1 gb 4850 or 512 mb 4870?

darkvine

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really comes down to resolution of your screen and what kind of games your planning to play. There is quiet a bit of difference when you add up the higher clock speeds and the DDR5 but if your playing on a small res then the 4850 will hold it's own quiet well.

I would say spend the extra cash and get some more power in case you want to move up to a bigger screen later on or you want to play something like Crysis or Far Cry 2.
 

kylec

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A world of difference for $30. No brainer, go for the 4870 1gb or even the 512MB. I have had both a 1GB 4850 and a 512MB 4870, and the 4870 really showed a big difference. If youre playing at lower than 1650x1080, the 512MB version should be perfectly fine.
 

darkvine

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yeah but the 1 GB is cheaper.
 

skyturnred

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I've got a job kid, thank you very much. I am clearly asking if it is worth the 30 bucks. I dont care if a 4870 is 2 cents more expensive than a 4850, if it doesn't make a noticeable difference I am going for the cheaper. Performance vs value. Now I realize (thanks to everyone else) that it is a noticeable difference, and is worth it.



Thanks Kylec and Darkvine, you helped me out. I will be getting the 4870 1 gig instead of the 4850, it seems like it's worth it.