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Yeah, I'd say so. You get better memory which should fare better for the higher resolutions. Check out the benchmarks, the 4870 at stock beats a stock 4850 considerably. Then you even have room to overclock and achieve more speed
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If you have the money, definately go with the 4870.
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Originally Posted by NuclearCrap View Post
I don't think it's worth the extra. Other than GDDR5, it's just a pre-overclocked 4850. Clock a 4850 up to 4870 speeds and you'd get very similar results, for $100 less.
Yeah, but the DDR5 is what makes ALL the difference. A 4850 clocked even higher than a 4870 won't touch its performance, esp. at higher resolutions. Remember, GDDR5 clocked at a given speed is about 5x faster than GDDR3 at the same speed.

So... to the original poster, I think it is definitely worth going grabbing the 4870 if it is in your budget. Worth the extra cash for sure. If I hadn't bought last generation I'd be buying a 4870.

Also... what speed memory are you using in your new build? I have a new stick of PC2-6400 I'm looking to sell.
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post #15 of 20
you could always step it up and add another $100 in the videocard budget for Hd 4850 Crossfire.

Whoops the single 4870 if your got a big monitor, but since you got a 22" monitor, HD 4870 is the best choice.
post #16 of 20
Heat is not an issue, adjust fan speed for easy fix.

Sure you can clock the 4850 to 4870 speeds, but you can also overclock the 4870 to Olympian speeds....
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I just got a 4870 and was running an 8800 GTS Heres the Diff.

Q6600 CPU @ 3.4

8800GTS @ 785/1103
16326 3Dmark06
6863
6707
5385

4870 @ 790/1100
17112 3Dmark06
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Yeah, but the DDR5 is what makes ALL the difference. A 4850 clocked even higher than a 4870 won't touch its performance, esp. at higher resolutions. Remember, GDDR5 clocked at a given speed is about 5x faster than GDDR3 at the same speed.

So... to the original poster, I think it is definitely worth going grabbing the 4870 if it is in your budget. Worth the extra cash for sure. If I hadn't bought last generation I'd be buying a 4870.

Also... what speed memory are you using in your new build? I have a new stick of PC2-6400 I'm looking to sell.
I hope you're being sarcastic. I've seen 4850 beating 4870 quite easily when you clock it higher than the 4870. The memory doesn't make that much difference, other than in price that is. Also keep in mind that 3x 4850's would cost the same as 2x 4870's, now which of those 2 setups would perform better?
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Seeing prices are $160 (or so) after MIR for the 4850 and $300 for the 4870 at current prices, the better choice is the 4850.
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I hope you're being sarcastic. I've seen 4850 beating 4870 quite easily when you clock it higher than the 4870. The memory doesn't make that much difference, other than in price that is. Also keep in mind that 3x 4850's would cost the same as 2x 4870's, now which of those 2 setups would perform better?
Well, the 2X 4870 would definitely beat the 3X 4850. It's been proven in benches that 3X doesn't quite work yet.
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