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Autumn 2009 Graphics Card Upgrade Guide

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Mathmarauder 1st October 2009, 17:43 Quote
There is some confusion probably on my part, but aren't the Fermi cards pushed back until 2010? Were the cards that were pushed back just the Tesla variants?
Adnoctum 1st October 2009, 17:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by akibro
I have always been bombarded by friends and "experts" with the theory the ATI works best with AMD and GeForce with Intel?

It is a gaming fallacy that AMD/AMD and nVidia/nVidia is the best way to go.
There have been many attempts over the years to prove/disprove it by hardware sites, but the results have always shown that any differences can be attributed to an acceptable margin of error (as Hustler states) or one brand of chipset is stronger/weaker than the other.
If you look at Bit-Tech's own motherboard reviews, you can often see a measurable difference between brands/models using the same chipset. It is all down to individual implementation.
Veles 1st October 2009, 17:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but the highest "bang for buck" scores are actually at lower resolutions. This is kind of interesting, because it implies (accurately, in my view) that resolution has far less to do with fun factor than frame rate does, and that we should all be playing on larger, lower res displays - TVs, in other words, at higher frame rates, rather than insisting on everything being 1920x1200.

No we shouldn't be playing PC games on TVs unless we're far away from them, TVs look horrible at desk distance, if you're sat at a desk then 1280x1024 on a 19" is big enough while also giving you a sharp picture.
TSR2 1st October 2009, 19:02 Quote
@Phil Rodes: Unfortunately LCD's don't tend to do lower resolutions at all well, but still. I don't usually go above 1440x900.
SlowMotionSuicide 1st October 2009, 19:24 Quote
Good to see my GTX275 isn't trailing too far behind yet. I'm sticking with my plan to drop in another one once their price drops a bit more, probably will once nvidia gets their DX11 cards out.
wuyanxu 1st October 2009, 19:44 Quote
wow, gtx260-216 still hanging on there.

can't wait to see Bit-tech's Dx11 GPU upgrade guide come nVidia's GT300
javaman 1st October 2009, 20:27 Quote
This has been grinding at me for a while but what causes CPU limitation? How do you test for CPU limitation? If at lower resolutions your cpu limited is it therefore worth upgrading you monitor over your cpu provided your graphics card can handle it? I know thats an odd and nobish question but can anyone enlighten me?

Nice article. Im surprised the GTX260 is way down there on price to performance. when I built my mates PC I went for it over the HD4870, both where as low as £99 at the time but I went for bigger warranty the nvidia cards offer.
Hypno 1st October 2009, 20:31 Quote
Here's me still running AGP into the ground haha.
bionicgeekgrrl 1st October 2009, 22:57 Quote
Looks like my BFG 8800GT 512mb (coupled with C2D E6550, 2Gb ram, Samsung 2343BW (2048x1152) is due for an upgrade...

GTX260 looks best option from this? (prefer Intel for Linux drivers generally).

Would my Tagan 480w PSU cope with a GTX260?
numanoid 1st October 2009, 23:08 Quote
my m8s still running agp lol and a 2.8 amd cpu (not 64 bit) and 1 gig of ddr memory, his graphics card is an ati rage 128 ultra lol, i want that 5870 soooo bad lol, but ill have to sell my sapphire 4890 oc first lol, its going on ebay saturday lol
Tyr 2nd October 2009, 00:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by numanoid
my m8s still running agp lol and a 2.8 amd cpu (not 64 bit) and 1 gig of ddr memory, his graphics card is an ati rage 128 ultra lol, i want that 5870 soooo bad lol, but ill have to sell my sapphire 4890 oc first lol, its going on ebay saturday lol

It is good that is all still running, my s939 system died last week so it was out for a new one.

The 4890 is still a very capable card, my brother got one after my recommendation for £120. It generally seems to perform about 1/3rd slower than a 5870 but at that price you can't complain.

I did want to get a 5850 but nowhere has stock and then the 5870 turned up in stock at scan and I couldn't help myself. :o I'll be able to play some games that I've had for months but couldn't run on my 7800GTX (yes even on low res/setting).
confusis 2nd October 2009, 10:04 Quote
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You can join the bit-tech and Custom PC folding team (currently ranked fifth in the world) by using the team number 35947. Your contribution is valued.

We're 6th now in the world of folding guys... Was overtaken a week ago :(
00se7en 2nd October 2009, 14:55 Quote
Still happy with my recent 4850 purchase for £70 inc VAT, delivered. Don't game enough to justify any extra outlay, and think my PSU will thank me for it! Maybe in 18-months I'll check out the DX11 successor to the 4770.

Given that even 4670 cards run at £50-ish you can't suffer much in the way of depreciation with a card like this, cool as it is to have the latest and greatest.

Saved pennies will buy me a nice SSD, which will also depreciate like a stone but at least I'll feel the benefit every time I turn on my PC.
thehippoz 2nd October 2009, 21:27 Quote
thing is if that lucid board pans out.. the x2 and 295 might not be such a good thing to have- value would probably drop pretty fast on those cards
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 3rd October 2009, 02:08 Quote
This is a great article. Thank you Bit-Tech!! The 5870 is the new beast but I'm gonna get another 4890 so I can crossfire. There won't be a great directx 11 game out till Summer 2010 or later. I'm very proud of my HD 4890 and how it performed in your updated test. Now re-run the test with all the cards overclocked cause my HD 4890 runs at 1 ghz and is a monster!

One more thing running two gtx 260-216 in SLI is the BEST bang for your buck everybody knows this.
Austin 3rd October 2009, 11:10 Quote
:) Great article, super read. Few typos listed below.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2009/10/01/autumn-2009-graphics-card-buyers-guide/12

"impressively low amount of power considering the performance is offers" ... 'is' should be 'it'.

"Then again, the GTX 295 is £330 while a 9800 GT (which performs identically to the 800 GT)" ... '800 GT' should be '8800 GT'.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2009/10/01/autumn-2009-graphics-card-buyers-guide/13

"We can’t imaging either card will be round for much longer" ... imaging should be imagine.
oatey4519 4th October 2009, 11:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krayzie_B.o.n.e.
This is a great article. Thank you Bit-Tech!! The 5870 is the new beast but I'm gonna get another 4890 so I can crossfire. There won't be a great directx 11 game out till Summer 2010 or later. I'm very proud of my HD 4890 and how it performed in your updated test. Now re-run the test with all the cards overclocked cause my HD 4890 runs at 1 ghz and is a monster!

One more thing running two gtx 260-216 in SLI is the BEST bang for your buck everybody knows this.

Just added another 260 to my setup after taking some advice from the Folding guys.
What a great move it was...
119 all in from Scan
Has added some serious kick all around - Folding and gaming
Getting nearlly 9000ppd now(in Sli) - was 7000-8000

A true bargain until the new 300's are out..

Great article as always!
oh and surely its 1.60 update on Cod WaW? not 1.7
Phage 7th October 2009, 11:59 Quote
Looks like I'll be sticking with the 4890 VaporX until next Summer then. Then I'll look again CF or 5870....decisions decisions.
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