Any point to buying a 4670/4770 right now?

veganzombie

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I have an ATI x1600 Pro right now, and I'm looking to upgrade my video card, but I've been told to wait since DX11 is coming out next month or so. But the local Microcenter has a few Sapphire 4770s still in stock, and I'm considering picking one up. I think the 4770 requires a power connector, and I'm running a M2A-VM mobo, which doesn't have a separate one for video cards, so I might have to settle for a 4670, but that's not the point.

Would buying a 4670/4770 (or any card) pretty much be a waste of money? Or is DX11 not going to be in games for 3 years anyway?
 
I reckon that by the time DX11 is the embedded standard any card you buy now or the next year or so will be well outdated and need replacing anyway, so there is absolutely no reason to let it influence any purchasing decision at this time.
 

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Just so you know, the power connector the 4770 needs doesn't come from the motherboard, it comes from the power supply. You need to find out if you have a spare 6-pin power connector coming from you power supply before you buy it because, if you do have one, the 4770 is definately worth getting. It's a great card. :)

That said, the 4670 is still a good card regardless. ;)
 
Considering you're coming from an X1600 pro it will be a huge improvement :D. Anyway it will be a few months before the new DX11 cards some out, and I'm sure you want to play games, like now :). I expect the first wave of sub $150 DX11 cards to be disappointing, as the first two waves of DX10 cards were with the exception of the 3850. Assuming that ATI's $200 replacement card can offer at least, though hopefully better, performance in the 4890/4870 1GB range then there may be a fire sale to get rid of old 4870/4890 inventory. Thing is, that's more than one if and AMD is clearing out 4870s and 4850s now. The 4770 is in stock and you can buy it now so I say go for it. The only reason to pick up a 4670 instead is if your PSU is weak.
 

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So when the box says it requires a 6-pin connector, does that mean that I plug that pin directly into the video card like I do with a hdd or other drive? I always thought that there was like, a 6-pin port on the mobo itself for the video card, like the ATX for the CPU.
 

Nope, it's PSU to graphic card.