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Which is faster for BF3? 8800 GTX or HD 4870 512mb?

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This question was sparked in another thread. Rather than continue to derail that thread, I'd rather get some more opinions on this.

HD 4870 512MB - DX10.1, 800 stream processors, 256-bit memory bus, GDDR5,
8800 GTX 768MB - DX10, 128 CUDA cores, 384-bit memory bus, GDDR3


Assuming the settings and conditions of play were exactly the same, which card would be faster/better for BF3?

Opinions are welcome. If you have some benchmarks, that would be cool too. smile.gif
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/513?vs=521

That shows the 8800GT vs the 4870. I'm not sure what the difference is between the GTX and the GT is, but I guess this gives an idea.
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4870 takes my vote. The GDDR3 on the 8800 would likely be it's downfall imo
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Part of the reason I'm asking is because someone else is claiming that since BF3 is such a vram hog, that the 384-bit bus and 768mb of memory on the 8800 GTX would actually give it a leg up on the higher bandwidth and faster overall speed of the HD 4870 512MB

I'm trying to see if we can get some definitive answers as to if the 8800 GTX truly is faster in BF3.
Edited by Mad Pistol - 4/15/12 at 10:49pm
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post #6 of 15
HD 4870. Its a gen ahead of the 8800GTX, it competes with the GTX 260.
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post #7 of 15
Ya, I would say the 4870. You're going to be playing at reduced settings anyway so I doubt having lots of vram would matter as much.
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I dont have any benches, but a 384 bit on DDR3 does not overcome a 256 bit on DDR5.
512 bit DDR3 would compete with 256 bit DDR5 if memory serves.

Now, the added vram is a bonus, but its not fast enough to be one really worth shouting about.

My vote goes to the 4870. Even though it lacks VRAM it makes up for it with horsepower.
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post #10 of 15
The 4870 is significantly faster than the 8800GTX in most games, and I don't think BF3 would be an exception. After all, the 4870 is 2 generations newer than the 8800GTX, so it's not surprising that it would be faster.
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