XFX's 4850 question

surfer1337dude

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Hello, I was wondering if anyone could answer a couple questions I have about the XFX brand 4850s? Firstly does anyone know what the difference between the XXX edition and the standard edition? I realize the specs say that the XXX edition's memory is 1986 mhz, while the standard is 1990 mhz. This doesnt really make any of sense to me because the XXX edition is 5-10 bucks more, Unless I miss understand this and that less is better?!....xfx 4850 page

I am planning on ordering one of these next week when I get my paycheck, and I would like to get the better one, but this is confusing :-\

Also I know that you can get faster 4850's but I am a big fan of xfx and I would like to continue using them and supporting them. Thanks for the help :)
 

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one more thing, the newest game that I have is fallout3 and spore, and I was wondering if I would be better off with the 4850, or an 9800gt (both xfx). I figure that no matter what I get I will prob have to upgrade again next year :-\ and I dont want to waste any money (I work very hard for it). All I want to do is be able to max out my games (and some newer ones in the future) and be able to get good fps (25-30+) on max settings.



My specs for anyone wondering-
gpu-none(onboard)
cpu-amd athlon 64 x2 5200+
ram- 4 gig (pc6400) [will get upgraded to 8 gigs over the summer]
psu- Sunbeam 580watt [sadly does not have any pci-e connectors, but planning
on using adapter, so the card has to have one pci-e plug]
motherboard- asus m3a78 pro
 

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Hmm looked on XFX website and it does look like the XXX edition runs at a slower memory clock speed. So the only thing I can think of is maybe the XXX edition is unlocked so it can be over clocked higher then the slandered edition. Not really sure but the difference in memory speed isn't gonna be noticeable at all. So I am not really sure but if there priced the same or 10-15 bucks more. I might get the XFX XXX edition cause I know with the nvidia cards it normal means some kinda factor over clock and will if its factory over clocked that normal means it was of a higher quality and can with stand over clocking a bit better then a non factor over clocked card.

I would also recommend the 4850 its basically a 4870 with out the ddr5 memory.
 

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but is the "small margin" worth the extra 40 bucks?
 

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I gonna say yes. To me the 40 bucks in will spent because I trust ATI way more then I do Nvidia. I had a 9 series card the 9600GT and after 6 months it gave out it was EVGA brand so it wasn't crappy brand so I looked online and sure enough there was a known issue with 9600GT before release and Nvidia over looked it. So to me I am ATI guy for now until Nvidia gets its act to gather have had to ATI cards a MSI x800XL that worked and worked and still works even thought it ran with out a fan for almost a month and my new HD4870 which I love also to me ATI tends to look crisper its hard to explain but image quality looks different in a good way.
 

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Thank you for your opinion, I do understand what you are talking about but in my case I have always had nvidia and nvr really had any problems with them b4 [All xfx, which these are]....also I was asking only about performance, although if that happened to me I also would be hesitent about nvidia as well. Though I am thinking of just getting the 9800gt, for these reasons- users have listed that they can play the games that I have on max settings with no lag [although the 4850 can as well], the card has 370 reviews and Most are 5 out of 5 with very few being less then 3 out of 5, lastly is the price and it comes with cod 4 and 5....Although if anyone can add anything to why not to get the 9800gt [reasons to get the 4850 over the 98 or w/e]....Thanks again :)
 

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I have both the 9800 and the 4850. The 4950 can be found for 110-120, only about 20 bucks more then the 9800. I upgraded to the 4850 by xfx and am very impressed. It runs everything I through at it on max settings. GTA4 could use a little more GPU memory. Its not totally maxed out, but almost all card are maxed at 1 gig. Crysis runs on high, not very high, but the picture is excellent with no lag. I'm considering crossfireing 2 4850's. The 4850 is not the best card that ever walked the earth, but it is a pretty solid card. Its main limitation is the 1 gig of ram not it's actual GPU. Unless your gonna spend tons on one of the X2's or one of the new cards your only getting a gig. Games like GTA4 Requier more then a gig of video ram to max out the setting even if you have a super fast gpu.

Q6600 (was gonna upgrade, but haven't maxed it out yet)
XFX 4850
4 gigs of ram
G15 KB
G9 Mouse
(1) 250 GB 7200 rpm OS drive
(2) 500 GB 7200 rpm Storage drive in mirrored raid