My 9800GX2 which has worked great for the year and a half that I had it, seems to have half died out on me. The warranty is expired , so I have to buy a new one. I'd actually prefer to get the same thing, but they don't make them anymore. So, my question is, what video cards that are available are equal to or better than the performance of the 9800GX2 (I've looked at the BFTech GTX 285... is that any good) I've tried to navigate through the specs and it seems the 9800GX2 is still up there for some reason. Thanks for the help!
Woah woah, the 9800GX2 is around the performance of a GTX280, I would say get a 5850.
It has better performance, less power-consumption, DX11, and Eyefinity.
The 9800GTX is about 5-10% less powerful than a 4850, so it would be around a GTX280.
I got an Intel quad core CPU. Does it matter if I switch to ATI? I've heard there's some sort of connection between Intel/Nvidia and AMD/ATI or was. I'm having a bit of trouble finding high-end Nvidia cards for some reason... Also any recommendations on manufacturer? The 9800GX2 is eVGA.
Yeah, the GTX 280/85 and the HD5850 are the cards to look at based on "video cards that are available are equal to or better than the performance of the 9800GX2"
Of those the HD5850 is definitely the best buy. It's cheaper, better, DX11, supports 3 monitors and is much more power efficient.
vegas, i would go for the 5850 as i suggested before and others suggested as well, it is a beast of a card and it seems you have the components to support it. (such as power supply & quad core CPU) As for brands, with ATI cards, i usually settle for Sapphire or ASUS, there are others out there that are good as well but most will agree that both Sapphire & ASUS are both great brands.
The 5770 wouldn't even be close, the 9800GTX is slightly slower than a 4850 (5-10%), so a 9800GX2 is 10-20% slower than a 4850X2, that's probably slightly over a 4890.
The 5770 can't even keep up with a 4870, much less a 4890.
if it were me, i would go for a 5850 or a 4870 x2 or a 5870. these will be the only cards to justify an "upgrade" and Fermi does not really look too promising right now. You'll notice that i didn't suggest any Nvidia GTX 2xx series cards, not because i dislike Nvidia, it's just that there is no justification to buy any of those right now either...