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Old Jun 21, 2010, 11:00 AM   #1
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Hello ATI graphics forum browsers, I'm considering buying a Radeon 5770 card for use in gaming. My question is, how long should I expect it to last before having to upgrade to something else? The most recent graphically updated game I play is Bad Company 2.

In other words, as of the day of writing this post, what is the expected lifetime of a Radeon 5770?
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Old Jun 21, 2010, 01:51 PM   #2
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Hello ATI graphics forum browsers, I'm considering buying a Radeon 5770 card for use in gaming. My question is, how long should I expect it to last before having to upgrade to something else? The most recent graphically updated game I play is Bad Company 2.

In other words, as of the day of writing this post, what is the expected lifetime of a Radeon 5770?
Life span? Good year or so, though, depending on your IQ needs, it may be required for you to purchase a new card now, or a crossfire solution, using 2 5770's or 2 5830's, unless of course you need/want more ram; 2 to 4 gigs is the most powerful, and it'll last you 2 years, with max IQ and greater aa/af quality for most games you'd play.

The cost, however, is dependant on your finances and willingness.
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Hello ATI graphics forum browsers, I'm considering buying a Radeon 5770 card for use in gaming. My question is, how long should I expect it to last before having to upgrade to something else? The most recent graphically updated game I play is Bad Company 2.

In other words, as of the day of writing this post, what is the expected lifetime of a Radeon 5770?
What resolution and quality settings do you play at?

AMD and NVIDIA are on a roughly yearly refresh at this point, but you can typically do an upgrade every other release to get a good bang/buck increase in performance. The next expected refresh from AMD is late the year, early next year (no official announcement, guessing) and the new NVIDIA mid range are due anytime now.

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I play at 1440x900 tops since its the preferred resolution of my widescreen monitor.

I don't care much for AA however I do care about AF, Polygons, and Big textures.

Currently I have 2 gigs of ram but soon I will upgrade to 4 aswell. I am running Windows 7 obviously which is why I am specifically asking about a DirectX 11 capable card.
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I play at 1440x900 tops since its the preferred resolution of my widescreen monitor.

I don't care much for AA however I do care about AF, Polygons, and Big textures.

Currently I have 2 gigs of ram but soon I will upgrade to 4 aswell. I am running Windows 7 obviously which is why I am specifically asking about a DirectX 11 capable card.
How much will you spend? Jaggies aren't a big deal for you at that resolution? Hm, then, if you want good performance, and don't care for aa, then a 1gb 5770 or 1 gb 5830 is good for you. I meant 2 or 4 gb's of gpu ram, not ddr 2 or 3 motherboard ram. Going with anything higher would cost you $100+ overtop of the said cards I mentioned; so it's up to you.
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I've been using a XFX HD5770 now for a few months. It's a 1 GB GDDR5 card and I play all games at 1920x1080 if using a single screen, OR 6024x1080 in a 3x1 Eyefinity setup.

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I love this card for its price to performance ratio and you can likely get it for less than what I paid for mine a few months ago.
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1gb of video ram is fine for me I think. As far as spending is concerned, I'd like to not spend over $200.

Also can anyone else vouch for XFX? Is there any specific model or part number i should look for?
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I've had the Sapphire 5770 Juniper, i.e. the closed exhaust fan box for about 3 months now. I've an older system with the G31 chipset and an Intel E6500. So far, this card has worked well for me. Idles at about 45 C and about 65 C when gaming. If you are not playing high frame rate FPS's the card will work well for you. If you are, think about at least a 5830.
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Can you be more specific on your definition of "high framerates"?
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Actually, I do not play FPS games, so I cannot be more specific about frame rates from personal experience. I do build computers for friends and neighbors though, so I have to do research into which cards do what, depending on their individual needs. Here’s one resource you might look at:

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-gaming-graphics-charts-high-quality/benchmarks,101.html

I’m myself am currently playing The Witcher Enhanced Edition with the 1.5 and the Director’s Cut patch. A word of caution about this game; do not play it with women and small children around. The 5770 is doing a fine job rendering the juicy parts.

Even though the VRAM (1 GB) is the same, the main reason I mentioned the 5830 is the doubling of the interface speed goes from 128 MB to 256MB. All in all, it just comes down to what you’re going to do with the card in relation to long term replacement life.
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High framerates would be 60 to 80 frames per second (fps)-with one 5770, you're looking at 25 to 40 fps, depending on game types and code. I have 2 in crossfire, and you're looking at 30-55/60ish fps on crysis..You'll get 50-70 fps with call of duty; modern warfare 2, and with others, check here.
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at that price you dont have much choice

how long it will last is partially up to you... & up to crysis2

if you could squeeze up to 5850 that would be much nicer (but that's just me)

i'm a 4870x2, so ~5870, & i'm mostly satisfied, but want some more crysis speed & no more CF, so i'm waiting on 6870... this would make my 4870x2 last over 2 years, not that it will be a slouch after 2 additional years either
-the point is, a little more higher end like 5850 would last longer, unless you get into CF 5770s later on

single 5770 ~35-50fps in BC2 on max dx11
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35-50 fps is perfectly fine for me.

should i get one with the full slot box exhaust or what?
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that's what i'd get since heat goes out

just... those ones, or maybe the older manufactured ones, have idle driver resets
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