Help 2 choice between these cards...

"nVidia GeForce GTS 240 1024MB"
or
"ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5"

Note: I'm not into gaming at all.

1. I do a lot of Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver Applications video editing etc.
Q:2; I need the honest opinion on what will be my best buy for this type of multitasking?
3. I had two nVidia cards fail on me so I'm already at 75% for the ATI.
Q:4; If I did not like ATI, there is no turning back to nVidia's?

Note 2: I don't need some suggestions for some nVidia 9million series LOL.
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  1. Multitasking is CPU's job, not gpu... :)
    I say u will be better with HD 5870, that card is a monster.
    But u said that u aren't gaming at all, so any cards will do that job(adobe, fireworks, etc.)
  2. It seems strange that the two cards you are debating on are so far apart in power. There are a lot of cards that perform between those two.

    The ATI Radeon HD 5870 card is top of the line. There are no other single GPU gaming solutions out there that beats it's performance.
  3. Alright thanks for the reply wa1! You already noticed how I don't know a lot about computers ha ha. I'm getting one of those "i7-975 processor Extreme Edition" I hope that is the best for multitasking type of stuff.
  4. good question showtime

    nvidia cards have plugins specialy built for photoshop and tend to put out more performance than ati cards

    ati cards are cheaper but cant put out as much persormance

    i honestly would go with the nvidia card and if you want SLI 2 together to get a performance boost
    sorry about the bad nvidia card luck look for better card manufacturers like asus,EVGA,XFX and BFG
  5. With "i7-975 processor Extreme Edition", it would be easy to handle many things(multitasking). Yes, like bystrander said, that cards performances will just like a turtle and a cheetah... :)
    But again, if u aren't gaming at all, i would say get the cheapest, u just wasting your money if u aim HD5870.
  6. wa1 said:
    With "i7-975 processor Extreme Edition", it would be easy to handle many things(multitasking). Yes, like bystrander said, that cards performances will just like a turtle and a cheetah... :)
    But again, if u aren't gaming at all, i would say get the cheapest, u just wasting your money if u aim HD5870.

    you may want to look between and look for a 2xx gts or gtx series card
  7. Yes, 2xx gts or gtx series are good. The OP are not gaming at all... :)
  8. the other option if you are really serious - use it professionally or photoshop enthusiast - and considering around the pricerange of the 5870 why not buy a lower end workstationd card which are designed to run photoshop , multitask etc in windowed, enviromentents.

    cards with nvidia quadro or ati firegl chipset - even with lower memory and clock speed - will probably do a lot more for you than a gaming card. for me, the difference in working on quadro and gaming card are considerable ( especialy in professional 3d environments ) ... they are not as good at games ( but manage )

    nvidia has a page on its site showing how quadro has been designed to work with creative suite 4
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/builtforadobepros.html

    the more expensive quadros fire gls are for realtime 3d modelling like 3dmax and maya, so a lower end one may suit your needs.
  9. Thanks for all the replies guys, I will stick with nVidia because I been using for so long and not so much trust it but I just like it overall over ATI cards. you all have good day lol
  10. showtimeridah said:
    "nVidia GeForce GTS 240 1024MB"
    or
    "ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5"



    Odd comparison, a < $100 card and a $410 card. It's been my understanding however that the 240 was strictly an OEM card. Si, I'd expect, if you are buying the card, you'll be buying a 250 not a 240.

    If it were me,, I'd pick a card within the $85 to $110 categories below.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,2491.html

    Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
    Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

    $50 - HD 4650
    $65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
    $85 - 9600 GT
    $95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
    $110 - GTS 250 512 MB

    $120 - GTS 250 1 GB
    $155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
    $200 - HD 4890
    $240 - 2 x GTS 250
    $310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
    $330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
    $400 - 2 x HD 4890
    $410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
    $465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
    $625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)
  11. JackNaylorPE said:
    Odd comparison, a < $100 card and a $410 card. It's been my understanding however that the 240 was strictly an OEM card. Si, I'd expect, if you are buying the card, you'll be buying a 250 not a 240.

    If it were me,, I'd pick a card within the $85 to $110 categories below.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,2491.html

    Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
    Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

    $50 - HD 4650
    $65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
    $85 - 9600 GT
    $95 - 9800 GT / HD 4830
    $110 - GTS 250 512 MB

    $120 - GTS 250 1 GB
    $155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
    $200 - HD 4890
    $240 - 2 x GTS 250
    $310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
    $330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
    $400 - 2 x HD 4890
    $410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
    $465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
    $625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)

    Here you go Jack I fixed it for you, put the 9800GT where it belongs.
  12. hey I was watching this video on the ATI card and he said you have to pay a royalty use the HDMI is that true? something about only has audio out. I would actually have to pay to use it?
  13. NO! Every body that installs it on there devices has to pay it, not the consumer that buys the product.
  14. the 9600 GSO is a nice card too
    more stream processors than the 9600 GT but lower specs
    you can always overclock it
  15. showtimeridah said:
    Alright thanks for the reply wa1! You already noticed how I don't know a lot about computers ha ha. I'm getting one of those "i7-975 processor Extreme Edition" I hope that is the best for multitasking type of stuff.


    i7 975s cost $1000 right? I suggest you get a i7 920, and overclock it for now. Then get the 6 core i7 980s when they come out.
  16. anyone know a estimate when this new line ups of those will be out?
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