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Weekend Open Forum: Time for a graphics card upgrade?

By Julio Franco
Apr 3, 2010
  1. I recently upgraded from a ATI4890 to a Sapphire Vapor-x 5870. In my case, noise was the biggest factor. The 4890 was great but too loud. The Vapor-x 5870 gave a modest increase in performance but was significantly quieter at the same operating temps. I won't move up again unless noise and temp levels can remain similar. BTW, I game at 1920x1200 and all games at very high settings.
     
  2. Souljacker

    Souljacker TS Rookie Posts: 24

    I'm still running an 8800GTX, might get a 5770 soon.
     
  3. LGraves

    LGraves TS Rookie Posts: 40

    I have always been a fan of Nvidia but im thinking of getting an ATI card next. Im slowly building a new PC for Windows 7 64bit and will use a quad core AMD CPU.
     
  4. LGraves

    LGraves TS Rookie Posts: 40

    I have always been a fan of Nvidia but im thinking of getting an ATI card next. Im slowly building a new PC for Windows 7 64bit and will use a quad core AMD CPU. The Fermi release wasn't that great. And im noticing that more high end systems are using ATI cards.
     
  5. Where do I begin?
    My first few cards were nvidia...
    Then I saw the light...
    I'm always going with the underdog, why? Because competition is a win/win for the consumer (us).
    We love to always have a winner but now days the distance between a winner and a runner up is a hair thick.
    I have a Spider platfom with AMD 940 and 4 3870 toxics ,a Dragon platform with AMD 955 and 3 4870 Powercolors that woulld put many to shame. What do I mostly use you may ask? A lowly AMD 9850 with a single 9800gt Calibre P980 and let me tell you...This one also kicks butt!
    The Light that I saw showed me that you just can not keep up with all that comes out if you are a regular John and work for a living, support a family and the sort.
    Just enjoy what you have or can get. Let the big guys duke it out while you sit it out and enjoy reading whats going on. Did I make any sence? It's ok to be a fan boy and act like one...Also remember we have the power to tell this big companies what we want by what we buy. Do we need 300 fps for a game? or do we just want to turn off the computer when we go to bed with a smile on our faces because we actually enjoyed what we played?
    When we pass away and go to the (wherever) cant take the computer with us...Only what we enjoyed!
    Meanwhile, KEEP ON OVERCLOCKING BABY! Oh YEAH!
    QuantumMech
     
  6. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 446

    I'm happy with my GTX 260, gona buy another for SLI.
     
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,909   +91

    Philosophy, spirituality, and crossfireX in one post.....

    Philosophy, spirituality, and crossfireX in one post.....
    who saw that coming :) :wave:
     
  8. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I am in sore need of a GPU upgrade. My current card, an 8500gt with 256mb struggles to max out even very old games at high resolution. I probably will upgrade it within the next 6 months, to a 5770 or something of a similar price at the time.
     
  9. I personally think the heatsink design of fermi is very advanced and if ATI's heatsinks used on fermi.. the GPU will be cooked & explode in less than 10 seconds, now i'm not saying nvidia design is bad, but their mistakes is designing a GPU that can do the CPU calculations.. please nvidia next time stick to what you do best and that's by designing a gaming GPUs.
     
  10. Timonius

    Timonius TS Guru Posts: 585   +34

    I'm going to have to let Nvidia re-proove themselves for the next few motnhs at least. I won't be buying a new upper end graphics card untill the dust settles a bit. My current focus is acutally an interim cpu/mobo upgrade.
     
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,976   +956

    I went from a Intel G41 integrated graphics "solution", to a Core i3-530 integrated graphics "solution". Does that even count in this discussion? Should I not have admitted to that....?
     
     
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,909   +91

    Intel graphics!!! why that's even worse than a Fermi! oh my god I cant believe it, what a rube! :haha::wave:
     
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,976   +956

    The G41 graphics score a pitiful 3.5 in Windows 7 Experience Index, and the Core i3-530 comes in at 5.3..! Arguably bad is still bad, but that's a big improvement when tasked to a HTPC or similar use.

    And no, I am not deluding myself into believing that it will play Crysis..! Which is quite serendipitous, since I neither have a copy, or know how to play it in the first place. So there!
     
  14. hachamalele

    hachamalele TS Rookie

    I had free time on my hands and decided to rank the 15 graphics cards used in the the GTX480 test:
    1st HD5870 Crossfire
    2nd HD5970
    3rd GTX295
    4th GTX480
    5th HD4870X2
    6th HD5870
    7th HD5770 Crossfire
    8th HD5850
    9th GTX285
    10th HD5830
    11th GTX275
    12th HD4890
    13th GTX260
    14th HD4870
    15th HD5770

    As far as it goes for me here in New Zealand, HD5850 gives me the most bang for my buck, so I'll probably get that. :)
     
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,909   +91

    that's the highest IGP WEI i have seen, but as long as her ....well...nevermind

    you know denial is the first sign.....yer a closet Crysis player aint yas?
     
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,976   +956

    Yeah well, it'll do .wmv video too, so there! Why just last night I was watching "Fist of Furry".
     
  17. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    I will more than likely just pick up a 4890 since i only game at 1680 x 1050 i have a 4850 so ill get a nice little boost then ill wait till the new revised cards come out from ati and get one of them :)
     
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,909   +91


    I saw that!! it was a double feature with 'Mr Holland groped us'
     
  19. I'm thinking of getting this http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46788&vpn=HD585AZNBC&manufacture=XFX

    thoughts?
     
  20. thatguyandrew92

    thatguyandrew92 TS Rookie Posts: 118

    my 8800GT is still doin great!
     
  21. I took up R5770 when my 9800GTX overheated (though now it's repaired). My, my am I glad that the R5770 (factory OC) is way cooler than the 9800GTX at stock speed. Well I guess I won't me getting the Fermi at all not wanting to harm my room any further. BTW, I live in a place with 365 days of summer.

    I might just get another 5770 in CrossfireX or jump over to R5870 or whatever that comes next from ATI. The former is my priority now as graphic card prices are not cheap nowadays.
     
  22. Two weeks ago i upgraded from my evga 8800GT SSC to a 5770. I have to say im dissappointed, dont get me wrong, the 5770 is good card, great value. I just expected a higher increase in performance.

    The performance increase in may case was 10-30% depending on the game, i guess ill have to get a GTX 470 after all.
     
  23. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,932   +126 Staff Member

    I currently have a watercooled 8800GTS 512MB G92
    I will upgrade when Crysis 2 is released, currently the games that are out work ok with my setup
    And I think by the time Crysis 2 is released there might have been a die shrink to 28nm for the ATI cards so the more reason for me to wait since I don't really feel the need to upgrade right now, I am also eyeing the 2GB 5870; it seems to make a big difference for minimum framerates at high resolutions
     
  24. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    Well I'm glad I made the right call, and bought 5770, although i'm not an avid gamer (at best a casual one); I may choose to put another one to have a 5770 CF. I guess, this time around, I am not going green for a while anyway.
     
  25. Right now I have a GeForce 9800GT 512MB and I would really like to either upgrade to a HD 5870 Vapor X(the only 5870 that can fit in my CM Scout case) or a GTX 470, I have an SLI motherboard so it will probably be the GTX 470 in the end but it's a shame how much power the new fermi cards use and how hot they get at load.
     
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