According to Tom's Video Hierarchy Chart, 3 Classes different. (they say never make an upgrade if the improvement is less than 2 classes)
In real world improvement, if your not doing super high res on larger 23+ monitors, probably not really that much of a difference. I've been looking for a reason to upgrade my 4850 and when I start comparing the titles I play at the res I play at, (Not a hard core gamer of newer titles) I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger on a new card, If I had a MC close to me, I'd jump on this as It's definitely an upgrade and at that price, a steal, but how much improvement you see, is dependent upon the titles your playing. both put out quite a bit of heat, both are somewhat power pigs compared to the newer cards.
According to Passmark Softwares Benchmarks, the 560 TI kicks the 4870's butt.
The 560ti comes in at 3500
the 4870 at 1350
Looks like a hell of an upgrade.
Last edited by GregWmson; 04-03-2013 at 09:42 AM..
Thanks for the info. My local Microcenter also the GTX460 for $20 less. Is the $20 higher price justified in the performance difference you get with the 560Ti if I'm only interested in a single card setup?
Isn't this card like 2 years old? Seems old tech, but then again I'm still using a
9800GT for gaming
2yrs sounds like a long time, but lately Nvidia has been releasing new hardware that's only microscopically faster than the previous card. It's because they push harder for new cards faster, but all that really means is the improvements are smaller. Imagine if car companies released a new car every 6 months instead of 1yr cycles.
Anyways, I would pay the extra $20 for a 560 TI (the TI cards are tweaked version of non-TI cards). It may only be a little bit faster, maybe not $20 worth, but newer cards tend to use a smaller micron (aka nm) so you'll save $20 easily in power usage over the next 2yrs. But overall the 460, 560 and 650 all perform the same, speed wise, but they can vary greatly in price. If you can find a good deal on a 650 I would recommend it over a 460 because it's very low power usage and still faster than a 460, you'll get $20 back easily, but if it's like $50 more, not really worth it.
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