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Radeon 4850 vs Nvidia 9800 GTX? ..and maybe some others

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July 10, 2008 8:02:38 AM

Ok. So I have been having alot of problems with the 4850, seems my motherboard justcan't get along with it. the problem is, from what I have read, there really isn't anything that can compete. Right?

I haven't been keeping up with what's happening on the graphics card scene, so I ask you. What is a good alternative to the 4850? Obviously i'm trying to stay around $200 :/ 

I have been looking at the 9800GTX, how do these cards compare? Are there any other cards I should know about?
a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2008 8:28:05 AM

In most games the HD4850 outperforms the 9800GTX, but not by a huge margin. In other games the 9800GTX performs just a tiny bit better.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341
So far i haven't seen any good benchies where all the cards were overclocked as high as they're capable of being overclocked, or even factory overclocked. If your mobo is having problems with the ATI, then a switch from the HD4850 to the 9800GTX is a pretty minimal one.
$180 for a factory OC card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
even the mild OC 8800GTS 512 wouldn't be a huge hit in performance at $160 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


July 10, 2008 8:28:58 AM

The 9800GTX is on par with the 4850. Your problem however probably PCI-E v1 / v2 or power supply related, what motherboard and power supply do you have?
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July 10, 2008 8:31:47 AM

If it's a PSU problem then you won't have any better luck with a 9800GTX
a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2008 8:35:31 AM

Hmmm never heard of a mobo problem before, unless the card wont fit. Tell us more
July 10, 2008 8:51:50 AM

jaydeejohn, sometimes the card auto-detects a PCI-E v2 instead of PCI-E v1 and therefore won't operate properly, a simple update of the GFX BIOS to force PCI-E v1 fixes these problems.

Happened to a few people with the 8800GT.
July 10, 2008 10:25:37 AM

I have a evga nforce 680 sli motherboard and a corsair 750tx psu
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