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ATI HD 4850 crossfire

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December 1, 2011 12:40:59 PM

Hey guys,

I have a radeon HD 4850 from about 2 years ago and I'm looking to upgrade it without spending $200+. From what I've seen, two of these cards perform pretty well so I really just have a question about the crossfire compatibility. I found another 4850 (which was a task in of itself), but looking at the specs the card is slightly different.

Everything looks pretty much the same except for the fact that the one I'm looking to purchase has a HDMI slot whereas the one I'm currently using has a s-video output in its place.

Basically, just wondering if this will be enough to make the two cards incompatible for crossfire!

Thanks!

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a c 164 U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 12:48:17 PM

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Everything looks pretty much the same except for the fact that the one I'm looking to purchase has a HDMI slot whereas the one I'm currently using has a s-video output in its place.

Basically, just wondering if this will be enough to make the two cards incompatible for crossfire!


that won't be a problem. if you can spend around $200 why not looking at 6870 instead? 6870 should be faster than two 4850 combined.
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a b U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 12:50:06 PM

should be ok if they are clocked the same...i think.

Saying that though I just bought a CHEAP 4870x2 card for £65 ($100-110ish) and should not have to worry about x-fire being compatible.

merely suggesting that the 4870x2's are cheap enough now to maybe swing you their way instead. Also should perform a bit better.
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December 1, 2011 12:51:23 PM

Basically was looking to spend around 100, and the 4850 is actually like 50 bucks.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,... is one chart that has the sli'd 4850's over the 6870.

Figured tom's hardware was a good site to listen to, but I've really fallen off of the worth of cards since I bought my last rig.

Thanks for the quick reply !
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a c 164 U Graphics card
December 1, 2011 1:12:40 PM

4850 CF and 6870 is quite on par in terms of performance (with 4850 slightly ahead) but 4850 CF have to deal with scaling while 6870 is not. i think the chart positioning is based on 4850 near perfect scaling. personally i would chose 6870 because of 6870 is DX11 capable card but the choice is yours :) 
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