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Old 02-27-2009, 07:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, what video card no more than $215 would be good to connect to my HD tv 1080p and my monitor at the same time.

What I'm trying to do is have a video card that will let me output two pictures... one on my 1080 and another on my regular monitor. I would prefer ATI if posible but nVidia is good also.

I have a PCI express x16... not 2.0

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Old 02-27-2009, 08:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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PCIe x16 is PCIe 2.0 mate. With the price of the 4850 at what it is, id go for that. Are you going to be doing any gaming?
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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PCIe x16 is PCIe 2.0 mate. With the price of the 4850 at what it is, id got for that. Are you going to be doing any gaming?
Really?
I thought there was

PCIe 16x

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PCIe 16x 2.0
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I think Luke may have been referring to the broad compatibility between them.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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^i was.... although i did word it kinda like i was not.
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yes, it doubles the available bandwidth. BUT...a regular old PCIE x16 slot is not really taxed. no its not worth buying a mobo just for that if he has a mobo with PCIE 1.0/1.1. they aren't even being used to their bandwidth limits by most (if not all) cards currently availible.
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Old 02-28-2009, 07:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wouldn't a OC'd 4850 be the same as a 4870?
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Not quite. The 4870 uses GDDR5 which is much faster than the GDDR3 in the 4850. To match the memory bandwidth you would have to have a pretty massive clock speed advantage, one that would be impossible to reach on air cooling.
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we should all start recommending the 9800gt since it is pseudo "next-gen"
and 9800gtx+ for that matter
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