Best PCI-E Card For $350:
|2x Radeon 4850 in Crossfire Configuration|
|Core Speed MHz:||625|
|Memory Speed MHz:||993 (1986 effective)|
|DirectX / Shader Model||DX 10.1 / SM 4.0|
In the limited 4850 Crossfire benchmarks we’ve seen so far, AMD has really learned to squeeze the performance out of its new cards. While a single Radeon 4850 performs in the same realm as the GeForce 9800 GTX, it looks like two 4850s in Crossfire will completely decimate the dual-GPU GeForce 9800 GX2, and even put the hurt on the powerful new GeForce GTX 280. Remember, the GeForce GTX 280 costs about $80 more than two Radeon 4850 cards!
At this performance level and at this price, we have a hard time recommending anything more expensive than two Radeon 4850s. As more data surfaces as to how the 4870, GTX 260 and GTX 280 perform in multiple card configurations compared to two 4850s in Crossfire, we might add a higher price point to the list. But for now, the power of two 4850’s in Crossfire is our top recommendation for performance.
HONORABLE MENTION: $360
|2x GeForce 9800 GTX in SLI Configuration|
|Core Speed MHz:||675|
|Memory Speed MHz:||1,100 MHz (2,200 MHz effective)|
|DirectX / Shader Model||DX 10 / SM 4.0|
While two Radeon 4850s are really the way to go in terms of price/performance, those of you who have an SLI motherboard will probably find staying with Nvidia’s video cards a cost-effective choice. For you folks, two GeForce 9800 GTX cards are about as good as it gets, offering performance a bit less than two Radeon 4850 cards in Crossfire for only a little more money.