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oblisk July 18, 2010 04:24 AM

5870 vs 480 for 2560x1600?
 
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?

The RealRollo July 18, 2010 04:43 AM

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Originally Posted by oblisk (Post 404677)
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

oblisk July 18, 2010 05:05 AM

Thanks for the insight.

I live in Canada (Hardware canucks?!) and that newegg.ca doens't have the same deal :/

I'd like more insights from other users too.

kendallcschm July 18, 2010 07:44 AM

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Originally Posted by oblisk (Post 404682)
Thanks for the insight.

I live in Canada (Hardware canucks?!) and that newegg.ca doens't have the same deal :/

I'd like more insights from other users too.

why not go for a 5970? although it is two GPUs.. it might be nicer.. but if you were to pick a card.. go for ATI.. they overclock nicely and i feel like you'll get more bang for your buck

fishingfanatic July 18, 2010 08:43 AM

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If you're concerned about price or want a single gpu then get the 480. If not then +1 for the 5970.
:thumb::biggrin:

oblisk July 19, 2010 04:29 AM

Hmm, I think I am going to get a 480. Posted a WTB post too.


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