don't need dx11, 4890 would be a better choice than a 9800GX2.
     
  3. rolypolyman

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2007

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    Location: Ayr, Scotland

    9800GX2 is old tech. Better with 5770 and add one later for Crossfire. 2 X 5770CF give excellent performance equalling 5870 for the most part.:)
     
  4. Marine-RX179

    Capodecina

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    It would depend on if the motherboard can xfire or not as well.

    Most people that are on i5 750 and got a sub-£140 motherboard, the chances are it would be one of those 16x/4x board instead that can't xfire/SLI properly...not the 8x/8x one.
     
  5. [email protected]

    Caporegime

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    5770 imo.
     
  6. Fry750

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 May 2007

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    I'd have to upgrade as I currently have an SLi board.

    I'm also running an E6600 @ 3.4 would that bottleneck a 5850?
     
  7. rolypolyman

    Mobster

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    Location: Ayr, Scotland

    ^^No.:)
     
  8. Marine-RX179

    Capodecina

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    For most games it won't, but it will for heavy terrain and high CPU dependent games.
     
  9. Fallen god

    Soldato

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    Location: London

    I would go for the 5770.
     
  10. Dinkas

    Hitman

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    Location: Staffs

    If my choices were GX2 or 5770, I'd scrap the idea of GX2 and substitute it with a GTX260. I doubt the 5770 is fast enough to run DX11 games at any meaningful res / settings, and the 260 is probably faster in DX 9/10.

    If you can stretch to 5850 then that makes the decision much easier, however, you have to decide whether DX11 is a must-have feature, or one for the future.

    Regardless, all 3 mentioned cards will be a significant boost over your 8800GT.


    edit: as you already have an SLI board, adding another 8800GT would be the cheapest bang for buck!
     
    Last edited: 13 Apr 2010
  11. reflux

    Capodecina

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    Location: Enfield

    5770 tbh - the GX2 is a good card but its old now.
     
  12. jigger

    Capodecina

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    Quad SLI gives very poor performance IMO.

    A 5770 or a 4890 will give you the best performance for £130 by a long way.
     
  13. Tute

    Capodecina

    Joined: 24 Jul 2004

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    Location: Devon, UK

    GX2 is the quicker card but i'd go for the 5770 personally taking into account heat, noise, and power usage.
     
  14. Jotunkaiser

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Apr 2009

    Posts: 303

    Location: Liverpool

    I have a Gx2 and tbh its not loud it runs BF2 on med perfect (looks great) and it tops out @ 75/80c but I control my own fans. with EVGA Precision and its overclocked.
     
  15. liquidex

    Hitman

    Joined: 15 Dec 2008

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    Location: London

    Would go for the 5770. The 9800gx2 only has 512mb for each gpu which would hinder it at high res.
     
  16. Fry750

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 May 2007

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    Sod it, I've just ordered a 5850. :D
     
  17. liquidex

    Hitman

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    Nice one. How much for if I may ask?
     
  18. Fry750

    Wise Guy

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    The £234.99 Powercolour jobby PCS+ or something.