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1 HD4870 or 2 HD3870s?

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I picked up a used, but working HD4870 today at a swap meet for $30, Not sure why I got it.. Thought maybe it might be better than my current card(s) which are TWO HD 3870s..

So, One HD4870 vs TWO HD 3870s. Which would be better?
post #2 of 12
They're on par in terms of performance (or maybe the 4870 is slightly faster?) so I would choose the single card.
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let me get this straight, you swapped your 3870's already? if not, sell all 3 and get money to buy a new GPU, maybe 7850 or up
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let me get this straight, you swapped your 3870's already? if not, sell all 3 and get money to buy a new GPU, maybe 7850 or up

No. I haven't swapped them yet. Was wondering if 2 lower cards could out-perform the Single HD4870. Trying to cut down on the amount of heat built up in my PC.
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No. I haven't swapped them yet. Was wondering if 2 lower cards could out-perform the Single HD4870. Trying to cut down on the amount of heat built up in my PC.

If I recall correctly the 3870 where not all that great in CF. Scaling issues and driver bugs. You would probably be much better of with a single HD4870.
    
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The 4870 is actually similar to a 5770 in terms of performance which still perform OK. They can probably play all the latest games on low to medium settings.
Edited by tahayassen - 12/7/12 at 7:55am
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No. I haven't swapped them yet. Was wondering if 2 lower cards could out-perform the Single HD4870. Trying to cut down on the amount of heat built up in my PC.

yeah the HD 4870 should be faster.
Edited by raghu78 - 12/7/12 at 7:41am
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post #8 of 12
The 4870 lolstomps the 3870x2 to give you an idea of you what it can do.
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don't get a HD 4870. its just too old. also the HD 4870 idle power is very high. so definitely dn't go for it. sell your HD 3870s for 25 bucks each. add another 60 bucks. get a HD 7770 for 120 bucks (105 after rebate).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011
very low idle power of around 10w. load power of 80w. if you overclock you might use 100w. card will run cool and quiet. if you want to cut your cost sell the Farcry 3 game coupon for 30 bucks. but you would be missing out on a very nice game. thumb.gif

He already bought it. He got it at a swap meet and I doubt they take returns. rolleyes.gif

Swap those 3870's out and you should see near the same performance with less heat which is exactly what you're after as per your OP.


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post #10 of 12
4870 is a much better overall solution

you wont have to worry about issues with scaling, drivers, or microstutter, and it will consume less power and produce less heat

really the only computing advantage the dual 3870s have is you would be able to drive more monitors for 2D
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