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Author Topic: 4870x2 or 5870  (Read 3841 times)
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« on: October 01, 2009, 07:37:11 AM »

ive tossed and turned over it and while i know the 5870 is the responsible choice i have the chance to get the gainward GLH edition for a little bit cheaper than a 5870. Can anyone provide me with any major complaints about the x2? I did have trouble with the younger 4850x2 but this gainward edition is such a beast.
All comments and opinions are greatly appreciated-  cheers
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2009, 09:31:07 AM »

I don't have one myself but isn't there a problem with some x2 cards in that they are based of crossfire so not all games use both chips from the get go? I know this is the situation with internal SLI cards (like teh GTX 295) hence EVGA (i think) doing their own interum drivers to tide users over till the proper Nvidia releases.
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009, 10:41:37 AM »

it definitely varies from game to game but I made the responsible choice and ordered a sapphire 5870. The GLH edition looked so cool but considering the 5870 can pull under 30w or something insanely low on idle and has windows 7/ direct x 11 compatibility is too good. I also thought of the possible issues of having the GLH edition on a 32 bit os which might cause memory recognition issues so yeah. In hind sight it would have been smart to wait for the 5850 but oh well
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2009, 10:13:20 PM »

I would have to recommend a 5870 i own one and it has handled everything i have thrown at it. Also wanted to get a card that support dx11 nothing uses it now but it a year form now you might be wishing you had it. Just my 2 cents.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2009, 04:58:04 PM »

I think you went with the right choice. Single card with such power and DX11 ready there really should have not been much of struggle to make a choice for you.

The HD5870 FTW.

Enjoy your card as I'm sure you will.
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2009, 09:47:07 PM »

Get the 5870. It does not have microstutters and scales better without a cf profile! Also it got the better featureset and saves you a massive amount on your Energybill!

If you consider microstutters and the higher framerate you need with a CFsetup to mask these stutters, the 5870 may be actually faster, even in those games, where the bar of the 4870x2 is longer in the graph.
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