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HD 4850 to a GTX 260 192 or GTX 260 216 or crossfire?

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it's hard to not be tempted by the larger memory sizes of the cards, the better performance of the cards in Warhead, FC2 and GTA IV, and the better X.org support for nVidia in Linux...

though, i think now is the time to strike for me to have 2 HD 4850's - i've always wanted to have this PC have 2 vid cards...

is it worth it though? i'm for certain changing out this useless board so the video card issue is the only factor determining which way i swing on the mobo issue...

OH, and how do the GTX 260's handle AA?
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I would go with another 4850. Crossfired 4850 will outperform a GTX280 by a nice margin. It should also run just fine on your 580Watt power supply (most people think you need 750watts to run SLI/XFire)
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thanks for the help .

38A on the 12V rails is enough for the 2 cards???
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If you go Crossfire, you would most likely want to upgrade to at least a P45/X38 board as a P35 goes 16X/4X when in Crossfire mode. As far as the PSU goes, you should be fine, but I wouldn't risk it.

If you go GTX 260, the 216 is really the only way to go, unless you find a great used card. The price difference is so close, that its really negligible. Also IMO, having SLI or Crossfire on a 1680x1050 display is really overkill. I would choose the GTX 260 216 route if I was you. It will cost you less in the long run.
Edited by bluedevil - 12/19/08 at 4:27am
    
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If you go Crossfire, you would most likely want to upgrade to at least a P45/X38 board as a P35 goes 16X/4X when in Crossfire mode. As far as the PSU goes, you should be fine, but I wouldn't risk it.

If you go GTX 260, the 216 is really the only way to go, unless you find a great used card. The price difference is so close, that its really negligible. Also IMO, having SLI or Crossfire on a 1680x1050 display is really overkill. I would choose the GTX 260 216 route if I was you. It will cost you less in the long run.
Why would you go a P45 ?

You would have x16 /x8 gonna bottleneck the card a bit.

Rather just go a X38 eg the P5E which is a great board

But yes at 1680x1050 i would go the GTX260 (216core)
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crossfire 4850s.
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I would go for another HD4850 to save some bucks and get good P45 mobo
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Why would you go a P45 ?

You would have x16 /x8 gonna bottleneck the card a bit.

Rather just go a X38 eg the P5E which is a great board

But yes at 1680x1050 i would go the GTX260 (216core)
I was just suggesting something less of a bottleneck than a P35 board. I have mine, which I love and only has 1 PCIe slot, but a P45 board is better in every aspect. Yes, a X38/X48 is preferred.
    
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I was just suggesting something less of a bottleneck than a P35 board. I have mine, which I love and only has 1 PCIe slot, but a P45 board is better in every aspect. Yes, a X38/X48 is preferred.
Yep

The downfall the crossfire is firstly not all games support it. And Having 2 cards causes more problems rather than a single card solution.

I own both 4850s in CF and for some games its good others its meh
Edited by Benny99 - 12/19/08 at 4:39am
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I'd go with the 216 revision if you've got the money, but the deal I got on a 192 was about 65 bucks less than the cheapest 216 (I still wanted it! Just gotta stop somewhere).

Ultimately the price difference was 25%, while the performance gain on average is 5-6%:

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With other factors beyond raw shader processing falling into the equation in any real-world gaming scenario, we never really see the full benefits of this increase in Stream Processors, but dependant on the title it does tend to offer somewhere in the realm of a 5-6% performance increase - Sometimes its more, sometimes its less, but overall of course this is nothing to be sniffed at when faced with the prospect of buying either part for basically the same price.
http://www.elitebastards.com/cms/ind...1&limitstart=7

If you're looking and you see a 192 at $220 and a 216 at $247 then the price difference is only 11% and ultimately percent doesn't matter if you've got 27 bucks just taking up space in your wallet.

But the only gameplay difference would be at 1920 or 2560 and then it's only a few frames' worth of difference.
    
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