5870 vs. 4870

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  1. brock2621 macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
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  3. brock2621 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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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!
     
  4. jetjaguar macrumors 68030

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    i want the 5870 as well .. im afraid apple will charge an arm and a leg for it
     
  5. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    I'm looking at adding the 5870 as well. I fear Apple will really, really over charge for the cards.
     
  6. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

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    Is there any word if the 5870 will be sold separately as an upgrade? I hope so.
     
  7. cured.not.dried macrumors member

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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.
     
  8. brock2621 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but the pc versions ship with hdmi and dvi, no mini dvi for Apple displays right?
     
  9. kbonnel macrumors 6502

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    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
     
  10. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    What about 5770 vs. 4870? Any comparisons available yet?
     
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  12. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    That's good news. Thanks!

    I really don't care about gaming but being able to run 3 displays from a single card sounds really charming. Much better than the current solution of 4870 + GT120.
    Looking forward to a price tag less than $200. :)
     
  13. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    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??
     
  14. pipep macrumors member

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    me too, but sadly I don't think it'll happen.
     
  15. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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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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