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9800gtx+/GTS250

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March 2, 2010 12:40:14 PM

Hi

I'm looking to upgrade my monitor from the crappy 15" 1024*768 that my old pc came with to a 22" with 1920*1080 such as (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO...) now they've become so affordable.

My worry is that my 9800gtx+, which has been a great card and still isn't taxed by anything yet at low res, will struggle with the high resolution due to its low 512mb memory.

The best quick fix I can find is that I can pair it up in sli with a GTS250 (the 9800gtx+ seemed to disappear not long after its launch), which should keep the performance up. But I'm concerned that I'd need a 512mb edition of it which barely cost any less than a 1024mb edition and makes it feel like I'm shooting myself in the foot a bit.

Also with a slew of Direct x11 games coming out this year and little being known on its effect on games or graphics cards (I cant help but feel the DiRT2 analysis on here wont be entirely representative of dx11 performance in the future) I'd really like to put off spending money on a new card until I know more about it.

Makes me wish I'd picked up a 4890 up cheap before they disappeared.

Any advice is greatly welcomed

Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2010 12:54:42 PM

Why not save up for a 5850? You could sell that 9800GTX+ (I bet a lot of ppl would want it) and for the money you're willing to spend for the GTS250 + the money from the 9800GTX+ you should be really close to a 5850.

Cheers!
March 2, 2010 1:01:43 PM

Good idea. A 5850 seems to be a nice step up performance wise but is perhaps a wee bit too much money (I had high hopes for the 5830 but that seems to be a bit of a waste of space at about £10 less) Looking at the prices a 9800gtx+ goes for I could perhaps make enough money to get the card and the screen and avoid the catch 22 situation of having nice graphics but tiny screen or sh*t graphics and big screen.

p.s. I'm not sure why the 9800 sells for so much? Do people not realise it's just been repackaged as a gts250?

Cheers
a c 274 U Graphics card
March 2, 2010 1:03:00 PM

I'm running a pair of 8800GT's @ 19 x10 and although they only have 512MB I have had no issues whatsoever and I am currently playing Avatar in DX10 with 2xAA and getting 50+ fps easily.
March 2, 2010 1:06:10 PM

yeah, that's why I was thinking I would need to whack in another 512mb card as one simply wouldnt have the frame buffer for that kind of res with aa. The upgrade to one 5850 solution might be better though as it means I'm sticking with one card and get gddr5
a c 274 U Graphics card
March 2, 2010 1:09:19 PM

Jclapham3 said:
yeah, that's why I was thinking I would need to whack in another 512mb card as one simply wouldnt have the frame buffer for that kind of res with aa. The upgrade to one 5850 solution might be better though as it means I'm sticking with one card and get gddr5

So long as you are aware that the GSOD issues with the 5 series have not been fully sorted yet, then go for it.
a b U Graphics card
March 2, 2010 1:17:59 PM

Either choice is a good one IMO.

The 9800GTX+/GTS250 is a very good card, but I like single card solutions the most. That's just a personal preference. And since the 5850 has DX11 and a lot of horse power for that res and leaving the GSOD's aside, I think it would be a very good buy if he can get one.

Cheers!
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