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Old 07-12-08, 10:20 AM   #13
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When are the 1GB 4870's coming out? I was under the impression that most 4870's would be 1GB and most 4850's would be 512MB, but we have a 2GB 4850 and no 1GB 4870
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Old 07-12-08, 11:03 AM   #14
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It will depend largely on the settings and games. I've ran 3 way GTX SLI with a Phenom CPU with no trouble whatsoever and seen great scaling. It just depends on your application bottleneck and GPU settings. If your game is already limited by the CPU at your settings. Then additional GPU power will do you know good whatsoever. But if your limited by the GPU. Your range could vary greatly. The best way to determine your bottleneck is to do some resolution scaling and see if your gaining performance as you drop the GPU workload.

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Old 07-12-08, 12:04 PM   #15
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thanks for the replies. maybe i should forget about upgrading, and consider instead a complete overhaul lol.

another q, ive seen 8 and 9 series go for pretty cheap (relatively) on ebay/craigslist, but is it not worth my money to get those and just stick to the gtx200 or 48xx series? and considering that i have a 500W ps, would the gtx200/48xx/9 series choke?
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Old 07-12-08, 12:37 PM   #16
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Default Re: Which card for AMD cpu?

If you just want a cheap quick upgrade, an 8 or 9 series card would be fine. Though they may or may not have problems with a 500W power supply. Its hard to say. What brand and model of PSU is it?

If you want to do a complete overhaul (I don't think its really necessary yet myself) you'll definitely want to get something better than an 8 or 9 series.
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Old 07-12-08, 02:47 PM   #17
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If you just want a cheap quick upgrade, an 8 or 9 series card would be fine. Though they may or may not have problems with a 500W power supply. Its hard to say. What brand and model of PSU is it?

If you want to do a complete overhaul (I don't think its really necessary yet myself) you'll definitely want to get something better than an 8 or 9 series.
its the antec earthwatts 500W psu. do you think gtx260/4870/9800gtx/8800ultra will work on this? (those are my choices for now lol...)
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Old 07-12-08, 02:55 PM   #18
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I am running my gtx 260 with a pretty good overclock, an e8400@ 3.4, and two hdd's without any power issues on a 540w enermax.

XFX suggested at least a 630w PSU for the card, but below it posted nvidia's specs of 500W.

Try it and see, I think you will be ok however you have a 125 watt CPU, so that may be different for you.
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When are the 1GB 4870's coming out? I was under the impression that most 4870's would be 1GB and most 4850's would be 512MB, but we have a 2GB 4850 and no 1GB 4870
According to this link it looks like by the end of July.
Maybe I should have waited for that but first let's see how much the 1GB mem will make a difference for present games Crysis included.
EDIT:
PowerColor HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 is already listed at PowerColor product page. I'm sure we will soon see more from other ATI partners and some probably super-clocked versions.
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PowerColor HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 is already listed at PowerColor product page. I'm sure we will soon see more from other ATI partners and some probably super-cloaked version
Stealth tech? Awesome.
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