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Jayz

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#1 10 years ago

i basicaly wanna know the recommendations and reasons for the best nvidia card on the market now as i wanna upgrade but not buy a piece of shit, or spend alotta money for a piece of expensive shit. but price isnt an option i just want the damn best card, with sli capabilities cause im likley to get two of them.

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Get a Diamond Radeon 4870 or wait for the 4870x2. They have xDNA so you can run two of them on an SLI board. The best bet would be to wait for the 4870x2 cards since theres speculation that they will be up to 20% faster than 4870s in X-fire and will be around the $500 mark .Unless you want to spend $1000+ on video cards right now, go for two GTX280s. But be prepared to get a BILLION watt PSU.




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#3 10 years ago

For bang for buck, get an 8800GT. For sheer power, get a GTX280. However, you might want to consider one of the new Radeon cards, for the reasons mentioned above.




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#4 10 years ago

Sli 9600 performs like the 8800 Ultra, so it depends on your definition. Plus, two 9600GT's are cheaper than one 8800 Ultra.




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#5 10 years ago
Jayz;4433986...i wanna upgrade but not buy a piece of shit, or spend alotta money for a piece of expensive shit....price isnt an option i just want the damn best card,..

The problem is the above two sentences are mutually exclusive. You simply can't buy the best Nvidia card (GTX 280) without spending "alotta money for a piece of expensive shit." In reality it's not so much that the GTX 280 is shit, it's just overpriced. However add to that price no DX10.1 support resulting in inferior AA handling and it might as well be a piece of shit for what they're charging.

I would suggest a 4870 X2 and Crossfire it if need be when games get more demanding. It supports DX10.1 so it will run AA way better. Keep in mind too that if you're using Crysis as a bench reference like many do, it will soon be moot when the optimizations for Warhead allow Warhead and Crysis to run at much lower spec than current requirements.

Even if you do go by Crysis using the current incarnation of CryENGINE2 as a bench reference though, the 4870 performs pretty well, esp considering it's meager $300 price range.

Take a look at these benches posted by AnandTech at Very High settings. Even with no AA the 4870 is only 10% lower in frame rates than the GTX 280 managing nearly 30 FPS at a high 1920x1200 resolution. Also note the boost shown going from a 3870 to 3870 X2 and you begin to see that the $500 4870 X2 just may be the card of the summer. With AA enabled just one 4870 may equal or even outperform the GTX 280 due to the more efficient AA handling of DX10.1.

My only concern about the ATI cards is whether they've fixed the shimmering problem the X1000 series had with grates, fences, etc. It's particularly bad when they're viewed at an angle from a distance.

[COLOR=Blue]AnandTech: The Radeon HD 4850 & 4870: AMD Wins at $199 and $299[/COLOR]




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>Omen< My only concern about the ATI cards is whether they've fixed the shimmering problem the X1000 series had with grates, fences, etc. It's particularly bad when they're viewed at an angle from a distance.

I've never seen anything like that with my 3850. So, i would say they have.

i basicaly wanna know the recommendations and reasons for the best nvidia card on the market now as i

The best cards on the market right now are not from Nvidia, but from ATI.

The 4850 and 4870 have pretty much taken the crown back from Nvidia for the time being. The $200 4850, beats the 8800GT easily, and beats the 9800GTX as well. The $300 4870 is usually only 5-10fps slower than the $650 GTX 280. Plus, like Omen mentioned, they support DX 10.1 unlike the GTX 200 cards.

The only downside with the new ATI cards is that they run very hot. But, just use Rivatuner to up the fan speed and its not a problem. That may be fixed with a future driver release that ups the fan speeds, or once ones with aftermarket coolers start appearing. The AC Accelero S1 is said to fit the new 4800's, with a little modding as well.




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#7 10 years ago

but getting a computer upgrade is such a hassel now a days.. If you want to get a better grafix card , you might aswell buy a whole new computer.. your going to need to buy a new processor and more ram... By then it will add up to a new computer anywyas...




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#8 10 years ago
slayer99;4434543 your going to need to buy a new processor and more ram... By then it will add up to a new computer anywyas...

Where did you hear that you'll need a new CPU and more RAM just to upgrade a videocard? Not to mention a new computer can cost upwards of $1000. A videocard upgrade? Most spend $150-$300.




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#9 10 years ago

To be fair that depends entirely on what CPU and RAM he's using at the moment...




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#10 10 years ago

Even if you have a slower CPU most games aren't exactly CPU dependent. Crysis is the only game that I can think of that the CPU actually matters. A video card upgrade will give you alot more of a boost if you play at any resolution above 1280x1024.

but getting a computer upgrade is such a hassle now a days.. If you want to get a better grafix card , you might aswell buy a whole new computer.. your going to need to buy a new processor and more ram... By then it will add up to a new computer anywyas...

I don't see how unscrewing a video card, opening a box, and putting a new one in is such a hassle. People have stopped PC gaming because they forget the fact that instead of buying a whole new computer they can buy a $200 video card that will handle any game out there. But they have got it into their heads that in order to play any game they need a $600 video card of doom.




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