4850x2 vs 4870x2 vs 4890

snoozingpooch

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hello everyone and its wonderful to be here.

I am currently looking at get a new video card seeing as how i just sold one of my 8800gt's and only have a single 8800gt atm.

This is my setup:
AMD Phenom 9850 BE OC at 3.0Ghz with zalman heatsink
Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe mobo
8 gigs of ddr2 800 Supertalent memory
evga 8800 gt 512meg
Corsair 750 watt
Antec 900 case

Im looking between these 3 cards trying to decide on the best for my money, i encode a lot of video and play cod4, l4d, and mw2 and sc2 when they come out.

4850x2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809
4870x2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150349
4890: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102848

ive been researching on hwbot.org and these are the results
http://hwbot.org/hardware.compare.do?type=gpu&id=1426_1&id=1233_2&id=1475_1&id=1373_1&id=1233_1
(i threw the 8800gt sli so i could compare to what i had previously)

Im hoping some of you had had some personal experiences with one or some of these cards so i can get a first hand opinion of how they run, and not just a benchmark program.

Thanks so much and i look forward to hearing from you all.
 
Hi,
I would personally wait for the new 5 series from ATI, its due for a press launch on the 10th of Sept last i heard so they should let on when they will be on general release, shouldnt be too long after that.
The reason i say wait is because i have heard that the Compute shader that is in the new cards as part of DX11 will help where encoding is concerned. Its best supported under W7 with a nice drag and drop feature but it will still work as a GPGPU based Transcoding tool. Just what i heard though untill the cards are released take nothing as fact.

Mactronix
 

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+1

This is one of the few times I recommend waiting. Since you have a good working solution, there's no need to rush.
 

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If you're doing an upgrade to consider future upgrades, I'd spend a few more $$$ and get an AM3 mobo and RAM. If you're not considering a Crossfire set up, get something like this.

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600EB4GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227286

To keep the option open for Crossfire, consider this:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128398