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GTX 260 VS. 4890 contradicting Benchmarks!! (Starcraft 2)

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Hey folks,

Just joined the forums today, and writing this thread because I've been seeing benchmarks and reviews that TOTALLY contradict each other when it comes to the following graphics cards, and their performance in Starcraft 2:

1. GTX 260
2. ATI 4890

Now, to my understanding and googling around, I'm almost 200% certain that the 4890 is a superb overclocker that will almost match or beat performance of a STOCK GTX 285. This also means that the 4890 (even in it's stock form) will rape a GTX 260.

I can get a used GTX260 and a 4890 for around the same price where I live (around $95 US), but then I see a benchmark like the following:
http://www.techspot.com/review/305-s...nce/page7.html

And I see people posting things like the following, saying they went from a GTX 260 to a 4890 overclocked, to see virtually no FPS change:
http://www.overclock.net/pc-games/72...-2-beta-2.html

This is my current RIG:
Q6600 @ 3.2GHz (stock voltage)
4GB DDR2 RAM
Powerstation 500Watt RMS PSU (Please note it's RMS, not total power)
500GB SATAII HDD
LG DVD-RW
Foxconn Mars mobo (P35)

My question:
I will be mainly playing Starcraft 2, and am really getting confused which graphics card to buy. There will be little to no price difference whether I get the GTX 260 or 4890, but I want around 40-50 *minimum* FPS in starcraft, playing at 1900x1200 on my 23" LCD, with "ultra" settings.

Thanks,
Jung
Edited by ca12bon - 1/27/11 at 5:46pm
post #2 of 7
4890 > GTX 260


If anything, SCII is more CPU dependent. So OC'ing your CPU will maximize your fps.
post #3 of 7
I'm not too familiar with SC2 but 4890 is definitely superior to the GTX 260
post #4 of 7
Well its probably true if your going from a GTX 260 to a HD 4890. That is really not much of an upgrade at all. I would say a GTX 260 is between a 4870 and a 4890, so they are real close. I had a GTX 260 and noticed I slight drop going to a HD 4870.

Now if your upgrading from a 4850 or lower, you will see a nice gain, or a GTS 250 or lower.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Sorry,forgot the links, please take a look, these are VERY contradicting values:

http://www.techspot.com/review/305-s...nce/page7.html

http://www.overclock.net/pc-games/72...-2-beta-2.html

[edit]
links fixed in original post.

Also, thanks for the replies guys, I will just get an XFX 4890, even if I get slightly lower FPS in SC2, since I'll be playing other games as well and will probably have a higher resale value if I ever sell it.

Still, the information in the links provided, and the general consensus are very misleading, so I'd still like to find out why the GTX 260 does better in that game.
Edited by ca12bon - 1/27/11 at 5:49pm
post #6 of 7
The experience I've had with a Q6600 paired with the GTX260, HD4870, and HD4890 was very close with my quad running @ 3.2 GHz. The 260 gave me an average of 3-4 fps more than the 4870 1G model whereas the 4890 gave me about 5-8 fps more than the 260. Pushing your quad a little farther would help and any one of those cards would do nicely for what you want.
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post #7 of 7
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Found somewhat of an answer, seems like the Nvidia cards are favored when it comes to SC2 for whatever reason. Two guys with very, very similar setups only one with a 4890 and one with GTX 260 played this game to find at max 90% difference in performance (frame rates).

http://forums.amd.com/game/messagevi...&enterthread=y

I guess I answered my own question
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