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Replace 4890 on the cheap

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February 29, 2012 4:49:30 PM

I have the following system and I need to replace my Video card. I want it to be as cheap as possible as the wife in the fall is letting me build a new one.

What I would like price to be under 130.00 DX11. With the maximum performance. Can go crossfire I needed.


Phenom II 955
SAPPHIRE 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
MSI 790FX-GD70
8gig DDR3

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February 29, 2012 5:23:01 PM

jyjjy said:
Especially if you give it a good OC it is a nice upgrade on the HD4890.


It's probably the best within the $130 budget, but I doubt the crippled 192-bit 460 is actually going to be an 'upgrade' over the 4890. Even a 6850 or 256-bit 460 only gives marginal performance benefit over a 4890. But since byrd wants DX11 for cheap, I would recommend no less than a 6850 for $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or for an nvidia preference the 256-bit 460 is much better than the 192-bit version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I realize both are out of budget, but you don't want backwards performance with an upgrade right?
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February 29, 2012 6:19:01 PM

larkspur said:
It's probably the best within the $130 budget, but I doubt the crippled 192-bit 460 is actually going to be an 'upgrade' over the 4890. Even a 6850 or 256-bit 460 only gives marginal performance benefit over a 4890. But since byrd wants DX11 for cheap, I would recommend no less than a 6850 for $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or for an nvidia preference the 256-bit 460 is much better than the 192-bit version: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I realize both are out of budget, but you don't want backwards performance with an upgrade right?

Interesting, didn't notice the 192 bit bus. Never saw that on a 1gb card. The 768/192 GTX 460 actually is slightly faster than the HD4890 on average and the extra RAM should increase the difference as well. My question would be if this card has the same ROP count as the standard 1gb card or as the standard 192 bit card as that is more the source of the performance difference between the usual versions of the 460 but I'm seeing no info on such. Either way it would still be an upgrade especially when OCed and the best card I'm seeing that is actually within the stated budget.
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February 29, 2012 6:29:14 PM

jyjjy said:
Interesting, didn't notice the 192 bit bus. Never saw that on a 1gb card. The 768/192 GTX 460 actually is slightly faster than the HD4890 on average and the extra RAM should increase the difference as well. My question would be if this card has the same ROP count as the standard 1gb card or as the standard 192 bit card as that is more the source of the performance difference between the usual versions of the 460 but I'm seeing no info on such. Either way it would still be an upgrade especially when OCed and the best card I'm seeing that is actually within the stated budget.


From the Feb version of Best Gaming cards for the money:

"Another great product is starting to become much more scarce: Nvidia's 256-bit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB card, which Nvidia's partners are quietly supplementing with a 1 GB, 192-bit version. In essence, that's the old 768 MB model with a little more memory, but the same crippled bus and fewer ROPs. The consequence of this is a performance profile that's similar to the $130 Radeon HD 6790. Because Nvidia is trying to sell this board between $140 and $160, we aren't going to recommend it. Pay close attention to specifications, folks. This isn't the same speed demon we recommended back in Nvidia GeForce GTX 460: The Fermi We Were Waiting For."

But totally in budget you are correct.
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March 1, 2012 1:57:51 PM

thanks for all the info. this will really help my decision.
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