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Old June 28, 2008, 08:42 PM
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Default ATI 4850 or 4870

Basically I just want some input and help deciding if it worth to spend the extra $100 or not.

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I do game, but not really very heavy games, games like Call of Duty 4 max settings, Nba Live 08, fifa 08 etc.. I do overclock and bench alot on 3dmark..

I was looking at going crossfire, so not too sure if I should go for 4850 crossfire or 4870 crossfire. I remember some thread SKY said: "Go for the 4870's only if your playing games at awfully high resolutions..

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Old June 28, 2008, 09:06 PM
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Personally, I think that if you are on a budget you should get the HD4850 since the $100+ difference between the two cards which may be a pretty hefty addition depending on the money you have.
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Personally, I think that if you are on a budget you should get the HD4850 since the $100+ difference between the two cards which may be a pretty hefty addition depending on the money you have.
Yup saving $200 is always nice, but lets say if there was no budget, what would you go for..
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Old June 28, 2008, 09:26 PM
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Yup saving $200 is always nice, but lets say if there was no budget, what would you go for..
I think that's kind of obvious. You'd get the best you could if the budget was limitless.

Just a word of advice though, that motherboard isn't full x16 Crossfire, its only dual 8x, so you'd take a bit of a hit in performance.
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Yup saving $200 is always nice, but lets say if there was no budget, what would you go for..
I'd take dual 4850 cards.

I just did in fact. And I smile knowing that I can match or beat a GTX 260 and certainly beat a 4870.
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Damn I wish I had an Intel chipset...if your budget isn't too tight I see no reason not to go for the 4870. 1440 is not a huge resolution but the faster card will still allow you to enjoy more eye candy.
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If no budget i would go for the 4870.
If on a budget go with the 4850.

With my 30" monitor, i need at "least" a 4870
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I think that's kind of obvious. You'd get the best you could if the budget was limitless.

Just a word of advice though, that motherboard isn't full x16 Crossfire, its only dual 8x, so you'd take a bit of a hit in performance.
That is only the case for a few games. Most of the time, a 9800GX2 in PCIe 4x will be as fast as a PCIe 16x 2.0. As seen in this "review" done by Tom's Hardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...0,1915-10.html
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That is only the case for a few games. Most of the time, a 9800GX2 in PCIe 4x will be as fast as a PCIe 16x 2.0. As seen in this "review" done by Tom's Hardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...0,1915-10.html
And I'll point you to this: Hey Sky, heads up about x8/x8 CF.
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And I'll point you to this: Hey Sky, heads up about x8/x8 CF.
And I'll tell you to read the whole thread. (We make fun of each other on MSN every time we have to correct the other person).
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