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HD3850 vs 9800GT vs HD4670

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November 18, 2009 1:03:55 AM

Hey guys, I am looking for a graphics card between the range of 50-100$

I would like some reviews/comparisons between the following 3 graphics cards.

1. Radeon HD3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would like to know how would these graphics card compare with each other. The HD3850 and 9800GT seem pretty similar to me so i don't know how much difference there will be.

Also the HD4670 has 1GB memory double than the other two except it is only 128-bit so I am not sure how much difference it will make.

My ultimate goal is to have a graphics card which will run most modern games like Modern Warfare 2, Need for speed shift, mass effect, crysis etc at minimum medium settings with at least 2x Anti Aliasing enabled without any lag.

If there is another graphics card under 100$ I would consider it. But 100$ is my max budget.

I currently have HD3650 512mb DDR2 128-bit card. Which is decent but not that great.

Other PC Specs for me are
phenom ii x3 720, 4GB DDR3 Ram, and Acer 19" monitor with max resolution of 1680x1050.

Also I have a Gigabyte 770t-ud3p motherboard so could you tell me if the Nvidia 9800GT will be compatible with the motherboard.

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November 18, 2009 1:47:27 AM

impaledmango said:
yea I'd probably recommend the 9800gt out of all those cards, but are you sure your monitor is 1880 x 1050 on a 19", never seen that before on that size monitor.

I'd check out this card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It may be open boxed but for the price it's worth a shot.


I said 1680 x 1050 NOT 1880 x 1050....maybe you read it wrong
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the link you gave me is for a card which is no longer available and its over my budget...

But may I ask the reason why you would recomment 9800GT when both HD3850 and 9800GT have similar specifications...also how much difference will I see between to two?
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November 18, 2009 1:55:45 AM

I meant 1680, but still I have never seen that rez on a 19" monitor before.

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1246/hd_3850_crossfir... 3850 in crossfire doesnt beat a 8800gts 512. A 9800gt 1gb is a tier better, so yea...

9800gt is almost comparable to a 4850! I'd tihnk about either a 9800gt or 4770.
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November 18, 2009 2:49:13 AM

yea it's fine, it has one PCI Express 2.0 x16, which perfect for any single graphic card (including 9800gt)
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November 18, 2009 3:02:35 AM

Thanks for all your prompt and helpful responses!

Just a one more question (it might be kind of stupid)...however here it goes...since my system is AMD based...you dont think i'd notice a loss in performance by running NVIDIA card, do you?

Again sorry if this is going to sound stupid
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November 18, 2009 9:02:30 PM

nah it's not stupid. Your motherboard doesnt support crossfire or sli so it wont matter. It'll treat all single graphics cards the same. Genereally though AMD mobos support crossfire not SLi.
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November 18, 2009 11:11:39 PM

Sweet. Thanks for all your information. Answers lot of my questions
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