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Radeon HD 4850 - HIS, XFX, or Asus?

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March 21, 2009 7:19:59 PM

I'm looking to build my own PC soon and have chosen the Radeon HD 4850 512MB for the video card. There are lots of different brands for these cards and I was hoping you could help me out.

At first I was looking at the MSI 4850 for its low price ($110 after rebate), but I'm looking again now and seeing that some reviews say it has some problems with drivers and other things. So I've been looking for a more solid brand that has good reviews, and have come up with these three cards:

HIS Hightech H485FN512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB -
XFX HD-485X-YDDC Radeon HD 4850 XXX 512MB -
ASUS EAH4850 MATRIX/HTDI/512M/A Radeon HD 4850 512MB -

They are all priced at $130 (after rebate for the XFX and Asus).

Which do you think would be the better buy? Are any of these cards too large for a possible crossfire setup? I don't know if that depends on the motherboard or not, but this is the one I'm getting: BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX. How do they stack up against each other cooling wise? Are these cards going to be more reliable than the MSI card or am I just paranoid? Anybody here have the MSI card running fine? Also, the XFX card has a lifetime warranty while the Asus is 3 years and the HIS is 2 years. Do you really need a warranty for longer than 2 or 3 years?

Help appreciated. :) 

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March 21, 2009 7:56:47 PM

Whats the priority here budget or performance ? All the cards you listed are pretty much the same as far as performance goes. They all look like twin slot cards to me so you would need plenty of space to run Crossfire. Your chosen board has Crossfire X capability which means it will run a single dedicated card along with the onboard graphics and use the dedicated card only when required, im not sure how this would work with a standard crossfire set up fitted, sorry :??: 
If your main concern is budget then i have friends with MSI cards (not that exact one) and they are very happy with them. The cooler is very good and it exhausts the hot air out of the rear of the PC, only the HIS you listed dosent.
If you want performance then this is what i would get
Its a bit dearer but i can personally vouch for its performance and i have owned 4 of these type of cards from HIS now without issue.
As far a warranties go you only need it for as long as you plan to keep the PC, so if you will upgrade in 3 years then a 3 year one will do you.

March 21, 2009 8:09:20 PM

I just looked into it a bit and it seems the hybrid xfire wont work with a gpu above the 34xx or 24xx series cards. Dont know if that board will run standard Xfire either.

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March 21, 2009 8:35:42 PM

XFX hands down but at the prices you can get a 4870/gtx 260 these days i would save a bit more and jump into the max framerate wagon for 50 more bucks without having to deal with the multi gpu hassle.
March 22, 2009 5:11:17 AM

Thanks for your replies. Priority is budget, but trying to squeeze in the most performance I can. True, you can find a 4870 for not much more... maybe I should just go for that.

For 4870:
MSI - - $140 after rebate
HIS - - $155 after rebate
Asus TOP - - $135 after rebate

Those are prices in our budget I think. And I would prefer single to crossfire too, so I think I might as well go for a 4870. Which one would you buy out of those three?

March 22, 2009 7:39:39 PM

Personally i really like the Asus card the DK (Drak Knight) cooler is really good and it looks to be clocked higher than the others, the bundle looks good also and its the cheapest