I'm in the process of shopping for a new graphics card and I have narrowed it down to three options but I'm having trouble with the performance/value comparison. The three cards are a stock Asus HD4830 for $100 +s/h; an OC'd Asus 4850 TOP for $135 +s/h; and a XFX 9800 GT XXX which has free shipping (about $9) and comes with Call of Duty world at war. (These are all on Newegg.com)
So my question is, with the 9800 GT overclocked (670 core clock, 1950 mem clock) how does it compare to the other two cards? It's right in the middle pricewise, plus the free game, but overall is it better than the 4830? Or is the 4850 (OC'd 680/2100) have enough performance advantage to justify the extra $25?
In the past hour I've been playing with a 4830 that I got for a relatives birthday. It won't play Crysis very good unless it's on lower resolutions and at medium settings at best. It does play the small bit of COD4 that I played quite well at a6x10 and high or max settings..... can't remember. ........ Having said that, these friggin ATI cards still can't play Medal of Honor Spearhead. Game won't load and comes up with some error. Same thing happened with my 4870 card. Been waiting for the miraculous driver update that's going to cure it but good thing I'm not holding my breath. Dump the idea of getting the ATi product and select the 9800gt......... hopefully the few games my relative plays run fine........ Oblivion...... anybody...... ?
After digging around for price/performance for what I do and I opted for that Asus 4850 and it's been treating me a lot better than the 3850 (512) I had . I'm happy with how Crysis Warhead runs @ 1360x768 with 4x edge detect AA and mostly enthusiast settings.
And it runs just fine on my year old 380w Antec Earthwatt with an Athlon X2 4200+ OC'd to 2.8, 4 sticks of RAM, and 2 DVD burners.
I'd say don't worry too much about overclocks. You'll overclock it relatively easily. The 4850 is worth the extra money, but it's all about how much you wish to spend. They are all fine cards and if you want to safe money, you'll not be very disappointed in the end.
Hard to answer the questions unless you specify your monitor and resolution. Also games vs. productivity. For games on a 22 in monitor at 1680 X 1050 the ATI 4850 GPU's are perfect. The 9800 gtx will work fine too. For productivity and games on small monitors with low res, the 4830 is perfect. And for Crisis on larger monitors (24, 26, etc.) the 4870, 2 X 4850 in crossfire, etc. is needed. Many people spend too much on a GPU. Answer these questions and then spend what is needed.
Ok, monitor is 22" and capable of 1680x1050. However, and this is a big however, for now my cpu is an old athlon 64 3500+. I'm looking to replace it next but since it's a 939 socket I need to replace the motherboard as well and that opens up replacing everything else...which I will get around to doing. But I want to start with the gpu with the idea of building a much better system around it.