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Hey all,

I've had my 4870x2 only for a few weeks now and already I've had enough with the heat, power supplies, noise and not to mention the bloody drivers! To be honest, I haven't really noticed any game improvements over my old 8800GT other than in Crysis!

Im thinking of switching to another card. Doesn't have to equal the 4870x2, but something that performs reasonably similar would be nice. Can't really spend much more than £100-£120 and really don't mind 2nd hand stuff.

I would maybe prefer Nvidia as I've rarely had problems with them, yet whenever I go ATI I end up disappointed.

Any suggestions are welcome
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An overclocked 5850, or stock 5870, will be around the same/faster than a 5870. Probably faster in most games, as the drivers are much better, and you eliminate the dual GPU issue.

I had a reference 5850, was great even at 2560 x 1440, and locked at 45% (quiet) fan speed, never went over 65C.

nVidia, you'd be looking at a 470 I believe, but they are considerably hotter than the 5xx, take more power, and a little noisier.

You can pick up 5850's for as little as £80/90 now, and 5870's for £130/150 depending where and what you buy. nVidia will be slightly more, as the only real direct competitor for stock speeds on the 5850 would be the 465.

I'm selling a slightly faulty 5870 for £65, if you were interested.
    
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Haha well i don't mind faulty as long as I can fix it and/or I can live with it. What's the fault on your 5870?
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Hey all,

I've had my 4870x2 only for a few weeks now and already I've had enough with the heat, power supplies, noise and not to mention the bloody drivers! To be honest, I haven't really noticed any game improvements over my old 8800GT other than in Crysis!

Im thinking of switching to another card. Doesn't have to equal the 4870x2, but something that performs reasonably similar would be nice. Can't really spend much more than £100-£120 and really don't mind 2nd hand stuff.

I would maybe prefer Nvidia as I've rarely had problems with them, yet whenever I go ATI I end up disappointed.

Any suggestions are welcome

A stock 4870x2 is a little faster than a 5870. I've had both, and I enjoyed my 5870 more, only because of directx11. A stock 5870 is generally faster than a GTX 470, so the only logical upgrade is getting a GTX 570/GTX 480. Unless you want to get two slower cards and crossfire/SLI them.
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http://www.overclockersclub.com/revi...0_hd5850/7.htm

HD5870 was faster at launch when the drivers were crap. Also, people don't realize how much the 470 gains from OCing compared to 5870.

Anyway, 4870x2 should be equal to a GTX 295 right ? If so a nice upgrade would be the 570 or HD6970.
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http://www.overclockersclub.com/revi...0_hd5850/7.htm

HD5870 was faster at launch when the drivers were crap. Also, people don't realize how much the 470 gains from OCing compared to 5870.

Anyway, 4870x2 should be equal to a GTX 295 right ? If so a nice upgrade would be the 570 or HD6970.
Well I'm not looking for a proper upgrade as such, equal or slightly less performance is okay for me. I definitely can't afford a 570 or 6970 , would be nice though! Although anything decent in the ATI 5-series or Nvidia 4-Series would be nice due to the lower power requirements and heat.
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post #8 of 15
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I think I may have semi-decided on the 6870. Looks good, latest ATI series and low power consumption (290W load compared to over 450W load!!).

I can sell my 4870x2 and 8800GT and pay for a 6870 with no problem.
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Good choice, the 5850 will only give you a slight performance gain, not really worth it imo.
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Yeah I did think about the 5850 but if I can get a newer series for similar money, I'd rather do that. Plus ATI are great at not bothering with older GPU driver updates (4870x2 springs to mind!)
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