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3 different options of graphic card setup - which one?

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Which option?!

Total: 21 votes (3 blank votes)

  • EVGA GTX 260 core 216 Superclocked SLI
  • 12 %
  • XFX Radeon HD 4890 1 GB Crossfire
  • 56 %
  • Sparkle GTX 275 SLI
  • 17 %
  • Another option - post please
  • 17 %
August 8, 2009 12:43:50 PM

First off, I'll be running Vista 64 bit on a 21.5'' screen (at 1920 x 1080 resolution),
with an i7-920 @ 3.6 ghz (probably a bit higher, not sure), with 6 gb of 1600 mhz DDR3 memory (G.Skill).
My motherboard'll be Asus P6T LGA 1366 (not the deluxe v2..).

My uses will be mostly gaming (fallout 3, far cry 2, crysis/warhead, sims 3, world of warcraft, oblivion, and planning to play starcraft 2 and diablo 3 when they come out), browsing and watching movies. (and work of course, but mostly just MS Office stuff... which doesn't really matter anyways)

I'm looking at the following three options and buying two of each to set up CF or SLI (whichever one it is):

EVGA GTX 260 core 216 Superclocked 896 mb, SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Radeon HD 4890 1gb, CF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sparkle GTX 275 896 mb, SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As you can probably tell by now, my price range for graphics card setup is max 400 dollars, which is why I didn't
choose other brand named GTX 275 - sparkle was the only one I could find below 400 for buying two.

Considering the games I play and the other computer components I'll have, which option do you think will be the best?

Also, I'll play crysis but it'll only be for the sake of playing the "best graphics game"... crysis will not be my main thing,
so might as well not consider how well the cards will do in crysis. My main focus will be world of warcraft, fallout 3 and upcoming games...

Edit: Also, I'm planning to OC the cards, regardless of which option... but probably not by a lot since I don't have an after market cooler on them and I'm using two.
August 8, 2009 12:51:13 PM

just a single 4890, then get a 5870 when it comes out late September.
August 8, 2009 12:52:53 PM

Forgot to post this in main thread; please do not talk about upgrading later. I have to buy the cards basically now (within 2 weeks) for personal reasons. Please suggest in terms of the market now please..
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August 8, 2009 1:01:17 PM

it's very bad timing then, oh well, get the 2 4890's as they'll beat the others.
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 2:11:01 PM

I would go with the 275's.
a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 2:15:19 PM

I personally would save money and go with the 2 gtx260 sli which honestly is plenty at 1920x1080.

If you most have the "BEST" performance i would go with the gtx 275 sli.
August 8, 2009 2:16:47 PM

Even if the GTx 275 is sparkle, it would be better than the other two options?
a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 2:20:06 PM

Yes it will be roughly 5% away from 4890 cf and around 10%-15% away from gtx260 sli
August 8, 2009 5:44:29 PM

invisik said:
Yes it will be roughly 5% away from 4890 cf and around 10%-15% away from gtx260 sli


actually that's not possible, since 2x 4890's in CF = 2x GTX 285's, and that was before 9.6 drivers came out, and 9.6 increased CF performance in games by upto 13%.
a c 186 U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 5:53:34 PM

Get the XFX HD4890 cards, they have the better warranty and and customer support.
Also, check the motherboard very carefully, make sure the cards are well seperated or the top card can overheat (or you need to turn the fan up and this class of card is not known for its whisper quiet coolers).
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 6:00:42 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
actually that's not possible, since 2x 4890's in CF = 2x GTX 285's, and that was before 9.6 drivers came out, and 9.6 increased CF performance in games by upto 13%.

Got any links?, I haven't any articles showing that so it would be a good read.
a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 8:44:04 PM

4890 slightly slower then a gtx275. When i mean slightly like 1-3 fps. I could be wrong if you have links it would be helpful.
August 9, 2009 1:49:32 AM

I think asus p6t non deluxe makes it so you can place cards a bit apart from them.. but not hundred percent sure. However, I use noise-cancelling headphones when I'm gaming so I don't mind some noise, unless its like an airplane taking off scale of noise.
I think I'm leaning towards the XFX 4890... not sure if XFX/PNY 275 is worth the extra bucks.
August 9, 2009 2:27:25 AM

One single HD 4890 should be more than enough.
August 9, 2009 2:28:40 AM

I'd rather prefer a consistent 50+ on most games on full settings though, which I dont think 4890 is capable of handling.
August 9, 2009 2:42:52 AM

Hmm, can I just say "just try?"

no harm done, and if it doesn't play well, you could always lower the settings or buy another HD 4890. 1980 is a bit excessive for a 21.5" monitor, don't ya think?
August 9, 2009 4:17:47 AM

1080p is the native resolution of the monitor.. I wouldn't want to lower it... I think I'm going to go with CF 4890
August 9, 2009 4:54:20 AM

if you plan on playing crysis, warhead or farcry much, I would recommend the GTX 275 SLI setup. Apparantly these games prefer NVIDA. personaly, I couldn't wait for the next gen to come, I would buy now because you dont know the performance increase/prices/price yet so its not worth waiting for something you dont know about (personal opinion)

eirther case forget the GTX 260 setup, choose the 4890 or the 275 :) 
happy gaming
August 9, 2009 5:20:37 AM

http://xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gtx285sli-hd... - 2xHD4890 in Crossfire VS 2xGTX285 in SLI for those that wanted benchmarks and a good read, could't find benchs against GTX275 SLI but i think this is enough to give an idea, also they were using Catalyst 9.4.
I say go with 2xHD4890 in Crossfire too.
August 9, 2009 5:21:05 AM

Mousemonkey said:
Got any links?, I haven't any articles showing that so it would be a good read.

agree, what I heard was the other way round!
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 9, 2009 7:02:06 AM

DarkMantle said:
Sorry, i don't see any Crossfire VS SLI reference on that benchmark. Also they don't mention what driver version they are using and like many reader said they used a stock 4890 for those Tom's benchmarks.

What's wrong with using a stock 4890?, don't you like a level playing field?
August 9, 2009 7:07:22 AM

da_park91 said:
1080p is the native resolution of the monitor.. I wouldn't want to lower it... I think I'm going to go with CF 4890


It should still be alright/great. My 21.6" can only run at 1680, but the results are still stunning.
August 9, 2009 7:48:39 AM

Mousemonkey said:
What's wrong with using a stock 4890?, don't you like a level playing field?


Well i do and thats the point, the BFG GTX275 that won most against the HD4890 stock is slightly overclocked in that roundup Meewog posted, other than that if you take into account that most of the latest Graphic card roundups in Tom's uses The Last Remnant, a game that Ati obviously have problems with. Both cards in single setup are pretty similar. in Sli or Crossfire? not sure which setup is better, but even then it wouldn't be by much.
I guess it all depends on the budget, da_park91 said he doesn't want to spend more than 400 bucks on both graphics cards, and that will leave you with just a couple of brand choices for the GTX275 sli setup, for the HD4890 Crossfire setup, you have more brand choices and even some factory OCed.

If it was my choice i would rather go with a single HD4890 till the DX11 cards comes around and some prices drop, then i would buy the other HD4890 or wait and see how much better the next generation is.
a c 271 U Graphics card
August 9, 2009 11:19:10 AM

DarkMantle said:
Well i do and thats the point, the BFG GTX275 that won most against the HD4890 stock is slightly overclocked in that roundup Meewog posted, other than that if you take into account that most of the latest Graphic card roundups in Tom's uses The Last Remnant, a game that Ati obviously have problems with. Both cards in single setup are pretty similar. in Sli or Crossfire? not sure which setup is better, but even then it wouldn't be by much.
I guess it all depends on the budget, da_park91 said he doesn't want to spend more than 400 bucks on both graphics cards, and that will leave you with just a couple of brand choices for the GTX275 sli setup, for the HD4890 Crossfire setup, you have more brand choices and even some factory OCed.

If it was my choice i would rather go with a single HD4890 till the DX11 cards comes around and some prices drop, then i would buy the other HD4890 or wait and see how much better the next generation is.

Fair enough, I too take exception to stock cards being reviewed alongside over clocked cards which is why I asked.

I would still go for the 275's if it were me though ;) 
August 9, 2009 11:38:45 AM

I'll see what happens to the prices within the next two weeks... I think if the prices of a 275 with a good brand name (i.e. XFX) goes down to 200, I'll go for the 275s. If not, I'll stick with the 4890s.
August 9, 2009 7:59:44 PM

4890 good price good quality
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