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  1. j3ff3

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    Hi,

    I need quite urgently a graphics card around the 160 - 170 pound mark but can't decide which.

    Basically i'm leaning toward the 4870 because of benchmarks, but not sure which model.

    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail (21133-04-20)


    - 166 quid, not sure of what to make of the 1gig ram (and why its so cheap) because back in the radeon 9800 days the 512mg card was better, and 680 clock speed

    EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ "Superclocked" 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (512-P3-E884-AR)

    - 145 quid, 512meg, 756, shader clock speed 1850mhz. Plus its PhysX compatible - which I will probably never use.

    or this, which is supposed to be pretty good for the money - Gainward ATI Radeon HD 4870 "Golden Sample" 512MB GDDR5 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express) - Retail (471846200-9580)

    -185 quid, 512, 750 clock speed, 4000 shader speed


    I'm thinking no.3 tbh, but was wondering what the differences really are in practice.

    Btw, this is my set up:

    Antec case and 500w psu
    Kingston 4 gig ram (2x2) 6400
    MB - to be decided - got about 60quid to spend on it
    quad q6600 2.4

    Thanks

    j3ff3
     
  2. Andy98765

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    i would go for the 1gb 4870, the fact its cheaper and wont be worst than the 512 version.it outperforms the 9800 as well
     
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    Yeah cheers for that - it kind of reconfirmed the benchmarks I'd seen of the 9800s vs the 4870s.

    Where can I find the benchmarks for games then?

    Hmmmm, I'm thinking that too, but it just confuses me that one of the cheapest 4870s I can find also has the most RAM. I'm just reading an article on tomshardware about the difference between 4870 models. Still confused though.

    Yeah that looks alright - ebuyer sells it for 174 (and I'd rather keep it with them due to this replacement card being part of an order within warranty)

    I've got a 24" monitor though so you reckon i should go with the 1gig card?....... But why is it so cheap! :suicide:




    Cheers for all the help so far!
     
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    I'm facing a similar choice - can't decide between a 1gb HD 4870 or a GTX 260+.
    I've done a fair bit of research and still can't make my mind up - I second the advice given so far - i.e. 1gb RAM only worth it if you're playing at 1920x1200 or above (which with a 24 inch screen I assume you are?).

    Quite a few review sites give comparisons across various games - e.g. PowerColor HD4870 Review - Overclockers Club

    One other thing you might want to consider is noise - there is a big difference between cards - the Gainward card you mention has 2 fans and should be quite quiet - others can be very noisy. The cheaper Sapphire card you mention did look a bargain - but it was a special offer and is now out of stock.

    In your shoes, I'd look for another 1gb HD 4870 and try to confirm it's not too noisy.

    I found this: http://www.itdisti.com/productmain.asp?ID=582

    which is cheap - but has the stock cooler which won't be quiet (or particularly cool).
     
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    the reason there price is different is because they are different brands. my gainward 8800gt was £70 cheaper than zotacs, who's was overclocked by little
     

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