Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2

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nedwards

Hi all,

The benchmark table has been corrected: somehow the "X2" got left off of the Radeon HD 4870 X2 column. The numbers are correct, however; the 4850 X2 is faster than the GeForce GTX 280, but not as fast as the Radeon HD 4870 X2. But yeah, there's a big difference between the 4870 X2 and the plain ol' 4870. 

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mojosico

if those numbers are correct i think i would spend less money and get the faster 4870 . are you sure these numbers are right ? 

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the_crowbar

lol just noticed the 4870 is beating the 4850x2 in every bench also. This is a pretty bad one guys. Will this be fixed?

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the_crowbar

Yeah, you guys deffinately got some weird stuff going on. I think there is something wrong with the GTX 280 benches. Did this go into the mag?

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hiawg

I feel that the GTX 280 is the only correct data.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/evga_geforce_gtx_260_core_216_superclocked

Still love the the site and the podcast!

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jediken21

whats going on here...

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ghot

...bad GTX 280 there guys.   On an AMD 5000+ I get better fps on Crysis than you seem to be getting on a quad core.  As mentioned below, no way a 4870 beats a GTX 280.  Something is seriously wrong here and I don't mean just the table.

 

Take efficiency, and edit out all the intelligence and what you have left is a post-XP Microsoft operating system :)

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wk

please correct the table there is something wrong.
 MPC is my home page

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jacob938

hahahaha the 4870HD beating a GTX 280, god this is classic, i think its supposed to be the 4870x2.

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MisterK

I believe you can only run one monitor in Crossfire.

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CTskifreak

Crossfire and somewhat recently SLI allow multiple monitors while enabled. ATI had it working a lot earlier than NVIDIA did, but SLI now allows it as well.

On the article itself...I think the tables got messed up. Glad to see TheMurph is still around.

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TheMurph

"In our performance testing, the 4850 X2 unseated the fastest single-GPU videocards, the GeForce GTX 280 and Radeon HD 4870, in almost every benchmark."

Huh?   On the included benchmark chart, the 4870 HD / HD 4870 beats the 4850 X2 on every single benchmark score.

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Whudunit

Hey if the Murph is still available to leave comments on MPC stuff, then why the hell does he not drop by the Podcast once in awhile?

 Sorry man, but somethng's been missing since you left.  I still love MPC and the Podcast, but c'mon do a guest star spot or crash the damn party.  If they can get Utah Andy on there, then surely the Great Murph can be on an episode or two once in awhile.  Hey maybe you're the big surprise for the 100th episode.

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TheMurph

Heh.  I appreciate the compliments, but I'm afraid they'll probably fall on deaf ears.  I have no idea what's in store for the MPC 100th podcast, save for possibly nuclearbastard like... taking over the show.  Or something.

Regardless, I'd love to hop on for a guest appearance.  But it's not up to me!

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jcollins

With 4 DVI ports, can you run 2-4 monitors in crossfire mode with this card?

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MisterK

Having run exclusively Nvidia cards for the last few years (my last Radeon was a 9700), and stepping up from a pair of 8800's in SLI, I totally agree with the reviewer with regards to the 4850 x2's performance.  I have had this card for 2 weeks now, and installed it using the Catalyst 9.2 drivers, which went off without a hitch.  I must say that ATI's drivers have MUCH improved over the years, and the Catalyst Control Center's interface is a joy to work with (I could never get Nvidia's nTune or System Tools to properly run an overclocking profile).

 

The 4850 x2 overclocks nicely, and has a nice system of creating desktop icons to run overclocking profiles.  I used to dread Catalyst drivers, but I have no problems yet running Crysis, Fallout 3 or Mass Effect with very high details enabled.

 

This card is worth every penny!

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Hawtoldman

Average FPS for 4850x2 = 34.7

Average FPS for 4870 = 43.3

How can you recommend a more power-hungry board? 

 

To be honest, I question your results seeing as you have the 4870 consistently beating the GTX 280. That's just not gonna happen bro. 

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SEALBoy

It's amazing how even the driver version of the card is bolded. 

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windbane

Radeon cards can have the best fps or best image or whatever, but until they do something about their crappy drivers I'll stick to nvidia cards. Everytime I update the Catalyst drivers on my dads computer, something goes wrong...and their control centre has never worked. My system is almost the same as his but I have an nvidia 8800 gtx and I have yet to have an issue with the drivers for it. AMD can stick 100 GPU's on a board and I still won't buy it.

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Geeksquadmyss

If your dad's system is an OEM it can result in the Control center not working, happens on my HP.  I have used ATI since my first computer and have never had a driver related problem other than the traditional, not having the latest driver.  But iv never had a problem updating them.

 I also have a machine running a Nvida card and theres nothing really special about there cards, the drivers are no better than ATI, i actually prefer ATI because of the Catalyst Control Center is easy to use and navigate. 

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windbane

Yeah his system is a Dell, but thats no excuse for the control centre not to work, even the drivers on Dells site don't install properly. The drivers themselves work no prob, its just the control centre prog that doesn't. Granted his video card is only a Radeon 2400HD, which is more than fine for web surfing and email. I even totally uninstal the drivers and associated programs and re installed but still no joy. I haven't used an ATI/AMD video card since the Rage Pro+ (I think thats what it was called) 12 years ago. I've had Nvidia cards since then (geforce1, geforce3, and now a geforce 8800 gtx), and I think im gonna stick with what I know...

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Angelman0401

Best Scores bolded? So 12.41 frames is better than 29.6? 80.7 is better than 106.5? Thanks...I've been misled because I thought that more frames were better...silly me

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