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Old 01-20-2008, 07:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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the 3850 is the safest bet wont be as fas as a flashed 2900pro, but will use a lot less energy, and yes you will see a great improvement.
and its not a windmill unlike the x19xx or hd29xx series
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Just throw in a couple more bucks and get the 3850
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we need to know which psu you have, so we can determine its amps
Its the Rosewill RV450 ATX 12V v1.3 450W Power Supply 115/ 230 seen here: Newegg.com - Rosewill RV450 ATX 12V v1.3 450W Power Supply 115/ 230 V CSA, CB, TUV, FCC, UL - Retail


Another question: Considering my 22 widescreen and high resolution demands, will the 256mb 256bit HD3850 still outperform the 512mb 256bit x1950pro and 512mb 512bit HD2900
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Another question: Considering my 22 widescreen and high resolution demands, will the 256mb 256bit HD3850 still outperform the 512mb 256bit x1950pro and 512mb 512bit HD2900
The reason I ask is that the "graphics card rankings" thread suggests the HD2900pro with 512mb is ranked higher than the HD3850 with 256mb, and Ive heard before that more video card memory and higher memory bitrate result in better fps at high widescreen resolutions. Im guessing that the 3850 with 256mb 256bit is better none the less?
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where can you get a HD2900 for under $150?
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its around $159 on newegg for HD2900pro
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its $144.99 after an MIR, but thats BS, at stock the hd2900pro and the hd3850 are at are about the same speeds (like the performance at the 8800gts 320mb) but the only reason that the hd2900pro is ranked higher, is because there is a mod that can increase it to XT speeds

but who cares if it performs better because the hd2900pro and the hd3850's difference will be so llitle, and you'd wouldn't notice because as long as its playable FPS
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its $144.99 after an MIR, but thats BS, at stock the hd2900pro and the hd3850 are at are about the same speeds (like the performance at the 8800gts 320mb) but the only reason that the hd2900pro is ranked higher, is because there is a mod that can increase it to XT speeds

but who cares if it performs better because the hd2900pro and the hd3850's difference will be so llitle, and you'd wouldn't notice because as long as its playable FPS
Its $159 without MIR. About the difference in performance, if I can find them for the same price then I want to get the one with slightly better performance, no matter how slight.

So I'm down to two choices:
Newegg.com - GECUBE GC-HD3850PG3-D3R Radeon HD 3850 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100222L Radeon HD 2900PRO 512MB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

The first one is on a big sale right now and purchasers have not seemed to have problems with the MIR.... so far.
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you read all the reviews on the page, right?...

Other Thoughts: Hey this website is lying to you. I love NEWEGG but look at the pics. This is the 256bit version and NEWEGG is marketing this as the 512bit version

Cons: Site had this listed as a 512-bit but its 256-bit... Was a pain to get this to run on winXP. For once, using the included CD to install a gfx card was usefull.


Pros: This is a 512meg and a 256bit card it is hudge like 10" long and 1 1/2" wide it has over clocking abilities in the software or you can do an auto overclock. This thing is fast.

Cons: You cannot flash this one to an XT because of the 256 bit bus v.s. the XT's 512 bit bus.
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