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Subaru
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Video card to replace 4870?

What's a good card to replace this one with in the next month or two? My budget is about $300 or $400 max.



FizzyMyNizzy

join:2004-05-29
New York, NY

1 recommendation

You will be looking at

HD7950 (higher core speed seem to have higher price.. )
»www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi···D%207950

GTX 670
»www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi···TX%20670

HD7950 vs GTX 670
»www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=598

HD 7950 will get full DX 11.1 support
GTX 670 will get you physx(remember only if the software supports it.) and only support DX 11.05.

»www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/···119.html



Dissembled

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You'll enjoy that upgrade. Merry Christmas to yourself!



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That gtx looks pretty good


Aranarth

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I'm planning on going to the 7870 as soon as I get the cash.

The price will be dropping below $200 very soon.



Subaru
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I never had a nvida card before



FizzyMyNizzy

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By the way. I think you should get the one with 2 or more fans. 1. less noise. 2. These gpu(both company) have gpu boost aka like turbo boost.

I use Gigabyte GTX 670:
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14125423

and overclock it. =D



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yeah I rather have two fans anyways those cage fans suck mine on my XFX ran dry and stopped turning, I ended up fixing it myself taking off the sticker and using sewing machine oil on the fan bearing.



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The Gigabyte 7870 is a quiet card for something with 3 fans. As soon as a new motherboard comes in, I will have two crossfire.
»www.gigabyte.us/products/product···&dl=1#ov
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n_w95482
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I just put in a GTX 680 last night and it's been running quite well so far. The 670 is quite close to it in performance. The 7950 is a good card as well. I had a 7970 for a few months but replaced it due to persistent driver issues I was having with WoW (my main PC game).

Definitely some good options in that price range .
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norwegian
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If the OP could look at $400

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14125413

GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pity I prefer nVidia though.
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Krisnatharok
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said by Subaru:

yeah I rather have two fans anyways those cage fans suck mine on my XFX ran dry and stopped turning, I ended up fixing it myself taking off the sticker and using sewing machine oil on the fan bearing.

If you are in the market for a GTX 670, Tom's Hardware tested a bunch of them and this one came out on top:

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···70OC-2GD

I personally went with a Sapphire Radeon 7970 3GB (the Vapor-X variant) this time around. In my mind, Nvidia provides more refined graphical prowess, but AMD offers raw power, and especially pulls away at resolutions above 1920x1080. Since I run 2560x1440 + a second monitor, it was an easy decision to make.
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said by Krisnatharok:

If you are in the market for a GTX 670, Tom's Hardware tested a bunch of them and this one came out on top:

It seems the 670 edges out the 7970 in 2/3 of tests. Add the nVidia would be better in movies etc and I'd be happy with that card. I am a nVidia fanboy though.


Krisnatharok
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said by norwegian:

said by Krisnatharok:

If you are in the market for a GTX 670, Tom's Hardware tested a bunch of them and this one came out on top:

It seems the 670 edges out the 7970 in 2/3 of tests. Add the nVidia would be better in movies etc and I'd be happy with that card. I am a nVidia fanboy though.

The latest beta drivers from both providers shakes things up quite a bit. Let's say the 670 is no competition for a 7970, with the 7970 blowing past 680s, especially at resolutions higher than 1080p.

»www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/ha···nce.html

There was a less-biased source of this comparison out there somewhere, but someone started a thread on this one. Frickin' Canucks man.
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A friend has 2 x 7970's in SLI with twin screens and suggests the improvement with the new gen cards as well with the new drivers has settled a lot of bugs and in his words 10 - 30 % improvement with one of his more favorite games having large improvements - something the link mentions, a few games see a lot more improvement than the "general over-all improvement".

Still won't deter me from nVidia, but the AMD/ATI offerings has always peaked higher and offered more in games than the nVidia options for the same price, so these results do not surprise me at all.
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said by Krisnatharok:

There was a less-biased source of this comparison out there somewhere, but someone started a thread on this one. Frickin' Canucks man.

Although I find HWCanucks OK at times, their editorial stance on stuff is, uh, pro-corporate to say the least...

The main site admin was opposed to the CRTC decision that maintained wholesale Indie ISPs in Canada. His readership rightfully raked him over the coals for it, but, the bias was still there for all to see.
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Subaru
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said by Krisnatharok:

said by norwegian:

said by Krisnatharok:

If you are in the market for a GTX 670, Tom's Hardware tested a bunch of them and this one came out on top:

It seems the 670 edges out the 7970 in 2/3 of tests. Add the nVidia would be better in movies etc and I'd be happy with that card. I am a nVidia fanboy though.

The latest beta drivers from both providers shakes things up quite a bit. Let's say the 670 is no competition for a 7970, with the 7970 blowing past 680s, especially at resolutions higher than 1080p.

»www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/ha···nce.html

There was a less-biased source of this comparison out there somewhere, but someone started a thread on this one. Frickin' Canucks man.

Late reply but I won't be doing any multi monitor setups.
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Krisnatharok
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What are your updated options?



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said by Krisnatharok:

What are your updated options?

In terms of what video card or display? if it's a display I play on a 40" screen.

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said by FizzyMyNizzy:

By the way. I think you should get the one with 2 or more fans. 1. less noise. 2. These gpu(both company) have gpu boost aka like turbo boost.

I use Gigabyte GTX 670:
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14125423

and overclock it. =D

$400 for a video card? Ouch.
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only because I need the power to run at 1920x1080 and need to get at least 4 years worth from it.


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said by Subaru:

only because I need the power to run at 1920x1080 and need to get at least 4 years worth from it.

I think everyone needs 1980 x 1080 or 1980 x 1200 these days. 4 years? Maybe, and maybe averaged out over 4 years it's not a bad investment. It always amazes me how expensive decent performance video cards are, and how much power a decent video card draws when doing it's job.
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Octavean
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Right now, my newest card is an XFX HD 6870 but I was thinking of buying a GTX 660 Ti or GTX 670. This was for a triple 27" monitor setup at 5760x1080.

***edit***

I think this is probably the card I would get:

PNY VCGGTX670XPB GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Free 2 games w/ purchase, limited offer $319.99 Save: $50.00 (14%) $279.99 after $40.00 rebate

Two free games and a price well under $300 is a bit too good to pass up on for 670 IMO. My problem is I am out of town and may not be able to get a secure line to order it.



FizzyMyNizzy

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I am using this: »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14125423

Tho, when all the GTX 670 first came out. Their price tag was $399.99 for the non-oc edition. Funny thing was. Gigabyte has a 3 fan, and it is overclock edition for 399.99. =D


n_w95482
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$280 AR is stupid cheap for a 670 . The Gigabyte one linked earlier is nice, but $380-400 is creeping close to 680/7970 GHz Edition territory.
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FizzyMyNizzy

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Lets just say I can't take the HD5770 any more. It also drops in FPS when there is too much stuff happening on the screen. I don't want to play in the lowest setting because that issue. 20-30+ people on the screen the HD5770 just drops the fps. Oh well it lasted me to GTX 670. =D

Tho, I think I should of gotten the HD 7950 instead. If I remember right, during that time the HD7950 was like $50 more than GTX 670. But if I were to get HD7950 i could add a little bit more and get a GTX 680 or a HD7970. Then again... I had to get 2 video card.. one for me and one for my bro. So, he could remove his ghetto HD5770 also.



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I ended up stop playing BF3 at like level 2 because the drop in frame rates.. it would go from like 20 or so to 2-4 then back up again.. I just gave up and I was like I will pick up on the new system.. but as seeing they want to make a new version I guess I wasted money?



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said by FizzyMyNizzy:

Lets just say I can't take the HD5770 any more. It also drops in FPS when there is too much stuff happening on the screen. I don't want to play in the lowest setting because that issue. 20-30+ people on the screen the HD5770 just drops the fps. Oh well it lasted me to GTX 670. =D

Tho, I think I should of gotten the HD 7950 instead. If I remember right, during that time the HD7950 was like $50 more than GTX 670. But if I were to get HD7950 i could add a little bit more and get a GTX 680 or a HD7970. Then again... I had to get 2 video card.. one for me and one for my bro. So, he could remove his ghetto HD5770 also.

Wait, couldn't your brother just xfire your old HD 5770 with his HD 5770 after you upgrade to a GTX 670,.....?

said by n_w95482:

$280 AR is stupid cheap for a 670 . The Gigabyte one linked earlier is nice, but $380-400 is creeping close to 680/7970 GHz Edition territory.

Plus two free games valued at about ~$50 each for a total of ~$100.

***edit***

Just ordered the card. It was just too good a deal to pass up on. I hope my Wife won't kill me,...


FizzyMyNizzy

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won't be as fast as a gtx 670.

remember to show us some benckmark result. and over clock it.

oh, also one of the hd5770 went to my parents PC, replacing the gtx275. since they dont play any games.


n_w95482
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Yeah, the game deal is quite nice. That's what pushed me to get the 680 when I did. Just as an FYI, Borderlands 2 is through Steam, and AC3 is through Ubisoft and their funky download manager (the game is downloaded in multi-part RARs, WTF?).
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