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3850 - 4850 ?

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  1. jamupnorth

    jamupnorth New Member

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    I was thinking of going from a radeon 3850 512mb to a 4850 512mb but is it really going to be worth it ? or should i save for a 4870 or wait for pricecuts ?

    Any suggestions you lovely people ?
     
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    4850 is a big jump from the 3850. Sure the 4870 is better so if you want to wait go ahead, if you want one now the 4850 is a great choice.
     
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    going to a 4850 from there will be a huge jump. If you can wait longer still, the 4850X2 will be coming out soon!
     
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    It depends on the price of the 4850 x2 as the 3850 x2 was priced stupidly .:(
     
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    not worth it IMO, the 3850 costs £60 now and 4850 is nearly twice the money .. is it twice the performance? not really , wait for prices to come below £100 then its worth it
     
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    Depending on the CPU used yeah it is twice the performance especially once AA is enabled.
     
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    yeah i think i will wait a bit yet as my card is 10 months old now & i feel i never really get enough of an upgrade for the cash ,but i will probably upgrade anyway as thats what i tend to do even when i try not to lol. :)
     
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    There aren't any games out that a 3850 can't make pretty. You might not be playing at 16x12 (or whatever the widescreen of that is), but you can play it. I'm in the same situation, happy with my card, but the temptation of a 48xx series card is strong. I can handle waiting til they drop another 75$. I'll just play Warhammer in the meantime.

    Prices drop. There aren't even rumors about a 5xxx series yet, once those hit you'll see these cards start to slide a bit. In the meantime just pick up a second 3850 and enjoy the crossfire. You could probably get one for less than 100$
     
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    I play on a 22'' widescreen at 1440 x 900 but my board is an sli board so i cant do crossfire & i only got this board because it had a lot of ide and sata2 connections for the hd's i have.

    Or i could switch to the other side but i am not really likely as its not fanboyism but i just have a better understanding of ati cards.
     
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    4850 is a really nice card...but if you can wait then you might as well. prices will only go down.
     
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    It IS worth the money. You'd have to crossfire two 3850s AND overclock to get to the 4850's performance...

    Look at post #7 http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=64120

    A 3870x2 has a hard time competing. I don't think 3850 crossfire would fare better..
     
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    Thats what I said but no one listens :rolleyes:
     
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    Oh yeah, the 4850 stomps even a 3870, probably close to a 3870x2. It will be a nice little jump in performance for not much of a price loss.
     
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    I went from a 3870 to a 4850 and that was a pretty decent jump you will be surprised at the difference it made.
     
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    sounds good bud , but a wee example for a Scottish man would be good ?
     
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    If you can wait then get the 4870 when its on sale or something.

    I wanted to wait till thanksgiving/christmas to build a new machine with 4850 or 70 on it, but unfortunately I have to build now because of broken machine and threw in a 4850 and I love it.
     
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    4850 is about 100% performance improvement over 3850. But 4870 only another 15% on 4850. So the significant change and $value is going to 4850. That's the sweetspot today. 4850 is also cooler/quieter than 4870.

    If you REALLY need "more" than 4850, then get 4850x2 when its out. That will be better investment than 4870 IMO.
     
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    100% improvement lol :D

    therefore, a 4850 will get me 24000 3dmark06 score and ~60fps in Crysis according to that theory
     
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    24000 3dmark no... 60fps in crysis, ya depending on the rest of your system and your clock...

    Put it this way my 256mb 3850 clocked would not handle crysis in high dx9 once you hit the ice. My 4850 under clocked handles crysis in very high dx10 and warhead in enthusiast at 1920x1080 smoothly dx9.

    So the speed is not even on the same level.. 3dmark is a horrible program for benchmarking gaming performance in all reality. It gives a very baseline idea.
     
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    Well i finally ordered a powercolour hd4850 512mb play edition from ebyer for £107 with free next day delivery & i chucked a samsung 1tb hd in as well for 69.99 as you do....so yeahhhh

    anyone want a cheap 3850 ? uk
     
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    Good job. You'll be happy with both. Dial up the candy!
     
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    cheers bud

    is this card any good for overclocking ? i have seen the gainward golden sample card at 700mhz which is the highest stock card i have seen.

    what do you think this card could reach ?
     
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    bad news after putting the 4850 in the machine wont boot up :twitch: after about 10 seconds the machine turns its self off ? i put the old 3850 back in and it does the same !! i have tried disconnected every part in turn to no avail :shadedshu

    new psu needed ?
     
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