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#1 Aug 26 2010 at 10:24 AM Rating: Decent
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I've always been an ATI guy (for no particular reason) and currently have a Saphire Radeon HD 4850 512mb card. I'm looking to upgrade for FFXIV and had decided on an HD 5850 1GB card, but then I saw this.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

Not only does the GTX 470 score higher than the 5850, but they are generally cheaper. So, question is, should I say "***** loyalty" and switch over to the nVidia card?

Current specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo 3.2 GHz
4GB DDR2 RAM
HD 4850 512MB

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#2 Aug 26 2010 at 10:46 AM Rating: Default
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I would upgrade your CPU while you were at it... Since that means your MB, I would get DDR3-1600+

And then I would make sure my MB supported SLI and get a GTX460

Then I would SLI now or later on.

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#3 Aug 26 2010 at 12:03 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll take that as one vote for the GTX 470.

I am not in the market for a new CPU, or motherboard, or RAM (specifically because if I upgrade one of those, I have to upgrade the rest).

I'm looking to upgrade the video card because it is the only single component I can upgrade without waterfalling to the others.

The rest of that stuff can come when I'm not planning for a wedding and buying a house :)
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#4 Aug 26 2010 at 3:54 PM Rating: Good
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I'd hold off on the next-gen series cards until they get the drivers fixed. Lots of problems with DX9 and back on alot of them (problems with both FFXI and FFXIV on the 400's for one example, but there are other games as well).

A 4850 can play a lot of games still--even the upcoming FF14 will run on it. And yes, I know this for a fact, it's not just because I got decent marks on the benchmark on my E8400 with a 512MB 4850 in XP Pro.

If the game you want to play runs like crap on it, then that's another story. Otherwise, I would hold off a little longer to give the market some time for drivers to mature and then compare them on equal footing.

Raist

Edit:
Might want to bookmark this site. They are regularly testing hardware in various environments:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-gaming-graphics-charts-high-quality/benchmarks,111.html



Edited, Aug 26th 2010 6:06pm by BDHERTZER
#5 Aug 26 2010 at 7:10 PM Rating: Decent
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Yea, ya know, my idea from the beginning was always to wait till release, and then see how the game plays. If I can deal with it, well then I don't need a new card.

I'll check out that site you linked. Thanks.
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FFXIV: Lancer, Fisher, Culinarian
FFXI: DRK 55, WAR 30, THF 27, DRG 27 (all retired)
WoW: Hunter 70, Warrior 29, Druid 26, Warlock 22, Shaman 19 (all retired)
EQII: Shadowknight 36 (retired)
#6 Aug 26 2010 at 11:43 PM Rating: Good
Personally I would probly suggest looking at more than one benchmark score before choosing to drop either ATI or nVidia for the other. Most rigs I have seen tested score higher with single 5870s or 5970s than the GTXs; especially in real world tests, however with SLI nVidia still takes the cake for multi-card rigs over ATI's Crossfire in almost all benchmarks I have seen in recent months.
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#7 Aug 27 2010 at 9:38 AM Rating: Decent
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With the deal on the eVGA GTX 465, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130555 it ends up being over $100 cheaper than a 5850, so I pulled the trigger and bought it. I'll let you guys know how it runs once I get it. (I hope it fits!)

[edit] And then I read more about the card and the reviews on tom's hardware, and canceled my order. [/edit]

Edited, Aug 27th 2010 12:07pm by striveldt
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WoW: Hunter 70, Warrior 29, Druid 26, Warlock 22, Shaman 19 (all retired)
EQII: Shadowknight 36 (retired)
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