HD 4890 Crossfire vs GTX 570


Dec 19, 2011

I am currently ruunning a pair of 4890 (1GB) cards in my DigitalStorm gaming rig. These are the cards that came in this rig in September of 2009, so I am sure that it is time for an upgrade. My question is: Will a single GTX 570 give a significant enough boost to performance to justify a $300 dollar investment, or is there a better option? I am playing SWTOR and would like to be able to crank my graphics settings up. I am having to play on low settings to keep my FPS in the 50's.


Nov 4, 2011
You'd want to be nuts to buy a card now, wait and see how the 7000 series fairs and even if you're not happy with the price of those cards they will surely drive the price of the current cards down!!

Actually, a better question for us to ask would be the rest of your system specifications.
It could be that you are CPU bottlenecked or that you do not have enough RAM...
I'd say that the performance would be about the same so no point in going with a single 570. Unless you really want DX11 you won't gain much unless you go with two GTX 570s. Wait a little longer for the newer cards to come out next year. You've waited this long after all.


Dec 19, 2011

Ok. Here goes.

Chassis: Cooler Master HAF 922
Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 955 (3.2GHz) Quad Core Black Edition
Mother: ASUS M4A79 Deluxe (AMD 790FX Chipset)
Memory: 4GB Mushkin DDR3 1333MHz
Power : 910 Watt
Video: 2x ATI Radeon HD 4890 (1GB)
Sound: X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
CPU Cooling: Asetek Liquid
Case Cooling: 2-60mm and 1-120 mm fans
OS: Windows Vista

This was a really nice rig a few years ago, and was built with the intentions of upgrading at some point. All of this is stuffed into a Cooler Master HAF 922, so I have room to grow.


the 955 is a good chip still, and with a good OC can handle quite a bit. I recommend seeing what the new series of cards has in store, because as others have said a single 570 isnt going to give you the performance boost to justify the money spent, unless you are REALLY looking to get into DX11 now. If you can wait and see what the new series has in store then you will have much better options at hand for you to make your decision.


Jan 29, 2013

You have almost the same setup as I do,
Phenom 955 BE
M4A79T Deluxe
1000 Watt Corsair
16GB corsair memory <---- "I think this is what you need"
OS 64Bit <---- "32bit OS only recognizes 3.5gb mem"

Playing SWTOR max setting with no issues. Has to be the memory.