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Graphics cards...... So confusing of a product aren't they?

Current Build:

PSU: Corsair 850Watt (12volt is like 75 80 amps or something)
Cpu: Amd 940 OCed to 3.4Ghz
Memory: 8Gb Ddr2 800 Corsair
GPUs: 4870 1GB cross-fired to 4850 1GB
Board: (crappy) MSI k9a2 Cf V2 (two pci express, when cross- 8x support)

Basically my co-worker has two 5770 and he willing to part with them because he getting a 6990.

My question is: for gaming and in general performance wise- are two 5770 > 4870 and a 4850?


Its been a while since I looked in to this- I have always been a fan of ATI but I never bought anything below the 48xx series or the 38xx series.

Thanks for your input.
 

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Performance-wise, I doubt you would see much difference, if any. However, dual 5770's will use less power and run cooler than the the two 4800's.
 

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If your performance is satisfactory then stay with what you have.
No point is spending money for the bigger numbers.
 

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Depending on what resolution you're running I think the 128-bit memory is the reason why I wouldn't go from my HD4870 to the HD5770.
128 bit ddr5 is faster then 256bit ddr3.

However the 5770's gpu is still slightly slower then the 4870 , I wouldn't bother with that specific upgrade.
 

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What would you guys do if I told you.. I can get the two 5770's to replace the 4870 & 4850 I have right now for $40 bucks?? Would that change any ones mind?

Side note: Windows 7

Thanks for your thoughts!
~Freek
 

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Doesn't change the fact that, performance wise, it is not an upgrade.
 

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128 bit ddr5 is faster then 256bit ddr3.
The HD4870 also has DDR5 ram, at least mine has anyway. Verified by GPU-Z. I think anyone that buys a 128-bit bandwidth GPU in this day and age is wasting their money. In a few years time it might be almost useless. Since my last GPU upgrade (9600gt) I've only gone for 256-bit or higher memory bandwidth cards.
 

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The HD4870 also has DDR5 ram, at least mine has anyway. Verified by GPU-Z. I think anyone that buys a 128-bit bandwidth GPU in this day and age is wasting their money. In a few years time it might be almost useless. Since my last GPU upgrade (9600gt) I've only gone for 256-bit or higher memory bandwidth cards.
See I'd have to agree. I for example think that anyone that buys a dual core in this day and age would be wasting their money as well...

What would you guys do if I told you.. I can get the two 5770's to replace the 4870 & 4850 I have right now for $40 bucks??
I'd say avoid them like the plague if they cost only 40$ who's knows whats wrong with them.
 

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Thank you all for your thoughts!

I have decided not to buy them but to safe my money. But never less- even if they weren't a upgrade in any kind the idea of being less power is nice. Who knows.... I will keep it in mind. If anything I can always buy them and stick them in my server......Would be nice...... To have an extra computer laying around with some what decent graphics...
 
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