Hey guys. I got 4850. When I play crysis it's alright, but sometimes when there is to much action it's not very smooth (Ofcourse I know that crysis is crazyass game). I play on very high with no AA and stuff. ( I play at 1280x......). How do you think, is there gona be a bottlneck because of my weak Phenom 9550 if I'll get 4870 1Gb.'Cuz I can return this one and get HD 4870.
I have a phenom 9950 oced to 2.85ghz with a 512 4870 and I play crysis warhead at gamer (high) setting with 2xAA at 1080p res. Always over 30FPS. So maybe the 2.2ghz speed of your phenom may slow it down.
I had a 9600 BE at 2.3 and that thing would not OC for anything...I knew that when I bought it but I still tried.
As soon as I got The 9950 and OCed to 2.85 ghz I saw I huge gain in FPS.
With the 9600 at 2.3 I could play at med. setting no AA at res of 1920x1200 And the FPS would drop under 30 every time I would shoot or something.
I tried playing at a res under my native res. But it looked too bad...like streched or something.
What is your Max res. Because if its 1280x1024 than the 4850 is fine. but if its 1920x1200 I would say take it back and get a 4870.
Well considering your CPU is clocked at only 2.3Ghz it may be holding it back a bit. But as others have siad, lower the resolution and if the FPS go up its being GPU limited. But if they go down then they will be showing a CPU limitation.
TBH though I doubt your GPU is limiting you. The 4850 does pretty well at 1280x1024 on Very High, normally 32FPS average.
I used FRAPS, and my FPS in Crysis (on very high, no AA, 1280x....) is 27-32. When I set it on Low, no AA, at 800x600 my FPS is even go down (20-25).
In STALKER: SoC at everything on max, at 1180x...... (FPS is like 80-98, but sometimes it lags, like onse a 40 seconds. So I guess my CPU limmits my GPU?
Maybe you should just try overclocking that thing. You have a Phenom 9550 and the only upgrade you can get is a 9650 which is also 95W. You can't get a 9850 since it consumes 125W. It would be pointless to upgrade to a 9650 cause a little overclock can get you there.
Don't bother buying a new motherboard plus CPU for a phenom. Either get a Intel Q6600 or wat till the prices for Intel Core i7 to drop. Intel Core i7 is more future proof, but you will have to get ddr3 in addition to the Core i7 CPU and motherboard. Before you do all this, the most simple solution for now is to overlock the CPU.
Don't get rid of your 4850... If you want a GPU upgrade, go Crossfire 4850 instead. Wait for AM2+ socket Deneb in february or get an Intel Core i7 after a few more weeks when prices drop a little bit more.