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Windows 7: ATI HD4870, PowerColor HD4870 PCS+ or ATI HD4890

30 Jun 2009   #11
samstar1412

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Overclocked cards sometimes have a better heatsink/fan than stock models, but you can overclock stock cards to a certain degree.

XFX cards are available in Aus:
XFX Radeon HD4890 Black Edition XFX Radeon HD4890 Black Edition 11X-HD4890-1GBBTCH [11X-HD4890-1GBBTCH] - $459.00 : PC Case Gear, Quality case accessories and components
ouch

By the end of the year, both ATI and Nvidia should have their new range of cards hitting the market which will hopefully lower the prices of existing cards.
Thanks for the link, Does anybody know if they plan on releasing a 4890x2? because i have been reading a lot about them and it seems that manufacturers such as sapphire, etc.. have the rights to produce them.


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30 Jun 2009   #12
smarteyeball

 
 

No idea to be honest. Two 4890 in crossfire would probably be a better and cheaper option.

Also the stock XFX 4890 is also available at MSY for $309 ATM.

Hmmm, I can feel an upgrade coming on
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30 Jun 2009   #13
samstar1412

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
No idea to be honest. Two 4890 in crossfire would probably be a better and cheaper option.

Also the stock XFX 4890 is also available at MSY for $309 ATM.

Hmmm, I can feel an upgrade coming on
Well it would have to beat them 4850s i wish i had the money to build my pc now
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30 Jun 2009   #14
smarteyeball

 
 

lol, yep, although the 4850 crossfire is a pretty good performer as it is. I can comfortably game at 1920x1200 maxed out in a few titles and only have to lower a few details here and there in others. - Crysis doesn't count

I can't really afford an upgrade, but that's never stopped me before. Some bills can wait

I know it sucks waiting for your build to come together, but you'll enjoy it when you do. On the plus side, by the time you start putting it together, things should be even cheaper
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30 Jun 2009   #15
samstar1412

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
lol, yep, although the 4850 crossfire is a pretty good performer as it is. I can comfortably game at 1920x1200 maxed out in a few titles and only have to lower a few details here and there in others. - Crysis doesn't count

I can't really afford an upgrade, but that's never stopped me before. Some bills can wait

I know it sucks waiting for your build to come together, but you'll enjoy it when you do. On the plus side, by the time you start putting it together, things should be even cheaper
What about GTA IV does that count? haha
Yeah there is always an upside to waiting a little longer, plus it means i have a while to learn a little more a plan a little more
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30 Jun 2009   #16
MorbidGod

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 7127
 
 

I had a 4850, and some time later a 4870, both of them Sapphire. If its games we are talking about, theres a difference between the raw power and memory of both of them and the 4890 (almost all 4890s models, go from 750mhz to 1ghz).
Im almost positive sure that pushing some 750ghz gpu clock to 1ghz or more can bring problems, because the heatsink is exactly the same since the earlys 4850s (i can see the XFX sticker on top of the regular ati heatsink, the same for other brands) and im not sure about proper cooling to the gpu with this heatsink. The XFX (not-black edition) 4890 brings on a 900mhz clock that can easily pushed to 1ghz with ATI Overdrive, or even ATiTool.

Examples from migration of previous ATI HD48xxs to the HD 4890 (XFX in this case):

- Far Cry 2 had lots of problems in running at Ultra High settings, now its perfect, and all the game physics change dramaticaly at the time we play it at Ultra High, as stupid as it can sound.

- GTAIV: Not the best optimized game for pc, can sometimes turn into a resource devouring monster, making quad-cores look like pentium II, so its not the best example but it can really put a graphic card to its test, and the built in benchmark gave some very positive results, althoug the game still has some glitches.

- Crysis (Warhead or not): Smooth as hell.

- The Witcher: Massive paisagistic environments, an incredible number of multiple moving objects, all at high textures, needs a graphic device with plenty and fast GDDR, so this jump made me finally say "ok, now its 100% smooth.)

Conclusion:

Its really worth it to buy (for now) a single 4890, or two maybe depending if we are going to have an HD 4890 X2

PS: I hate the brand HIS (personal taste).
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30 Jun 2009   #17
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samstar1412 View Post
Thanks for the link, Does anybody know if they plan on releasing a 4890x2? because i have been reading a lot about them and it seems that manufacturers such as sapphire, etc.. have the rights to produce them.
they'll release the HD5xxx series cards before a 4890x2 IMO.... (though a 4890x2 would STOMP!!)




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30 Jun 2009   #18
samstar1412

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)
 
 

@MorbidGod
Thanks for the insight on how this card performs, as long as i can play GTA IV on relatively high settings im happy
@skunksmash
I want to see these new cards, got any links for info on em?
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30 Jun 2009   #19
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samstar1412 View Post
I want to see these new cards, got any links for info on em?
It's all still speculation at this stage, so there are no real 'factual links' available.

And as Morbid mentioned, GTA IV isn't really optimized for the PC. With mostly high details, I yo-yo between 20-60fps, hovering around 30-40 most of the time. But a 4890 will definitely make it playable
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30 Jun 2009   #20
samstar1412

32bit-Vista Home Premium SP2, 32bit-Windows 7 Ultimate RC, also got Mac OS X 10.5.7 (in VMware)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
It's all still speculation at this stage, so there are no real 'factual links' available.

And as Morbid mentioned, GTA IV isn't really optimized for the PC. With mostly high details, I yo-yo between 20-60fps, hovering around 30-40 most of the time. But a 4890 will definitely make it playable
Thanks yet again always helpful and sent you some rep
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