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Old 03-16-2009, 10:10 PM   #41 (permalink)
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If you can get the same price I'd go with the 4870 as well. There's no such thing as "preference" when your talking about something that literally just crunches numbers.
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if you can get the same price i'd go with the 4870 as well. There's no such thing as "preference" when your talking about something that literally just crunches numbers.
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^ that is a very good card, but more expensive than a GTX 260 and it's longer than a normal 10" card
It is more expensive then both cards. It's also 11 inches long. But for $279 you get a card that beats a 280GTX across the board and it's not far behind $500 card solutions.

It's a beast.

but, I'd go with the HD 4870 at his price point.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:48 AM   #44 (permalink)
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it seems to me that ATI was a far better card due to price. But since Nvidia dropped their prices like a bad habbit you can now find GTX260 for cheaper than a 4870. I dont think there's much of a quality diff between the two that would really be noticeable.

Will you be upgrading later and adding a second card? If so, go with which ever board yours supports... x-fire or sli, (unless its a new x58 that supports both).

As for bench tests.. Ive seen them go both ways. Bottom line; either card is great.
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it seems to me that ATI was a far better card due to price. But since Nvidia dropped their prices like a bad habbit you can now find GTX260 for cheaper than a 4870. I dont think there's much of a quality diff between the two that would really be noticeable.

Will you be upgrading later and adding a second card? If so, go with which ever board yours supports... x-fire or sli, (unless its a new x58 that supports both).

As for bench tests.. Ive seen them go both ways. Bottom line; either card is great.
I don't know about the price thing. I just checked, the cheapest GTX260 core 216 is under the cheapest 4870 1gig, but its made by Sparkle. Who the **** is Sparkle? XFX is at $198 and EVGA is $208.

But you are right, they are both fast cards. Either one you get you will have good performance. It comes down to the prices on the day your buying.
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^^^And the drivers.
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Get the 260 and join the folding team to cure Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's, and Cancer!

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Folding has yet to cure anything. I doubt it ever will. The results also indirectly help cancer research. Protein folding is pretty broad.
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Folding has yet to cure anything. I doubt it ever will. The results also indirectly help cancer research. Protein folding is pretty broad.
Way to **** on that parade! Lol, I take it you didn't catch the jovial tone of that post.

Anyways, whether you're a skeptic or not, worse case scenario it can't do any harm, it's not a tough decision in my books what to do with my 260 when i'm not using it: play a small part in science research that may contribute directly or indirectly to changing lives or....do nothing. A no brainer for me.

If i wasn't into folding I'd probably go with an xfx 4870 due to their warranty....or evga 260 if I planned to use the step up to a 295 in a few months. But either card is a good buy.
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Ok almost done deciding. Want to decide between two more and also see if they meet requirements.
First of all here are the parts I want to make sure will work together with the video card i will get. Please make sure they all meet each others requirements.

Mobo- Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

RAM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

Power Supply- Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Processor- Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Monitor-http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4242642&CatId=2775

These are the two video cards to choose from...

Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Newegg.com - MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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