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Graphics Performance upgrade on a 4870

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Plastic_Manc, 12 Oct 2010.

  1. Plastic_Manc

    Plastic_Manc Member

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    Hey,

    My HD 4870 toxic has died on me recently and I'm in need of a new graphics cards. I've been looking at what's around for about £200 and it seems that the GTX 460 fits best with my price point, however I know that this may change with the impending 6000 series.

    What I want to try and stay away from is purchasing a card that is close in performance or below what I already had and research on a 4870 v 460 hasn't brought up anything conclusive on what extra oomph I'll be getting.

    So what I'm asking is price point aside, what current cards offer a decent upgrade on my old card. I game at 1680 x 1050 by the way.

    Thanks,

    Plastic
     
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  3. rob the bank

    rob the bank New Member

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    The 6xxx has been put back to Oct 22nd, so i guess there may be some suppliers keen to get rid of 5850 and 5870 stock soon, so there may be some mid Oct bargains.
     
  4. Plastic_Manc

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    Thanks for the link, makes for some interesting reading. From what I can make of it (and I've only been able to look briefly as I really should be working) but it looks like the 5770 in Crossfire offers fantastic value for money. At those resolutions, similar performance to a 5870 for £60 cheaper?
     
  5. EvilMerc

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    I had a 4870 512MB and I now have a GTX460 1GB which I've been overclocking (currently at 900MHz core and 3800MHz memory, and there's still more to go). There is a substantial performance boost when you compare the two cards.

    I game at 1680x1050 and the 4870 struggled to play Crysis on High at that resolution. With the 460 I can now play at Very High with 2x or 4x AA enabled. It gets a little choppy in places and I adjust the AA accordingly. BFBC2 used to struggle on my 4870 too, now it runs above 40FPS at all times, most of the time around 60.

    I have an Asus GTX460 and it's amazingly quiet, even under full load when OC'd the fan barely spins up while my old 4870, despite having an aftermarket cooler (it was a Palit Dual BIOS Sonic card) it made far more noise even though it had two fans as well.

    TL;DR. The GTX460 1GB is very worthwhile in performance and noise terms, you really don't need anything more for 1680x1050.

    That said, SLIing them is a very tasty proposition...
     
  6. Plastic_Manc

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    Ta, the GTX 460 does seem to have a lot of happy customers. My 4870 was a 1GB version though (don't know how much difference that would make) and I don't want to be underwhelmed by a new card that I spend good money on. Has anyone had any experience of a 5770 Xfire set-up btw as my board will happily accept this?
     
  7. hotnikkelz

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    I had a 4870 1GB, and I now have a gtx 460 1GB, there's a noticeable increase in performance. At that price point and at that res, that's your best bet. I say this, and i game at 1920x1200. I have been pleased with both cards.
    for eg. I get around 60 fps in starcraft 2, ultra on everything at 1920x1200, my 4870 hovered around 40 for the most iirc.

    About 5770 xfire, i will rather opt for a single card ;) gtx 460 is a very good card, you won't be dissapointed with its performance at that res and at that price point.
     
  8. Plastic_Manc

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    Thanks for all the advice, after really deliberating with two 5770's I went with the GTX 460 and it seems very nice so far and definitely a difference in the one game I've tested so far, Stalker Clear Sky.
     

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