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4850x2 crossfire with 4850?

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September 7, 2009 4:55:32 AM

is there a significant gain by crossfiring a radeon 4850x2 with a regular 4850?

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September 7, 2009 5:04:34 AM

Motherboard? CPU? What are they? If they're not good enough they'll bottleneck. Also what about your power supply?
September 7, 2009 5:06:47 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-card...

this seems to show promising results. It also depends if you play at high resolution and with AA/AF, it won't make much of a difference at lower resolutions (also you probably don't need more power at lower resolutions).

Wait for dx11 cards, coming out really soon. Unless you want the very best, you probably don't even need to upgrade. I know i can play most of my games (newer games) at almost max with a single 9800gtx at 1920x1200
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September 7, 2009 5:25:09 AM

lol its the blind helping the blind = both gonna fall.
dude the 4850x2 will clock down for the 4850 making it waste, i hope you didnt buy it already,because thats just shame.
September 7, 2009 6:13:20 AM

No... It's the equivalent of 3 4850s. It's like running 1 4870x2 + 1 4870 = 3 4870s

A 4850x2 is essentially 2 4850s, it's not like a gtx 295 (which isnt 2 graphic cards of 1 chip type ontop of each other). So adding another one is like have 3 4850s, because it's having 3 cards of the same chip type.

Overshock, you are thinking of when you run 1 4890 and one 4870. They are the same chip set so they work in cross fire, but the 4870 downclocks its self to the level of the 4850 to make it work, or if you run a 4870 1 gig and a 4870 512, the lower card cant make its self better and run like the better card, but the better can lower its self then the same level as the lower card. Of course though 1 4870 and 1 4850 is better then a 1 4870, it'll just be a waist of your money.

For the original poster's question, 3 4850s would be useless (no offense), because most games dont scale well for 3-4 way SLi and as a previous poster already said new cards are coming out, though if you want to move to 2 4850s from 1 4850, that would be a good move because 1 4850 can be found as low as 100 USD and would boost your performance substantially for the time being untill you decide to upgrade again.
September 7, 2009 6:41:13 AM

impaledmango said:
No... It's the equivalent of 3 4850s. It's like running 1 4870x2 + 1 4870 = 3 4870s

A 4850x2 is essentially 2 4850s, it's not like a gtx 295 (which isnt 2 graphic cards of 1 chip type ontop of each other). So adding another one is like have 3 4850s, because it's having 3 cards of the same chip type.

Overshock, you are thinking of when you run 1 4890 and one 4870. They are the same chip set so they work in cross fire, but the 4870 downclocks its self to the level of the 4850 to make it work, or if you run a 4870 1 gig and a 4870 512, the lower card cant make its self better and run like the better card, but the better can lower its self then the same level as the lower card. Of course though 1 4870 and 1 4850 is better then a 1 4870, it'll just be a waist of your money.

For the original poster's question, 3 4850s would be useless (no offense), because most games dont scale well for 3-4 way SLi and as a previous poster already said new cards are coming out, though if you want to move to 2 4850s from 1 4850, that would be a good move because 1 4850 can be found as low as 100 USD and would boost your performance substantially for the time being untill you decide to upgrade again.



Yes i know the downclock theory you explained already, maybe i didnt clarify what i was saying, the rendering of the 4850x2 will be faster thus adding the 4850 will make the 4850x2 slow down, thus why gettin 4850 and not another 4850x2 instead lookin at prices and performance (this will make you have 4 GPUS). but another problem is new cards coming so theres no point in upgradin
September 7, 2009 6:54:23 AM

Tri-Fire is not a better choice with HD4850. There won't be much difference in performance.
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September 7, 2009 4:46:06 PM

There will be a measurable increase. In fact 3-way crossfire is pretty close in performance to 4 way crossfire, when it works right. There aren't alot of 3 way crossfire reviews, but you can comb through pages of google results if you're really determined to find them :D . While driver updates have significantly increased the efficiency of crossfire lately, I haven't seen any analysis of the 9.8 drivers with 3-way crossfire. I've only seen reviews of such a setup with older drivers.
September 8, 2009 12:59:47 AM

Here is the computer I am looking at upgrading but I think I am going to wait for the new cards to come out, when do they?.
My price range for cards is going to be 250-325$ (CDN)

Intel Core i7 920 2.66 GHz Processor
MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366
NVIDIA GeForce 9400GT 1GB (HD 4850 is from other computer I own)
6GB High-Speed DDR3-1333 Memory Triple Channel
500GB Serial-ATA-II
PSI ArmorX 907 Gaming Chassis
Ultra 750 Watt Power Supply
Vista Home Premium 64-bit
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