Originally Posted by brettjv
Most 250's do have much nicer cooling solutions (i.e. they're cooler and quieter) than the reference one that's on most 4850's. They are also very close in performance. The 250 is basically a 9800GTX+. The + version came out to compete with the 4850, and bested it in most tests.
Plus most nvidia brands (evga and bfg especially if you're in the US) are better than most ATI brands (IMHO) ...
Depending on price and which cooler is on each card, I'd be inclined to choose a 250 myself.
Originally Posted by Tator Tot
No, he is speaking the truth.
Stock (Orignal & v2) HD4850 coolers were/are noisy, and do not run as well as the GTS250 or 9800GTX+ coolers did/do.