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Radeon 4850 1GB or NVIDIA GTS250 1GB

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April 20, 2009 6:57:58 PM

i m about to buy a new core i7 computer. should i got with ATI Radeon 4850 1GB or NVIDIA GTS250 1GB ?
a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2009 7:30:52 PM

Get whatever is the best deal. The only thing that should sway you is if the majority of your games are ATI or Nvidia friendly titles. There isn't a dime's worth of difference between them otherwise.
a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2009 7:44:16 PM

Very similar performance with those cards. If gaming, any performance difference would completely depend on the game title and the resolution at which they will be played.
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a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2009 8:17:15 PM

Consider a 4870 512mb, which is about the same price as a 4850 1GB or GTS250 1GB.

It has less RAM, but is overall a more powerful card
April 20, 2009 8:44:31 PM

^ +1.
a b U Graphics card
April 20, 2009 8:46:46 PM

Neither card is worth the money when you can either step down to a 4830 and overclock it to almost the same level, or step up to a 4870/gtx260 for not much more.
a b U Graphics card
April 21, 2009 12:28:56 AM

jennyh said:
Neither card is worth the money when you can either step down to a 4830 and overclock it to almost the same level, or step up to a 4870/gtx260 for not much more.



You know, I've always felt that HD 4850/9800 GTX+ (or GTS 250) price point was kind of unnecessary for the reasons you just gave. Right now you don't save much by going for them over the HD 4870/GTX 260 pair and an HD 4830 is a lot cheaper and not that much slower (although I have seen a few $99.99 HD 4850s after rebate lately - darn good deal).
a b U Graphics card
April 21, 2009 12:33:51 AM

You can always OC the 4850 or 9800GTX/GTS250 as well...
a b U Graphics card
April 21, 2009 12:58:14 AM

Bluescreendeath said:
You can always OC the 4850 or 9800GTX/GTS250 as well...


The 4850 will OC reasonably but it won't get near a 4870 due to the memory difference (GDDR5 vs GDDR3). On the other hand, a 4830 is a 4850 with a few less shaders and without doubt it has an artificially lowered clock speed. I've seen plenty of 4830's overclock higher than 4850's have.

The 9800gtx (see: gts250) is already the top of the range G90's. Some will OC pretty well, chances are they are the ones already being sold as gts250's however.
April 21, 2009 1:33:38 AM

there is an article from thg, they will both exchange blows even when oced.

good luck.
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