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GTX 260 or HD 4870 or HD 3870X2?

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Hey guys

I have enough money for both, well, atleast the BFG GTX 260 (this one) anyway.

I was just wondering which one performs the best and which one could be overclocked most to get the most performance out of said card as possible.

If the answer was a 4870, in this case, which model would be the best to buy? I have been looking at the Sapphire version of the card as this looks the best aesthetically pleasing one and seems to be a decent price.

However, what would I know? Which one's best. I've always been a Nvidia fanboy - the only ATI I've ever owned is my old PCI 9200SE, lol. What a long time ago that was. I've always liked the look of Nvidia cards also - I think the ATI cards look somewhat tacky. However, this does not bother me over performance. I'm purely asking which one performs better

Edit: I've also seen somewhere about the 3870X2's in sandiegoskyline's graphics card per price range thread. I can afford one of these too, well, I can afford the Asus one.

Would the 3870X2 be the better choice or would the other two cards still be better? I play at a 1680x1050 resolution.

Thanks
Edited by jNSK - 7/7/08 at 5:09pm
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post #2 of 20
get what ever one is cheaper the 4860 beats the GTX260 most of the time by a little , if you go with the 4870 get visiotek they offer a lifetime warrenty
    
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If you can get the GTX 260 for $259 after MIR like the MSI one then I would definitely get that.
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If you can afford both and wan the faster one, get the HD4870. It's going to be faster most of the time. Otherwise just get whichever is cheaper. IF you go 4870, get the VisionTek.
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Wow! Fast replies.

VisionTek, gotcha.

But how about the 3870X2? Decent or not?
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post #6 of 20
The GTX 260 has some impressive OC'ing potential according to techpowerup, not sure about the 4870. With the 260 below the price of the 4870 (albeit, after rebates) it's actually competitive. As with all overclocking, your mileage may vary (to compare, a lot of people have gotten much higher OCs than what techpowerup got on the 4850).

For now, all the 4870s are reference cards, so I'd just go with whichever has the best warranty, price, etc.

edit: The 3870x2 is still a good performer. On average it will perform between the 4850 and 4870. ATI fixed AA performance with the 4-series though, so it sometimes loses out with high AA.
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Originally Posted by jNSK View Post
But how about the 3870X2? Decent or not?
It's not a bad card, but personally I would pick the HD4870 over it in a heartbeat. AA/AF performance will be so much better.
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Wow! Fast replies.

VisionTek, gotcha.

But how about the 3870X2? Decent or not?
4870>3870x2 =/
    
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3870x2 is probably fine for your res, and it will likely do you justice, but in all honesty, I wouldn't bother with it--I'd sooner get the 4870, and then if you need more power later, CF another one, or a 4850.
    
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Alright, thanks
So 4870 it is then? Because half the benchmarks I've seen, the GTX 260 comes out on top most of the time.
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