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Used 3870x2 vs 4850 vs 4870

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon' started by AtOmIC031, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. AtOmIC031

    AtOmIC031 New Member

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    Hi guys, I'm buying a used gpu and I'm having trouble deciding which one to buy. So my having my budget in mind (which is almost non existent) i narrowed it down to these 3 cards:

    Powercolor (ATi) Radeon 3870X2 1Gb for 47€

    XFX (ATi) Radeon 4850 512Mb with accelero L2 pro heatsink(cooler) for 53 €

    MSI (Nvidia) 8800GTS 512Mb (g92) for 47 €
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    Gigabyte (ATi) Radeon 4870 512Mb for 63 €

    Keep in mind that I can barely afford the last one and even though I think It's the best card out of these 4, I would only buy it if it's performance against expenses ratio is better. Actually what I really can't decide is which of these gives most bang for the buck that I intend to give :)
    Also maybe not so important but good to know is that I intend to play games on 22" LCD so my aim is good framerate in 1680X1050 res
    I would really like to hear your opinions on the subject :)

    p.s. the rest of my config is

    AMD phenom 9550
    Gigabyte ma-770-ud3
    2X2 (4Gb) Corsair XMS2 memory
    Chieftec 550W power supply it has 3 12V rails each giving 18 amps of power

    Thank you all in advance :)
     
  2. sverek

    sverek Ancient Guru

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    Radeon 4850 should nicely handle games on dx9. I have no problems with it. That card been serving me for more than 3 years and I am happy with it.
     
  3. FlawleZ

    FlawleZ Ancient Guru

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    Go with the 4850. Most overclock pretty well and yours is already coming with an upgraded cooler. Your PSU would be marginal on a 3870X2 and that's defeated in most games by a 4850 anyway. 4850 is only like 5% slower than 4870 when overclocked to the same speeds.
     
  4. nexu

    nexu Maha Guru

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    ^ concur with FlawleZ here.

    Go for the HD4850 with Accelero L2. The 5% advantage HD4870 holds over HD4850 is due to the DDR5 memory the HD4870 has. The performances differential is probably (relatively) not worth the 10 euro differences between the 2. Not to mention the better GPU cooling on the HD4850 you mentioned is easily worth 10 euro extra.
     

  5. killerxr290

    killerxr290 Banned

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    3870x2

    my house mate is using it instead of his 4850.

    he got a 3dmark 06 score of around 12k with the 4850 and 20k with the 3870x2

    he is also getting better fps in games

    BUT you are on an old phenom.. so, the 4850 is the better choice here as that cpu wont be able to keep up with the 3870x2
     
  6. Undying

    Undying Ancient Guru

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    3870X2 is a mess! Dont think about getting one....

    Out of those 4870 is best choice.
     
  7. killerxr290

    killerxr290 Banned

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    A mess??

    Whats wrong with it?

    Again my house mate is using it with zero problems..
     
  8. Undying

    Undying Ancient Guru

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    Its a first ATI dual GPU,produce alot of heat,takes alot of power,microstutering,bad drivers, unstable performance,crossfire issues...
     
  9. nexu

    nexu Maha Guru

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    Depend on the games one play also. Some games does work without noticeable problems. But not all.
    Single GPU is still the best choice for stable performances and least worries.

    Synthetic benchmark scores isn't all of it. Micro stuttering as mentioned before and input lag does not get represented in benchmarks.
     
  10. airbud7

    airbud7 Ancient Guru

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  11. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    +1 on the 4870. Best to see if you can afford the Radeon HD 6790 instead, at least that card is better than all listed here.

    deltatux
     

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