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Old August 23, 2008, 11:48 AM
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I am looking to upgrade my video card from a 8800GTS 512 card, to either a 4850CF of GTX280.

I do play games like COD4 (no crysis, maybe far cry 2 when it releases).
Do overclocking, so benchmarking. I have a 19" monitor, max resolution I use 1440 x 900

So trying to make a decision on where to invest, out of all those 3 choices; a single 4870, 4850CF or GTX280 what would be my best choice.

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Old August 23, 2008, 11:51 AM
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Since you're only running a 19", a single 4850 would do you pretty well. But that's not what you asked.

I'd go single 4870, leaves you room to drop another in when you pick up that 30" monitor. I just got one for $269.99, less $20 rebate. That's your cheapest option of the 3.
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I agree.

the 4850 xfire option beats the 280 if you are leaning that way though.
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So your meaning that a 4850CF wouldn't show a noticeable performance increase from a single card. The reason I mentioned benches was because, every year there is a competition that takes place called Forum Wars, different forums take part, users overclock and push their systems to the limit and then do benchmarks.

I don't have any plan of uping my monitor, just me and I love my eyes, don't wanna mess them. Thanks Sugar
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Old August 23, 2008, 12:00 PM
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NO. The 4850 crossfired almost doubles the single 4850 framerates. Take another look at SKYMTL's crossfire review.

I was just saying - single 4870 - $275, room to upgrade, 4850x2 - $325, no room to upgrade, GTX280, $450ish, can't upgrade on crossfire board. Of the 3, the absolute fastest would probably be the 2x4850's. But you won't notice the difference between 75 and 100 FPS on your 19" when your LCD refreshes at 60FPS.
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I get you Sugar. Is there a big difference in games and benches btw the 4870 and a 4850CF, because yes we should be looking at more to upgrade, but the amount of cash I have, just looking to put it towards a good board (Biostar I45), video card, and hard drives. I am trying not to add anything more until X58 is officially launched and released, that time will need serious cash.
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Take a look at these benchmarks.
AnandTech: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 - R700 Preview: AMD's Fastest Single Card
The 4850CF smokes the single 4870 and the 280. Just make sure you have a 600watt+ power supply with 2 - 6 pin pic-x connectors.
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Read on, young padawan. ATI HD4870 & HD4850 Crossfire Performance Review

Pay attention to the 1280x1024 scores, should be similar with your 1440x900.

Note the 2x4850 sometimes beats the GTX280 in max frame rates. But look closely at min frame rates between 2x4850 and single 4870. Close in most games, right? Now you know why I bought a 4870.
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Read on, young padawan. ATI HD4870 & HD4850 Crossfire Performance Review

Pay attention to the 1280x1024 scores, should be similar with your 1440x900.

Note the 2x4850 sometimes beats the GTX280 in max frame rates. But look closely at min frame rates between 2x4850 and single 4870. Close in most games, right? Now you know why I bought a 4870.
Exactly what I look at benches that interest me, only look at lower resolutions. Thanks Sugar, almost convinced about a single 4870, save more money..
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Old August 23, 2008, 12:27 PM
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Makes much more sense to get 1 4870 now instead of 2 4850's at the same time. I love my new 4870 and it eats up and spits out 1680X1050 nooooooo problem.
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