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Vapor-X 4890 vs GTX 275.

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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 8:51:33 AM

Building a new high end rig but I want to hold off on the new card line up coming out from both ATI and Nvidia so I will get a lower end card to hold me over until 1)new cards are out and 2)price drops a little on them.

I am using a EVGA classified motherboard in the build which means I can't crossfire but since this is only a tie over card that doesn't really matter at the moment as I will only use one.

Now I can get a Vapor-X HD 4890 1GB for around $200 which is a bit cheaper then the 275 1.7 GB model and as far as I see from reviews and from word of mouth the cards trade off on who is better depending on the game you are playing and at what res.

As a side note I am an nvidia fanboy but I personally find nothing wrong with ATI, they offer good cards at cheaper prices (though they usually perform a bit less).

I am looking at having this card for about 5 months.

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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 8:56:23 AM

Well while not exactly a Fan boy i personally prefer AMD/ATI cards, While the 275 is probably the best bang for buck card out there at the moment I would suggest putting the 4890 in the machine as its only for 5 months and that way you can see what you think to what they are offering at the minuite. You never know it might help you choose when the new cards come out.

Mactronix
a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 9:01:38 AM

yeah I was thinking the same thing as I am leaning towards the ATI 5000 cards when they come out. Even though no info has been released about them I already know they will likely be cheaper and drop in price faster. Also I loved what they did with the 4000 line up.

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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 9:10:35 AM

There is a lot of speculation about concerning how good these cards may be and i think everyone is impatient to see what they are actually capable of.

Oh and by the way welcome to the forums
Mactronix :) 
August 11, 2009 2:56:26 PM

If you do decide on an ATI 4890 card, I would suggest you get this one from XFX. Since it will have a better resell value, specially with there Double Lifetime Warranty they have on there top end cards, compared to the 2yr (Parts/Labor) warranty Sapphire has on the VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD.

XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 3:17:42 PM

Thanks. I had looked at them but I really like the Vapor-X cooler and I am not reselling, when I get the next card this one will be moving or to my girlfriend's computer. (I am building her a new mid range computer because her imac is dying.)

I really wish they had a life time on the Vapor-X though, it rather sucks compared to other companies such as XFX and EVGA. Also been told by a few people their customer service isn't all that great as well.
a c 130 U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 3:43:06 PM

Be careful with those warranties, last i looked the XFX double lifetime warranty is only valid in certain parts of the world, North america i think.

Mactronix
a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 5:18:36 PM

mactronix said:
Be careful with those warranties, last i looked the XFX double lifetime warranty is only valid in certain parts of the world, North america i think.

Mactronix


That is not true, I have a buddy in Japan that only buys XFX (Ati) or BFG (Nvidia) and he has never had an issue with the warranty (RMA)....

With XFX you can sell the card to someone else and the card is still covered....

IMO as far as Ati goes XFX is on Top regardless of what other Sapphire and HIS fanboys say.....

The reviews speak for themselves.......
a c 130 U Graphics card
August 12, 2009 7:05:46 AM

OvrClkr said:
That is not true, I have a buddy in Japan that only buys XFX (Ati) or BFG (Nvidia) and he has never had an issue with the warranty (RMA)....

With XFX you can sell the card to someone else and the card is still covered....

IMO as far as Ati goes XFX is on Top regardless of what other Sapphire and HIS fanboys say.....

The reviews speak for themselves.......


Only repeating what i see on the site http://www.xfxforce.com/en-us/Features/DoubleLifetimeWa...
The important bit as far as this discusion goes is this bit.

*Double Lifetime Protection only available in North America (United

States and Canada). See XFX Support section for more details on the

Limited Warranty for XFX-branded products in North America.

Mactronix
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2009 2:29:07 PM

Well this is common sense, if you buy the card from XFX (North America) of course the warranty will only cover "North America".... Once you purchase an XFX card off seas you get the exact same warranty for that region....
a c 130 U Graphics card
August 12, 2009 3:50:23 PM

No thats not what its saying at all its not a regional page its the international site. If its not bought in N/America/canada its not covered.

Mactronix
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2009 4:19:23 PM

Mactronix, maybe I didnt explain myself correctly on my last post. Here in North America we automatically get a lifetime warranty with XFX. In Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, Russia, etc.... You get a 1-2 or 3 year warranty depending on the region and you can always upgrade to lifetime warranty for an additional fee, just like EVGA does here in the states and overseas..... I apologize for not being clear on my last posts....
August 12, 2009 6:16:14 PM

You know i'd say the 4890 because all the pc's ive had were ATI cards and i get outstanding performance besides ATI will make a better card then NVIDIA anyday.... i hope...
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2009 7:18:25 PM

I think I will go with the ATI simply because I can get a good overclock out of that Vapor-X cooler and I don't want to support nvidia until they learn to lower their prices when there is something just as good for far cheaper.
August 12, 2009 9:06:52 PM

The 4890 is actually the best bang for the buck, several sites have proven this performance/price ratio. The 275 can sometimes be more powerful, depending on OC levels. While many sites OC the 4890 and show improved results, they usually do not crank it anywhere near its potential (1 Ghz core or as close as you can get). However the 275 is more expensive.

The vapor-x cooler is quite nice from the reviews i have read on this card, i was just looking at it for purchase too actually. Its a lot quieter than a 4870 at high fan speeds and runs cooler as well. If my 4870 didn't already play every game i throw at it with excellent performance i'd probably convince myself to get the vapor-x or similar 4890.
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2009 9:22:07 PM

Yes after rethinking on it I can't see a reason to go with the 275 at all. The price is higher, it doesn't overclock quiet as well, and it doesn't cool as well.

It is to bad I am limited to only one card or less I would get two 4870 Vapor-X. However with the EVGA motherboard I can't crossfire.....crap.

What I really wish I could get my hands on is a Atomic 4890 which are clocked at a 1 GHz.
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2009 9:33:47 PM

I have compared them but I prefer the cooler on the vapor and while I like XFX as a company and warranty better I have kind of settled on the vapor for the cooler and the overall look and since I am putting this in my girlfriends computer once I move on the cooler look of this card will be nice for her.
a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2009 1:13:10 AM

I found the Vapor-X even cheaper. $169 from amazon which means no taxes as well. No way I am passing it up.

Thanks for everyone's input.
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