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260gtx or ati 4870 both selling for $200

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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 1:46:58 PM

Hi guys
please help me decide I can get 4870 or 260gtx, they are same price so its a hard pick lol.

Sapphire 4870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 260gtx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tell me what one offers better value! :) 
December 11, 2008 1:53:21 PM

What chipset are you using? Unless you have an nVidia board, get the Radeon.
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 1:54:59 PM

They perform very similarly, but have ups and downs in different games. You may want to check the benchmarks for the games you play the most often.

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a c 105 U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 1:56:04 PM

smithereen said:
What chipset are you using? Unless you have an nVidia board, get the Radeon.





LAME, REALLY LAME.
December 11, 2008 2:20:12 PM

What I hope smithereen was trying to say is that unless you're getting an X58 or Skulltrail motherboard, you cannot run an SLI setup outside of nvidia chipset motherboards.

I think you can still use a second card for Physx though.

a c 196 U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 2:45:30 PM

+1 @huron for unambiguous advice. If you cannot decide based on game benchmarks (too close or different one favored for different games), consider also noise and power consumption.
December 11, 2008 3:09:36 PM

Unless $200.00 is your maximun limit you should consider the 4870 1gb
or the 260 216 core. Either card at Egg @ $229.00 after rebates.
December 11, 2008 3:48:20 PM

It all depends on the games you play really. There are a few articles out there on 260 GTX vs. 4870 1GB. Here is one: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-h...

I went with the EVGA GTX 260 216Core Superclocked card based on the games I played COD4, COD:WaW, Crysis (even though 48701GB 8.12 did have higher fps), Farcry 2 and Fallout 3 just to name a few. Also The GTX 260 drew less power than the 4870 during idle and load times, a little less noisy and did not run as hot.

Either way both cards will do you well this really was a hard decision to make for me but just a word from the wise. I would stay clear of MSI, their support sucks a donkey. I haven't had a problem ever with my last EVGA card or support from them as well as you have a 90-day trade in with EVGA if they release a newer card and you want it over the GTX 260. Hope this helps.
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 3:58:27 PM

my system is

asus p5q se p45 mobo
q6600@3.4ghz
4gb gskill ddr2 800 @954mhz ram
2x 500gb hd
700w silverstone striker series power supply
antec 12k
rezortherm nirvana cpu cooler
22" lcd

long story making short my 4850 died (note to self: dont mess with card voltages) and I was looking at replacement, for me the $200 is a sweet spot. When my 4850 was working I was playing gta4, css, far cry2, cod4, fallout 3. I'm playing on 22" 1680x1050

I'm not fanboy of any soft, my ati card was a champion until I didn't break it, so you think the 4870 1gb edition is worth it on 22"? Currently my fav game is gta 4 and the viewing distance eats a lot of memory so the 1gig would help right?

as of right now I'm leaning more towards 4870 than 260gtx.....
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 4:16:04 PM

Thank you dunar for the link
I have to tell the extra $50 you have to spend on 1gig 4870 does not justify the small fps increase :p 

December 11, 2008 4:19:22 PM

There is only one solution at this point ......quit leaning and pull the trigger.
LOL
a c 105 U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 4:35:47 PM

alvine said:
Thank you dunar for the link
I have to tell the extra $50 you have to spend on 1gig 4870 does not justify the small fps increase :p 


I have to confess that the 4870 isn't my choice. But having said that, the 1gig of memory may only give you a few extra fps but having it also means that you can probably turn on the goodies and not have the card tank like it's 512 counter part.


woohoo..........900th post.
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