|fortkentdad ||August 20, 2013 05:34 PM |
This Anyone Did
Originally Posted by SKYMTL
Agreed. It's not like anyone would want to buy a brand new APU alongside a three year old GPU.
I bought the AMD - Dual-Graphics package, indeed due to an error on my part in not getting a 6670 with a displayport I ended up with two HD6670's in my system because I decided too late that I wanted a three screen array.
I can say that running in Dual-graphics mode is better than running with just the APU not paired up with a HD6670. I can compare running the APU + HD6670 vs crossfiring the two HD6670's I have in my rig. The results, not a big difference but the two HD6670's were slightly better in benchmarks than the dual-graphic set up but not enough to warrant buying two HD6670's.
Bottom line, a A10 + HD6670 is an improvement over a A10 and can be had for about $70 now.
If I were to redo this all over again I'm not sure I would go the APU route, but I'd have to weigh the cost - benefit. An A10 is $130ish + 70 HD6670 - costs about what a good graphics card will set you back, before you buy your CPU. So it depends, do you want to spend $130 - then the A10 is your best bet, $200, A10 still wins, got $400 to spend, then a better CPU + graphic card is better - it all depends on your budget. The APU is all about price point.
Having said all this I keep looking at the HD7800 series, 2 GB cards - I'm thinking about it. $180 might improve my system performance, but my current rig plays the racing games I have just fine, I run Dirt3, NFS Shift2 and Grid (original) in the higher graphics mode without any issues. Not sure how graphic intensive these games are but they display fine on my three scheens.