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512mb or 1gb HD4850

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September 4, 2008 5:58:30 PM

I have decided on the HD4850 as my next video card due to price and performance. I just don't want to spend a ton of money. I currently have a x1650 pro 512mb AGP so this is a huge upgrade.

My question is between the 512MB and 1GB versions of the card. is the $60 difference worth it to upgrade to the 1GB version?

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September 4, 2008 6:37:04 PM

It isnt worth it at all. I was in a similar situation as you a few weeks ago, and after checking benchmarks it was clear the 512 version was pretty much exactly the same. Especially since that $60 difference could probably get you a 4870. Go with the saphire version.
September 4, 2008 6:53:31 PM

Thats what I was thinking, but the 4870 would be $100 more then the 4850.
I have been looking at the saphire one.

Currently I have:
Gigabyte P4 Titan GA-81k1100
P4 3ghz w/HT
2gb corsair (4x512) ddr 533mhz
Visiontek x1650 pro 512mb

Looking to upgrade all the main componants to:
MSI P45 Neo2-FR
Core 2 duo E8500 or Core 2 quad Q9300
4gb corsair dominator (2x2) ddr2-8500 1033mhz
saphire HD4850 512mb

I am not sure if I want the dual or quad core. Dual better for most games and overclocks great, but quad will have more long term benifit. What do the rest of you think?
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September 4, 2008 7:16:53 PM

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September 4, 2008 7:40:43 PM

I see no power supply new or old
September 4, 2008 8:00:49 PM

it'd be better to spend the $100 on the 512MB 4870 to get faster clocks, dual slot cooling and gddr5 rather than $60 on the 1GB 4850 to get the same clocks, same single slot cooling and (twice as much) gddr3.
September 4, 2008 8:02:53 PM

EMCAKAEBE

promo code for 4870 on newegg... after rebate and savings, its $239
September 4, 2008 8:15:44 PM

Get the 4870 if using a 24" LCD or larger. The 512mb 4850 is fine for anything smaller 17, 19, 22..
September 4, 2008 10:04:56 PM

fleakiller said:
I see no power supply new or old


The PSU is gonna stay the same for now, I have a 650w but cant remember the brand. It is only a few months old I got a great deal 49.99 instead of 149.99 when comp usa closed down their stores. Along with the tower a coolermaster centurion 5
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September 4, 2008 10:43:07 PM

Ah CompUSA, you finally had a good sale. Too bad it was right before you closed ^_^. I think it's alot better now that TigerDirect took over our CompUSA store, but anywho

If your going to keep this card for a long time, like 3 years or so, then go with the 1GB version. It looks like id's new engine is going to take up a crap load of video RAM. You should consider though that by the time Games commonly start making use of all that VRAM, your card will be a little on the slow side (all tho you could go with crossfire ^_^). If you plan on upgrading again before that then save the money and go with the 512 version.
September 4, 2008 11:49:19 PM

megamanx00 said:
If your going to keep this card for a long time, like 3 years or so, then go with the 1GB version. It looks like id's new engine is going to take up a crap load of video RAM. You should consider though that by the time Games commonly start making use of all that VRAM, your card will be a little on the slow side


You just completely contradicted yourself there, and gave valid argument for reason to NOT get the 1GB version.

So my recommendation stands as: If you want to spend less, stick with the 512MB GDDR3 4850; if you're willing to spend a bit more for more performance, get the 512MB GDDR5 4870 and get the deal that eklipz330 mentioned.
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