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4870 1gb vs gtx260

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August 30, 2009 9:44:42 AM

i've read a bunch of reviews comparing the two and the performance seems about equal. the prices are within 20 dollars of eachother also.

i will have an i7 machine with 2 montiors, both at 1920x1200 or 1920x1080, but when gaming one would just have my desktop and the other would have the game.

will that give an advantage to the 4870 because of its extra memory?

and also, how do the noise levels and heat levels compare for both of them? with such a small performance gap, i'd probably just go for the cooler quieter one, assuming both performed equally for my needs.

any thoughts?

thanks

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August 30, 2009 9:57:29 AM

They'll be pretty close in most cases. I'd lean towards the 4870, but you'd be happy with either one, honestly.
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August 30, 2009 10:10:43 AM

Gtx260 is slightly faster but you wont notice a difference and 4870 is quite cheaper. pick 4870, it also supports dx10.1. 4870 will match your expectations.
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August 30, 2009 10:46:31 AM

alright cool.

what brands do you think make the best 4870's? i've seen these on newegg and they all look good

XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWERCOLOR AX4870 1GBD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H487FN1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-487A-ZHDC Radeon HD 4870 1GB XXX 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ 4+ Turbo Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DIAMOND 4870PE51GDS Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

sorry for listing so many. those are the ones that seem in my price range. i may look around to see if they are cheaper other places, but they probably won't be and i'll end up getting them off of.

do these have noticable differences in performance or noise or heat? if not, should i just go for the cheapest?

thanks.
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August 30, 2009 12:44:40 PM

The brands I reccomend are XFX, ASUS and Sapphire. I have a GTX 260 and I am very pleased with it. It is quiet, I can not hear it over the rest of my relatively quite pc. I have not tested GPU temperature, however always assumed that the Nvidia GTX range are cooler than ATI however this more an assumption. The performance difference is marginal, however the GTX 260 performs better slightly, most likely not even noticeable. Whatever you choose the GTX 260 or 4870 won't dissastisfy you they are both competent cards in today's games. Hope this helped :) 
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