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March 9, 2012 2:49:18 AM

EVGA e-GeForce 9800GT Akimbo 512MB DDR3:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=512-P3-N982-B2-...

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB DDR3:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=7120468000G-BUL...

ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB DDR3:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=HD4850-PCIE-512...

which one of these three is the fastest at stock and after overclocking? I'm trying to play BF3 on max, but no anistrophic filtering or anti-alliasing, none of that extra stuff, just max resolution is all. I'd easily settle for about 40 FPS, I'd LOVE that. But yeah, which would in general be the fastest?

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a c 559 U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 3:21:56 AM

They're all quite old technology.

Ranked from best to worst in terms of performance:

1. ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB DDR3

2. ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB DDR3

3. EVGA e-GeForce 9800GT Akimbo 512MB DDR3
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March 9, 2012 1:06:56 PM

what resolution you playing bf3 on ? i don't think any of these can run bf3 max with 40fps
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March 9, 2012 2:32:20 PM

I'm mostly gonna play it at about 1600x1200 resolution. If not max, then I can deal with 1280x960, but I'd really like to play it. BFBC2 is dead, so even if I where to play it, nobody would be around to play with. It's better than my current rig, it's only got a 3400 and I've only been playing Team Fortress 2 on medium settings.
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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 2:48:18 PM

*looks at gtx 285 collecting dust on shelf*

4850 hands down

though one might consider bf3 gets along better with nvidia, good luck fining a benchmark lol
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March 9, 2012 2:51:30 PM

Is it only those 3 cards avaliable??
Or can you tell us your budget?

If i was topick out of those

4850 defo

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March 9, 2012 2:57:45 PM

I got a small budget, incredibly small. I'm pushing it if I buy the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2, so I'd say around the $70 range, just until I get a better job. But it seems the 450 would be the best option here in general though, and even better, it's the cheapest! But yeah, small budget, and I don't want to to extreme gaming on everything max, just max resolution.
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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 3:07:50 PM

my friend plays bf3 on his 4850 if that makes u feel better
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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 3:13:35 PM

Also 6770 plays crysis2 at medium settings and 1680 x 1050 so perhaps you might push BF3 on high at 1280x960.

Good luck
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March 9, 2012 3:25:44 PM

Sweet Jebus, $100. That a lot over what I have. I'll see though, thanks for the suggestion.
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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 3:37:48 PM

I hate to tell you bro, but if your trying to use a....uh hmm cough couple of years old cough video card and expect to run extreme resolution, then i can walk on the moon. you need more video horse power if your gonna be gaming at that res.
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March 9, 2012 3:43:31 PM

davidmull12 said:
EVGA e-GeForce 9800GT Akimbo 512MB DDR3:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=512-P3-N982-B2-...

ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB DDR3:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=7120468000G-BUL...

ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB DDR3:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=HD4850-PCIE-512...

which one of these three is the fastest at stock and after overclocking? I'm trying to play BF3 on max, but no anistrophic filtering or anti-alliasing, none of that extra stuff, just max resolution is all. I'd easily settle for about 40 FPS, I'd LOVE that. But yeah, which would in general be the fastest?

Do you need the card now, or are you able to save up for a month or two to get something better?
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March 9, 2012 8:05:14 PM

I can wait a while, and yeah, I think I'll wait to save up about $100 if I can, but I'd prefer as quickly as possible because my current card is dying on me.
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March 9, 2012 8:10:40 PM

davidmull12 said:
I can wait a while, and yeah, I think I'll wait to save up about $100 if I can, but I'd prefer as quickly as possible because my current card is dying on me.


dude if you really want a good card for stuff like that you almost have to have over $150

good luck though
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a b U Graphics card
March 10, 2012 6:24:34 AM

davidmull12 said:
I can wait a while, and yeah, I think I'll wait to save up about $100 if I can, but I'd prefer as quickly as possible because my current card is dying on me.

I'm pretty sure I saw a killer deal on a Radeon HD 6850 (not sure what brand) for $120 this week on Newegg, but that is obviously out of your price range right now. Prices are coming down, and should drop more soon, so be on the lookout. I don't know if you will be able to find a 6850 for quite as low as $100, but you might get lucky and find one for around $120 again in the next couple months.
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March 10, 2012 4:13:52 PM

Yeah, i'm thinking of just waiting until the Radon 7990 comes out, prices will go down even more than usual.
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a b U Graphics card
March 15, 2012 4:11:22 PM

Watch closely. I got the impression from the new Best Graphics Cards For The Money: March 2012 article that the Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 models could disappear very suddenly.

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Some cards come, and other cards go. The Cayman-based Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 are at the end of their lives, and are quickly disappearing to make room for the Radeon HD 7800 series. The Barts-based Radeon 6870, 6850, and 6790 cards are also harder to find. They're no longer in production, and won't be enjoying an uptick in availability any time soon.


Obviously they should not all disappear off the shelves tomorrow, but it sounds like the window of time between them dropping in price and being out of stock/discontinued might end up being smaller than I would have thought. Again, I can't even begin to venture a guess as to when it might happen, or even say for sure that it will, but keep an eye out for that killer deal (on whichever card you pick) over the next couple months and jump on it when it is there.

I would watch the Newegg Shell Shocker deals for cards being dropped to the ~$100 price range and see where they fall on the Graphics Card Hierarchy Charts at the end of the monthly "Best Graphics Cards for the Money" articles here on Tom's Hardware. That should help give you a rough idea of what level of price-to-performance deal you would be getting.
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March 15, 2012 9:24:58 PM

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