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RADEON 5870 OR 5890???

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tomic888

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i am looking for a new pc so i wanted to buy radeon 5870 but few days ago 5970 came out!
price difference is 100 euro, and as i saw 5970 has 2 gd gddr5, and 5870 1.

5890 5870
4040 MHz 4800 MHz
GDDR5 DDR5
735 MHz 850 MHz
PCI Express PCI Express
512-bit 256-bit

5870 has more clock, and i dont know which to buy?
there arent a lot of difference but there is in price 100 euros!
any advice?
 

mxthunder

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What resolution will you be playing at? The 5870 should be able to max any game no problem, and you will have less heat and power consumption, as well as being free from any micro-stutter issues.
 
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tomic888

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i wont play games at some ultimate resolution, i dont like too big resolutions, i think so 5870 is better choice and in time i will get one more 5870, so i will have crossfire.
 

aznkc730

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i wont play games at some ultimate resolution, i dont like too big resolutions, i think so 5870 is better choice and in time i will get one more 5870, so i will have crossfire.

+1.

thanks to ati's resurgence against nvidia, we actually have value and performance without having to pay top dollar for it. the 5970 flagship card is really meant for max performance at max resolution, so while it would be nice to brag about, running that card at 1920x1200 or below would be a waste.

as a side note though, i think the microstuttering issues were resolved in the 4 series. I've owned ati from a 3870x2 to a 4870x2, and while microstuttering was definitely a problem with a 3870x2, i had no issues with the 4870x2. It seems unlikely that problem would pop up again on the 5 series
 

deathman20

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i wont play games at some ultimate resolution, i dont like too big resolutions, i think so 5870 is better choice and in time i will get one more 5870, so i will have crossfire.

That right there sealed the deal. So playing at 1680x1050 or 1920x1200/1080 will do fine witha 5870. Only unless you plan on running 2-3 monitors that a 5970 would be more of an ideal card.

To add to the memory note, while the 5870 has 1Gig and the 5970 has 2Gigs, really the 5970 unless they changed something on how memory is managed between cores it still really only acts like 1Gig due to both the memory banks must have the same information.
 

EarthDog

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A 5850 will do fine at 1920x1080/1200 as well.

+1 on death's memory explanation.

You still didnt list the specific resolution you play at. If its less than 1920x1080, the 5850 would be the best choice. You dont not need two of those cards, none the less a 5970.