My 4850 died and although I just sent it in yesterday i've been thinking about getting a new card. A lot of the games I have say nvidia beforehand and i was thinking about trying out a GTX 280. because I have an AMD processor, is it better to get a 4870? or should i just wait a month till I get it back and keep the 4850?
I have an AMD Phenom x4 9850 processor.
^ The statement above is false. Ati cards dont work better on amd cpu's. An amd and intel equivalent processor would give you the same result. I bet you a amd phenom 2 x4 and a 4870 would get beat buy a i7 with a 4870. (only because there in a different performance level)
So if both companies cpu's are in the same class you would gain the same results. No special treatment with amd/ati.
google ati fusion gpcpu hybrid its using amd an ati tech
I believe all there doing is building a gpu and cpu built on one chip. There only able to fuse low end gpu onto the cpu. Not sure how much the performance would change then having a discrete standalone card.