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ATi Radeon HD 4870 1GB or Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 896MB

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June 16, 2009 7:31:41 PM

As the title says. I'm kind of torn, the ones that I am looking at are these

ATi Radeon HD 4870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nvidia GeForce GTX 260:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Was hoping for some input, looking for the best card of the two. I was thinking the Nvidia because of the Memory clock.

Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance.

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June 16, 2009 7:36:36 PM

There's not enough performance difference to really seperate them for games although the HD4870 has better HD playback if that is importaint.
Get the GTX260: It has a better warranty and BFG offer a 'step up' programme if you live in the US or Canada...GRRRRRR! I'm in the UK!
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June 16, 2009 7:43:13 PM

I have an earlier version of this one:

MSI GTX 260 Core 216 (OC'd to 655Mhz)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The GTX 260 and the 4870 generally trade blows back and forth, depending on which game titles you're playing. So it's sorta 6 to 1, half dozen to another.

The other thing to look at, is what motherboard you have, and if you're at all interesting in doing Crossfire or SLI.
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June 16, 2009 7:52:58 PM

Well, the cooler on that 4870 will keep it cooler and help you to overclock it. The extra RAM on the 4870 will also become more important in the future as games take up more and more RAM. If you play Crysis alot though then you would appreciate the 260 sp 216 a little more ^_^
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June 17, 2009 9:32:26 AM

They perform about the same. If you're Green, the 4870 consumes more watss and puts out more heat.
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June 17, 2009 11:34:01 AM

jerreece said:
The other thing to look at, is what motherboard you have, and if you're at all interesting in doing Crossfire or SLI.

And if it's an X58 board capable of doing both then SLi is faster.
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June 17, 2009 11:35:51 PM

gkay09 said:
1 Reason for going with 4870 1GB --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Nice find. 1GB 4870 for $149 & free shipping, and no rebates. ;)  I love the fact that prices have been falling so much lately. Though you'd have to wait until 6/23/09 when it comes available.