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1GB XFX HD 4890 £139.70 @ Scan!!
1GB XFX HD 4890 £139.70 @ Scan!!

1GB XFX HD 4890 £139.70 @ Scan!!

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1GB of GDDR5 memory

DirectX 10.1 support

800 Stream processing units

24x Custom filter anti-aliasing and high performance anisotropic filtering

Quad mode ATI CrosssfireX multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance

PCI Express 2.o support

Dynamic geometry acceleration

Game physics processing capability

ATI Avivo HD video and display technology

Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay technology

ATI Stream technology

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If anyone has one of these.. how is the fan noise?

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Bought this yesterday from scan. to replace a Nvidia 9800GT can play everygame on full detail including Crysis which i was unsure of. will beat Nvida at similar money and more.

Really happy with it.

£139 for one of Ati's best and £280-400 for Nvidia's.

Recommend this to anyone wanting to upgrade. :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Whats the fan like mate? Will be replacing a 8800gts so want something as quiet as this.

Nearly silent in day to day operation, you can manually control it with riva tuner. I set mine to about 30% just before playing a game and I didn't notice it once the sound was up (or I had my headphones on anyway).

Very good card and hot deal!

great price, but for those who aren't playing at huge resolutions, worth considering a 4870, as its ~£45 cheaper, and the 4890 is meant to offer ~+15% performance on that. (as in the 4890 is available for ~140%+ of the cost, offering ~115% of the performance)

just my 2 cents

Keva161;5545408

Whats the fan like mate? Will be replacing a 8800gts so want something as … Whats the fan like mate? Will be replacing a 8800gts so want something as quiet as this.



Fan isn't as loud as my 9800gt, makes a different sort of noise too, more of a wirling of air in this instead of the usual high pitch that the nvidia made. depends on your 8800's fan but this is quiet.

I'm recommending this and i'm an nvidia fan boy

When's the X2 variant coming out soon as I want quad crossfire thus running 8 cores as I want to run iy on my multicell Xenon Quad core CPU motherboard.

Sammy86;5547431

When's the X2 variant coming out soon as I want quad crossfire thus … When's the X2 variant coming out soon as I want quad crossfire thus running 8 cores as I want to run iy on my multicell Xenon Quad core CPU motherboard.



Not sure if they'll do an X2 version of this. as it won't give much gain for price over the 4870 X2. also i think they might hold back and wait for Direct X 11 , and for Nvidia to lauch one of the GTX300 series.

Does this output HDMI with audio output?

Looks good for the price. Nice to see these getting more affordable.

Kevin.

KevinM;5548072

Does this output HDMI with audio output?Looks good for the price. Nice to … Does this output HDMI with audio output?Looks good for the price. Nice to see these getting more affordable.Kevin.



Certainly does

birdie;5546482

great price, but for those who aren't playing at huge resolutions, worth … great price, but for those who aren't playing at huge resolutions, worth considering a 4870, as its ~£45 cheaper, and the 4890 is meant to offer ~+15% performance on that. (as in the 4890 is available for ~140%+ of the cost, offering ~115% of the performance)just my 2 cents



4890 has twice the memory so will be greater than +15% at high res (1920x1080 and above) plus it clocks better and has lower idle power usage.

proper noob q here guys, does this play crysis and games like cod and stuff smoothly?

Gurbz;5548288

proper noob q here guys, does this play crysis and games like cod and … proper noob q here guys, does this play crysis and games like cod and stuff smoothly?



That depends on what your other specs are.

By the way, COD4 and COD5 are not exactly demanding.

Gurbz;5548288

proper noob q here guys, does this play crysis and games like cod and … proper noob q here guys, does this play crysis and games like cod and stuff smoothly?



As you sound inexperienced in the world of computing, I'd worry more about your power supply being able to power the thing. What graphics card/power supply do you currently have?

laze

ive got a : (pasted from sys info)

Vista home premium
256MB ATI Radeon X1300 PRO , Resolution 1152 x 864 x 75 hertz
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6420 @ 2.13GHz, 2128 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
and i have 2GB ram, upgrading soon though, probs to 3/4 Gb

thanks guys

Beware when buying an xfx graphic card from scan, as they have the worst rma procedure I have dealt with in 6 years of buying onling goods.
To be fair it's just scan and xfx, scan and most other manufacturers they are fine, but if your xfx graphic card goes wrong, be prepared to wait a minimum of 20 days for your card to be returned to you, ok if you have a backup card, otherwise take note.

birdie;5546482

great price, but for those who aren't playing at huge resolutions, worth … great price, but for those who aren't playing at huge resolutions, worth considering a 4870, as its ~£45 cheaper, and the 4890 is meant to offer ~+15% performance on that. (as in the 4890 is available for ~140%+ of the cost, offering ~115% of the performance)just my 2 cents



That's a 512MB card, and that's a pretty major bottleneck for anyone gaming at a decent resolution, whihc is basically anyone considering one of these cards. In many circumstances the difference will be much more than 15%.

Sooo cheap... these deals are making me ever closer to wasting more unnecessary money

i am the same, and i bet there are alot of people away to take the plunge from the 8800GT up to this.

brain_stew;5548570

That's a 512MB card, and that's a pretty major bottleneck for anyone … That's a 512MB card, and that's a pretty major bottleneck for anyone gaming at a decent resolution, whihc is basically anyone considering one of these cards. In many circumstances the difference will be much more than 15%.



agreed (hence the bit about huge resolutions :roll: :P)

but imo anything 1600x1050 or less its probably more likely that you will be better off getting the 4870 and then dumping the extra into a DX11 card when they become usfull, even if that is over a year away

I have ben thinking of upgrading for a while now but I am not sure if my power supply can handle it. I have a dell xps 420, 8800GT, 4gb ram and quad core processor, but I am sure I read that the PSU was 400-450w and I remeber people saying at the time that it should be more just to cope with the 8800GT at the time of buying. Does any teckie know if this card would work ok? :thumbsup:

BeerGoggles;5549583

I have ben thinking of upgrading for a while now but I am not sure if my … I have ben thinking of upgrading for a while now but I am not sure if my power supply can handle it. I have a dell xps 420, 8800GT, 4gb ram and quad core processor, but I am sure I read that the PSU was 400-450w and I remeber people saying at the time that it should be more just to cope with the 8800GT at the time of buying. Does any teckie know if this card would work ok? :thumbsup:



a 500W psu is recommended by ATI, this tested unit uses 178 idle to 285 at full load, the 8800GT will be roughly 205W at full load, so might be worth upgrading at some point to be on the safe side, scan have a 700W Storm psu on special offer at the moment for £21.84 that will cope fine, if you're on a budget, it's in the first 'super savers' section here: scan.co.uk/Tod…spx

most branded mid-range PSUs of around 500W will set you back about £50+ so if you have the cash that would be a better option, i run my system on a Casecom 500W psu from ebuyer which was very cheap, but i'm only using a 6800GT, lol, not had any trouble with it in 2 yrs

On the power supply side, always go for a good brand. If your current PSU is an unbranded job then you'd do well to upgrade even if the quoted power rating sounds OK - basically the max power outputs should be taken with a pinch of salt. This months Custom PC has a massive PSU review section for those interested. The recommended 'budget' buy was the 'OCZ ModXStream Pro500W' listed at £53

Trying to hold off, but upgrading to a 4890 is getting very tempting. Currently on an 8800GTS 320MB and recently bought a 24" monitor, which aint cutting it in some games.
Will try to resist another while until the directx 11 cards come out.

If i buy this card will it be limited by my aging pc? i have a Abit AB9 i965 with a Core2Duo E4300 running at 3ghz and 2 gig of ram and a good 700 watt psu
Would i be better off just getting the 4870?
Thanks for any help you can give.

I wouldn't have thought so, that's a pretty fast core 2 duo and as you only have 2GB RAM in the PC it should be able to use all of the RAM from the graphics card even if you only have a 32 bit system.

Gurbz;5548390

ive got a : (pasted from sys info)Vista home premium256MB ATI Radeon … ive got a : (pasted from sys info)Vista home premium256MB ATI Radeon X1300 PRO , Resolution 1152 x 864 x 75 hertzIntel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6420 @ 2.13GHz, 2128 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)and i have 2GB ram, upgrading soon though, probs to 3/4 Gbthanks guys

The 4870 appears more suited for your system & res. You're very likely to need a better PSU though, & measure the physical space available for the card itself. These cards are long - up to 10.5 inches & occupy 2-3 slots due to their over-sized coolers.

Open PC case to see what PSU you have, it's rating in watts & the +12V rail figure. Don't forget to measure the space available for the card while you're in there!

P.S. If the PC takes a standard PSU, something like this will be suitable: ][COLOR=#123889]EXPIRED - FSP 700w PSU 83% eff with free Xclio PSU and Port Tester ONLY £34.44 (ex del.) USUALLY £69! @ Scan[/COLOR]

drtesseract;5550894

If i buy this card will it be limited by my aging pc? i have a Abit AB9 … If i buy this card will it be limited by my aging pc? i have a Abit AB9 i965 with a Core2Duo E4300 running at 3ghz and 2 gig of ram and a good 700 watt psuWould i be better off just getting the 4870?Thanks for any help you can give.

I agree with UberTiger, although if you don't game at higher than 1680x1050 res, the 4870 will be a better choice.

Crossbow;5551319

although if you don't game at higher than 1680x1050 res, the 4870 will be … although if you don't game at higher than 1680x1050 res, the 4870 will be a better choice.



True dat

AugQX;5549744

a 500W psu is recommended by ATI, this tested unit uses 178 idle to 285 … a 500W psu is recommended by ATI, this tested unit uses 178 idle to 285 at full load, the 8800GT will be roughly 205W at full load, so might be worth upgrading at some point to be on the safe side, scan have a 700W Storm psu on special offer at the moment for £21.84 that will cope fine, if you're on a budget, it's in the first 'super savers' section here: http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspxmost branded mid-range PSUs of around 500W will set you back about £50+ so if you have the cash that would be a better option, i run my system on a Casecom 500W psu from ebuyer which was very cheap, but i'm only using a 6800GT, lol, not had any trouble with it in 2 yrs



Don't listen to this advice, the PSU you have atm is much better than that cheapy piece of crap linked. The wattage figure on a PSU means sweet FA.

Dell tend to ship very sturdy PSUs and often under specify, if your's is managing an 8800GT already you should be fine. If you do upgrade the PSU make sure its a proper upgrade not some piece of crap liable to blowing up under laod.

drtesseract;5550894

If i buy this card will it be limited by my aging pc? i have a Abit AB9 … If i buy this card will it be limited by my aging pc? i have a Abit AB9 i965 with a Core2Duo E4300 running at 3ghz and 2 gig of ram and a good 700 watt psuWould i be better off just getting the 4870?Thanks for any help you can give.




Upgrade to 4 gigs and you'll be fine. Any 3ghz Core 2 Duo based CPU is still more than fine for games.

brain_stew;5551494

Don't listen to this advice, the PSU you have atm is much better than … Don't listen to this advice, the PSU you have atm is much better than that cheapy piece of crap linked. The wattage figure on a PSU means sweet FA.Dell tend to ship very sturdy PSUs and often under specify, if your's is managing an 8800GT already you should be fine. If you do upgrade the PSU make sure its a proper upgrade not some piece of crap liable to blowing up under laod.

I agree with you about the wrong PSU suggestion. And that Dell use very good PSUs (their peak output being significantly more than quoted, etc), but while the 8800 required 1x PCI-E power connector, this requires 2x & may be pushing it a bit if adapters are used (I wouldn't risk it personally).

The FSP 700W I mentioned earlier is good quality & excellent value for money, which also has the 2x 6pin dedicated PCI-E connectors this card requires. Only trouble is waiting for it to return on Scan's todayonly page, where it has gone for as low as £27-28 even: ][COLOR=#123889]EXPIRED - 700W FSP700-80GLN PSU for £27.59 @ Scan (today only) usually £68.94[/COLOR]

I currently have a Dell XPS 420 with an 8800Gt in it. Considering upgrading to this but dont know about the power supply / connector issues? Can anyone help?

Also does anyone know what my 8800GT might be worth?

Cheers

Goose74;5551771

I currently have a Dell XPS 420 with an 8800Gt in it. Considering … I currently have a Dell XPS 420 with an 8800Gt in it. Considering upgrading to this but dont know about the power supply / connector issues? Can anyone help?

First off, as already discussed above, your PSU is unlikely to be sufficient.

But, if you'd like to try with the present PSU anyway, here's what you need (2x 6pin PCI-E connectors to power it - your PSU already has one):

In order to 'create' another 6pin PCI-E connector, you'll need:

1. 2x available SATA power connectors emanating from the PSU (this is assuming the Dell PSU doesn't have any molex connectors),

2. 2x SATA to molex adapters, e.g. eBay item 200335817622, and

3. 1x Twin-molex to 6pin PCI-E cable/adapter, e.g. eBay item 260421723812

(Please be sure to get them from a UK-based seller, otherwise you're looking for a 12-14 day wait (from HK/China). Unfortunately, not all UK-based sellers are actually UK-based, so you may need to contact them to confirm this, & also read their feedback for clues).

Goose74;5551771

Also does anyone know what my 8800GT might be worth?Cheers

£45-50 delivered.

Crossbow;5552256

First off, as already discussed above, your PSU is unlikely to be … First off, as already discussed above, your PSU is unlikely to be sufficient.But, if you'd like to try with the present PSU anyway, here's what you need (2x 6pin PCI-E connectors to power it - your PSU already has one): In order to 'create' another 6pin PCI-E connector, you'll need:1. 2x available SATA power connectors emanating from the PSU (this is assuming the Dell PSU doesn't have any molex connectors), 2. 2x SATA to molex adapters, e.g. eBay item 200335817622, and3. 1x Twin-molex to 6pin PCI-E cable/adapter, e.g. eBay item 260421723812(Please be sure to get them from a UK-based seller, otherwise you're looking for a 12-14 day wait (from HK/China). Unfortunately, not all UK-based sellers are actually UK-based, so you may need to contact them to confirm this, & also read their feedback for clues).£45-50 delivered.



Thank you for the clarification

Seems like a bit of a mission - I might leave it and just upgrade the whole PC when windows 7 comes out

Goose74;5552711

Thank you for the clarificationSeems like a bit of a mission - I might … Thank you for the clarificationSeems like a bit of a mission - I might leave it and just upgrade the whole PC when windows 7 comes out

OK, no problem

Or, you could just upgrade the PSU :thumbsup:

if you have a cross fire card go for the 2xHD4850 GDDR5 cards.

will walk over the HD4890 and will match the top rated GTX295

look at ginger6.com

they are going for £82.

i picked up 2 of these and my normal 3Dmark06 score with a Phenom II X3 720 BE is 17250, thats a lot better than a hd4890

FGEvans;5555174

if you have a cross fire card go for the 2xHD4850 GDDR5 cards.will walk … if you have a cross fire card go for the 2xHD4850 GDDR5 cards.will walk over the HD4890 and will match the top rated GTX295look at ginger6.comthey are going for £82.i picked up 2 of these and my normal 3Dmark06 score with a Phenom II X3 720 BE is 17250, thats a lot better than a hd4890



No stock and there wont be any more as AMD pulled the plug on it. Don't expect any new AMD drivers for it either. So not so great. Looks like the 48xx series cards will be dropped (well modded into 47xx series cards) when the DX11 cards come out.

Most people dont have crossfire or SLI mobo's anyway so its probably going to be 4890 or 4850x2 anyway. But the specs on the 4790 and price (expected) on the 4730 look interesting!

any drivers for the HD4870 would work on this card anyway as its basically identical to the HD4870.

its the same chip, memory etc

Good price. Looking to perhaps get a new gra[hic card. Running an overclocked 8800 GT at the moment - is this card much better than mine?

TheLawAlive;5557851

Good price. Looking to perhaps get a new gra[hic card. Running an … Good price. Looking to perhaps get a new gra[hic card. Running an overclocked 8800 GT at the moment - is this card much better than mine?

May depend on couple of things:

- Games played
- Resolution played at
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