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Best Card for 1680x1050

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November 4, 2008 3:25:46 AM

Im looking at upgrading my graphics card and was wondering which one would let me max out all settings on any modern games at 1680x1050. Im currently looking at the 4870 1GB, 4870 x2, and 260 216. Was thinking the 4870x2 would be the sure thing and with the ebay cashback i could get it for little under 400 which isn't to bad. Any suggestions or links to deals on any of these cards would be nice, thank you.

My current specs are as followed:

Q6600 @ 3.6Ghz w/Tuniq 120
abit IP35-E mobo
8800GT 512 @700
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Modded Antec 900 case
Corsair 620HX

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November 4, 2008 3:32:55 AM

4870 1 gig, 9800 GX2 or the 260 GTX Old (not the 216, unless you don't like OCing, if thats the case, I wouldn't recommend the 260 GTX at all).

My personally choice 2nd to the 280 would be the 4870 1 gig, a very tasteful card for the price. Personally i think that the 4870 X2 would be over kill for the resolution.

In the end it comes down to the games you most like to play:) 
November 4, 2008 3:47:29 AM

Heck, with a $400 GPU why not get a bigger monitor w/better resolution
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November 4, 2008 4:09:58 AM

If one of the "Modern" games is Crysis, it will still puke on even the best video card out right now, if all the eye candy is turned on.
Other games fair much better. Even the newer Crysis game, as it has been coded better.
I would be nice if they patched the original Crysis with optimized coding.
November 4, 2008 9:57:25 AM

If you don't want to kill your budget a 9800GTX/+ isn't so bad or a GTX 260 which is in the performance range of a 4870.
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November 4, 2008 10:40:27 AM

4870 or gtx260 which ever is cheaper.
November 4, 2008 11:49:44 AM

I want to play ALL games at the highest settings without having to worry. Im wondering which card would be able to do this for me for the cheapest price. Im pretty sure at this point in time from benchmarks I've seen some of these cards can handle crysis at a "playable" frame rate. I could be wrong though..
November 4, 2008 11:57:46 AM

then you want the magical card from Narnia:) .

No card is amazing over all. Both ATI and Nvidia get squashed on certain games. Ati for Crysis, Nvidia for grid, and it goes on.

Crysis cannot be maxout constantly (warhead even) even at 1280x1024 I tested out the 280 GX tri, and I see some 30s here and there.

You can say, you want a video card that can max out most games. Then your answer would be 260 GTX and over. Full AA etc all that eye candy. actually make that the 4850 and Over:) 
November 4, 2008 1:36:40 PM

Yea after looking at more benchmarks maybe crysis is out of reach =P. Hmm im looking for a review of the GTX 260 overclocked to around 700mhz to see its performance compared to the 280. Does anyone know of one?
November 4, 2008 3:07:16 PM

I' heard that the 260 GTX would need a substantial OC to match the 280 GTX. When i tested the cards, for the 260 GTX to come close to the 280 when it was clocked @ OCX speeds, 648 i beleive. It came close, but for shader intense games like Crysis the 280 GTX managed to pull a bit in the lead. But for 200$ to come close and sometimes match at that oC....thats impressive.
November 4, 2008 4:48:22 PM

So when it comes down to it how do you think the 4870 1gb overclocked would do against the 260 216 overclocked? Thanks for the help so far :) 
November 4, 2008 5:11:50 PM

bobbknight said:
If one of the "Modern" games is Crysis, it will still puke on even the best video card out right now, if all the eye candy is turned on.
Other games fair much better. Even the newer Crysis game, as it has been coded better.
I would be nice if they patched the original Crysis with optimized coding.


Actually, at 1680x1050, a $280 9800gx2 is enough for Crysis. Any lesser card, including $420 gtx280, will not be enough though.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=13

For everything else, 4870 is enough at 1680x1050.
November 4, 2008 7:21:43 PM

It does depend on the game, but generally there isnt much performance gain having a 4870X2 over cheaper alternatives.

However, what the 4870X2 does allow is for you to whack on max AA and AF with little or no performance hit.
November 4, 2008 10:18:50 PM

kyron said:
It does depend on the game, but generally there isnt much performance gain having a 4870X2 over cheaper alternatives.

However, what the 4870X2 does allow is for you to whack on max AA and AF with little or no performance hit.


The 4870x2 will give you very real performance gains on heavier games, at a cost, of course. It's the undisputed fastest card on market.
November 5, 2008 9:10:27 AM

Just go and buy the XFX GTX 260 xxx edition. I have this card since July and i am very very satisfied.
Its specs are very similar to GTX 280!
The standard GTX 260 is about the same (little bit more, about 5% faster) with 4870, so you can imagine what fps you have with the xxx edition!

P.S. I have E6850 3GHZ cpu. Will i see difference if i change it with E8600 3,33GHZ? I mean if i will see big difference.

P.S.2 sorry for my poor english
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