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Trying to decide HD4870 or GTX 260 core 216

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
September 20, 2008 3:10:34 PM

Hi all,

I've got my PC two years ago and haven't updated it since. I've got:

Intel Core Duo 6600
2Gb ram
Radeon X1900XTX 512 Mb
Antec NeoPower 550 w(

I want to buy a new video card and I am trying to decide between the updated gtx260 (216 stream processors the older gtx 260 (192 sp) or amd's HD4870. From what I've read the nvidia seems to be a bit better, but it seems to me I'll need a new power supply for that card. While if I go for the 4870 I won't need one. Considering that most games seem to be nvidia biased I am leaning more towards it.
My question is: is it worth going for the nvidia and upgrade my power(which I'll need in case of future upgrades) and selling my old PS or going for the cheaper upgrade with the 4870?
September 20, 2008 5:45:01 PM

I would get the gtx260. Your power supply may handle it, but I would upgrade it to be safe and to futureproof it for any other upgrades.
a b U Graphics card
September 20, 2008 5:52:28 PM

they all perform very similar few fps difference. in my opinion get the gtx260 192sp they can be found as low as 215$ on newegg; save some money.
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September 20, 2008 6:12:29 PM

I say go with the 4870, specifically this overclocked version from diamond

The stocked clocked 260s have greatly dropped in price thanks to competition from the 4870 so it's generally a little bit cheaper now and thus a good buy depending on the games you want to play. Check out the charts here and compare the 260 to the 4870. If the 260 wins out in the games you care about then I say get it. Overall though it the ranking of the three cards is 260 < 4870 < 260 core 216, and that goes for performance as well as price.
September 20, 2008 8:47:58 PM


I just picked mine upgrading over an 8800gt and let me say what a difference! I can play S.T.A.L.K.E.R ClearSky at 1680x1050 16AF 2xAA Everything maxed at very very playable framerates! I also made my profile in the catalyste and my card runs at idle 50c and 69c load!

This is my first ATI card and im very happy with it!
September 30, 2008 10:02:18 PM

yeah i'm in the same boat. I have a 8800gt and i am deciding between both cards. Christmas bonus will tell me which one i get LOL!
September 30, 2008 10:16:15 PM