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Undecided please help 285gtx or ati 4850x2

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March 18, 2009 2:37:52 AM

The prices of ati 4850x2 and galaxy 285gtx are the same and im really undecided..I've read reviews that say 4850x2 is too damn loud & doesnt have appropriate drivers etc but also have read that these problems are fixed. The "new" cards have quieter cooling and drivers are now available. Which info is correct? And I'm buying it now for the very longggg term..please help.any links would be appreciated as well !
a b U Graphics card
March 18, 2009 3:19:40 AM

What resolution?
a b U Graphics card
March 18, 2009 3:42:12 AM

If your looking for that much power, and are willing to do dual GPU, I would get a 4870x2 for the extra $60 (over the 285, according to the egg), it probably has better drivers than the 4850x2 (you'd think). You would also be very future proof as well, if your PSU can power it.
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March 18, 2009 7:57:57 AM

By going with a dual card you risk the dreaded microstutter.
March 18, 2009 8:06:45 AM

CJL > If you mean which resolution that has problem for the drivers of 4850x2, I have no clue I don't go troubleshooting for this card to that extent lol.

Raidur > Thanks for your thoughts, the 4870x2 is even more expensive than geforce 295gtx but its performance is lacking behind that of 295gtx. I've seen some reviews and all and 295gtx came out pretty dominant in all the benchmarks (correct me if i'm wrong). However, I'm not sure whether the extra cash is worth it as these 2 fastest cards are really really expensive.

I'm currently using only a 19" 4:3 ratio and I don't intend to change this in the near future so I guess the no.2 cards might do the job for me just good. Is there a clear cut answer as to which graphic card is better overall? 4850x2 or 285gtx... ignoring the noise and driver issues
a b U Graphics card
March 18, 2009 11:44:36 AM

The 4850x2 is generally the better card of the two, especially if you are considering the 2GB version. But if you are at 19", tbh they are both probably overkill for you.
March 23, 2009 7:19:41 PM

I have read every review I can find and am still lost as to what to do, under what appears to be my unique setup. I have a 30" 1600x2560 monitor, along with a 52" 1080p. My current 8800gt isn't cutting it. Does the 4870x2 make more sense than either the gtx285 or 295? I primarily do CAD work, but do spend some time gaming.
March 23, 2009 8:43:50 PM

zwqing said:
the 4870x2 is even more expensive than geforce 295gtx but its performance is lacking behind that of 295gtx.


What? 0.o The 4870x2 is $400, the GTX295 is $500+
March 23, 2009 8:58:05 PM

i would get the gtx 285 because there are some games out there that only use single gpu and also it would be very very good for your resolution and personally ive seen way to many problems with 4870's and in gaming in my experience
March 23, 2009 9:31:31 PM

Oh, and if it's CAD work you're doing, you'd really be better off going with a workstation card instead of a gaming card.
March 23, 2009 9:36:52 PM

ati are making the drivers for the 4850x2 now so you don't have to worry
March 23, 2009 11:15:33 PM

both cards exchange blows with the 4850 X2 taking the lead. The 4850 X2 doesn't exhaust since it has 4 DVI ports and generally performs under 2 physical 4850s.

285 GTX gives you less headaches since it's not driver dependant, but the 4850 X2 is the best bang for the buck in most cases.

I personally wouldn't even consider a dual GPU unless it had a noticeable difference in price and or performance.

But thats my 2 cents:D 
March 24, 2009 1:46:14 AM

L1qu1d said:
both cards exchange blows with the 4850 X2 taking the lead. The 4850 X2 doesn't exhaust since it has 4 DVI ports and generally performs under 2 physical 4850s.

285 GTX gives you less headaches since it's not driver dependant, but the 4850 X2 is the best bang for the buck in most cases.

I personally wouldn't even consider a dual GPU unless it had a noticeable difference in price and or performance.

But thats my 2 cents:D 

I agree. If they are about the same price I would stick to single gpu solution.
March 24, 2009 2:01:52 AM

+1 for the Single GTX 285. more compatible, and even if its a couple less fps in a few benchmarks it'll give you less headaches overall which means more time to game or work on your PC :D 
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March 24, 2009 2:10:33 AM

Just wait 2 weeks more, otherwise you'll be gutted when the 4890 is released as a faster and cheaper card.
March 24, 2009 2:14:30 AM

It will not be faster than the gtx 285.
March 24, 2009 2:15:13 AM

no evidence of that, you completely missed the part that said the 275 GTX is faster than the 4890 and the 285 GTX is faster than the 275 GTX.

Although I agree wait until the 4890 for prices to drop, the faster comment just isn't proven.
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