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Old 04-19-2010, 06:04 PM   #1901
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Why didn't you get the 5770?
I was seriously thinking about it. I'd rather do without DX11 and use the HD4890 for now. Got it for 94. The minimum DX11 card I like is the HD5850 which I cannot afford yet.

And the HD4890 will be more than enough to get me started in PC gaming.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:09 PM   #1902
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Weren't both cards about the same price?
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:19 PM   #1903
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Weren't both cards about the same price?
Yea. The first HD4890 was gonna cost me 120 which I thought was too much for this GPU. If I really had to spend over a 100 for a second hand GPU I would've gone straight to the HD5770. I got a Second Chance offer @ 94 for another HD4890 that I bid on which 'I reckon' is as good as a HD5770, DX11 apart, any day.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:05 PM   #1904
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1GB or 2GB 4890? I've always wanted a 2GB one.
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1GB or 2GB 4890? I've always wanted a 2GB one.
Its a 1GB model. I actually didn't think you could get 2GB model unless you went for the X2 GPU's.
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Its a 1GB model. I actually didn't think you could get 2GB model unless you went for the X2 GPU's.
LOL well there was a 2GB 4890 and now there is a 2GB 5870 (the eyefinity6) and a few 2GB customPCB 5870s, as well as some 4GB 5970s.

The x2 cards technically have 2GB, but you do not get a 2GB framebuffer, because the second GPU's framebuffer is used to mirror the original's renderings before being displayed. It's a very long explanation, but basically, only 1GB is used in the so-called 2GB dual-GPU cards.
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LOL well there was a 2GB 4890 and now there is a 2GB 5870 (the eyefinity6) and a few 2GB customPCB 5870s, as well as some 4GB 5970s.
Just google'd this and they are something special.

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The x2 cards technically have 2GB, but you do not get a 2GB framebuffer, because the second GPU's framebuffer is used to mirror the original's renderings before being displayed. It's a very long explanation, but basically, only 1GB is used in the so-called 2GB dual-GPU cards.
So whats the benefits of more video RAM? Like for instance the 1GB HD4890 over the 512MB HD4890.
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:44 PM   #1908
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more megs of video ram helps with higher resolutions.
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Not just higher resolutions. It is the framebuffer, in which all objects are rendered. If you play something with a ton of objects (e.g. A modded oblivion i have) even 1GB will be tiny.
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I don't care how old it is. It's still a damn sexy card.



Had to re-apply thermal paste (first time ever doing it on this card, and it's an RMA from well over a year ago).

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Temps dropped about 8C.
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