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Gts 250 or hd 5770

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June 27, 2010 6:54:25 PM

which card is better gts 250 or hd 5770 and will best suit my system.
system specs are
cpu intel e6500
mobo: dg41rq
ram: 3gb ddr2
PSu : 460 watt
monitor: 19 inch crt
i want the card to be future proof for at least 2 yrs and best price to performance ratio. the prices of cards here in Pakistan are GTS 250 for 160$ and HD 5770 for 205 $.
please also clarify the advantages of CUDA and Physx technology that nvidia cards have.
there is no budget constraint

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June 27, 2010 7:39:27 PM

I had the same debate, between the GTS250 and HD 5770.

Well for starters the 5770 supports DX 11, is less power hungry and from what I have heard is less hot. It also has 1 GB of GDDR5 memory as opposed to the 250's 1 GB of GDDR3 and higher core and memory clock speeds.

But, the 250 has some advantages, like a 256 bit memory bus type where as the 5770 has a 128 bit bus type and slightly higher texture fill rate.

As for PhysX, I believe that depends on the game. If the game you want to play utilizes PhysX, then that is a consideration. Here is the article on wikipedia with a list of games that support PhysX


Here is a comparison of the two GPUs on GPU review: 5770 vs 250

By me the prices are almost the same... just a few dollars more expensive. I got a 5770 in the end and I am satisfied with it :) 

In terms of games... I am able to play Bad Company 2 smoothly on high settings at my 22" monitors native resolution of 1680 X 1050 and it looks great.
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June 27, 2010 8:37:00 PM

HD5770
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June 27, 2010 8:41:17 PM

i would also agree the 5770, if you need to save some cash then the 250 or the 4850 have there place but the 5770 shines and brightly

as for physx i personally am a fan, but one 250gts could only handle low resolutions while physx is enabled so go with the 5770
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June 27, 2010 8:55:22 PM

This is not even a comparison.

The 5770 performs equal to the 4870 or GTX260.

The GTS250 is a rebranded GTS250/9800GTX+ (with the same performance), and performs equal to a 4850 or 5750.

5770 ~ 4870 ~ GTX260 > GTS250 ~ 4850 ~ 5750
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June 27, 2010 9:13:36 PM

faune said:
I had the same debate, between the GTS250 and HD 5770.

Well for starters the 5770 supports DX 11, is less power hungry and from what I have heard is less hot. It also has 1 GB of GDDR5 memory as opposed to the 250's 1 GB of GDDR3 and higher core and memory clock speeds.

But, the 250 has some advantages, like a 256 bit memory bus type where as the 5770 has a 128 bit bus type and slightly higher texture fill rate.

As for PhysX, I believe that depends on the game. If the game you want to play utilizes PhysX, then that is a consideration. Here is the article on wikipedia with a list of games that support PhysX


Here is a comparison of the two GPUs on GPU review: 5770 vs 250

By me the prices are almost the same... just a few dollars more expensive. I got a 5770 in the end and I am satisfied with it :) 

In terms of games... I am able to play Bad Company 2 smoothly on high settings at my 22" monitors native resolution of 1680 X 1050 and it looks great.


One cannot compare the clock speeds of two different models of cards, never mind from two different companies. Each architecture goes about its job differently, and perform different amounts of work per clock cycle. Case in point: a 5830 has 800mhz clock speed from the factory, but a 5850 only has 725mhz. There is absolutely no doubt that the 5850 is a much stronger card than a 5830.

As for memory bus, again, it is a specification that in itself does not define the abilities of the card in question. a 3870 had a 256bit bus, therefore it will be a superior card to a 5770 which "only" has 128bit bus? No. Again, each architecture does its business its own way.

I believe you provided a list of games that utilize PhysX as a programming tool, and that is different from games that use hardware accelerated PhysX as supported by nvidia cards. A great example is that there are many games that use PhysX code on the PS3 and xbox 360, yet neither of those consoles has a dedicated physX card, and one doesn't even us an Nvidia GPU (the 360). The list of games that actually support PhysX as we know it when talking about Nvidia card accelerated special effects is actually a LOT shorter.
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June 27, 2010 11:09:29 PM

JofaMang said:
One cannot compare the clock speeds of two different models of cards, never mind from two different companies. Each architecture goes about its job differently, and perform different amounts of work per clock cycle. Case in point: a 5830 has 800mhz clock speed from the factory, but a 5850 only has 725mhz. There is absolutely no doubt that the 5850 is a much stronger card than a 5830.

As for memory bus, again, it is a specification that in itself does not define the abilities of the card in question. a 3870 had a 256bit bus, therefore it will be a superior card to a 5770 which "only" has 128bit bus? No. Again, each architecture does its business its own way.

I believe you provided a list of games that utilize PhysX as a programming tool, and that is different from games that use hardware accelerated PhysX as supported by nvidia cards. A great example is that there are many games that use PhysX code on the PS3 and xbox 360, yet neither of those consoles has a dedicated physX card, and one doesn't even us an Nvidia GPU (the 360). The list of games that actually support PhysX as we know it when talking about Nvidia card accelerated special effects is actually a LOT shorter.



I wasn't saying that the memory bus defines the abilities of the card. And I wasn't trying to compare, rather I was trying to point out the different strong points of each card. that said we all know that the 5770 is the better card between the two of them.
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