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April 7, 2009 1:28:52 AM

I'm going to be building a gaming rig soon most likely using a Phenom II X4 945 Black edition cpu on a ASUS M4A79T Deluxe. i cant decide which video card to get. I've been looking at these 2.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This sytem is gonna be used to play mainly Call of Duty 4, Crysis, and left 4 dead along with graphic design using photoshop.

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April 7, 2009 1:35:37 AM

The GTX 275 is much better than the 4850 x2, however you might want to consider the 4890 if you want to overclock, but its pretty much equal to the 275
April 7, 2009 1:48:31 AM

and the reason why the 275 is better is because the memory clock speed is faster?
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April 7, 2009 1:53:15 AM

The 4890 would be a better usage at higher resolutions but, in smaller minimal resolutions, they are comparable.

As for 2x4850's, i think it would be better than both gpu's: GTX 275/4890.
April 7, 2009 2:24:13 AM

Go with GTX 275. It easily beats the 4890 @ stock, and compares well when overclocked vs. 4890 OC. They're pretty even cards, unless you have a very large resolution.
April 7, 2009 2:34:19 AM

The 4890 will be more of a power hungry card when oc'd but, only uses 1x8pin connector instead of 2x6pin connectors.
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April 7, 2009 3:33:31 AM

as an option, i'd save some money and go with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it's almost as good as the gtx 275 and much less expensive. for the extra money, it's not worth it to take the step up to either card you posted. you won't see enough of a gain for your money. if you must spend $250ish, i'd probably go for the gtx 275
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April 7, 2009 8:20:47 AM

wareagle316 said:
I'm going to be building a gaming rig soon most likely using a Phenom II X4 945 Black edition cpu on a ASUS M4A79T Deluxe. i cant decide which video card to get. I've been looking at these 2.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This sytem is gonna be used to play mainly Call of Duty 4, Crysis, and left 4 dead along with graphic design using photoshop.


At higher resolutions the gtx 275 beats out the ati 4890. Here is some links to look at to help you make your decision.

gtx 275 vs ATI 4890

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,226...

http://legitreviews.com/article/944/1/

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-275-review-te...

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_gtx_275/
April 7, 2009 9:02:37 AM

the GTX only beats it by an fps though in the results I've seen at higher resolutions.

The 1792mb version would put it ahead though.
April 7, 2009 3:19:29 PM

With the motherboard you have picked if you choose the nVidia card your limited to just that one card. If you go with ATi you have the option of adding a second, third or even a fourth card later. But also on your cpu choice for the board, didn't AMD cancel the 945 just recently? Though it was now going to be 955. You may even want to concider the 720 tri core, there getting great overclocks out of this and for $145 it frees up money for maybe a second card for Crossfire.
April 7, 2009 3:36:44 PM

The 4850x2 is an amazing card. It is slightly slower (10 to 15%) than its bigger brother the 4870x2.
April 7, 2009 3:53:48 PM

Exactly, i dont see where your seeing the gtx 275 being way faster than the 4850x2 there xrdar.
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April 7, 2009 4:10:29 PM

stoner133 said:
With the motherboard you have picked if you choose the nVidia card your limited to just that one card. If you go with ATi you have the option of adding a second, third or even a fourth card later. But also on your cpu choice for the board, didn't AMD cancel the 945 just recently? Though it was now going to be 955. You may even want to concider the 720 tri core, there getting great overclocks out of this and for $145 it frees up money for maybe a second card for Crossfire.

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I would choose an ATI GPU so you have the option of adding another GPU down the road if needed. The new 4890 is a great GPU and has very high overclocking capability.
April 7, 2009 4:35:04 PM

+ on the 4890 but money wise, hope it fits your budget, good thing about this card is the connector usage and how good it is on higher resolutions. ( 1x8pin = 4890/ 2x6pin - 4870).

Bad thing is it could be a little more power hungry and heat, but, heat shouldn't be a problem, most of all ati cards run hotter than usual.
April 7, 2009 4:40:00 PM

+ on the 4890 but money wise, hope it fits your budget, good thing about this card is the connector usage and how good it is on higher resolutions. ( 1x8pin = 4890/ 2x6pin - 4870).

Bad thing is it could be a little more power hungry and heat, but, heat shouldn't be a problem, most of all ati cards run hotter than usual.
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April 7, 2009 4:53:47 PM

fullmetall said:
+ on the 4890 but money wise, hope it fits your budget, good thing about this card is the connector usage and how good it is on higher resolutions. ( 1x8pin = 4890/ 2x6pin - 4870).

Bad thing is it could be a little more power hungry and heat, but, heat shouldn't be a problem, most of all ati cards run hotter than usual.


I agree the 4890 is a good choice for the reasons of Crossfire. But you keep saying it's better at higher resolutions when I provided four links that show it's behind the gtx 275 at higher resolutions. It's better at higher resolutions than what? The 4870 or gtx 260? Yes it's better at higher resolutions than those two cards, but it is not better at higher resolutions than the gtx 275. Or better yet, provide links showing it is....I provided four of them.
April 8, 2009 12:38:26 AM

I read reviews that it was only going to use 1x8pin connector, now i see it uses 2x6pin? hmm. Wierd.

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