5870 vs. 4870

brock2621

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Shew... I currently have the 4870 and am looking to upgrade to the 5870 for two reason:

1. I have duel ACD and need the dual mini display

2. I am an avid After Effects guru and need all the punch I can get (yes i know the QaudroFX, but it's just not worth it and they never update them).

How do you all think they will compare performance for price? Any early reviews comparing them both on the PC at least?
 

brock2621

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Thanks! Yeah it will help in AE, the added ram itself will really help with 4k buffers. I'll read over these reviews... Thanks again!
 

cured.not.dried

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first to post the 5870 ROM???

if :apple: does overcharge you can always do the work yourself whenever one of our ultimate badass MR members posts the ROM. it does require a bit more patience, and you won't get support for it, but it's kinda fun to tinker around with.
 

brock2621

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if :apple: does overcharge you can always do the work yourself whenever one of our ultimate badass MR members posts the ROM. it does require a bit more patience, and you won't get support for it, but it's kinda fun to tinker around with.
Yeah but the pc versions ship with hdmi and dvi, no mini dvi for Apple displays right?
 

kbonnel

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In a nice place..
if :apple: does overcharge you can always do the work yourself whenever one of our ultimate badass MR members posts the ROM. it does require a bit more patience, and you won't get support for it, but it's kinda fun to tinker around with.
I am only interested in doing a PC card flash if it is going to function/act EXACTLY like the apple card, and I won't have to worry about each and every update. (i know, the 4870 512mb PC version is pretty much exactly like the apple one, but I wanted 1GB :) ) I had my fun with the 4890, but it is just too much of a pain.

I think at this point it is still early enough to get an ATI reference 5770/5870 that early flashing might work out well.

I am thinking of the 5770 to replace my 4890. A little slower, but it should fit my needs just fine since I don't need the 5870. (and I agree, the cost is probably gonna be HUGE)

K
 

MacsRgr8

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Is there any word if the 5870 will be sold separately as an upgrade? I hope so.
The question of the day...

I now have the 2008 Mac Pro (8 Core 2.8 GHz) with Radeon 4870.

I would love to find out what difference the 5870 will make on this Mac (especially regarding X-Plane on the Mac, and new games in Win 7).. Barefeats.. R U there? :p

... and of course... can we get it, and @ what price??
 

Spanky Deluxe

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I don't have any benchmarks to show for myself since I never benchmarked my 4870 but in my hackintosh the 5870 (well half of the 5970 I'm using) is substantially faster than my 4870 was before. The only real thing I can give any comparison on is that Half Life 2 stuttered something terrible when I ran it at 2560x1600 with all of the settings turned up to max on my 4870. It still stuttered a bit with only 2x AA on but the only way to make it smooth was to have no antialiasing (this may have been improved with drivers now). The 5870 can run it at maximum resolution with everything set to max and is smooth as silk.
 
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