the old 4850hd vs 9800gtx+ dilemma

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stubblep00 Posted: Sun, Jul 20 2008 10:04 AM

A message from my brother who is making forays into the world of custom pc's

Hello,
I am building a new pc primarily for gaming.For graphics I want either the 4850hd or the 9800gtx+, both of which cost the same in Hong Kong where I live. In all the reviews/benchmarks the two are seemingly equal (unless price is the issue which it is not here). They both can play crysis etc. with more than 30 fps so I dont really care about either of them being better at that- what I care about is how they are going to perform on future games as i dont want to upgrade my pc for at least 3-4 years. I do not want to sli/crossfire either.
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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jul 20 2008 12:56 PM

if price is not a problem why not just go 4870 it beats the nvidia 280 and creams the 9800gtx+ especially if you want longevity nothing else has DDR5 muche less even DDR4 and a 9800GTX+ is DDR3 with less streams. Lol I'm still running my 3870 and have'nt had a problem yet when the 4870 X2 comes out a couple weeks I will upgrade because all the graphics card prices will drop then. Might even be a good idea to wait or build it with whatever card you have now anticipating a week to two after they release. You will get your card whatever you choose at a better pricepoint then for waiting a month. You will probably be able to save more money or get more for your money as the just release a lot of new products in other areas to. Either way just a thought if you can wait 30 days :)

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The 4870 doesn't beat the 280, but it does beat the 260 by a small margin.

Hot Hardware's own review: HERE

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nECrO1967 replied on Sun, Jul 20 2008 4:20 PM

No but it comes close enough that the price difference would make you nuts to buy a 280. Even with the recent price drop.

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when he says price is no issue he means the difference between the two cards he is talking about, the 9800 and the 4850

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what i meant was price is no difference between 4850hd vs 9800gtx+, whereas the 4870 is out of my budget. so which between the two?

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replied on Sun, Jul 20 2008 9:15 PM

 The 4850 is a nice card. He could buy two of those for crossfire one now and one later and not have to use Nvidia chipsets. That would be what I would do.

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9800gtx+ has more fps than 4850 in almost every game. why would u suggest the 4850 if its not cheaper? plus, its ATI. i'm no nvidia fanboy. but after owning several nvidia/ati cards, i'd say ati is not as good as nv on the support and drivers department.
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