HD 4870 or 4890?

By rmdl51 ยท 6 replies
Apr 9, 2009
  1. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    if you have the money i would get the 4890 i wouldnt worry about it being buggy, also make sure your power supply is up to the challenge

    good luck
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    I think the 4890 is just marginally faster than the 4870. So basically, if you don't feel like overclocking the 4870 then just get the 4890. I would also recommend going with a 1GB version if you have a monitor that exceeds 22 inches. The extra vRAM will help with texture rendering at higher resolutions.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Those are expensive cards linked there, I would recommend the Saphire 4870 1gb, but people seem to like XFX more D:.

    The 4870 and 4890 lie in two different market planes, the 4870 is < $200 (not the XFX one though) and delivers maybe 10% - 15% less performance. The 4890 is about $250. The decision is dependent mostly on how much money you want to spend, the sub $200 midrange performance card, or the higher end $250 fastest GPU.

    And of course, make sure your powersupply can take whichever card.
  4. rmdl51

    rmdl51 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 244

    I'm getting this PSU:


    I guess should be enough, the reason of not going with the Sapphire is the limited 2 year warranty, I would like to keep my spend on video card under $200 but the warranty is important for me, because in two years I'll probably sell this card at a fraction of the cost but with lifetime warranty.
  5. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    i still think the 4890 is good its only 15 bucks more and you get a free flash drive so if you have the extra 15 bucks its worth it IMO
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Everyone says that D:.

    Good powersupply choice, I would go with a Corsair 450 or 550, but thats a little opinionated, and a bit more money and the Antec Earthwatts are generally good.

    Again, I would say Saphire 4870..., but since your intent on a lifetime warranty and the XFX 4870 is only $10 cheaper than their 4890 (comes with a free OCZ 4gb flash drive :D !!), I would just hop up to the $4890.

    Ah, you typed faster, your post wasn't there when I was writing :O.
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