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Thread: 5700U vs 5900




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    Hey guys,

    My dad just recently ordered a new 5700 ultra from newegg and after reviewing the specs i noticed that it has a 475 core clock and 900 mem clock vs the 450/850 clock of my 5900. Granted i performed the bios mod and have a 5950 ultra at 540/965, but was it stupid to buy the 5900 that cost more at a slower speed? I know theres gotta be a reason that makes the 5900 better... right?
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    Quality, pure and simple. The 5900 is built to higher specifications which makes it a more durable card than the 5700. The 5700 was produced as a cheaper version of the 5900 so that the 5900's capabilities would be affordable to the average consumer. So just think of the 5700 as the poor man's 5900.

    In the end it comes down to durability and longevity. I'm willing to bet that your 5900 will outlast your father's 5700 :wink: . The slightly lower clock speeds are to ensure that the cards processor will last longer.

    So in short, you're not stupid. Just think of it as a good long term investment. Until something better comes along (NV40 series), you're card is top of the line.

    Hope that helps a little.

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    The 5700u is a 128bit card and the 5900 is a 256bit card. Even if the 5700u had 600/1000 speeds, there would still be no comparison.
    Durability and longevety have nothing to do with how many bits the memory interface has or how fast the stock core/mem speeds are. Something like passive cooling on the other hand will shorten the life of any component.
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    oh ok, thanks a lot both of you, soyoman for making it so i dont feel like an idiot and maximus7001 for proving that i still have the better card 8)
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    I think the main difference is, the 5900 has 8 pipelines and the 5700 has 4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maximus7001
    The 5700u is a 128bit card and the 5900 is a 256bit card. Even if the 5700u had 600/1000 speeds, there would still be no comparison.
    Durability and longevety have nothing to do with how many bits the memory interface has or how fast the stock core/mem speeds are. Something like passive cooling on the other hand will shorten the life of any component.
    I completely agree with maximus..like always ^_^, not sure about soyoman though. To add more to maximus, even though the 5700 and 5900 is almost the same chip..both 256bit, the 5700 is crippled because it uses 128bit bus transfer for its memory, compared to the 5900 256bit memory transfer. So when comparing 128vs256, clock speed have to be gradually high to surpass the 256bit card. GPU proccesors are meant to handle high speeds and run fairly hot. So nothing to worry about..and the whole flashing thing completely put you ahead of your dad's 5700u

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