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September 13, 2008 4:01:45 PM

So after I managed to fix most issues with my 4870x2 I still have problems with random lockups in certain games which require me to do a hard reset of my PC. I've come to the conclusion that the drivers currently available are just not where they need to be for certain games (spore, WoW).

It's not a card issue as I've stressed the hell out of it and tested the limits without issue.

So I need a good temporary card to use until ATI releases new drivers. Whichever card I get will later be donated to my brother :D .

What should I purchase?

I was thinking...

GTX260
9800GX2
9800GTX+

or... dunno if I wanna risk buying a new ATI card though

4870

Let me know what you think.

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September 13, 2008 4:19:43 PM

cokenbeer said:
So after I managed to fix most issues with my 4870x2 I still have problems with random lockups in certain games which require me to do a hard reset of my PC. I've come to the conclusion that the drivers currently available are just not where they need to be for certain games (spore, WoW).

It's not a card issue as I've stressed the hell out of it and tested the limits without issue.

So I need a good temporary card to use until ATI releases new drivers. Whichever card I get will later be donated to my brother :D .

What should I purchase?

I was thinking...

GTX260
9800GX2
9800GTX+

or... dunno if I wanna risk buying a new ATI card though

4870

Let me know what you think.


Aren't those a little expensive for temporary card? But yes, you should be a nice big brother and buy kiddie a good card. :D 

Performance comparison:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=13
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=14
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=15
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=16
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=17
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=18
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=19

Cheapest 4870: $260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or $275/$245 after mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheapest gtx260: $245/$225 after mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheapest 9800gx2: $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's also the factory oced version, which means higher performance than shown in benchmark, which use stock version.

Cheapest 9800gtx+: $200/$170 after mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's also the factory oced version, which means higher performance than shown in benchmark, which use stock version.

For both performance and value ratio, 9800gx2 is the best. It's also the most expensive. You should be a good brother though. :D 
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September 13, 2008 4:27:06 PM

^ good answers and cool charts. I'd get the cheaper choice, but then my brother is a jerk and not worth the big $$$
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September 13, 2008 4:35:59 PM

if it's only temporary, then consider a 4850, or even a 3870. The performance doesn't really need to be spectacular if it's not going to be used for very long.
September 13, 2008 5:00:07 PM

Nik_I said:
if it's only temporary, then consider a 4850, or even a 3870. The performance doesn't really need to be spectacular if it's not going to be used for very long.


I don't want to go swapping cards when I play other games... :kaola: 

Anyways, I'm gonna get a GX2 if I can find one locally for cheap.

September 13, 2008 6:01:15 PM

I picked up a 4870... the bet priced card I could find.

Anyways, can I install this card, leave my old card in there, and run one card or the other depending on the game I play?

Weird question but if anybody know that'd be sweet!
September 13, 2008 6:03:54 PM

cokenbeer said:
I picked up a 4870... the bet priced card I could find.

Anyways, can I install this card, leave my old card in there, and run one card or the other depending on the game I play?

Weird question but if anybody know that'd be sweet!


You should be able to, yes. They're all ATI cards, so there'll be no need for Nvidia +ATI drivers on one machine, which may cause conflicts.

How about running them in tri cf? :na: 
September 13, 2008 6:32:12 PM

dagger said:
You should be able to, yes. They're all ATI cards, so there'll be no need for Nvidia +ATI drivers on one machine, which may cause conflicts.

How about running them in tri cf? :na: 


I'll give it a shot in Tri CF... but my main concern for now is getting the system stable!

September 13, 2008 6:35:44 PM

cokenbeer said:
I'll give it a shot in Tri CF... but my main concern for now is getting the system stable!


What's your psu?
September 13, 2008 6:37:04 PM

Corsair HX1000 :kaola:  I thought this out ahead of time :D 
September 13, 2008 11:41:58 PM

The 4870 is working amazingly well! No issues with locking up at all... The FPS in certain games is a BIG drop though. I'm gonna put the 4870x2 in the other slot tomorrow and start switching back and forth so I can use the faster card for Crysis, Bioshock etc. and when they fix the drivers I'm gonna use Tri-CF.
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