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I am thinking about purchasing a new video card for my other computer and have been looking at the first two cards listed below. I noticed that when I used newegg's power supply calculator that the 4670 uses slightly more watts then the 5570. 266 watts for the HD 5570 vs 299 watts for the HD 4670.

I also looked at a couple of other cards and the 4890 requires 455 watts vs 5450 at 234 watts. So now I am wondering what the first number in the ATI numbering system specifies and will the 4670 out perform the 5570?
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first number (4, 5, or 6 nowadays) is series eg 4000 series
second number is line, generally the higher the number the faster the card eg 4800 > 4600
third number is the model within a line again higher is better eg 4870 > 4850
fourth number is always 0
    
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Yup, just note that there is no technical definition of the numbering system. They are marketing guidelines.

i.e. The first number does not always mean generation/series.
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I am thinking about purchasing a new video card for my other computer and have been looking at the first two cards listed below. I noticed that when I used newegg's power supply calculator that the 4670 uses slightly more watts then the 5570. 266 watts for the HD 5570 vs 299 watts for the HD 4670.

I also looked at a couple of other cards and the 4890 requires 455 watts vs 5450 at 234 watts. So now I am wondering what the first number in the ATI numbering system specifies and will the 4670 out perform the 5570?
those cards dont use nearly that much power. im not sure exactly, but I doubt any of those cards other than the 4890 consumes over 100 watts

numbering system can only be used to compare cards that begin with the same first number
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Is their a way to tell witch of the two cards I am looking at (4670 vs 5570) will preform the best?
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those cards dont use nearly that much power. im not sure exactly, but I doubt any of those cards other than the 4890 consumes over 100 watts
Yeah, but any power supply calculator will vastly exaggerate. Either they want you to buy bigger than you need, or they expect you to buy a crappy PSU.

Also, the 4670 is slightly more powerful than 5570.
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Originally Posted by col musstard View Post
those cards dont use nearly that much power. im not sure exactly, but I doubt any of those cards other than the 4890 consumes over 100 watts

numbering system can only be used to compare cards that begin with the same first number
I'd imagine that's total system power, not individual card draw.

@LMP Benchmarks.
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Wikipedia has comparison charts.

4xxx series

5xxx series
    
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with the card # 5XXX and up are dx 11 Mite be in the best to get dx11. But with a slow card mite not want to use it but u can see what dx11 looks like.
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post #10 of 14
ati gpu card number mean

1st HD is high definition
2nd is 1st number like 3xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx, 6xxx is model also this number tell about direct-x card, stream processors (more big number high stream processors)
3rd is 2nd number like x3xx, x4xx, x5xx, x9xx is base memory (memory bandwidth) more big mean more memory bandwidth (e.g hd6570 with 64Gb/s and hd5830 with 128Gb/s) - depend bit and ddr card use.
4th is 3rd number like xx5x, xx7x, xx9x is clock card use, more big number mean high clock
5th is last number mean 0 is original design, other number mean rework from original design.

* not all gpu full this rules, have like some gpu already overclock by manufacture or other se model.

** if get some wrong please tell me
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