5870 vs 480 for 2560x1600?
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July 18, 2010, 04:43 AM
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I currently have a 4870x2, and Crossfire is really bugging me. I want to upgrade to a single GPU solution.
I only game at 2560x1600, and I would like to know what the best choice is. The 480 is more powerful, a $100 more expensive. Is it worth jumping from 4870x2 to the 480? Or should I get on the less powerful 5870?
My cpu is a q9550 at 3.7. How much big of a bottleneck would this be?
I'd say the GTX480. Your 4870X2 has pretty similar power/heat/noise, so you're used to that. The only 5870s that are $100 cheaper than 480s have 50% less RAM, which can come into play at your 25X16 resolution.
If you can order from newegg, they have a MSI 480 for $439 shipped that includes Just Cause 2.
Newegg.com - MSI N480GTX-M2D15-B GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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