Hello all, long time viewer of these baords, first time poster. I come here for a lot of information but I see a lot of Squabbling when this question Im abotu to ask is asked. I am struggling to make up my mind. And before I continue ill tell you what my PC is and I would appreciate a simple answer please
AMD Phenom II 940 Quad BE @ 3ghz (Stock clock)
8gig HyperX Kingston DDR2 @ 1066mhz
GMA78-DS3HP Motherboard (Gigabyte) PCIe Slots Run at 16x(Main)/4x(Second)
9800 GTX 512mb Card
I dont think I need to tell you anything else unless you kindly ask for it
My Question is, I'm on the prowl to get 1 or 2 new Video cards. What should I get?
$$$$ Are Not an issue. But please dont turn around to me and say a 295 or a 4870x2 Unless its Viable. What I do have my heart set on is;
2x4870's 1gig Crossfired AU$271 per card ($542 in total).
Now the reason I ask this is because tonnes of poeple say the 4890 is fractionally slower than the 285 or the OC'd card can beat the 285 in some cases. 2 4870's Crossfired are the same price nearly as 1 285, are 2 4870's better than 1 285 with my Motherboard only running a 2nd PCIe Slot at 4x. These are the sort of things I need answered.
I'm jsut really confused and when I go to buy it I want to buy the right one I dont want to get it then regret it. I am Also prepared to spend less money if it gives me almost or as good as perfomance as the cards above it. I dont necessarily want the best card but a very good or best combination.
What resoloution are you using, and how much AA do you use?
I would suggest a fast single card rather than Crossfiring, your MB is PCI-E 2.0 which has twice the bandwidth of the older versions but would still limit a fast card, and therefore the whole Crossfire system.
Thanks everyone for your Reply, After continuing my quest for information I did read a lot about the 4890 OC'd being able to keep up with the 285. So I am going to go for that card. The resolution im running at the moment is 1680x1050 but I do have a 1920x1200 Screen also whcih I will get back soon. So thanks for your help and btw irish, dude a 295 as it came out was Overkill, that monster you linked is like................. WTF who needs that????