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4850 v 4870
gollynamedslash 
26/8/08 7:16:02 PM
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Gday,

i am having problems deciding between these two cards.

The 4850 is $205 from Itestate. Seems like a fairly good card, but it runs at about 80 degrees (iirc). It's cooler doesnt directly port it out of the case which means it could heat up other components.

The 4870 is like a billion dollars more (~$310 - $350). But im having problems sourcing places to buy it from cheap. Itestate reports "No stock", MSY doesnt even stock it. But the main advantage is the direct port cooler.

I dont know what i want this computer to do at the moment. Gaming obviously, but which game im not sure.

I would go with the 4850 but i dont want its super-heatedness to interferr with my other components.

Whats a bloke do?

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xguntherc 
26/8/08 7:21:46 PM
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if you can afford it, the 4870 is a big difference and worth the money.

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Dasa 
26/8/08 8:06:16 PM
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4850 has slower memory which hurts it when you crank up the res so for 1680x1050+ id go the 4870 if you can

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Dan_2 
2/9/08 8:05:00 PM
Initiate
I picked up my sapphire 4870 on the weekend..
Have to say I am impressed so far but it was $340...

The performance is good in most games maxed out at 1680x1050..

34 fps on World in conflict maxed dx10.
Crysis Avg 35fps dx10.
Bioshock ... not worth benching because it goes crazy fast.


Hope that helps...

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Psychosmurf 
3/9/08 12:19:15 AM
Guru

Quote by gollynamedslash

I would go with the 4850 but i dont want its super-heatedness to interferr with my other components.

Whats a bloke do?



Get the HIS 4850 IceQ4 Turbo, that's what I'm looking at doing to at least have a descent cooler on it.

http://www.hisdigital.com/html/product_ov.php?id=398&view=yes


Edited by Psychosmurf: 3/9/2008 12:21:24 AM

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aaronbajado 
4/9/08 11:06:25 AM
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if you have the money. definitely go for the 4870. it has a huge difference in gaming. you could go all the way high settings.

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rankor 
4/9/08 4:56:28 PM
Serf
You would have to go the 4870, Awesome bang for buck. If you need to save more money, wait cause it will be worth it and probably cheaper in a few months too.

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F117_Nighthawk 
4/9/08 9:19:02 PM
Guru

Yes it also suggest the HD4870,
I would have got one over my HD4850 but it was unnecessary in my situation :)

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osama_bin_athlon 
4/9/08 10:01:46 PM
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if you're specifically after a 4850, how about this:
http://www.powercolor.com/global/products_features.asp?ProductID=2354

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heydude 
5/9/08 12:57:14 AM
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I would sway towards the 4870 more then the 4850, but both are very admirable cards and will perform very well.

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