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Upgrading vid card, should I get another (dua) Radeon 5870 or switch to Nvidia?

#1OptimoLifePosted 8/25/2013 4:25:58 PM
Hey guys, I've been out of the loop with current hardware, about 3 years ago I built a i7 930 pc with an ATI Radeon 5870 card which was a really good card at the time, cost me around $500 I think.

It's a pretty kickass setup and has run almost every game with high details....but not all games can be run at max settings without suffering with low FPS.

I have been thinking of adding another 5870 in 2-way SLI setup, thinking that the 5870s have lowered in price since then, but they're actually pretty hard to find new, mostly used and refurbished auctions are on Ebay....but since I'm so out of the loop with current hardware, I figured I'd ask some of you more informed than I.

So my question is, will a dual 5870 setup be efficient to run let's say, BF4 at 60FPS, or can you guys maybe suggest a single , newer video card that may handle even better than a dual 5870 setup?

Should I switch to Nvidia?

Thanks in advance for ANY suggestions you can offer!
#2godplaysSNESPosted 8/25/2013 4:31:54 PM
HD 5870 Crossfire will probably be ok, but you are better off going with a powerful single GPU.

The HD 7970 Ghz Edition or Nvidia equivalent for example.

Regarding AMD vs Nvidia, Dice claims DX11.1 will yield better performance, which only AMD supports fully at the moment. Remains to be seen if it's truth or just PR however.
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#3OptimoLife(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2013 4:45:34 PM
godplaysSNES posted...
The HD 7970 Ghz Edition or Nvidia equivalent for example.


Thanks, just looked this up and it looks like a pretty beast card. I might just wait till BF4 comes out and see how it runs first on my 5870, but if I'm not happy or will want to increase FPS, etc, then I'll go for the 7970 Ghz Edition.
#4godplaysSNESPosted 8/25/2013 4:47:33 PM
Good call. If you get a new GPU, word is that AMD's new series will be launching right in time for BF4.

You could also try giving your CPU an overclock.
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#5OptimoLife(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2013 4:51:07 PM
I just looked at the Nvidia GTX 680, looks like a nice card, a bit more expensive than the 7970 but is it much much better?

Also , doesn't ATI have some sort of upgrade program that lets you exchange your card for a newer one at reduced cost? For some reason I have a memory of seeing that somewhere
#6OptimoLife(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2013 4:55:14 PM
Answered my own question about 7970 Ghz vs GTX 680, the 680 doesn't really seem worth it over the 7970 Ghz.

http://us.hardware.info/reviews/3991/3/amd-radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-vs-nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-frametimes-review-battlefield-3
#7OptimoLife(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2013 4:56:07 PM
godplaysSNES posted...
Good call. If you get a new GPU, word is that AMD's new series will be launching right in time for BF4.

You could also try giving your CPU an overclock.


Thanks again for your help, I guess waiting is the smart choice for now, in case there is a new line of cards coming out before BF4.

Thanks!
#8Snuckie7Posted 8/25/2013 4:57:36 PM
OptimoLife posted...
I just looked at the Nvidia GTX 680, looks like a nice card, a bit more expensive than the 7970 but is it much much better?


In fact, it's not better at all.
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#9kill2thisPosted 8/25/2013 6:35:55 PM
680 shouldn't even be an option (unless heavily discounted) with the 770 being in place.
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#10NicodimusPosted 8/25/2013 7:06:14 PM
OptimoLife posted...
Answered my own question about 7970 Ghz vs GTX 680, the 680 doesn't really seem worth it over the 7970 Ghz.


Definitely not. The 770 is a 680 with a faster clock/1000mhz faster memory, and it is cheaper than the 680 to boot.

Between the 770 4gb and the 7970 3gb, the performance is neck-and-neck. I went with the 770 because SLI isn't having the same issues that Crossfire is at the moment, and I might want to get a second one down the road. 3gb vs 4gb of VRAM isn't much of an issue right now, but it could be in a couple of years. If you're never going to SLI, I'd think that you can't go wrong with either card for the near future, though.
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