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need advice for my choise (4870 or 260)

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July 5, 2008 7:13:34 AM

need advice for my choise

and better for OC

i have:
ASUS Maximus Formula x38
Patrior 8GB(4x2GB) 800MHz
CoolerMaster 750Watt

i can spend ~330$

More about : advice choise 4870 260

a b U Graphics card
July 5, 2008 7:25:11 AM

HD4870! it's better, it's cheaper and you can use it in eventual Crossfire if you want to. It's no contest.
July 5, 2008 7:32:25 AM

HD4870 of course.
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July 5, 2008 7:35:01 AM

First of all, I don't think you can get a gtx260 for $330. And second of all, the 4870 is both cheaper and faster. So definitely get that.
July 5, 2008 7:36:35 AM

4870 is by far faster and cheaper get that!
July 5, 2008 7:51:19 AM

thanks guys. i ordered for VISIONTEK HD4870
July 5, 2008 8:13:39 AM

Although I have been with nvidia starting with their geforce 3 line I have to say that the ati 4870 is the better buy atm. Enjoy your new vid card.
July 5, 2008 8:18:38 AM

agreed, the 4870 is the better buy right now, plus it gives superior performance.
July 5, 2008 11:15:04 AM

i agree with 4870 OC beter according to
July 5, 2008 11:28:24 AM

there's like... no question about it 4870......

reading those kind of forum questions makes you think about, what nvidia will do in order to keep some market share.....
July 5, 2008 11:46:24 AM

in case y'all haven't noticed... he's already ordered the Visiontek 4870.
a c 171 U Graphics card
July 5, 2008 11:50:57 AM

reading those kind of forum questions makes you think about, what nvidia will do in order to keep some market share.....

Well, lets see, how much have they cut the price on the GTX 2x0 cards? Seeing as the GTX260 is STILL more expensive then the 4870 which is more powerful, I would think there are more price cuts coming. This actually has me wondering. If the 4x50 cards are smaller and cost less to produce, exactly how low can Nvidia price the GTX2x0 cards? The GTX2x0 are large cores, and according to rumor, yields are not good. (I think they might be better then rumored, there are no shortages in retail. Though this might be because everyone else is buying the 4870...)

Nvidia really seems to have a dud on its hands. The GTX260 cost more then the 4870, and is slower to. The GTX280 is faster then most cards, but that depends on the settings. The 9800GX2 and to a much lessor extent the 4870 can beat it. The 4870 is much less then the GTX280, while the GX2 I think is now priced about the same. Price cuts, price cuts, price cuts. The question is now, how long can Nvidia keep it up?
July 5, 2008 12:27:21 PM

Call me a prude, but this is a really stupid question to post. THG has done a product review on BOTH the HD4870 and the GTX260, and you STILL feel the need to ask which one you should buy?!

You're asking a question that's been answered with CHARTS for crying out loud. Now if you had an OC problem with your RAM, and you couldn't figure it out, that's another matter.
July 5, 2008 12:33:47 PM

Get the 260:) 

Jks 4870 is clearly well above:p  Finally Ati is on track!
a b U Graphics card
July 5, 2008 12:43:42 PM

mihirkula said:
in case y'all haven't noticed... he's already ordered the Visiontek 4870.

We noticed; enjoy the card. Just keeping the discussion going for others.
a b U Graphics card
July 5, 2008 1:13:44 PM

My question is, will ATI cut their prices? This is for market share, no doubt about it. Im betting theres a little room for ATI and its margins, and still be able to reach those market shares
July 5, 2008 1:41:29 PM

Well, competition states that when someone drops prices, the competitor will also drop prices when they feel their own product will be threathened.
July 5, 2008 2:20:08 PM

Good they deserve it, they always find a way to drop the ball. :)  I really don't care about the VGA market for now, since the GX2 is putting up a surprising fight, but its good to see where companies stand.

I think I'll wait for a Revision, or some sort of upgrade. I know Nvidia will bring in a GT or GTS or GX2, and radeon might bring in a 4900 series:) 
a b U Graphics card
July 5, 2008 2:31:59 PM

Itll be interesting to see over 1000 shaders at 45nm. Wonder how good that card will be. Not sure what nVidias going to do, I just dont see a G2xx X2 even at 40nm, well maybe 40nm, buts thats 2 shrinks away for them
July 5, 2008 2:45:03 PM

Either way I doubt we'll be sticking to just these cards past fall.
a b U Graphics card
July 5, 2008 3:06:47 PM

Hopefully by then, youll be able to upgrade with satisfactory results
July 5, 2008 4:07:23 PM

yup, thats what I'm hoping too, I think the next big step for me would be a single card that can double the GX2:)