9800GTX+ or HD4850

eroc

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127370 MSI"s HD4850 with aftermarket cooling

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130376 EVGA 9800GTX+

The 9800GTX+ will cost about $10 more than the HD4850 with a $10 promo code applied.

Originally i was leaning towards the 4850 but there is an issue with it and Vista where DVI inputs not working on some lcd monitors.

the 9800GTX+ does perform better in some benchmarks, whereas the HD4850 seems to perform better in others.

I will be using a Gigabyte m61p-s3 board, 4gig 800MHz ram x2 6000+ and vista 64-bit

if you could get the gtx+ for $10 more and evga's lifetime warranty with the possibility of step-up would you?
or just stick with the HD4850 despite the issues and hope the drivers mature nicely
 

L1qu1d

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I'd say that the 4850 is more futureproof than the 9800 GTX+:). And it costs less too.

Apperently the 4850 runs games with AA better thant he 9800 GTX, but it also runs hotter since its single slot! So i think it will make more noise, since you'll crank up the fan to make it run cooler.
 

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okay, keep in mind though the HD 4850 will have MSI's aftermarket cooling on it, which based on the reviews, seems to get it pretty cool without producing much noise. furthermore the price difference is minimal after rebates. i just can't decide; some benchmarks have the 9800GTX+ outperforming the HD4850 while others have it vice-versa
i'm sure i'll be able to crank out a few MHz out of the 4850 since it has a pretty nice cooler on it as does the GTX+...decisions decisions
 

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i will get the 9800GTX+ as it runs cooler in general compare to HD4850. but eroc said if it has aftermarket cooling then this may change or equals out. the 9800GTX+ can OC higher though.

but both card is good card at a good price.
 

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lol, they've made enough money

btw, i will be playing at 1680x1050
thanks for everyone's input so far
 

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9800 GTX+ because the cooler looks better. It is better but i believe in aesthetics too. ; )

I don't know, I guess it would depend on the the games you are playing.
 

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i mean i know people are recommending the HD4850 because it's slightly cheaper than the GTX+ but if price were equal would you recommend the gtx+?
 

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think i'm gonna get the 4850 seems like i can't go wrong with that especially with the aftermarket cooler :D
 

L1qu1d

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for the 4850, we can expect a 20% or so increase from dx 10.1 (although we don't kno if thats really true or not for all games)

but atleast its something that will benefit the future, compared to the 9800 GTX+ which will pretty much stay where it is now:)
 

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I have the HD4850 in crossfire and use the HMDI with Audio which is a great option and I love the cards. If you have a SLI board get the 9800gtx to give you the option for SLI later on. If its a intel based board with crossfire option then do the HD4850. You cant go wrong with either one. Its a toss up

 

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Actually its not a sli or CrossX board.... from the motherboard he described. Its a single PCI-E 16X slot...


http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=2434
 

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Not a fanboy but i did pick this up because it is cheap(visiontek 4850) . even now newegg has a $20 rebate ont the his version of this card. after rebate it is $154.99 free shipping as well. now thats a good deal. they are pretty much reference cards so theres not much of a difference in specs. as far as performance its a toss up. but i'drather have dx10.1 than not. ive got mine down to 48C with the fan fix at idle. full load 60C. i dont think youd go wrong getting this card but the choice is up to you. besides by the time any dx10.1 games come along it'll be time to upgrade again. lol. good luck
 

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he's right on with the motherboard and since that's the case even if i wanted to i wouldn't be able to SLI or XFIRE the cards without a new motherboard
 

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all of the cards stated are awesome, just that the 4850 has more potential than the 9800 GTX+. personally to play it safe I would put down a little more and get 4870 :p but thats me, hahah.