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Old 07-04-2009, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so I have decided to upgrade my video card from my current 8800gt, I would like to go back to ATI chipsets and I feel that the 4890 is the best bang for my buck. That being said I am just currently debating which is a better buy, the 4890 or the 4890xt. At the price right now we are really only talking about a $17 difference. Is the 4890 XT with the only notable difference being the extra 25mhz of core clock really that much of an upgrade?

Newegg.ca - XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.ca - XFX HD-489A-ZDEC Radeon HD 4890 Xtreme 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I have chosen to go with XFX again as my last card the 8800gt was very reliable and I am quite happy with that brand. I also have a sufficent 600w power supply with the 2x 6pin connectors required to run this card. As long as I stay away from the XXX version which has a 8pin and 6pin I should be fine with this card.

Can someone please help me settle this debate?
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The extra clock speed is definitely not worth the extra money (there won't be any measurable difference between 25MHz). You can get more than that with a program like Rivatuner for free.

Get the non-extreme.
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Take the first one, the price isn't justifiable for the performance difference and doesn't even have a better cooler and 25mhz is an easy OC
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Thanks, thats what I was figured as well but I just wanted to make sure.
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