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I'm going to RMA the card in my sig (bought it a day before everything came out) And I want to get another card. I may be able to afford another 100, so my price range is 300. So far, the 260 and 4870 are the exact same price. I can't find many review sites that have 4870 results, and the ones that do don't use the new 260 drivers, which are supposed to improve performance. What do you think is the better card? I want to go for the 260s 896mb of RAM, because I do some CAD stuff and I feel like it would be better, but all the reviews show the 4870 to be the better card, even though it has a much smaller bus and memory capacity. Which is the better buy?
    
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I just got my 4870 and am getting another next week. Its a awesome card and costs a lot less then the GTX
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uhh...GTX 280?
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Can't go wrong with either at that price.
I favor the 4870, driver support for ATI has been spot on lately.
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Where have you seen the GTX260 for $300?

I know there are price decreases coming but I haven't seen them yet.

The recent Tom's Hardware review compares them thoroughly.

Their recommendation is the HD4870 as is mine.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...4870,1964.html

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The summary:

"For once, our assessment of this Radeon HD 4870 will be simple: It’s an excellent high-end graphics card! With the same architecture and most of the strong points of the Radeon HD 4850, it’s in a higher category performance- and price-wise. The bottom line: Though it’s faster by an average of 6% (and in the majority of our tests) than the GeForce GTX 260, it sells for $299 – $150 less than the competing Nvidiahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia card! Even the top-end card from Nvidia, the GeForce GTXhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore-Tex 280 – souped up with more transistors, twice as much memory and higher clock speeds – is not that far ahead. It showed only 13% better performance than the Radeon HD 4870, though it costs twice as much."
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Yeah but the point is they're both the same price. That 256mb bus and 512 RAM really scares me though. Has anyone seen benches with the new 260 drivers? I think thats the best way to compare the two.
    
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Where have you seen the GTX260 for $300?

I know there are price decreases coming but I haven't seen them yet.

The recent Tom's Hardware review compares them thoroughly.

Their recommendation is the HD4870 as is mine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127361

I couldn't believe it either.

And yeah, I respect tomshardware but I hate their GTX 260 review (nothing lower than 1920 x 1200).
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
Where have you seen the GTX260 for $300?

I know there are price decreases coming but I haven't seen them yet.

The recent Tom's Hardware review compares them thoroughly.

Their recommendation is the HD4870 as is mine.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...4870,1964.html

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"For once, our assessment of this Radeon HD 4870 will be simple: It’s an excellent high-end graphics card! With the same architecture and most of the strong points of the Radeon HD 4850, it’s in a higher category performance- and price-wise. The bottom line: Though it’s faster by an average of 6% (and in the majority of our tests) than the GeForce GTX 260, it sells for $299 – $150 less than the competing Nvidiahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia card! Even the top-end card from Nvidia, the GeForce GTXhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore-Tex 280 – souped up with more transistors, twice as much memory and higher clock speeds – is not that far ahead. It showed only 13% better performance than the Radeon HD 4870, though it costs twice as much."
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127361

GTX260 $300 shipped
    
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Thanks. I hadn't seen them posted for sale here in Canada at that price yet.


Unfortunately for Nvidia, the HD4870 is still the better card.

What are they going to do if ATI decides to drop its price to $270 or so? (typically with mail in rebates. Powercolor and Sapphire are both frequent users of this pricing method)

Are they going to lower their prices again to match a slightly faster card from ATI? If they do, what effect will it have on the perception of which card is better?
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Whats the best graphic card then? no care about price.

I'm looking for 1 that can run smooth at 8x AA and 16x AF or more, with the highest details and best performance. so is nVidia or Ati?
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