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TheClairvoyant

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#1 9 years ago

Before you say something like "4890's ARE SO MUCH BETTER END OF STORY", read my whole post. Thank you.

I do realize that the 4890's would perform better in most cases (I hear ATI really blows for Crysis), but that's not my biggest concern. What I'm worried about is HOW much better they are. Not only going by how good a single card is. Do they scale well compared to 260's? Will the heat be too extreme for air cooling? Is the boost in performance worth the price? It'll probably be between (2) of either of these:

Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - HIS H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

If I get the 4890's, I do plan on getting Call of Duty: WaW. I'm not worried about Terminator, so I'd only get it if I get 260's. The prices are very close, but having to get CoD separately (and not having an extra; that's a potential 30 bucks or more if I can sell it :p). The 260's also are shipped free. You can also download Cryostasis via EVGA, but to be honest, I'd get maybe three hours out of it. I don't like horror games much. I was originally planning on getting the 260's, due to the free games and easy overclocking with EVGA's precision tool. Then I saw how cheap 4890's have gotten since I last knew, and I though it might be a possibility.

I plan on playing Far Cry 2, Crysis (not the deciding factor, but I would like to crank up the graphics), GTA 4, CoD: WaW, WoW, and when it comes out, SCII. I may decide to get some others by the time I get the computer (My mom is really putting it off :bawl:).




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#2 9 years ago

My experiance shows that 4890s in Crossfire is terrible. They are so instable and crash so much, ATi drivers are terrible on a single card, let-a-lone a Crossfire setup. Both my 4890s I gave away for instability and poor support, for that reason I say get the 260s, or for a similar price, two 275s.




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#3 9 years ago

TheClairvoyant;49493044890's ARE SO MUCH BETTER END OF STORY[/QUOTE] :agreed 4890s are ATI's top dogs ATM. Their performance can stand up to the GTX 275 most of the time. This far along, you may not want to get two though. A single 4890 can handle just about any game on the market ATM, so it should more than hold you out for a while until the next series comes out before the end of the year. If you did decide to get the 260's though, it would probably be better to go SLI, their performance is quite a bit lower.

[QUOTE=Sgt. D. Pilla;4949315]My experiance shows that 4890s in Crossfire is terrible. They are so instable and crash so much, ATi drivers are terrible on a single card, let-a-lone a Crossfire setup. Both my 4890s I gave away for instability and poor support, for that reason I say get the 260s, or for a similar price, two 275s.

Though ATI's cards are fast, they are notorious for driver issues. I'm not sure how 4890's scale in crossfire, never tried it myself (or any newer ATI card for that matter).

I say get a single 4890, or a single GTX 275 unless you're a big enthusiast. Also, what is the rest of your setup like (CPU, RAM, Power supply)? You don't want your system to be bottlenecked or underpowered by too much GPU power and not enough CPU/PSU power.




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#4 9 years ago

Yeah, I've heard many times in my search for hardware that ATI cards aren't of the best quality. Getting two XFX 275's with the same two free games would be $60 more (30 each). Are they much better? I have no idea to overclock, except for EVGA's precision tool, by the way. I figure it's done in the mobo's BIOS, but I've never checked it out.

Edit-The specs I've got set up as of now are: i7 920 (I will overclock using http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029) OCZ 6GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM Corsair 850W with 4 x 6+2 pin EVGA 1366 x58 3 way SLI Motherboard 23" Acer monitor with native res of 1920x1080

If you want me to link any of this or the other hardware (Only listed the stuff that could bottleneck it), go ahead and ask, but I don't want to take the time to link it all at the moment.




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#5 9 years ago

I am having this crysis right now between the 4890 and the GTX 275

The 4890 is cheaper and the 275 has better drivers and multi-gpu support, but is it worth the extra $80?


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TheClairvoyant

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#6 9 years ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.;4949335I am having this crysis right now between the 4890 and the GTX 275

The 4890 is cheaper and the 275 has better drivers and multi-gpu support, but is it worth the extra $80?

The 4890 doesn't support multiple GPU's..? $80..? Did you find a really cheap 4890 or a really expensive 275?

By the way, when used in that context, it's crisis. Get your head out of the gaming world =p




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#7 9 years ago

TheClairvoyant;4949341The 4890 doesn't support multiple GPU's..? $80..? Did you find a really cheap 4890 or a really expensive 275?

By the way, when used in that context, it's crisis. Get your head out of the gaming world =p

I mean the GTX 275 (and nvidia drivers) have better support both for games and multi spu scaling.

The 4890's support multi-gpus but from what I gather most games don't scale properly with them


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TheClairvoyant

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#8 9 years ago

Ah, I gotcha. Just misread it, I guess. Well, I'm still leaning on the 260's due to better drivers, EVGA precision tool, and more money in my pocket for games. Anyone care to wow me by informing me of how well 4890's perform? :feedback:




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#9 9 years ago

Considering that the 4890s scale around 90% which is something Nvidia cant match right now, I'd suggest the 4890s. You might want to get 4890s from zipzoomfly since they're $140/each after mail in rebates.

As for who has better driver support, while nvidia used to have better drivers in the past the difference between the two doesn't exist anymore. If you're mostly going to play World at War give the 4890s a go since ATI usually dominates the COD engine (4850's scale over 100% in CF on COD4). MSI R4890-T2D1G-OC Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card Retail at ZipZoomfly Also, a BIG thing that the 4890's have is the ability to overclock which will blow the 260s away. The ability to hit almost 1ghz on the core and 4800mhz on the ram is a no-brainer between the two.

If you're willing to wait a couple days I have a two 4890s on the way so if you want some user-produced results you're more than welcome to wait.




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#10 9 years ago

260s? Do they still make those? ;)


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