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Looking to upgrade from 4890

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June 12, 2012 12:03:22 PM

I have a budget of around $250. I currently have 4 gigs of ram and phenom x2 unlocked and overclocked to 3.5gz. The 4890 has served me well, but I want to replace it. Is the 7850 the best option? I was reading on newegg that there apparently was a sale for the card at $200. Will this happen again, or will there be a price drop? I haven't been following the technology lately, so I'm behind.

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June 12, 2012 12:59:02 PM

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This depends on your flavour..

If all you want is raw performance and high fps for low cost, the GTX 480 reigns champion in performance per buck, it's downside is high power consumption.

The 7850 requires alot less power, but runs slower than the GTX 480, and can only be called competitive at it's maximum overclock.

The GTX 480 surpasses the 580 once at it's max clock, and will match it with a moderate OC.

The 7870 is not competetive in this price range.


i'm kind of sick of the high temps and loudness of the 4890. i think the 7850 will be good for me. i forgot to mention i'm running it at 1920x1080. but like i mentioned in the OP, is there any chance of a price drop soon?
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June 12, 2012 1:40:32 PM

lolwatpear said:
i'm kind of sick of the high temps and loudness of the 4890. i think the 7850 will be good for me. i forgot to mention i'm running it at 1920x1080. but like i mentioned in the OP, is there any chance of a price drop soon?


I own the 4870 and also sick of the same stuff. I've undervolted it tho and the card is much cooler and quieter @ stock clocks.

However, since I'm doing it with a 3rd party software (ati tray tools) it's a pain to tweak and besides this card is not what it used to. So if I would upgrade now the 7850 would be my first choice. It is a decent upgrade that sips power, performs admirably, could reach around gtx580 performance when mildly overclocked while sucking around 110W (metro 2033 load) to 190W (OCCT torture test) less than the gtx 580 which, in turn, is a little less power hungry than the gtx 480.

When looking at pure performance, the gtx 480 at 210$ may be a great deal, but if you're like me and care about dimensions, thermals, acoustics and power consumption (which makes sense cuz you own the 4890) then I advise you to get the 7850 if you need a new card right now.
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June 12, 2012 1:41:25 PM

I'd go with the 7850 or the GTX 570. If you can get the 7850 for $200 it's a steal.
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June 12, 2012 2:04:52 PM

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Where is it at $200...


I think it was $200 at newegg recently looking at the reviews. Sadly, I missed it as I wasn't interested in upgrading at the time.
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