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XFX 8800 Ultra vs HD4850

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August 9, 2008 9:48:21 AM

Hello

I currently have an 8800 ultra with HR-03 Plus and 92mm fan but I am having quite a few problems with running games, card is freezing up etc. I am quite sure it is my power supply [550W Gigabyte Superb] and rather than getting a new power supply I would rather just get a card that is more power efficient, as the Ultra is as power crazy as a dictator!

So I have been thinking about trading out for an HD4850 with someone. I get the idea that the HD4850 is a little of a downgrade performance wise, but the plus is that I will be getting a warranty with the HD4850, along with the fact that it will be new and is probably better suited for the coming gaming generation in terms of how the card was made. These are mostly just assumptions and I could be completely wrong, that's why I am here, to check with the real pro's!

Thanks for any help

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August 9, 2008 10:02:31 AM

u will be havin a downgrade of bout less than 5% but a vast increase in efficiency.plus 4850 will make less sound.........if u lik the sound of that...go 4 it.
August 9, 2008 10:32:36 AM

that sounds very reasonable!
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August 9, 2008 11:49:37 AM

If u have a 8800ULTRA,then dont do it,because HD 4850 performs very closely like your card.
August 9, 2008 12:52:24 PM

I would upgrade the power supply. I mean, if you're going to make system upgrades in the future, you're going to need a new power supply. Why buy new parts that don't advance your system?

But, then again, I would have to be SURE the ultra is causing the gaming problems. If I'm sure it was, then I'd replace it. But if it's not, and you know it'll perform fine with a new PSU, I'd go for the PSU.
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August 9, 2008 1:20:06 PM

frozenlead said:
I would upgrade the power supply. I mean, if you're going to make system upgrades in the future, you're going to need a new power supply. Why buy new parts that don't advance your system?

But, then again, I would have to be SURE the ultra is causing the gaming problems. If I'm sure it was, then I'd replace it. But if it's not, and you know it'll perform fine with a new PSU, I'd go for the PSU.

+1
August 9, 2008 6:23:30 PM

Battlefield 2142 definitely does rule.
August 9, 2008 7:22:50 PM

I think the best of the battlefield series was 1942.
a c 191 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
August 9, 2008 7:48:24 PM

OP: You have n`t mentioned what temperatures your card is reaching, how long it has been in service and if the problem is new or has been slowly becoming more serious.
With any freezing/artifacting (showing distorted images) problem on a card that has been working for a while, check its temperatures, and Rivatuner (Google it) is an excellent way of doing this.

BTW good advice on upgrading the PSU
PSU upgrade: +3
a b U Graphics card
August 9, 2008 10:03:41 PM

I liked BF2 the best of the series.
August 10, 2008 1:22:02 AM

lol it looks like my threads been hijacked >_< hehe

The thing is that the HD4850 is brand new whereas the Ultra I bought second hand without any packaging/warranty from a guy who bought it second hand himself and had no idea how old it was!

My card has been running between 85-90C and even up to 95C at times [Crysis: High, 1680x1050, 2x AA].

The problem however is not [well doesnt seem to be] overheating.

If I DO NOT underclock the Ultra [from 675/1667/1150 to 600/1481/900] the game crashes in a few seconds at around 87C.

If I DO underclock, it runs for a good while at 85-95C.
August 10, 2008 2:15:00 AM

Gotta be power. Unplug some of your disk drives...anything you can spare; see if that makes a difference.
August 10, 2008 5:07:33 AM

i think 4850 would not be much more better than ultra on power efficient
the key is that 4850's performence is little better than ultra
finally the fact is that if you wanna to got enough performence you would have to pay more for your electricity fee ~~
a c 169 U Graphics card
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August 10, 2008 8:27:11 AM

I agree about the power efficiency but not about the performance.
Because in some games 8800ULTRA takes the lead and in some games HD 4850 wins,so it isnt worth it to give away a 8800ULTRA and get a HD 4850.

Btw,i like BF2 the most in all of BF series :) 
August 10, 2008 8:51:48 AM

ahhh i just love reading threads with paris lee in them...makes my roflcopter go soi soi soi :p 
August 10, 2008 10:34:46 AM



I know these are not from the same review, could not find a single review comparing ultra and 4850, but this is 140W load power difference!
November 25, 2008 1:19:39 PM

hi i am new and i will be glad if som one help me to know what is the bast hd 4850 ( gaiward golden sample ,asus esh4850 ....)
i am waiting any answer
November 25, 2008 1:25:19 PM

Palit/Gainward make good cards.

I have a HD4850 in my second PC and its a visiontek card, as they have a lifetime warranty; however P&G I believe have better coolers on their cards than the stock models.
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