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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 3:26:28 PM

Hey
Just want to know what is the best graphics card 4 resolutions 1280x1024 on a 17'' or 1280x960 also on a 17''... What graphics card would you sugest. I like to play fairly new games. Crysis,gta iv,prototype etc.
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 4:08:03 PM

For that resolution and a heavy emphasis on current gaming, I would suggest a 5750/70. They should both be able to give you all the sparkle you want, and with DX11 will have you prepared for the newest titles (assuming you are using Vista/7).

If you don't care about DX11, or plan on using XP for another year or more, than a 4770/4850/4870 will give you substantial oomph, though a 4870 would probably be wasted power at those resolutions.

If you are on a stricter budget, a DDR3 4670 will also perform admirably at that resolution, though you might be limited in how much AA/AF you can apply and keep playable framerates. You will not need a card with more than 512mb of vram, it would be wasted money to purchase a card with more, at those resolutions.

I can't recommend many nvidia solutions, as their are no DX11 nvidia cards yet, nor many comparable price/performance competitors in the budget range. You may be happy interchanging a GTS250 with a 4770/4850, though.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 4:14:29 PM

What doou think bout the xfx geforce 9800 gt
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 4:30:17 PM

It shouldn't dissappoint you, a strong card at those resolutions. What is your budget, CPU, Motherboard, PSU brand and rating?

There are considerations to be made about what you can use and actually benefit from. At lower resolutions, less GPU power is needed to maintain playable framerates. GPUs are limited in their abilities to the power of the CPU, which is why Tom's benchmark system uses heavily overclocked i7 cpus, as to not limit the GPU being tested. Higher range cards use more power, and a poor PSU will limit the options that will work and not risk the rest of your system. The slots available in your motherboard will determine the type of card you can use, as well.
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 4:43:55 PM

9800GT is an amazing card(I have one!) but if you want to last it a bit longer then get Radeon HD 5770 or HD4870.

If not those 2 then get any one between GTS250, Hd 5750 or HD4850.

Even not those cards then consider:
9800GT,HD 4770.

Bare minimum:9600GSO or HD4670 or 9600GT.

See benchmarks for these cards and compare prices of these mentioned card.If you do some research yourself then you'll buy more confidently.

Also see if your rest system specs are upto the mark for your card upgrade(Mainly CPU and PSU).

IMO DX11 won't have much of an impact on a 17" screen.
December 11, 2009 4:52:05 PM

I also have a 9800 gt and it plays crisis on high settings with a descent fps... But I dont think you'll see much difrence between the 9800 gt and the 5770,anyone?
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 4:53:59 PM

^On what settings you play crysis And what resolution.
Cuz my 9800GT is able to play only upto 1280X1024 and "Gamer" settings and I get 30-35 FPS with fraps...
December 11, 2009 4:58:21 PM

pipes2009 said:
I also have a 9800 gt and it plays crisis on high settings with a descent fps... But I dont think you'll see much difrence between the 9800 gt and the 5770,anyone?


well not in crysis, but thats because it favor's Nvidia cards,
in other games the 5770 would really be stronger
December 11, 2009 5:19:01 PM

Ehsan w said:
well not in crysis, but thats because it favor's Nvidia cards,
in other games the 5770 would really be stronger



But if you play om 1280x1024 on a 17'' ,monitor,will you see a difrence? between the 9800 gt and 5770
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 5:47:25 PM

^Yes there might be a difference.
With max AA and Max AF with very very few games(Like crysis).

But a 5770 or equivalent will last longer than a 9800GT for that resolution.
I mean there may be a time when there will be such games in which we might see a difference b/w 9800GT and HD5770.
December 11, 2009 6:06:18 PM

But for todays games , any dif? I will dewf upgrade when the time is right. But just want to know will you see a mas dif in todays games in 1280x1024...

Thanx 4 all the help
December 11, 2009 6:30:23 PM

pipes2009 said:
But for todays games , any dif? I will dewf upgrade when the time is right. But just want to know will you see a mas dif in todays games in 1280x1024...

Thanx 4 all the help


if you want to upgrade in the long run,
then you could get an Ati 5770 today, and when
you need it later, add another 5770, if your psu can take it that is.

the difference now would be like, you would get 60+ frames on that monitor with the 5770,
but <60 fps on the 9800 gt
so I suggest 5770, just save a little more money and get that
December 11, 2009 6:32:47 PM

here's a link for prototype:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/prototype-performan...
for prototype both cards will do, you won't see a big difference, because both drop below 60 frames, and go above that too
but for later games, 5770 would be better, dx 11 included if that's what you want

Gta IV needs more cpu power than gpu, so that would be your biggest concern for that game....
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 7:21:09 PM

Ok here's the deal...

I saw the 9800 gt in south africa for R1300 and the 5770 for R2130 that is about. In Usa that is about $173 for 9800 and 284 for the 5770.

I want a graphics card that can play all games at aproximatly 40 fps or higher on higher medium to high settings. For the next year or 1-2 years,is the 9800 gt fine 4 that? On resolutions 1280 x 1024. Because The 5770 is alot more expensive. If the 9800 gt cannot do that then I will buy the 5770.

Thanx all 4 the help
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2009 7:23:05 PM

I am also still using xp and i am not really planning to update my monitor. So direct x11 dose not really make a huge dif.
December 11, 2009 8:26:34 PM

I think for now,and 2 years to come, the 9800 gt will play all games on goodsettings at that resolution. Anyone?
December 11, 2009 9:50:05 PM

well yes, but no
aa and af will have to be turned off all the way or you won't get your desired 40+ fps
remember that's an old card, just renamed
I really don't think it will
but looking at the prices, I don't think it's worth allmost 100 dollars more
You might be better off with the 9800 gt, then upgrade again later

also you might like the ati 4770 since that's a little better than the 9800 gt , a little weaker than the 5770, and it should be priced pretty good
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 1:54:52 AM

Overall the GF9800GT is good, but it's only as good as an HD4770 performance wise, not an HD5770.

The GF9800GT is much slower than the GTS250 which is equal with the HD5750.

But is it worth the extra money? Probably not if you're not going to be pushing the extra features of even just plain DX10.

Unless you plan on moving to W7 between now and when you get rid of whichever of these two cards you chose, then there's not going to be a significant advantage to the HD5770 other than a little better AA and AF quality, and probably better minimum fps. However you're not really pushing the envelope here with your setup.

I'd say save the money towards a new build when you plan to make the switch.
The HD4770 is worth looking at if it's of equal price, but you're really just not going to be stressing things with 12x10/9 with only the DX9 path.

PS, Jack, that link/review doesn't help, this isn't the typical situation, most of the benefits that Cleeve would include in his analysis are moot here.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 7:28:57 AM

Ok,Ive read some reviews. And they say that the 9800 gt is prob the best value for money on a 17''. Now I want to know will the 9800 play all games at good res with descent fps for the time being and a year or so.? Because I will buy a new gpu in about 2 years. So is the 9800 gt fine for the next 2 years or so at that res. And at good settings.
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 7:42:08 AM

Yes it should be fine.
At least I hope it'll be fine.
December 12, 2009 8:40:25 AM

for cards gts 250 / 4850 and above, get 1gb.

NFS shift maxxes out 512mb vram at 1440x900 (accdg to gpu-z). 1280x1024 has a few more pixels.
December 12, 2009 11:11:50 AM

Khoyamora, bro, my system is a Pentium Dual Core 5300 OC'ed @ 3.0 Ghz with a ATI HD 4670.

i just finished playing GTA 4 and Prototype, and for those 2 games, CPU is more important than GPU, and mine is also a 17 inch at 1280x1024.

It ran GTA 4 at 25 - 30 FPS and Prototype was about 40 - 45 FPS.

You need a Quad Core CPU for those 2 games, and others like them with open-worlds with cars, buildings, ppl, etc.

I live in the UAE, PC components are expensive here as well, the 5770 isnt worth the price when compared to the 9800 GT, but the 9800 GT is a bit weak for the next 2 years.

Check the price of:-

NVIDIA:-
1 - 9800 GTX+ / GTS 250 (the 250 is a rebranded 9800 GTX+)
2 - GTX 260

ATI:-
1 - HD 4770
2 - HD 4830
3 - HD 4850
4 - HD 5750
5 - HD 4870

though the 4870 is probably a bit too much, but check just in case.
December 12, 2009 12:40:00 PM

go with gtx 260 and oc ur processor more. like 4ghz.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 12:54:27 PM

ok mayb, Im gonna save u for the 5770/50. When will those prises drop? Andwhat will the prises be when it drop? And for how long will the 9800 gt play games at high settings at 1280x960...
December 12, 2009 1:37:30 PM

^ till late next year.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 3:12:19 PM

for what
December 12, 2009 3:20:18 PM

Quote:
ok mayb, Im gonna save u for the 5770/50. When will those prises drop? Andwhat will the prises be when it drop? And for how long will the 9800 gt play games at high settings at 1280x960...


the 9800gt will not play games on those settings for a long time from now.... like I said before, it's getting a bit old

~sorry I misread, I didn't see your point about only using dx 9
in that case you might look into the 4850, instead of the 5750, because it's basically the same thing, but with dx 11

what i'm trying to say is, don't get the ati 57xx series
December 12, 2009 4:09:32 PM

ok which one of the following is the best:

1)2x9800 gt in sli
2)5770 or 5770
3)4850
4)4870

Which one of those is the best option for future gaming and play games in the future at high settings in 1024x960.

I think that is what he wants to know.
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 4:29:15 PM

Get a single 4870.
Two 9800GTs will be better in terms of raw power, but SLi gets most of its benefits from higher resolutions. A single 4870 will use less power and you won't have to deal with SLI issues.
December 12, 2009 4:50:45 PM

4870 better then the 5770?
December 12, 2009 7:33:07 PM

yup it is actually stronger, but no dx 11 support,
since he has windows xp, and can't use it anyway, the 4870 I guess
December 13, 2009 12:43:56 PM

just quikly which one is better 9800 in sli or 4870/90
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2009 2:48:55 PM

the HD4870/4890 would be faster than two 9800GT, but not two 9800GTX/+ on average.

a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2009 3:24:51 PM

9800GT sli will be equal or close to HD4870 in performance.
HD4890 will be better.
December 13, 2009 4:35:05 PM

shubham1401 said:
9800GT sli will be equal or close to HD4870 in performance.
HD4890 will be better.


yes, but Sli doesn't have a big impact on Gta IV or Crysis
http://www.tbreak.com/reviews/article.php?cat=grfx&id=6...
Unless you think it's worth the 5 fps more, it wont bring the bottom frame above 30 fps anyway

For prototype both cards will do
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2009 8:45:26 PM

5850!
!