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

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November 20, 2008 7:24:11 PM

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

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

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

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
a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2008 7:30:02 PM

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.
November 20, 2008 7:40:32 PM

but why do the benchmarks say otherwise then?
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a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2008 7:48:55 PM

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

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

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

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?
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a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2008 7:50:58 PM

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
November 20, 2008 7:51:38 PM

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.
November 20, 2008 9:18:59 PM

what would you guys do??
a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2008 9:35:51 PM

If you have a CF mobo, Id get the 4850s. Theyll beat the G280 in most games
a b U Graphics card
November 20, 2008 11:52:21 PM

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.
November 21, 2008 12:27:45 AM

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.
a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2008 1:02:41 AM

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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