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Versus Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 280

ATI Radeon HD 4770 In CrossFire: Unbeatable At $220
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By now you’re probably thinking, “Great—you tested against a bunch of less-expensive cards and ATI’s one quicker single-GPU solution. Where’s the GeForce GTX 275?” We’ll do you one better. How about a GeForce GTX 280? The card still sells from anywhere between $305 and $350 online and should technically outclass the two 4770s. So, we took a handful of the most strenuous games and put the two solutions head to head.

Without AA enabled, the two Radeon HD 4770s are shockingly either as fast as or slightly faster than a single GTX 280. Turn on the eye candy, and Nvidia’s solution slips into the lead. But at 1680x1050, where the GTX 280’s 512-bit memory bus and 1 GB frame buffer help it pull away, we’ve already dropped down to 40 fps, making the victory a little less meaningful.

The two configurations trade blows in Stalker without the AA enabled, but perform very similarly overall. The same applies when anti-aliasing is turned on in the game. Below 1280x1024, however, things slow down too much to be considered playable.

World in Conflict favors Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 280 at 1280x1024 and 1680x1050. But the CrossFire’d 4770s pull ahead at 1920x1200. With AA on, the GTX 280 again leads at the two lower resolutions, while things even up at 1920x1200.

All in all, not a  bad showing for a pair of 4770s. Yeah, we were surprised too.

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    curryj02 , May 4, 2009 6:04 AM
    BRING BACK THE DROP DOWN MENU FOR NAVIGATION!! ARGHHHH!!
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    crisisavatar , May 4, 2009 6:15 AM
    curryj02BRING BACK THE DROP DOWN MENU FOR NAVIGATION!! ARGHHHH!!

    Seriously, is a hassle to browse without it.
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    cangelini , May 4, 2009 6:07 AM
    Working on getting the drop-down or ToC on every page. Sometimes things are changed without advanced notice. Trying to get a solution for you guys!
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  • 76 Hide
    curryj02 , May 4, 2009 6:04 AM
    BRING BACK THE DROP DOWN MENU FOR NAVIGATION!! ARGHHHH!!
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    cangelini , May 4, 2009 6:07 AM
    Working on getting the drop-down or ToC on every page. Sometimes things are changed without advanced notice. Trying to get a solution for you guys!
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    crisisavatar , May 4, 2009 6:15 AM
    curryj02BRING BACK THE DROP DOWN MENU FOR NAVIGATION!! ARGHHHH!!

    Seriously, is a hassle to browse without it.
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    Spathi , May 4, 2009 6:28 AM
    This RSS feed has the Intel logo??? Larrabee on the mind? ahaha
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    Summer Leigh Castle , May 4, 2009 6:30 AM
    Great article. Just for kicks, how do the xfires of the 4830 and 4850 compare to the xfire 4770?

    How about a dual column menu table? My mobile browser doesn't like to work with drop-down menus. I know, just nick picking like everyone else. :D 
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    mrubermonkey , May 4, 2009 6:35 AM
    I have already mentioned the drop down issue, but I am mentioning it again for emphasis. Consider Bert Lance's saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." By the way, nice article.
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    Ciuy , May 4, 2009 6:44 AM
    what drop down menu`s ? :p  didnt notice anything lol

    i like old school navigation :D 
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    xbsoft , May 4, 2009 6:46 AM
    The other day I was trying to prove to my brother that 2 ATI 4770's would outperform anything in its price range and my brother didn't agree with that... lol I can't wait to show him the article.

    Unfortunately, he already bought a 4850 card which he should be okay for now, I guess.

    Anyways, great article. I really enjoyed it. :) 
    Thanks!
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    ta152h , May 4, 2009 6:49 AM
    Just put in the URL to jump to the page you want, for now.

    For example - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-4770-crossfire,2288-3.html will get you to page three. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-4770-crossfire,2288-5.html will get you to page five, etc...
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    quickwind , May 4, 2009 6:52 AM
    Hmmm I wonder how three of these would scale together. Nice article as well, very interesting how this compares to the other cards
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    xbsoft , May 4, 2009 6:53 AM
    The other day I was trying to prove to my brother that 2 ATI 4770's would outperform anything in its price range and my brother didn't agree with that... lol I can't wait to show him the article.

    Unfortunately, he already bought a 4850 card which he should be okay with it for now, I guess.

    Anyways, great article. I really enjoyed it. :) 
    Thanks!
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    thepinkpanther , May 4, 2009 7:04 AM
    wonder what nvidia has up their sleeve to counter this, and...and...its another renamed g92!
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    anamaniac , May 4, 2009 7:04 AM
    Very interesting article.

    Makes me regret getting a 4670...
    At this price, makes me regret being jobless. ;) 

    Well, if I do finally get employed soon, ATi has my money thanks to you.

    How do these cards react in a tri/quad crossfire environment? Are there even the proper drivers for that yet?
    =D
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    Verrin , May 4, 2009 7:19 AM
    @ Denibgirde665:

    Unless you're on a super strict budget, it's not hard to afford a multi-PCI-Ex16 board. I see deals all over where, you can pay an extra 10-30 bucks and get dual-card compatibility. This technology isn't limited to the super-rich anymore. And as this article proves, sometimes it more affordable to go with a dual-card solution.
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    mrubermonkey , May 4, 2009 7:31 AM
    When is the 4 way crossfirex HD 4890 test coming? The most I have seen were 2 HD 4890 in crossfire on some website.
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    blackpanther26 , May 4, 2009 7:46 AM
    Any one smell a ATI Radeon 4770 X2?
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    hazobi , May 4, 2009 7:47 AM
    i myself own the hd4850 card. its amazing to see that this card can perform so well. So my question is, can the 4850 crossfire with 4770? it seems that they have the same architecture so is it possible to crossfire this two?
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    hustler539 , May 4, 2009 8:20 AM
    This just in, AMD announces another price hike on the 4770 after reading this article to keep it's 4890 in the market
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    resonance451 , May 4, 2009 8:47 AM
    demonhorde665"there’s really no reason to buy a single 4890, unless you lack CrossFire compatibility. And you shouldn’t be lacking CrossFire unless you own a motherboard with Nvidia core logic (in which case, you’re probably already running a GeForce card of some sort, too)." EPIC WRONG !!!!! I m an avid gamer i own a mainbaord that ONLY has one pci-e 16x slot it is not an nivida chip main board either but an amd based solution. unless you were applying your coment to the rich only, you fail epicly at this comment


    You are an avid gamer yet were enough of a moron to purchase a motherboard with only one pci-e 16x slot. Given that two of these cards cost ~ $220, it's not a stretch of the imagination to think you'd have $100 to spend on a motherboard. And that's not just on any motherboard. That's on a brand spanking new P45 chipset mobo from a reputable company with all the Core 2 bells and whistles. However, if you want to keep your AMD based "solution" (fucking jargon makes me want to RAGE), I peeked on Newegg and found a 790X mobo for $89.99 that has two PCI Express 2.0 slots on it and supports the new AM2+ processors. You're telling me that $89.99 is a lot of money? I build computers with video cards that cost more than 15 times that, and to get these new cards WITH the ability to upgrade significantly, you'd be spending a total of $320. If that's far too much for you to be spending on computer parts, you shouldn't be whining about dual-card "solutions".

    Learn to spell, learn to think logically, learn to investigate thoroughly, and think next time before you decide to post your garbage here. It makes you look really stupid to criticize an article when you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
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    pirateboy , May 4, 2009 8:58 AM
    I would like to see the numbers of 4770-CF vs 4830-CF vs 250GTS-SLI
    (with OC'ing of course)
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