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Should I trade my 9800GX2 for 3 4850s?

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  1. OzzmanFloyd120

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    I have the chance to trade myself some old HW and get 3 4850s, do you guys think it would be worth it performance wise to make this trade?
    And yes, I know I would have to get a new mobo to run this configuration.
    Thanks in advance for the advice.
     
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    Crossfire isnt that great,if your folding i would stick with the nvidia for sure,also crossfire can be a pain to setup ...i think would stick with one card over anything
     
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    From a price standpoint it's a good deal for you. TriFire in a Dragon platform is pretty sexy. :)
     
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    Do it then sell one of the 4850s
     
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    or sell all and get a better card
     
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    get the deal, sell one and ur current mobo and buy a crossfire ocer capable mobo (gigabyte 790x ud4)
     
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    I hope that TRI-fire isnt for the SLI board he has:)
     
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    I'm not a big fan of his motherboard anyways. :p
     
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    ahh I guess it does help to read the fine print.:eek:
     
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    Well, I'm not folding, but what I am looking at is pure performance in gaming.
    Overall which would get me better FPS?
     
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    Well. 9800GX2 is two 8800GTS G92, which are a little worse than a HD 4850. So three 4850's would be a lot better in most apps :)
    Crossfire isn't that hard to setup. Just put one card in, install the drivers, put another in, install drivers for it, and do the same for the 3rd. I've setup a quad HD 3870 system before and it didn't take that long to get working!
     
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    I would assume 3 cards is better than 2, as the 4830 and 9800 are about equal? I'd say trade. And if you want, sell them and invest in a good graphics card like a 4870X2.
     
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    So I can't just install the drivers and it will automatically recognize the array like forceware does?
     
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    Yes but I've never done it that way. It's best to install each card separately.
     
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    Every review of the 4850X2 1GB vs GX2 1GB shows the GX2 getting 10-15 fps more than the X2, would the third GPU help scaling at all or is it just going to sit around and thumb it's asshole like on NV setups?
     
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    Bah I can't find it, but Anandadna tech or w/e their called had a review showing crossfire scaling. I know 2 and 3 card setups dominated but the 4th card did literally nothing. So Crossfire scales well up to 3, then from there it really doesn't matter.
     
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    So in short you think it would be worth the trade of a GX2 and a 9850BE to get three HD4850 cards?
     
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    No not really. I'm guessing you'd see a boost but it really wouldn't be worth it. Something like a 4870X2 or GTX 295 would be a good upgrade tho.
     
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    do it!! it's a good deal..
     
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    Yep definitely, 3 4850's can reach 18k-21k in vantage same perf as gtx295.
     
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    I'm not worried about 3dmark though, I'm a gamer... not a bencher. I appreciate the input though.
     
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    Sorry what i meant is it should be as fast as the gtx 295 in some cases during real world gaming.
     
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    So can a single GX2(check the link in my system specs).
     
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    The GX2 I had was a great performing card. If I had a GX2 now, the lowest ATI card I would trade it for if I was planning on using the card I got would a a 4870 1 gig.

    Now if your planning on getting the 4850 and selling them, you can probably get the same amount of money for just selling the GX2 and 9850BE, if not more.
     
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    I thought basically the samething when I traded my GX2 for a pair a 9800gtx OC cards. I figured the 9800's would give me alittle better performance than the GX2 did(the GX2 is 8800 gts and the 9800gtx is a updated 8800GTS). I was wrong. The GX2 was smoother, had a higher min FPS, and was less trouble to run than the GTX's were.
     
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