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2x 4850 vs 4870 vs 4890 vs gtx275 vs gtx 285

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May 18, 2009 10:01:09 PM

My current rig:
Phenom II x4 920 oc'ed to 3.3 ( I LOVE THIS CPU!)
wd caviar black 640 gig hdd
ms sidewinder keyboard
logitech g9
acer 22" 1680 x 1050 monitor
vista x64 (yes, I actually bought it, and *gasp* I love it as well)
ocz 700w psu

what would give me the best performance (keep in mind that i lean towards ati because my mobo supports crossfire, I can't sli)
4850 xfire
4870 (would be able to xfire when the games demand it)
4890 (see above)
gtx 275 (really no point, performs similarly to 4890, but cant xfire)
gtx 285 (have heard that this is severely overpriced. at $350, I can buy a 4870 x2 for $50 more)

a 4870 x2 is probably overkill at my resolution.
Games I [will] play:
CoD WaW/4/MW2
Battlefield bad company 2/1943
crysis wars
red faction guerilla
Team Fortress 2
Left 4 dead
Fallout 3
GRID
Unreal tourney 3

the absoulute most im willing to spend is $350, but im shooting for more like 200-250. if that gtx 285 really provides $100 worth of performance over a 4890, alright, I'll take it, but I honestly doubt it.

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a b U Graphics card
May 18, 2009 11:19:59 PM

4770 crossfire, pretty much what everyone else is doing right now.
May 18, 2009 11:37:22 PM

get a 4890...
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May 19, 2009 11:07:16 AM

rewindlabs said:
get a 4890...

Not worth it when 4770 Crossfire produces better results for less money
a c 197 U Graphics card
May 19, 2009 12:50:49 PM

If you are new to CF, check out the FAQ at the top of the forum front page to see the pros and cons.

If you look to the future; Get a HD4890, it is fast enough at your resoloution and leaves CF open for the future, when a second HD4870 might be hard to source.

The 4770/4850 in CF is compelling with its performance and price but will effectively leave complete replacement as the only upgrade path.
This is what makes the 4770 in CF so tempting:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-4770-crossfire,rev...

I am not a fan of multi-gpu setups so would buy a HD4890 for such a new rig, but then again, I'm biased.
May 19, 2009 3:53:55 PM

Just dont get the 285, the cheapest 285 is at 299 after rebate, and the cheapest 4890 is 199 after rebate, and 285 is like 10 percent faster than 4890, not worth your 100 bucks. 4890 or 4770 CF is good.
May 20, 2009 12:06:18 AM

The Lady Slayer said:
Not worth it when 4770 Crossfire produces better results for less money

Mentions something along the lines of stuttering?

Whats going to be a better performance boost in the future? a set of CF'd 4890s or tri 4770's ? ;) 
a b U Graphics card
May 20, 2009 12:10:32 AM

rewindlabs said:
Mentions something along the lines of stuttering?

Whats going to be a better performance boost in the future? a set of CF'd 4890s or tri 4770's ? ;) 


Or a single 5870...

The point is, if you have crossfire availability then use it otherwise you'll forever have a lonely pcie slot in your mobo while dreaming about future upgrades that never seem to happen.
May 20, 2009 4:28:16 AM

For those games, all you need is a 4870 1GB. I get about 55-120 FPS on Team Fortress 2 with everything maxed (except only 4x AA) at 1600x1200. It should be noted that online games (especially those developed by Valve) tend to be CPU intensive, so getting an 'extreme' graphics card is overkill.
October 2, 2009 7:36:22 PM

the 4870 lose a lot of fps if its above 1600x1200
i would buy the gtx 275 it is cheapere then the gtx 285. and the gtx 285 is onley faster white 5-7% and you can always buy a ocercloked editon from evega or xfx :D  :D 
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