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Is a 4890 1g is better than a 4870 2g ?

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September 19, 2009 3:39:07 AM

Im looking at a $200 cap for a vid card, the 4870 with 2g seems like a great buy, but the 4890 1g is now close in cost...is the newer board a better performer with only half the ram?



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September 19, 2009 3:47:08 AM

The 4890 1Gb is the better of the two, but not by a huge amount. You're almost better off buying a 1Gb 4870, as that will have plenty of power. Alternatively, you could wait until the 23rd when ATI will be releasing the 5870 and 5850, both of which will knock the socks off the 48xx cards.
a b U Graphics card
September 19, 2009 4:19:37 AM

The 4890 is a good bit better. Whether it is worth it to you depends on specs and the games/settings you play at.
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a b U Graphics card
September 19, 2009 7:23:51 AM

At very high res., you will need more memory, but the gains are sometimes minimal.
a b U Graphics card
September 19, 2009 8:13:11 AM

4890 will be better.
2GB vram is overkill.
a b U Graphics card
September 19, 2009 4:17:32 PM

There is not single slot card that can benefit from 2 gig of memory.
Even a 1 gig card will show very little benefit unless you are gaming at uber high resolution, the AA and AF turned up as well. Then a 1 gig card will show a "little" benefit over a 512 meg card, but it is not an astounding amount. A 2 gig card is senseless. Just a gimmick to get you to spend your money.
September 19, 2009 4:22:57 PM

HeXXeD73 said:
Im looking at a $200 cap for a vid card, the 4870 with 2g seems like a great buy, but the 4890 1g is now close in cost...is the newer board a better performer with only half the ram?


This is almost the exact same question I had a few days ago, but for ATI instead of Nvidia. The faster 4890 with less memory will be better unless you have a very high resolution monitor, and even then the 4890 might still be better.
September 19, 2009 4:25:05 PM

I'd wait for HD 5770
September 19, 2009 8:16:43 PM

emyyhh said:
The 4890 1Gb is the better of the two, but not by a huge amount. You're almost better off buying a 1Gb 4870, as that will have plenty of power. Alternatively, you could wait until the 23rd when ATI will be releasing the 5870 and 5850, both of which will knock the socks off the 48xx cards.


Ati 4870 1Gb, but Wait till Ati's 5 series come out,
and the prices will drop, save yourself a little money
200$ wont be enough to get one of the 5850

you could also...save a little more money and get the 5850 later
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