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3850CF or 9800gtx+ for 1920x1200

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November 13, 2008 3:47:01 PM

I"m going to be picking up a Dell 2407wfp-hc, its 24" at 1920x1200. I currently have a single 3850 , but I know it might struggle at that resolution. Would I be better off going with another 3850 or getting a 9800gt? Is there a different card that can deliver the same performance for the same cost?
Thanks for the help.
November 13, 2008 4:08:36 PM

If you can sell your 3850 for $60 or so and are willing to spend a total of $130 to $140, you can get a HD4850, which would probably outperform either, I'm guessing.
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November 13, 2008 5:12:01 PM

Look at the graphic charts here

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...

Compare the 3850 and 3870 in crossfire to the 9800GTX+. Keep in mind that the charts here use the 256MB version of the 3850 which can make a big difference at 1920x1200 with games that use alot more texture memory. If you have the 512MB version of the 3850 then your actual results will be a closer to the 3870 512MB Crossfire configuration than the 256MB 3850s. If you have the 256MB version though keep in mind that if you buy a 512MB version, when you run them in crossfire your system will tell you that you have two 256MB cards, since the drivers will assume the smallest amount of memory in common with the two cards.
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November 13, 2008 5:26:28 PM

If you consider that the new 4850 is ~ 9800GTX+, and the 4850 can beat the 3870x2, I'm going to say get either the 4850 or the 9800GTX+. Not only does you get to avoid any CF issues, but you don't have to worry about power/heat from the two 3850s.
November 13, 2008 5:40:15 PM

it really depends on what you do with your PC.

I'm currently running a 24" Samsung 2403HM with a 7900gt. It serves me well and more than adequate for my needs, mainly documents viewing, emails, and occasional Warcraft 3 DOTA with full settings at 1920x1200 tweaked resolutions.

I'll say the 3850 can be enough to drive it well if you're not into gaming, but treasure more screen space :) 

If you're really into full resolution max settings gaming, I'll say neither is a good choice that will satisfy you. And again, since you will have to compromise, you might as well stick with what you have and save some cash :) 
November 13, 2008 8:06:38 PM

I'm majoring in graphic design, so primarily Photoshop, Illustrator and such. A major benefit could be the performance gain from CUDA in CS4. It makes me lean towards NVIDIA. The 9800GTX+ is looking like a great option. Is there a chance of the 2xx series opening up a mid range card?

I'm moving from my Socket 939 X2 setup, hopefully to a core i7 with some tax refunds so it could be a while.
November 13, 2008 11:25:33 PM

geotech said:
I'm majoring in graphic design, so primarily Photoshop, Illustrator and such. A major benefit could be the performance gain from CUDA in CS4. It makes me lean towards NVIDIA. The 9800GTX+ is looking like a great option. Is there a chance of the 2xx series opening up a mid range card?

I'm moving from my Socket 939 X2 setup, hopefully to a core i7 with some tax refunds so it could be a while.


maybe at the end of the year, but you can get a GTX260-192 for around $200 bucks you should checkout newegg.com, they forever have the lowest prices on gpu's.
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