i have dual 24" lcds, and i want a card that does well at high resolutions. What do you guys think is the best? all three of these are around the 200-300 price point, which is what im looking at. thanks a lot.
I was thinking about getting a 9800 GX2 but then I found an open box 4850 on newegg for $137 so I bought that and ill buy another 4850 when i need a good performance boost. that probably wont be a for a while tho
It depends on resolution. 4850 scales better, and its fps pull ahead at above 1600x1200 but drops behind below it. Of course, this also vary on different games. On average, it's about the same. UT3 Call of Duty 4 Far Cry Crysis
Wow... ok... Anyway either the GTX 260 or the 4870 are your best bets. The 4870 is better over all unless you really want to play Crysis.
Would you stop spreading lies already? What makes you think gtx 260 perform better than 4870 in Crysis? It's the exact opposite, 4870 get higher fps by 1-4%, depending on resolution and aa settings. http://en.expreview.com/2008/06/24/first-review-hd-4870...
The so called "Crysis skew" applies to older generation cards. So stop blaming everything on Crysis.
And as you can see, 4870 and gtx260 perform about the same overall, across multiple games and multiple resolutions. 4870 is slightly faster, but the 1.5% is not significant. Whatever you can get for cheaper is the better deal.
And of course, both will fall far short of 9800gx2, which outperforms a gtx280.
Problem with any comments of the 4870 running hot is, all the nVidia cards dump heat into your case, where therest of your componants are not made to handle such heat, whereas the 4870 pumps its heat outside the case, elimanating that problem. The 4870 is designed to handle that heat, so once again, problem solved.
it really depends what games you want to play etc.
i have a 4850 and i play cod4 at 1440x900 4xAA 16xASF everything high and get 75+ fps. the GX2 is the best cod4 card though. but if you never drop below 75 fps it really doesn't matter. i played crysis on very high (DX9) @ 1440x900 and got 32 fps avg in my benchmarks. with 2xAA i think i got 27. it was totally playable though i was surprised. and this was on a pci-e1.0 motherboard which could bottleneck it (would my pci-e 1.0 motherboard bottleneck? i'm about to buy a new one anyway but i might not if it doesn't matter. i've had mixed answers though)
i recommend the 4850 and get another later. or get a 4870. i think the 4850 is the best price vs performance card right now though.