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Crossfire two 4850's? or upgrade to 4870?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
May 11, 2009 4:35:14 AM

Alright i currently have one 4850 in my computer. Im looking to upgrade, should i buy another 4850 for crossfire? or buy a 4870? wich one for more performance?

May 11, 2009 5:14:24 AM

alright thanks man
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May 11, 2009 7:53:45 AM

Two 4850's will perform better then the 4870, but imo you tend to run into less issues, especially with newly released games, on the single card solution compared to the SLI/Crossfire solution.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2009 8:19:21 AM

I would sell the 4850 and replace it with a GTX 260 (216) or GTX 275. IMO, it's a better investment and be more "future proofed" than two 4850s. And you won't have to stress waiting for an SLI patch or troubleshooting the infamous SLI stutter.

May 11, 2009 3:31:35 PM

^-1^ OMG nvidia fanboyism anyone?
May 11, 2009 3:32:14 PM

Sorry... double post LOL
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2009 3:43:12 PM

Sigh.. i guess you get what you pay for some days when you ask for free advice...

Don't listen to Hundredisland, he is either joking (I sure hope so) or currently impared..

2 4850's will run mostly anything and perform better than any single GPU. It is not currently worth investing in a more powerful single GPU given how much more that would cost you than just one 4850 specially cosidering the performance of 4850's in corssfire. Crossfire is not free of errors though, by the time suport for 4000 series crossfire starts to drop off you will be able to get a far more powerful single gpu card though...

a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2009 4:04:48 PM

Considering how cheap another 4850 is these days (what, sub $100 now) I think it is the best choice if you need more power.