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Would it be worth it to "upgrade" my video card from a 9800 GX2 to a HD 4980? Basically doubling my memory, reducing power consumption, and eliminating microstutter... or would the benefits be minimal? If this isn't worthwhile, what would be? HD5850? Thoughts?
 

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A 4890 or hell even a 4850X2 ore 4870X2 (<.< kick as cards).
 
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The 9800GX2 is about equivalent to a GTX280 or Radeon 4850x2 or slightly slower than a 5850. A 5870 probably wouldn't be worth the price for the small performance improvement. Unless you go for a 5970 I'd say don't bother upgrading, it's still a great card.
 

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So given the benefits from upgrading, its still not worth the effort? What kind of performance increase will I see, gaming on a 24" 1920x1080 monitor, from doubling the memory?
 

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The 4890 would be a downgrade from a 9800GX2. The 5850 would be a slight upgrade, the 5870 would be a noticeable upgrade but they cost $400+.

Is that a better way of putting it?
 
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The 4890 would be a downgrade from a 9800GX2. The 5850 would be a slight upgrade, the 5870 would be a noticeable upgrade but they cost $400+.

Is that a better way of putting it?

I agree with this. I personally compare the 4890 with the GTX 280, both were fails IMO. I would love to see the microstutter people speak of with the GX2s. I never saw it with my 2 cards.
 

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No reason to change cards, a 4890 would actually be a downgrade. Wait and see what Nvidia has to offer next year.
 
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Great guys, thanks for the input. If the 4890 is truely a downgrade, someone needs to talk to Anth0789 about his graphics card rankings. 4890 is ranked at #10, while 9800GX2 is at #15. anyway, +rep for all. I'll hold onto my cash for now...
 

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I'd put the 5850 about with the GTX285 and the 4850x2. The 9800GX2 was about equal to the GTX280. So they're fairly close. It is better, but not worth the extra moolah.

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My system of rankings:

The tiers are arranged from strongest to weakest, and within the tiers cards are *APPROXIMATELY* arranged with strongest first, weakest last. This is not scientific, this is based on what I have see and heard and a few benchmarks I've seen. Feel free to correct anything obviously wrong. I am only including the Radeon 5000 and 4000 cards and the GeForce GT200, 9, and 8 series cards. Some Radeon 3000 and 2000 and some GeForce 7 cards could also make this list, but I haven't bothered to include them. When two cards are identical or equal, or nearly so, the newer one is placed first.

Tier 1 - 5970
Tier 2 - 5870, GTX295, 4870x2
Tier 3 - 5850, GTX285, 4850x2, GTX280, 9800GX2
Tier 4 - GTX275, GTX270, 4890
Tier 5 - GTX260 216, 5770, 4870, 8800 Ultra, GTX260 192
Tier 6 - 4850, GTS250, 9800GTX+, 4770, 9800GTX, 8800GTX, 8800GTS*
Tier 7 - 9800GT, 8800GT, 4830
Tier 8 - 9600GT, GT240 (GDDR5), 4670, GT240 (GDDR3), 9600GSO (rev1), 8800GS, 9600GSO (rev2)**
Tier 9 - 9500GT (GDDR3), 4650, GT220, 8600GTS, 9500GT (GDDR2), 8600GT

*Note on nVidia cards in Tier 6. The 8800GTX was nVidia's high end card. The 8800 Ultra was a "superclocked" version of it. The 9800GTX was a rebranding of the 8800GTX. The 9800GTX+ was then an improved version, with higher clock speeds. The GTS250 was an improved version of the 9800GTX+ which consumed less power.

**Note on nVidia cards in Tier 8. The 9600GSO was originally a direct rebranding of the 8800GS. This was rev1. When the 8800GS models ran out of stock they were replaced with a new card, 9600GSO rev2.
 
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