4 different video cards, same price, which is the best?

All these prices are from NewEgg (3/12/09 4:00PM EST)....

EVGA GeForce GTS 250 Superclocked Edition 1GB - $170 ($160 after $10 MIR)

EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB Core 192 - $180 ($160 after $20 MIR)

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 1GB - $162

POWERCOLOR Radeon HD 4870 512MB - $170 ($155 after $15 MIR)

Which is the best bang for the buck?
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  1. either the 4870 or the 260...u pick...
  2. Of those? The GTX 260/Radeon 4870. Of course you should really just suck up the extra $20 and get a GTX 260 Core 216 or a Radeon 4870 1GB.
  3. Quick answer .... tie between gtx260 and 4870.

    But you should state what games you play and what is the res of your monitor then we could give a much better answer for you and your needs. Also tell us what psu you have in your rig.
  4. yea thats a good point....

    games i would play: crysis/crysis warhead, half-life 2, guild wars, and prolly some RTSs

    my monitor resolution is 1440x900.
  5. scrumhalf said:
    Of those? The GTX 260/Radeon 4870. Of course you should really just suck up the extra $20 and get a GTX 260 Core 216 or a Radeon 4870 1GB.


    so i do decide to spend the extra $20 (cause ur right its not a big deal) which of the cards is better?
  6. HD4870 1GB
  7. it seems like most of you are saying that the 260 and the 4870, so as scrumhalf suggested i think im gonna spend the extra $20-30 to get one of these....

    POWERCOLOR Radeon HD 4870 1GB - $215 ($195 after $20 MIR)

    or

    EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB - $215 ($195 after $20 MIR)

    Which is the better of the two?
  8. It's a matter of brand preference i prefer nvidia I've had 3 bad experiences with ATI
  9. Tough call I love EVGA personally, if they made ATI cards I'd most likely go insane trying to make this choice lol. But I've had a few EVGA cards and if anything happens their support is the best (just make sure you register your product when you buy it)

    The 4870 1GB is by no means a bad card though.

    So it really comes down to the card that performs the best in the games you play and the support from the company you purchase the card from. Also if you do plan on SLI/Xfire in the future making sure your Mobo is compatible. So look up some charts with the 1GB 4870 and the GTX 260 core 216.

    Also a note on the GTX 260 to make sure you pick the best possible one:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-radeon,2151.html
    3rd Paragraph in the "January Review and February Updates:"
  10. At 1440x1900, the 4850 is all you need. Maybe the nvidia 250, but either should do the job. Sapphire is good, fair on customer service, I'd avoid powercolor though.
  11. The HD 4870 1GB offers only a small increment of additional performance compared to the regular 512MB version including at 1920 x 1200. If spending the extra cash for an additional 1 - 3 extra FPS on average is enough then go for it.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-hd4870-1024_11.html
  12. if you ever plan on connecting the PC to a receiver and want 5.1 or 7.1 uncompressed audio (LPCM), ATI is your only choice
  13. As stated above, EVGA has the best warranty and support. As far as the games you listed, it will look like this:
    Crysis/Crysis Warhead - GTX 260 wins (Although I've seen benchmarks to the contrary, most of the time the 260 comes out on topSee here
    Half-Life 2/anything else on Source engine - 4870 wins (2nd graph
    Guild Wars/RTS - Can't find benchmarks on Guild Wars/most RTSs, but it will be a pretty even draw.
    (Not sure if it's an RTS, but here's some benchies on Brothers in Arms here)

    The EVGA GTX 260's pass audio through HDMI via internal SPDIF as well.

    Most of those benchmarks are for 1680x1050, so at 1440x900 you'll see a bit of a jump. And of course *disclaimer* your mileage will vary depending on the rest of your system.
  14. this is my system....

    AMD PII 940
    4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066
    ASUS 790GX Motherboard
    19" 1440x900 Monitor
    Windows XP Pro 32-Bit

    let me know if the is information helps
  15. You didn't mention this-
    Are there differences between the cards with respect to the output connectors or any other feature? These kinds of things might be important to some people, not important to others.

    I've noticed in reading the reviews on newegg that some brands get better reviews than others. In particular MSI seemed to uniformly get better reviews than the other brands. This might give you some more input to consider.
  16. go for 4870

    i have it i love it

    also u have 790GX whick is crossfire ready if u planning to buy second card
  17. +1 on wake4x4paint.

    Your board is setup to handle crossfire so why limit yourself on future upgrades by buying the 260. This way if you get the 4870, you can wait another month or two and purchase another 4870 when the prices drop again after the new cards coming out most likely in April.
  18. +1 for what croc said, you don't need a 4870 or the 260 the res you game at the 4850 is enough
  19. rangers said:
    +1 for what croc said, you don't need a 4870 or the 260 the res you game at the 4850 is enough


    Yes I use that resolution and card (4850) but i still recommend the 4870. I can max out most everything but he's gonna be MUCH happier with the 4870. The 512mb version should be good enough for you man, just look for a good deal/price drop before you buy. Don't pay more than $150 USD for one.
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