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Upgrade from 5770 to 6870?

Poll Results: Crossfire 5770s or single 6870

 
  • 55% (5)
    Crossfire 5770s
  • 44% (4)
    One 6870
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post #1 of 14
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I'm thinking of upgrading my graphics. Right now I have a 5770 which is fine for most use but during gaming it still stutters at times, and I want that to go away, or at least have higher minimal frame rates.

Budget: $200
Now I really want to stay within this, but I might be willing to go maybe ~$10 over, depending on what the extra cost gives me.

Resolution: 1920 x 1080
I do enjoy eye-candy turned on, but I can live without it being turned up all the way.

Main priority: Gaming
Secondary/other: Folding

At this price point I don't think heat issues come up a lot, but noise levels are somewhat important to me. By no means are they a dealbreaker, but I don't want a fricken jet engine in my rig. That said, external exhaust design isn't completely out of the picture, but I do believe cards with a top-down fan designs are generally a bit quieter.

Now right now I'm looking at a 6870, and reviews show that it does offer quite a bit more performance than my 5770. I don't have much brand preference, although seeing all the horror stories involving XFX, that's probably the only brand I want to avoid. I live in China, but I have two weeks left in the United States, so if it breaks, I'm screwed for RMA or warranties and whatnot, since I don't want to pay any international shipping fees.

EDIT: Forgot about crossfire. Adding another 5770 would give me better performance, but then heat and noise issues would come up.

TL;DR
Upgrading graphics card. $200, gaming at 1080p. Can't be too loud. AMD cards only. Thinking of 6870. Need opinions, advice, or confirmation of what I've looked up.
Edited by alwang17 - 7/26/11 at 11:10am
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post #2 of 14
I would suggest another 5770 which would get you better performance than a 6870 and you would still have $75 - 100 left.
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post #3 of 14
a non reference design 6870 does look like your best choice. You will get tons of improvement over the 5770.
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
I would suggest another 5770 which would get you better performance than a 6870 and you would still have $75 - 100 left.
I did consider crossfiring, and the financial savings are certainly attractive, but there are a few problems that I need to consider, mostly noise and heat problems, since multi-gpu on my mobo doesn't have an extra slot between cards, so heat and noise would definitely increase. I know 5770's do scale very well, so it would offer very good value.

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a non reference design 6870 does look like your best choice. You will get tons of improvement over the 5770.
That's generally what I'm thinking about.

Maybe I should put up a poll: xfire 5770, or go with a non-ref 6870.
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post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by alwang17 View Post
I did consider crossfiring, and the financial savings are certainly attractive, but there are a few problems that I need to consider, mostly noise and heat problems, since multi-gpu on my mobo doesn't have an extra slot between cards, so heat and noise would definitely increase. I know 5770's do scale very well, so it would offer very good value.



That's generally what I'm thinking about.

Maybe I should put up a poll: xfire 5770, or go with a non-ref 6870.
xfire has one huge benefit for you. If a card breaks, you are still okay since you will be in China. Also, when I had xire 5770s the noise didnt even compare to my 470s, they are just lower power consumption cards and therefore lower heat. You may want to look at the wattage of two 5770s but I think there wont be huge noise difference.

5770 may be the better choice, especially if you can get a good deal on one.
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post #6 of 14
Xfire 5770.
With your budget you might be able to get a 6950 to, a good jump in performance that would be.
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post #7 of 14
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I would suggest another 5770 which would get you better performance than a 6870 and you would still have $75 - 100 left.
Would likely have higher min frames with the 6870 though.
Bare in mind a 6870 is nearly the same as a 5850; which when OC'd comes within 3-8% of a 5870 *clock-for-clock*

Would prob be a lil cheaper just to pickup another 5770, so to each their own pros/cons
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post #8 of 14
xfire 5770's or wait for 7xxx series. but xfire 5770's is a massive performance boost.
    
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post #9 of 14
I have CF 5770 but they are pain in the ass with using 2 monitors (1 for gaming), I would rather buy 6870 if I was the decision to upgrade.
Only one is runing perfect with 2 monitors, but two 5770 not, so I have to disable the CF.
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post #10 of 14
I went from crossfire 5770 to a single 6870. It is nearly as good as my 2 5770s were. It scores higher but I am sure that is because I went from 1050T to 2500K as well. The 6870 is just smoother overall. Crossfire I had no issues, but it just was not as smooth as the single 6870. Definitely a great upgrade. I'd sell you mine but you look to be in China and I don't want to ship overseas.
   
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