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Old 12-22-2008, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok guys, I know I've bothered plenty of people with this question before, but it's a little more specific now. I know I can't go that wrong with either one, but...

Will the C216 perform just about the same as the 4870 at stock clocks (it would be like 576mhz vs. 750mhz right)? I know it might not matter, because the C216's are relatively good at OC'ing.

Will I be able to OC the C216 to 4870 speed of 750mhz with no trouble?

I know the 4870 beats the C216 in core clock speed, but what other statistics are there that the C216 might take the lead in (Shader Clock? I know the 260 can access its memory faster than the 4870 with its 448 bit rate).

If I can OC the C216 to 750mhz without breaking a sweat, I think I'll go with it and maybe SLI down the road.
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Ok guys, I know I've bothered plenty of people with this question before, but it's a little more specific now. I know I can't go that wrong with either one, but...

Will the C216 perform just about the same as the 4870 at stock clocks (it would be like 576mhz vs. 750mhz right)? I know it might not matter, because the C216's are relatively good at OC'ing.

Will I be able to OC the C216 to 4870 speed of 750mhz with no trouble?

I know the 4870 beats the C216 in core clock speed, but what other statistics are there that the C216 might take the lead in (Shader Clock? I know the 260 can access its memory faster than the 4870 with its 448 bit rate).

If I can OC the C216 to 750mhz without breaking a sweat, I think I'll go with it and maybe SLI down the road.
I'd say 750 may be a bit of a moderate difficulty with a reference card but achievable either way with the GTX 260 216 you can't lose


see the thing is that though the GTx 260 216 is slower clocked and has considerably less shaders it's architecture is a great set up and also the shaders carry out a lot more work 1 on 1 vs the ati shaders
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I'd say 750 may be a big of a moderate difficulty with a reference card but achievable either way with the GTX 260 216 you can't lose
Yeah, if I do get the C216, it'll be this one. I really didn't plan on overclocking my video card, but I want the C216 to measure right up to the 4870.
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Default Re: GTX 260 Core 216 vs. Hd 4870 1GB

Why does one achieving a higher clock speed mean anything?
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I assumed it did... Does it not really make much difference? Like, how would the C216 measure up to the 4870 if both were at stock clocks?
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Well higher clocks obviously mean better performance, but you can't necessarily judge between cards by seeing which one has a higher core clock speed.
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Yeah, I knew that; 260 and 4870 naturally have different architecture and stuff. I just thought that since the 4870s are kind of clocked high to begin with, whether or not the 4870 may outperform the C216 at stock levels.
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Default Re: GTX 260 Core 216 vs. Hd 4870 1GB

well the GTX 260 216 and the 4870 1g are very close, the 4870 will barely edge out the GTx in games like COD4 and Grid but the GTX manages a slight lead over the 4870 1 gb in most all sorts of benches and games of course it is a tad bit more expensive also so price per dollar wise these two are tied it's really a matter of preference just read up some, personally I'm for the GTX 260 216
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Driver improvements have pushed the 260 216 just above the 4870 1GB even at stock clocks.
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Default Re: GTX 260 Core 216 vs. Hd 4870 1GB

260 216 has more raw power end of. The larger memory cache and faster speed on the 4870 benefits you at 1920x1200 or higher res's though and will push ahead on extreme screens at 2560x1600res but if you have a screen that big you would need sli to game on it properly.
You should get this one instead of the one you picked (although it doesn't have core 216 in the title look at the specs )
Newegg.com - BFG Tech BFGEGTX260MC896OCE GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

its also not a great time to buy nvidia they are rereleasing in a month.
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