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HD 4850 vs GTX 280

Post Date: 2008-06-25

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    Posted: 25 Jun 2008 at 9:20am
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  Quote SunfighterLC Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Jun 2008 at 11:27am
Keep in mind this thread in the EVGA forums.
This post was from a ATI fanboy named BigCactus
"Any how I just want to share my thoughts on the 4850 and 4850 crossfire. I first played with one card, and found the performance to be descent and certainly playable on cod4 at 4xaa/16xaf with all in game eye candy options on at 1920x1200 resolution. I think it's closest rival would definitely have to be the 8800GT. I wish I could say 9800GTX, but this is simply not the case from what I experienced. One 4850 is definitely a couple of notches below my 8800gts g92 for a few reasons:

1) The overral smoothness of the game isn't up to par with a 8800gts g92. Both the g92 and 4850 will suffer when you turn all the eye candy on at 1920x1200 in newer games....but the g92 still has an edge IMO in overral smoothness. This is why I think the 4850 is probably equivalent to a 8800GT.

2) The 4850 gets really hot to the touch. It was idleing at 75c at one point. When I put cermaique on it, it went down to 63c. And there is no way to currently increase the fan speed on this thing. I didn't realize how spoiled I was with the dual slot cooler on the gts g92.

3)  Crossfire on these cards were a bit of a disappointment. You get higher performance...but even with these two in crossfire, cod4 can get a bit choppy when things get highly detailed, and someone throws smoke, etc.

So any how, I returned the cards to best buy and got my refund, and have decided to hold on to my 8800gts g92 until something better comes along . What clinched the return was the heat factor, and the lack of smoothness overrall in games. I'm not sure if my findings are what other people will find however. I know I had the latest drivers for the 4850, and I'm pretty sure crossfire was working due to the 3dmark jump after installing the second card(1 4850 got about 13800 in 3dmark06. I also noticed that one of the cards seemed to get hotter than the other...so maybe I got a bad apple as well. Any how take my little review as you will. "
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  Quote Tyler Lowe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Jun 2008 at 12:17pm
It sounds very much to me like something else wasn't quite right there. Possibly a driver maturation issue. I get buttery smooth CoD4 play at 1600x1200 4xAA 16xAF, full detail, and I never drop below 40 frames per second... I am under no illusions as to where my cards are in the pecking order. The 4850 is roughly twice as powerful as the 96GT. Give the 4850 a couple of months, and I would be willing to bet those small bits of jerkiness in crossfire are worked out.
I would not call BigCactus an ATI fanboi either, just a guy that's interested in the platform that delievers the best possible performance.
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