Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon' started by madhatter4, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. madhatter4

    madhatter4 Member

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    OK I currently have a Radeon 4850 512mg which runs most if not all games at good frame rates..... my motherboard supports TWO full PCIe X16 slots. Is it worth it to add a second Radeon 4850 512mg or would I be better off with a whole new card?
     
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  2. mf2385

    mf2385 Banned

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    Get another HD 4850 dude, they are cheap!!! The performance will be really good too, **** i'll even sell you one if u want for cheap
     
  3. pimp_gimp

    pimp_gimp Ancient Guru

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    Get a second one, as the performance you'll gain will be great. You could also OC your CPU if you haven't already for some additional performance.
     
  4. Rochin

    Rochin Ancient Guru

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    I agree, performance goes up greatly at 3.0 or better. I have had mine at 3.2 for almost 3 years now. Keeps me from upgrading.
     

  5. king-dubs

    king-dubs Ancient Guru

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    Since you can get 4850s dirt cheap now, it's worth getting another as people have said.

    (I think I saw one on ebay end @ ~$69, which is a GREAT deal, I paid $149 for my 4850 @ launch)

    Just make sure you have adequate power supply source.

    CrossFire scaling has never been better. I loved my 4870 X2 before the VRAM failure ;( and 4850 CF performs very very close, especially when you do some trivial overclocking.
     
  6. Knutselmaaster

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    I ran 2 4850s in xfire for over a year, 1 has died on me recently so i play single for the moment.
    I can really advise you to do it, it works great and really gives a big performance boost.
    I'm saving for a new second 4850 too.
     
  7. ibitato

    ibitato Ancient Guru

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    keep in mind your resolution and CPU
    you need at least 3.4 Ghz on the CPU not to botlleneck the crossfire setup
    if you run res >1680 , 512MB of VRAM it's on the short side.....
    You'll be increasing performance, but will not be able to game ok on high res , with lots of AA due to the 512MB VRAM.
    1GB it's advised to high res and AA <- that it's mainly the reason for going CF

    keep in ming that under CF VRAM gets cloned on both cards, so it will only be 512MB usable not 1 GB
     
  8. LinkDrive

    LinkDrive Ancient Guru

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    What resolution are you gaming at?
     
  9. Knutselmaaster

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    true, @ 1920x1080 with more than 8xAA memory is full with my 512 too.
    But i dont even see the difference on that resolution between 8x and 16x.
    Even between 4x and 16x it is really hard to see.
     
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    LinkDrive Ancient Guru

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    Different games take AA better than others. Games with wide open areas benefit from 8xAA, but there's no point in using anything more than 4xAA in small or indoor areas.

    Honestly, the only games that I ran into vram issues at 1920x1080 with my HD4870 512Mb was any game running off Unreal Engine 3. Anything higher than 4xAA would make it choke. Heck, I was even playing Crysis and Fallout 3 with a buttload of mods and they didn't even make it choke. But that was more than a half year ago, so I can't vouch on newer games such as Metro and Splinter Cell.

    Either way, we still don't know the resolution the OP is gaming at. As long as he's gaming at 1680x1050 then I would recommend a HD4850. But if he's gaming at 1920x1080 then he should seriously consider nothing less than a HD5850 or GTX470.
     

  11. amieneel

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    2x4850 is still good performer .. But if u sell ur present 4850 and buy a single 5770/5830 that would be nice upgrade for future also ( u can add another 5770/5830 latter ) ..
     

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