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So I've been getting the bug lately to upgrade from my 4870's. But the question is --to what?

I was reviewing some benchmarks lately and I see that 2 4870's still hold their own even against some of the newer hardware out.

For instance, 2 4870's are usually within 10 fps of a 5870 in most games, and in some rare instances, even beat the 5870 out.

Then when I compare the 5870 to the 6970, I see that they're pretty much neck and neck, and quite often, the 5870 beats the 6970.


Now when giving advice, don't say some crap like "well they're DX11" I kind of don't care about that.

I have been thinking about getting a third 4870 XXX, since they're pretty cheap. But the only place I've found one was on ebay and it still fetching a whopping $140.

So if you were to upgrade, what would you upgrade to? Please give links showing how much of an increase I'd get. I'm trying to find a reason to spend $300+ on a video card or two.

Side note: I am also planning on upgrading my monitor to possibly a plasma TV, or a 240 Hz 40"+ TV.
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Seriously? No one has any advice or suggestions?

I'm open to Nvidia suggestions too. (Hence it's posted in GPU general)
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A 6970 is a good idea. I plan to upgrade my pc to that
but an OC'ed 5850 is also pretty good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-318-_-Product
they're cheap now and plus if you sell the 4870s, it'll cost even less to upgrade
but keep in mind they don't CF well, so i guess if you want to cfire then go for the 6000 series, but
the 6800s arent as powerful as a 5870 or 5850.

so it's really a choice between raw power or better overall performance(?)

personally i recommend a 6970
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A 6970 is a good idea. I plan to upgrade my pc to that
but an OC'ed 5850 is also pretty good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-318-_-Product
they're cheap now and plus if you sell the 4870s, it'll cost even less to upgrade
I'm in the process of moving so, I'll probably have them up on eBay soon. I see people there are still asking some pretty ridiculous prices for the 4870's. I'd be happy if I got ~$110 each.

The 6970 looks pretty good too, however, it really doesn't beat out 5870's, and at half the price, the 5870 looks much more appealing.

Does the 6970 OC better or something? (Been working a lot lately so I'm kinda out of the loop).
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I'm in the process of moving so, I'll probably have them up on eBay soon. I see people there are still asking some pretty ridiculous prices for the 4870's. I'd be happy if I got ~$110 each.

The 6970 looks pretty good too, however, it really doesn't beat out 5870's, and at half the price, the 5870 looks much more appealing.

Does the 6970 OC better or something? (Been working a lot lately so I'm kinda out of the loop).
the 6970 is much faster than a 5870 and currently are all are 2GB VRAM models(currently, those that i see)
plus get one now and wait for a price drop later.(so i guess my reasons are more about future-proofing, not that 5870s are not)

Not sure if it oc well but if my two 5850s are any indication, then yes, it does.
   
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the 6970 is much faster than a 5870 and currently are all are 2GB VRAM models(currently, those that i see)
plus get one now and wait for a price drop later.(so i guess my reasons are more about future-proofing, not that 5870s are not)

Not sure if it oc well but if my two 5850s are any indication, then yes, it does.
Well what do you mean by "faster"? I was perusing some reviews/benchmarks earlier, and the 5870 was right there with the 6970, and a lot of the time, even beat it out.

The 2GB of Vram isn't really needed from what I've seen (except maybe for eye-finity). It's reminiscent of the Sapphire 5870 that was 2GB. It was only ever so slightly faster than a 1GB version. Most of the time, it wasn't any faster at all.
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refer to this chart: hd 6970 trumps hd 5870 by a long shot. Btw, I wouldn't go CF on 2 5870's because of driver issues I've heard recently.
    
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refer to this chart: hd 6970 trumps hd 5870 by a long shot. Btw, I wouldn't go CF on 2 5870's because of driver issues I've heard recently.
The chart you posted is more subjective than you think... but I can see your point...

For OP..if you dont plan on going eyefinity/3D nvidia surround or get a uber high resolution monitor...Then get the 5870 and call it a day...Selling your two 4870s will almost pay for the upgrade and you will have a good single card solution and for less power consumption no less...
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refer to this chart: hd 6970 trumps hd 5870 by a long shot. Btw, I wouldn't go CF on 2 5870's because of driver issues I've heard recently.
I wouldn't exactly go as far as calling the difference, typically less than 10% better, a long shot. You might want to have a look at this review.

While that chart is decent, it's not specific enough. There's not enough info for it to be legitimate. For instance, testing methodology and so on. That and I know it's off because the 5770 in CFX out paces 4870's in CFX, which is wrong. The 5770's are a weaker card.

And the other thing is, it doesn't place multicard GPU config's with single card, so it's kind of difficult to see what's better, in what arrangement.

As for drivers, well I haven't updated in a while, so I'm not too worried. (you know you don't have to update every month )

I still appreciate your input nonetheless.
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The chart you posted is more subjective than you think... but I can see your point...

For OP..if you dont plan on going eyefinity/3D nvidia surround or get a uber high resolution monitor...Then get the 5870 and call it a day...Selling your two 4870s will almost pay for the upgrade and you will have a good single card solution and for less power consumption no less...
That's kind of what I was thinking, except I'd most likely go crossfire. Not necessarily going to run a crazy resolution, probably no more than 2500x1600, but the next monitor or LCD/LED/Plasma I'll get will have a high refresh rate, shootin for 240Hz +.
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