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Windows 7: Moral Dilemma...Or Is It?

09 May 2011   #1

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Dilemma No Longer...

Before going in to the actual topic at hand remove from your mind the likes of DX11 (I don't have any DX11-compatible games yet anyway). I'll be putting together a new rig sometime later this year (probably around Christmas time) and by then Southern Islands will be on the market, so I want to upgrade my aging 4870 for, get this, two 4870 X2's for the price of one 6950 (1GB). It sounds a bit backwards I'm aware as I can't think of a way to explain it...at least not the way it's making sense to me. In any case anyone know of any places other than online auctions where I could find X2's (preferably two, but one will suffice) for around or cheaper than I've found them?

Oh, the price of the auction I'm mulling over is $225. The single X2's are around $150-180. For the single cards it makes more sense as I can't think of a single card that's faster for the price.



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09 May 2011   #2

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm not really impressed with the 6XXX series, but they do scale better than the 4XXX series..... That said if you get the 4870X2's they may or not work well with your games... resale value will be low and worse when the 7XXX's come out. Depending on your game(ie GTA4) you will not see much improvement due to CPU/hard drive bottleneck..... maybe instead a single 4870/4890/4870X2 with your existing 4870? At least till something new catches your eye

Have you considered the 5XXX series? Prices should fall soon....
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09 May 2011   #3

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I was considering two 5770's but from all of the benchmarks I've seen it's no better than, or on par with a single 6950. It is cheaper and great bang for the buck though, but I'm curious, why are you disappointed with the 6000-series?

As for the games I'm playing or will be playing: Crysis, F1 2010, NFS Hot Pursuit, TDU 2, Crysis 2 (haven't picked it up yet), Lost Planet, FEAR (non issue), Dead Space 2...and a few others.
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09 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If you run 2 4870x2 cards, you may need more than that 1K PSU you have.
Looks like those cards can consume up to 381watts each.

And from a few forums I just read, going from a 4870x2 to a 6950 made a huge difference in games. They played smoother and were much quieter.
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09 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The HX can handle two X2's without breaking much of a sweat. But if I do end up with an X2 I'll just be getting one to pair off with my 4870. If I don't...I'm pretty sure I'll be going with two 5770's. I'm not really looking to spend $300, $400 on a video card with Southern Islands so close.
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09 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

It looks like 2 new 5770's are almost the same price as a 6950. I would go with the 6950 since it gives you the option to add another one in the future.
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09 May 2011   #7

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The 6XXX series is more efficient than the 5XXX, but uses less cores for the comparable card....that makes them some what parallel + the 6XXX doesn't seem to offer much of a bump in performance or any new features....at least any worth an upgrade for.... I hope the 7XXX will be more performance oriented.

As for the games you play I have heard that they crossfire well....

I did recently upgrade from a 4890 to a 5850...Now this is what I noticed...GTA San Andreas: The zebra stripes on distant objects disappeared....GTA 4 peak frame rates went down, but there is a less dramatic difference between the highs and lows/no slowdowns..but, I'll go out on a limb and say my CPU is the bottleneck in my system

The card cost $139 at the Egg but is now discontinued So unless you can find a deal, crossfire with your existing card will be the cheapest option/also from my experience my single 5850 is bottlenecked/ two X2's will heat the house, but probably not game much better than a single X2.....SSD and a i7/bulldozer in the future?
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09 May 2011   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
It looks like 2 new 5770's are almost the same price as a 6950. I would go with the 6950 since it gives you the option to add another one in the future.

That's another unique problem.

I could also pick up the 2GB 6950 and flash it. A bit too many options for me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo View Post
The 6XXX series is more efficient than the 5XXX, but uses less cores for the comparable card....that makes them some what parallel + the 6XXX doesn't seem to offer much of a bump in performance or any new features....at least any worth an upgrade for.... I hope the 7XXX will be more performance oriented.

As for the games you play I have heard that they crossfire well....

I did recently upgrade from a 4890 to a 5850...Now this is what I noticed...GTA San Andreas: The zebra stripes on distant objects disappeared....GTA 4 peak frame rates went down, but there is a less dramatic difference between the highs and lows/no slowdowns..but, I'll go out on a limb and say my CPU is the bottleneck in my system

The card cost $139 at the Egg but is now discontinued So unless you can find a deal, crossfire with your existing card will be the cheapest option/also from my experience my single 5850 is bottlenecked/ two X2's will heat the house, but probably not game much better than a single X2.....SSD and a i7/bulldozer in the future?
When I jump ship I'm either going with i5 or i7. And there's one 5850 left at the 'egg, costs $184.99. Tell me you're not going to suggest that...I've already got enough on my plate as is. Lol.
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09 May 2011   #9

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Terronium 12 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
It looks like 2 new 5770's are almost the same price as a 6950. I would go with the 6950 since it gives you the option to add another one in the future.

That's another unique problem.

I could also pick up the 2GB 6950 and flash it. A bit too many options for me.

That would work great...if the disabled core had nothing wrong with it...if it did...well
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09 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If that happened I could switch to the backup BIOS.

If that weren't the case I'd kill myself. Lulz.
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