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Old September 26, 2008, 10:51 AM
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Question $300 Range Vid card upgrade from 8800GTS 640mb

He there, I need some advise on a new video card purchase. Currently I have 8800GTS 640mb.
I'm in the $300 range for a new video card. It has boiled down to GTX260 192, or Core 216 (If my local canada computers has it in stock), or a 4870.
I am leaning most towards the Saphire 4870 512mb. However I need some opinions since I know the 260 and 216 are both great cards and offer similar performance, and I feel more comfortable with the nVidia drivers.

Several Questions,
1) Any system conflicts between the Asus P5Q-E and 4870 cards?
2) Will a 600W PSU be enough?
3) Do Catalyst Drivers allow for overwriting original game settings?
In oblivion, it is not possible to use AA and HDR simultaneously, however the nVidia drivers allow me to add AA from the control panel by overwriting original game settings, can ATI's drivers do that w/o conflicts?
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600W OCZ PSU
(1650*1050) standard res on 22" Samsung

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old September 26, 2008, 06:40 PM
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I'm nVid biased, but the results I was getting with my GTX 260 (192) were amazing yet the 216 Core is better, they run cool, and OC like hell, performance is awesome...no brainer 260 (216 Core)...
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Old September 26, 2008, 07:53 PM
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He there, I need some advise on a new video card purchase. Currently I have 8800GTS 640mb.
I'm in the $300 range for a new video card. It has boiled down to GTX260 192, or Core 216 (If my local canada computers has it in stock), or a 4870.
I am leaning most towards the Saphire 4870 512mb. However I need some opinions since I know the 260 and 216 are both great cards and offer similar performance, and I feel more comfortable with the nVidia drivers.

Several Questions,
1) Any system conflicts between the Asus P5Q-E and 4870 cards?
2) Will a 600W PSU be enough?
3) Do Catalyst Drivers allow for overwriting original game settings?
In oblivion, it is not possible to use AA and HDR simultaneously, however the nVidia drivers allow me to add AA from the control panel by overwriting original game settings, can ATI's drivers do that w/o conflicts?
Current System Setup:
Q6600 @ 3.0
Asus P5Q-E
1*2 Mushkin DDR2-800
600W OCZ PSU
(1650*1050) standard res on 22" Samsung

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
To answer your questions.
1) no
2)Yes but it also depends on the quality of the power supply
3) Yes

Now of the 3 cards your mentioned I would most defienetly get the GTX 260 Core 216 by far. It beats the 4870 in almost every game. And since you know and are comfortable with nvidia's drivers then go with the GTX 260 216.
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Old September 27, 2008, 10:48 AM
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Thanks. I actually made the decision to purchase the 4870 512mb for a bit of a change. Went to CanadaComputers, and the guy just dropped a load of 260 216s EVGA cards, and I just couldn't help it. Sorry ATI.

I hope I made the right choice I won't be upgrading for at least a year.

Running Crysis at 16xx all high very playable.
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Old September 27, 2008, 12:28 PM
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If you look at SKYs recent review comparing a "super-clocked" GTX260 216SP with the "mildly" overclocked Palit4870 the cards are pretty much neck and neck.

The only difference is min frames in Crysis but then Crysis is not that well optimized for ATI cards yet. The 1GB version has really made it interesting.
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Old September 27, 2008, 01:55 PM
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There was no 1gb versions of the 4870 at the store. I would've been happy to invest. But I'm stuck with a 216 260 at this point.

Damn, this sucker is HUGE. I had to literally "stuff" it in my case. (wriggle wriggle etc)
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Old September 29, 2008, 08:23 PM
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The only difference is min frames in Crysis but then Crysis is not that well optimized for ATI cards yet. The 1GB version has really made it interesting.

The other bigger difference between the 2 Cards is Temps. OC'ability and noise...the 260 (216) handsdown!!!
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Old October 2, 2008, 09:08 AM
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I grabbed a GTX 260 Core 216 and it is a beast, I love it. Now waiting for my 8600GT to use as a dedicated PhysX processor, which will free up the CPU and GPU even more.
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Old October 2, 2008, 09:47 AM
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I think you made a sound choice the GTX260 Core 216 is a sweet card despite the naming and model weirdness team green has going on. If you are already quite comfortable with NVidia this card will keep you happy.
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Damn I love this thread ATI was holding the crown for 1-2 months and rightly so but we see satisfaction and decent performance from the gtx260/216. It only works for the consumer and gives the market some stimulation. Give that sucker a good push and show some benches and give it a show against the 4870! I'm personally interested as I'm sure are many others.
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