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dual 9800 gtx's or dual 4850's

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June 23, 2008 4:27:59 PM

both cost about the same, what do you guys think?
June 23, 2008 4:29:58 PM

If you already have an SLI motherboard than go for the 9800 GTXs. If not then definately go for the 4850, because it is faster, especially with AA, and will perform much better in future titles.
June 23, 2008 4:33:33 PM

o ya forgot to mention they would be going in a brand new pc so don't have to worry about motherboard etc
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June 23, 2008 4:37:18 PM

Then I would go for the 4850 it about ties the 9800 GTX oc'd and kills it with AA enabled. Where the 4850 will really shine in this case is crossfire since it will scale better and in future titles, the 4850 will perform better than the 9800 GTX. Make sure to get an X38 or X48 motherboard since the 4850 takes a large hit in crossfire at anything below x16/x16. I would also recommend waiting a week or 2 to see if some custom coolers come out for these cards, I hear the 1GB version has a nice double slot cooler.
June 23, 2008 4:43:14 PM

With NVIDIA's chipsets for Intel CPUs in the state that they are (don't look very good in everyday usage) I would pick a X48 and 2x HD4850.
I would however wait until the HD4870 comes out.

That being said the 9800GTX is a good overclocker and the 9800GTX+ will very likely be an even better one.
June 23, 2008 4:48:58 PM

I would like to see some links to benchmarks.
June 23, 2008 5:21:29 PM

Oh you should really wait for the 4870s to release ....

and +1 for the suggestion about dual slot 4850.
June 23, 2008 5:45:08 PM

I would go with the 4850s from the reviews I have seen.
They are generally as fast or faster depending on the tests.

And the tests they win they win by a decent margin and when the lose, they lose by a small amount.

Since the 4850 is a new generation card, their drivers are newer and games have not been fully patched to address possible performance issues with the new cards. As a result, performance is likely to increase more over time for teh 4850s than the 9800s
June 23, 2008 6:12:22 PM

I agree, get the 4850's they rock with Crossfire, hitting 2x scaling in certain games.
June 23, 2008 10:33:13 PM

as others have already said.... definitely the hd 4850, though, also like others have said, I would wait for a dual-slot HD4850, that thing runs hot.
June 23, 2008 10:41:39 PM

Andrius said:
With NVIDIA's chipsets for Intel CPUs in the state that they are (don't look very good in everyday usage) I would pick a X48 and 2x HD4850.
I would however wait until the HD4870 comes out.

That being said the 9800GTX is a good overclocker and the 9800GTX+ will very likely be an even better one.


Good point, and one that many people seem determined to overlook. Data corruption issues are still a reality with many of the newer nVidia chipsets when overclocking, and yet people persist in buying them.
June 23, 2008 10:55:36 PM

9800 gtx's, unless you don't care about having a PC / frying pan.
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June 23, 2008 11:11:01 PM

doomsdaydave11 said:
as others have already said.... definitely the hd 4850, though, also like others have said, I would wait for a dual-slot HD4850, that thing runs hot.

This wont be a huge issue, as theyve got a bios update coming soon for these cards, very soon
June 23, 2008 11:17:38 PM

4850 x2 is faster!
June 24, 2008 6:45:40 AM

I have 9800 GTX on SLI and I absolutely love it. 10,000 on 3D Mark vantage and no OC.

I run Age of Conan on max settings 1920x1200 on a 25.5" inch monitor. After a few hours of play, I'm at 59 celsius (high 40s low 50s at idle)

In sum, no complaints at all here.
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