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Will my Ati HD 4850 slow down my PC

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September 21, 2012 4:03:03 PM

I'm just upgrading my PC from an AMD 6000+ system to Intel i7-3770, 8 GB Ram 1600 Corsair Vengeance, MB Asus P8Z77-V LX, SSD OCZ Vertex 4. But I want to keep my old ATI HD 4850 video card (despite the heat and noise). Mostly due to the budget, but I also feel I should wait some more for a new video card. I know that I won't take the maximum from games, but I only play GTA IV (which I could play normally with the previous system) and a few other games of that age, but could that slow down the entire system in general, not only for games?

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September 21, 2012 4:25:23 PM

Nah, it won't be a source of general system slow down. Assuming you are using a single display, the 4850 has plenty of guts to keep up, since it does after all have its own 512MB of GDDR5, and doesn't rob system RAM for general video duties.

That being said, it sure is showing it's age in terms of gaming. There are plenty of affordable (sub $150) video cards around that can pretty much double your horsepower while also getting you into the ubiquitous current DX11 generation. But no, don't worry, outside of gaming, it's not a bottleneck.
September 21, 2012 4:31:34 PM

curtox said:
Nah, it won't be a source of general system slow down. Assuming you are using a single display, the 4850 has plenty of guts to keep up, since it does after all have its own 512MB of GDDR5, and doesn't rob system RAM for general video duties.

That being said, it sure is showing it's age in terms of gaming. There are plenty of affordable (sub $150) video cards around that can pretty much double your horsepower while also getting you into the ubiquitous current DX11 generation. But no, don't worry, outside of gaming, it's not a bottleneck.


Thank you for the reply. In fact, it's still a good standing card, I have been able to play GTA IV in decent FPS on medium graphics and the other games of that age haven't been a problem at all. But I think the 4850 is a GDDR3 256 bit, not Gddr5. Could that be a problem, now that you mentioned it?
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September 21, 2012 4:47:38 PM

njeriuxp said:
Thank you for the reply. In fact, it's still a good standing card, I have been able to play GTA IV in decent FPS on medium graphics and the other games of that age haven't been a problem at all. But I think the 4850 is a GDDR3 256 bit, not Gddr5. Could that be a problem, now that you mentioned it?


Sorry, that was my bad, I meant GDDR3, and no that's a major issue at all. I was more so just pointing out that this card is still fairly capable and brings it's own VRAM to the table, unlike integrated graphics for example. ;) 
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September 21, 2012 4:51:14 PM

The 4850 is still a respectable performer.
September 21, 2012 4:51:46 PM

curtox said:
Sorry, that was my bad, I meant GDDR3, and no that's a major issue at all. I was more so just pointing out that this card is still fairly capable and brings it's own VRAM to the table, unlike integrated graphics for example. ;) 


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