4850 CF vs 4870 CF

noobman

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The 4850 in Crossfire mode (2x4850) seems like a really great buy at $400.... I'm just wondering if the GDDR5 and the other improvements the 4870 has is worth the extra $200?

Right now, benchmarks seem to say that it's not a worthwhile investment. Were the 4870 a 1gb card, I would definitely see the benefit of having better memory bandwidth. I guess my real question is whether or not the boost memory bandwidth on the 4870 would ever be realized with only 512mb of video memory.
 

nightwalker

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right now theyre not that much different in crossfire, but over time when the drivers mature it will be a significant difference i think.

you can get crossfire 4850 for around 350 bux which is a steal IMO.. on call of Duty 4 @ 1920x1200 maxed out i rarely ever get under 60fps unless theres a shitload of stuff going on with a army of people but even then it doesnt dip to a slowdown.looks great
 

noobman

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right now theyre not that much different in crossfire, but over time when the drivers mature it will be a significant difference i think.

you can get crossfire 4850 for around 350 bux which is a steal IMO.. on call of Duty 4 @ 1920x1200 maxed out i rarely ever get under 60fps unless theres a shitload of stuff going on with a army of people but even then it doesnt dip to a slowdown.looks great
In all honesty I'm leaning towards a 22inch monitor.... meaning I'd only be gaming at 1680*1050 (though I'll keep my CRT kicking around for when I need additional screen real estate) or possibly even 2x 19inch monitors, giving me tons of screen real estate for work, and a pretty decent-sized monitor for gaming.
 

nightwalker

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In all honesty I'm leaning towards a 22inch monitor.... meaning I'd only be gaming at 1680*1050 (though I'll keep my CRT kicking around for when I need additional screen real estate) or possibly even 2x 19inch monitors, giving me tons of screen real estate for work, and a pretty decent-sized monitor for gaming.

@ 1680 even 1 x 4850 can hang in there good with most games... maybe you should just get 1 x 4870 ?
 
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