Does anyone know when/where the non-reference 4850's can be purchased as the 8800gts has sold?
charley: I'll let you all know how good sapphire's dual slot cooler is when i get it.
I'm upgrading my computers video card from an 8800GTS 320
(here on trademe for $1 reserve: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=168800832 )
and I'm not sure which card to upgrade to.
I will be financially limited by what the GTS sells for, so $200ish is realistic.
The 9600GT is affordable at $240ish for a silent variant, however it really isn't very powerful and I like gaming.
The 4850 is really quite powerful I hear, but at $300 + extra for aftermarket silent cooling, I'm thinking it's a bit unrealistic.
I'd also like to buy a better psu down the track, so I'm thinking saving $100ish could be worth while.
I guess the question is, will I get a 25%+ performance increase via going for the 4850, because if not, I think the 9600GT is the best card in that price bracket.
So yeah, opinions?