i currently have a visiontek 4870 512mb, but i recently upgraded my lcd monitor. it's a samsung t240 (24" @ 1920x1200 res).
I used to be able to play Dragon Age on my old monitor at Max settings (@1650x1080 res, 21.5").
I was just wondering if i'll see a huge difference if i upgraded to a 4890 with 1gb mem. Could the 512mb be holding me back?
Would it be worth it to upgrade to a 4890? They are pretty expensive still...though i could pick up a used one for around $170
(i'm in canada. canadian $.)
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December 6, 2009 3:41:37 PM
or should i not bother with a 4890 and switch to a 5850?
What are the rest of your specs? It may be the card, but then again, the CPU also has some bearing on framerates, particularly with RPGs' like Dragon Age.
It might also be wise to check the game settings: AA and lighting effects like shadows and sunbeams can also have a heavy impact on framerates if set too high.
OH, red face;)
I see two options: Get the HD4890, it'll be a useful upgrade and most overclock very well, giving a bit more boost. Or, get a second HD4870 512 and Crossfire it with your existing card, this is the cheapest option but has all the pitfalls of a multi-GPU setup.