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The HD3870 is slower than the 9600GT when any sort of AA/AF or decent resolutions are used. If you're looking to buy a card to play COD4 at 1024x768 with 0xAA/AF, by all means, get the HD3870.

http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/...gt/page17.html

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/129..._af/index.html
Make sure you read the text, don't just look at the graphs

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As can be seen clearly, STALKER and Age of Empires III are the exceptions: the only games for which the GeForce 9600 GT managed to edge the HD 3870. In all the other cases, the HD 3870 was fairly clearly ahead of its rival, with spreads of 13 to 15% with Call of Duty 4 and World In Conflict, and smaller ones with Unreal Tournament 3 and Supreme Commander.
    
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The HD3870 is slower than the 9600GT when any sort of AA/AF or decent resolutions are used. If you're looking to buy a card to play COD4 at 1024x768 with 0xAA/AF, by all means, get the HD3870.

http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/...gt/page17.html

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/129..._af/index.html
and COD4 at 1024*768!?!, u clearly have not owned a 3870 and ure talking crap about it. fanboi much?
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A lot of the reviews I see are conflicting, some say 9600gt is better (with AA/AF) while others say they aren't.

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A lot of the reviews I see are conflicting, some say 9600gt is better (with AA/AF) while others say they aren't.

translates into:
Some are biased against ati and others arent
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Some are biased against ati and others arent
Haha
Sadly thats probably true.

( I like to give people the benefit of a doubt )
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Some are biased against ati and others arent
Yea, nVidia likes to throw the cash around

I mean, I'm sure ATi is the same, its just they don't have a lot of cash to throw around


I always tend to trust Tom's Hardware for reviews, whether I like the results or not, they usually have the best testing methods.
    
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Make sure you read the text, don't just look at the graphs
You do the same. Only with no AA/AF does the HD3870 beat out the 9600GT.

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and COD4 at 1024*768!?!, u clearly have not owned a 3870 and ure talking crap about it. fanboi much?
No, I have not owned an HD3870. That doesn't mean I'm not right. The 9600GT handles AA/AF better than the HD3870 does. It is faster when AA/AF are used. These are not opinions, they are fact, that have been reiterated in countless reviews.


Just because someone proves you wrong doesn't give you reason to call them a fanboy.
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You do the same. Only with no AA/AF does the HD3870 beat out the 9600GT.



No, I have not owned an HD3870. That doesn't mean I'm not right. The 9600GT handles AA/AF better than the HD3870 does. It is faster when AA/AF are used. These are not opinions, they are fact, that have been reiterated in countless reviews.


Just because someone proves you wrong doesn't give you reason to call them a fanboy.
wat do u mean prove me wrong... COD4 at 1024*768.. wow. ure very under exaggerating the 3870's power. And also, if u have been in the computer area long enough, u would know by now that quite a few hardware review sites are biased against ATI.
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post #39 of 42
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wat do u mean prove me wrong... COD4 at 1024*768.. wow. ure very under exaggerating the 3870's power. And also, if u have been in the computer area long enough, u would know by now that quite a few hardware review sites are biased against ATI.
I'm not saying that COD4 at 1024x768 is all that the HD3870 can handle - far from it. It's a very capable card. HOWEVER, that sort of situation is when the HD3870 outperforms the 9600GT. Crank up the quality, and the 9600GT pulls ahead.


And yes, some sites are paid off. But I've yet to see a site that didn't give the "9600GT is better when AA is used" conclusion.
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Regardless, as links pointed out early in this thread, the 8800GT is available for less than $200 and there is no dispute that it is faster than a 3870 or a 9600GT. I can't really see the benefit of the 9600GT unless it becomes much cheaper while the 3870 would only be beneficial if you are planning crossfire on an intel board.
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