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Old January 31, 2009, 12:12 AM
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Default hd4850 Crossfire or Gtx280

Using an Acer 22" widescreen that maxes out at 1680x1050.

therefore I'm thinking gtx280, what do you think?

The only reason Im considering dual hd4850's is because I already have one, so it'd be $200 cheaper to run than a single gtx280.
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Old January 31, 2009, 01:22 AM
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Here this should answer your question.

Sapphire HD 4850 CrossFire Review: Worthy Rival to Nvidia GeForce GTX 280? - X-bit labs

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Old January 31, 2009, 05:26 AM
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I wonder how that review would look with todays drivers.
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Old January 31, 2009, 04:19 PM
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Well my HD4850 Crossfire setup is fine but it isn't supported in every single game so some things work better than others. I also use a 22" LCD and TBH I didn't really notice any major gains going Crossfire but the reason behind it was different than most people's.

Since you already have a HD4850, I think it would be wiser to go Crossfire if you need a bit more power in Crossfire supported games. However if your games aren't support, then you're better off with the GTX280.

Also make sure you motherboard is at least dual 8x PCIe. If it's a P35 chipset, just forget about Crossfire as performance will be bad.
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Old January 31, 2009, 04:38 PM
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I wonder how that review would look if I could see it...
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Old January 31, 2009, 05:54 PM
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The 4850 CF is approximately equal to the GTX 280, but then you have the issue as to what games support Crossfire and what games don't, etc. In this case, becaue you already have a 4850 it would be wise to CF and save $200. But then again you could sell your 4850 and take a slight loss, and get a GTX280 which is a single card which means it's supported by everything and uses only one PCI-E x16 slot.
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While the FPS is comparible, what you are forgetting is that the 280GTX has 1GB of VRAM which is a major bonus over 4850 Crossfire's 512MB when you start adding AA and the eventual larger LCD upgrade that will follow. Sell the 4850 and get a GTX280.
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So you have a CF board eh . Wait a week or two, every since the GTX 285, the GTX 280's price dropped to $300. And currently we see the XFX 4870 1GB going on sale for $265. We all know that we have to pay more for the XFX brand's double life time warranty. So i foresee that in a few weeks the other branded 4870's 1gb gonna drop to the $250

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Single card/chip is preferable, if performance is comparable.
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Single card/chip is preferable, if performance is comparable.
Agreed...adding to that, in the conclusion it was mentioned that resolutions at or above 1920x1200 the 4850 in crossfire didn't have enough ram. I went from SLI 8800GT setup to an GTX280 and I haven't looked back and I love having a soundcard.

My advice sell the 4850 take a little loss and grab the GTX280.

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