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Old 04-05-2009, 01:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh I also for got to mention that I play on a 21 inch (I think) monitor, so I don't know if the x2 would be overkill or not.
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nah it wouldnt be overkill. stick with the x2 me thinks
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Alright then I will order it on Monday
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Old 04-05-2009, 02:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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What case do you have? The Hd 4850x2 is fairly long so you might want to be aware of that when you go to install it.
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You gotta remember the 4850x2 is literally like 2 4850s crammed onto one board, so of course it's going to out perform most single cards, even the 4890.


Now.. the 4890 and a 4870 in crossfire would probably smoke the 4870x2. but that'll be like $250 for the 4890 and like $190 for the 4870 so like $440 bucks right now, before rebates.

And honestly if I were to spend $440 on a crossfire system like that, I might as well just go with a 4870x2 which will be plummeting in cost soon I think, and whenever (ifever) the 4890x2's come out everything's gonna drop again.
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I have the CoolerMaster HAF so I think I should be good for space.
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Just get the X2. Think about it, you can support up to 4 monitors on a single card later down the line, haha.
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Alrighty then I think the x2 wins hands down.
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The GTX 275 is more expensive and slower than the HD 4890 so I would stick with the HD 4850x2.
I beg to differ, the GTX 275 has the HD 4890 in most gaming and synthetic benchmarks used the only real exception being Crysis, oddly enough as Crytek prefers nVidia GPUs, mainly due to it's 1 GB buffer.

And even then the difference is negligible ( maybe 2 FPS faster on certain resolutions).

The cards trade blows depending on what games and resolutions but overall the GTX 275 manages a slight lead over the HD 4890 from the majority of what I've read..

Just google "GTX 275 vs HD 4890" if I'm not a credible source

Personally I'd go with a 4890 so that I could upgrade later but the 4850x2 would be the bang for buck no doubt and would also be more stable
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Yeah the cards ARE long. I recently installed a 4850 in one of my builds and from the PCI-E slot to the back of the case was a very tight fit and is still not exactly right. So I would check for clearance like somone mentioned above.
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