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September 21, 2009 11:02:47 AM

Hello there, I'm building ADP (allround desktop pc); motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P, processor AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition, memory OCZ Platinum XTC 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333MHz CL7 kit, harddisk 2x Seagate 7200.12 500GB 16MB but what videocard around 150 Euros. The ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB or the ASUS Radeon 4870 HTDI Matrix 512MB? Both cards are powerful and suitable for office as well as high quality games. Who can make the choice for me?

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a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 11:09:22 AM

4870 hands down.
a c 130 U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 12:11:05 PM

^ Agreed
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a c 249 U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 12:28:24 PM

both card are good but of course 4870 is better. so go with 4870 if budget is not the problem :) 
September 21, 2009 2:01:49 PM

So between the brands ATI and ASUS is little to no difference? Or is the circuitboard very similar, as both brands use the same types (radion series)?
a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 2:45:14 PM

they are the same, the only difference is the cooler. The ASUS likely uses a non-reference cooler (a better one then what normally comes with it) while the AIT either uses the reference or a different non-reference.

Other then that they are the same thing, other then the circuit boards might be different colors.
a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2009 3:33:07 PM

Indeed the 4870.
September 21, 2009 10:24:23 PM

Thank you all for your clear answers.

"Let the game begin" :D 
September 22, 2009 9:37:40 AM

Why not just pay a few more dollars and get a 4890??
September 22, 2009 11:23:41 AM

The 4890 costs around 175 Euro, which is 50 Euro more than the 4870.
Ofcourse, the 4890 has twice as much memory and is about 10% faster. In my opinion, that's a pretty bad deal though.

Also, on my new system I only want to run on Win XP Pro as I have several older programs that do not run well on Vista.
As XP recognises 3GB of memory max, a videocard with 512MB is plenty.

But thanks anyway.