Tomshardware is confusing me... HD4850 or GTX 260?

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Sum-of-FPS-Benchmarks-Totals,795.html

if you look here it shows the GTX 260 outperforming the 4850 CF (under fps totals)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2064-4.html

and when you look here they are recommended getting 2x 4850's....

The price difference is roughly $100 and the gtx 260 performs better and is cheaper???

can anyone clarify
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  1. In a head to head match up the GTX 260 will beat the 4850. If you have a crossfire capable motherboard and get 2 4850s they will beat the GTX 260.
  2. but why do the benchmarks say otherwise then?
  3. llmercll said:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Sum-of-FPS-Benchmarks-Totals,795.html

    if you look here it shows the GTX 260 outperforming the 4850 CF (under fps totals)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2064-4.html

    and when you look here they are recommended getting 2x 4850's....

    The price difference is roughly $100 and the gtx 260 performs better and is cheaper???

    can anyone clarify



    Maybe Im missing something but where is there the recommendation for the 4850 cf in your second link?
  4. the gtx 260 is beating the 4850 CF because the benchmark where its winning isn't yet optimized for dual cards... so your basically getting the performance of a single card... get the gtx 260 for more performance over a single 4850 and 2 4850s in CF for more performance over a single gtx 260... but with all CF/ Multi-card solutions take into account that it might not always scale well
  5. dirtmountain said:
    In a head to head match up the GTX 260 will beat the 4850. If you have a crossfire capable motherboard and get 2 4850s they will beat the GTX 260.

    seconded that.
  6. what would you guys do??
  7. If you have a CF mobo, Id get the 4850s. Theyll beat the G280 in most games
  8. do some mobos only support crossfires? while some only support sli?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188024

    does that only support sli and no crossfire?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

    does that only support crossfire?

    and if they both support sli and crossfire, do the sli and xfire boards perform better when paired with their "suppurted" config?
  9. Only 1 board currently supports both, and you wont want that, as its expensive. CF mobos are for XF. SLI mobos are for SLI. Single cards can be used on any mobos, but using 2 or more cards requires either a nVidia SLI mobo or a CF mobo requires a ATI CF setup.
  10. Thanks for all the info jaydee, you've been very helpful.

    Now I have one last question... If I'm understanding things rights, the xfire 4850's are the best bang for buck option for right now, so whats looking the best would be the asus motherboard with the xfire. I've noticed for a long time nvidia has been dominating ati as far as video cards go, but it seems that this has changed?

    Also, how will the upgradability be for the xfire? I just want a setup that can last me a few years and still play games, even if i need to update the vid card, I'm just afraid If i go xfire i could miss out on an awesome sli duo in the future, or vice versa.
  11. Well, the new gen from ATI has caught fire, and shown to be really nice, and came in at low low pricing as well, it surprised everyone, especially nVidia. Make sure youre looking at a PCI-2 mobo, one that has 16x on each rail.
    As for upgrading, it just depends on the next gen, and when you want to buy. Therell be product out there thatll compete, and if current lines hold, decent pricing as well. The next gen from either company looks promising. I dont see a huge jump again like we saw in the G80 series again anytime soon. Both companies are in great positions for their next gens
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