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August 24, 2010 8:18:48 PM

Hey Guys,

I was just curious as to which of the new breed of cards could I compare my 9800GX2 to?

Would it be comparable to say a decent 5850, or a GTX 460 for example, or if I were to upgrade to one of those cards would there be a marked improvement in the quality of my gaming etc? I have recently upgraded to a Core i7 930 (Stock speed) and 6gb of OCZ triple channel RAM at 1333mhz. I was initially wanting a 5870 but thats proved to be too expensive, so any advice please would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks in advance!!

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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 8:22:13 PM

Discrete: 9800 GX2, GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 460, GTX 465 Discrete: HD 4870, HD 4890, HD 5770, HD 5830

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-rad...

I'd say you'd want at least a 5850 or 470, both of those should be able to overclock to their big brothers. Even then its not a HUGE performance difference, but the difference would be noticible and you would gain DX11.
a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 8:23:57 PM

Hello Edifice,

I owned a 9800 GX2 SSC from EVGA. It burned out on me and it was replaced with a standard GTX 285, I noticed a 25-30% performance increase just from that generation.

A jump to a 460 or a 470 would be a huge performance gain. And awesome : )
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 8:25:43 PM

Nice to know. I guess the tiers are Tom's should be a little more refined. =D
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 8:28:10 PM

Why not run some benchmarks to get some numbers from your current rig and then take a look at the benchmarks from the current crop of cards to to see what chucks out better numbers than you've got?
a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 8:35:21 PM

I don't think a 460 will provide a huge jump in performance when compared to the GX2, if the OP wants to see some real gains it would have to be either a 470/480 or 5850/5870.
August 24, 2010 8:44:04 PM

Thank you for all your advice, so does that mean then that a 5850 is markedly quicker than a GX2? As my budget could stretch to that? I mean my native resolution is 1680 x 1050 and I play Crysis at that in 4 X AA at medium settings and as far as I can tell there is no real slowdown and certainly no stuttering, however while playing Gears Of War, during the cut scenes there is a certain amount of lag, and I just find it really frustrating LOL, as Crysis is I assume considered a benchmarking game?

a c 153 U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 9:01:19 PM

OvrClkr said:
I don't think a 460 will provide a huge jump in performance when compared to the GX2, if the OP wants to see some real gains it would have to be either a 470/480 or 5850/5870.


That what I was thinking as well, however as I said before I'd just get a 470 or 5850. They are much cheaper and overclock pretty well.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3810/nvidias-geforce-gtx-...

That might help you make your choice.
a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 9:06:14 PM

edifice said:
Thank you for all your advice, so does that mean then that a 5850 is markedly quicker than a GX2? As my budget could stretch to that? I mean my native resolution is 1680 x 1050 and I play Crysis at that in 4 X AA at medium settings and as far as I can tell there is no real slowdown and certainly no stuttering, however while playing Gears Of War, during the cut scenes there is a certain amount of lag, and I just find it really frustrating LOL, as Crysis is I assume considered a benchmarking game?


I have a single 5850 paired with an x4 and as far as Crysis goes it all depends on the clocks. If I leave both the CPU and GPU at stock settings I get horrible frames. Example :

Enthusiast settings w/ no AA @ 1680x 1050

STOCK EVERYTHING

http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv199/OvrClkr/Crysis...

CPU @ 4Ghz and GPU at 1000/3000

http://i683.photobucket.com/albums/vv199/OvrClkr/Crysis...

So in all it really depends if you want to overclock the card or just spend more $$ on something more powerful. If you want to jack up the visuals at your resolution w/o sacrificing any frames it is highly recommended that you bump up your CPU clock a notch or two..


August 24, 2010 9:13:42 PM

Thank you, again for all your help and recommendations etc, I will go away and have a long hard think about how to spend my money, obviously I don't get to do this very often and I want to make the right decision regarding what funds I do have.

And looking at your link OvrClkr, it's looking VEY lightly I will be going for a 5850, as I have seen this link on SCANS website I think its worth the money http://www.scan.co.uk/product.aspx?ProductId=31838 please send me your thoughts?!

Thanks!!
a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 9:35:22 PM

where are you located at? figure out how much you want to spend and let us know =)
August 24, 2010 10:44:29 PM

I am in Manchester the UK and I have a maximum amount of £280 GBP to spend
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 10:57:26 PM

edifice said:
Thank you, again for all your help and recommendations etc, I will go away and have a long hard think about how to spend my money, obviously I don't get to do this very often and I want to make the right decision regarding what funds I do have.

And looking at your link OvrClkr, it's looking VEY lightly I will be going for a 5850, as I have seen this link on SCANS website I think its worth the money http://www.scan.co.uk/product.aspx?ProductId=31838 please send me your thoughts?!

Thanks!!

A 470 would be faster and for 20 quid more a pair of 768MB 460's could be had.
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 12:51:39 AM

+1

if he has the cash for dual 460's then it's a no-brainer, I didn't know how much that was in US dollars. That's a great budget for this particular upgrade.
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