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  • 77% (21)
    radeon 4870 1GB
  • 22% (6)
    GTX 260 192 896MB
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post #1 of 60
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i got a choice between a GTX 260 896MB 192 Core card or an ATI/AMD Radeon 4870 1GB card what one would be best for these games, Both are the same price.
my monitor is 1440x900 maximum.


doom 3
BC2
Fear 1 and 2
source games
sims 1, 2 and 3
bioshock
crysis, warhead, wars, crysis 2
lost planet 1
dirt 2 and 3
far cry 2
and possibly BF3 but not sure yet

it will NOT be used in my current system, I'll use it in the following rig


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post #2 of 60
4870 will be able to run BF3 on High with somewhat desirable results. Most if not all of the other games listed will be maxed out, easily.
post #3 of 60
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4870 will be able to run BF3 on High with somewhat desirable results. Most if not all of the other games listed will be maxed out, easily.
okay I'll get the 4870 then thanks
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post #4 of 60
Definitely the 4870. It's a superior card to the GTX260, its closer to a GTX275 in performance.
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post #5 of 60
For those games, the VRAM difference will be rather moot. I'd focus on the GPU itself, and only factor in the small VRAM difference if it's close otherwise.
post #6 of 60
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
Definitely the 4870. It's a superior card to the GTX260, its closer to a GTX275 in performance.
wow? really? i thought it was neck and neck with the 260.


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Originally Posted by Princess Garnet View Post
For those games, the VRAM difference will be rather moot. I'd focus on the GPU itself, and only factor in the small VRAM difference if it's close otherwise.
hmm you think so?
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post #7 of 60
It's closer to a 260.. More vram is always better, unless you have like a 9500gt with 2gigs vram or something.
    
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post #8 of 60
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how are ATi/AMD drivers as of lately? i haven't used ATi in almost 2 years last ones i used gave me constant BSOD in left 4 dead 2

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It's closer to a 260.. More vram is always better, unless you have like a 9500gt with 2gigs vram or something.
ok thats what i was thinking too
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post #9 of 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by daydream99 View Post
It's closer to a 260.. More vram is always better, unless you have like a 9500gt with 2gigs vram or something.
4850 is stronger than a 250. 4870 is stronger than a 260.

The 275 is stronger than a 4870, yes. The 4870 is as far as I know, right in the middle.

It's a solid card. If you get one that overclocks like a beast, you could get stock 285 performance from it (4890).

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how are ATi/AMD drivers as of lately? i haven't used ATi in almost 2 years last ones i used gave me constant BSOD in left 4 dead 2
Drivers are just fine. Personally, I'll always do a fresh format when switching between AMD and Nvidia now. It leaves those pesky driver issues out of the way.
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post #10 of 60
The 4850 is closer to a 260, a 4870 is much more powerful especially with 1gig of ddr5 ram.
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