Originally Posted by zer0
why limit the power(10-15fps advantage) he can buy for his money($300+)? what if someone gives him or he buys a 22" or a 24" lcd next month?
i don't get the logic here.
Because an HD4850 will still do well on those monitors. Aside from Crysis, I run most of my games at 1680x1050, 16xCSAA/16xAF, on a 9600GT. The HD4850 can easily run those games at 8xAA/16xAF at a higher framerate. And he can get the HD4850 for $100 less, which could go towards a new monitor.
But if he's staying at that res, aside from Crysis, he'll get no tangible benefit in ANY game from getting an HD4870 over the HD4850.