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Old April 1, 2009, 10:45 PM
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There were issues with Sapphire's packaging / heatsink and trademarks from another company from what I hear.

As for the chart SNAFU, that will have to wait as I am having some HDD and exhaustion issues here. It will probably be done tomorrow night.
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Old April 1, 2009, 10:53 PM
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Oh man...I seriously won't know what to buy now after taking a look at these reviews. I really hope that more game developers would take advantage of DX 10.1. The huge performance jump with that API is outstanding.

I'm going to wait for a month maybe to see if the prices will stabilize between the two, and wait for the hard launch of the 275. There's just so much to choose from right now. I kind of wanted to get back onto the Nvidia wagon last month, but after seeing the 4890 numbers, I'm really debating if it's the best option for the money anymore. SKYMTL, why do this to me? UGHHHHHHH HAHAHAH. I'm just kidding. This is what makes competition good!

Overall both reviews were well written and very informative, and as I've been told by robscix, that's how you like them. Punctuation and grammar is for the most part spot on. I never get sick of HWC reviews! They're long, but fun to read and look at! Excellent job SKYMTL.
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Old April 1, 2009, 11:11 PM
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edit: where is the price for gtx 275?
The GTX 275 is still a paper launch with an actual working product. It's simply a mockup card made by someone at Nvidia or one of their partners.
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Old April 1, 2009, 11:24 PM
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seriously nvidia Ihave to give u a Ufail. people arn't even going to buy gtx 285 anymore as the difference is so small. you guys just crapped the bed....
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For the most part although the performance is impressive, I would have to say much of the performance is a result of much improved driver performance look at other reviews.

It really does kick the core 216 ass.

However it does appear the GTX 275 is faster. It was more or less equal in this review. But with the updated driver on both sides. The gtx 275 is faster.

techPowerUp :: Sapphire HD 4890 1 GB GDDR5 Review :: Page 29 / 33

However availability hurts the victory of the gtx 275(and the gtx 285) and generally this generation, NV is bleeding money making such expensive cards at such low prices.

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yeah sorry its mb...

now i understand what paper launch mean...

well luckily i bought my xfx 285 for 400cdn... and it seems worth than gtx 280 (for 350-400) or 275 (for ??? maybe 300) or hd4890 (for 300-350)
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Fantastic reviews, Sky!

Boy, am I happy.
It was only a week ago that I had the irresistable urge to buy a 260 - 216/65nm from ncix at $200. I put the order through, but accidentally entered the wrong security code on my credit card (I think I got mixed up between the two credit cards that I use...)
Needless to say, the order didn't go through properly and was cancelled. As much as I wanted that card for 200 bucks, I couldn't be happier right now!

I'm curious to see how both cards overclock when the fan speeds are set a bit higher... I'm also looking forward to seeing some game (read: Crysis) benchies with an overclocked 4890. It looks very exciting :D

I guess it's time to wait for the xfx ati cards to hit ncix.

Thanks again, Sky!
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Yup. I'm definitely waiting to see what XFX has to offer. They making overclocking that much easier without having to worry about problems that could happen.
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Fantastic reviews, Sky!

Boy, am I happy.
It was only a week ago that I had the irresistable urge to buy a 260 - 216/65nm from ncix at $200. I put the order through, but accidentally entered the wrong security code on my credit card (I think I got mixed up between the two credit cards that I use...)
Needless to say, the order didn't go through properly and was cancelled. As much as I wanted that card for 200 bucks, I couldn't be happier right now!

I'm curious to see how both cards overclock when the fan speeds are set a bit higher... I'm also looking forward to seeing some game (read: Crysis) benchies with an overclocked 4890. It looks very exciting :D

I guess it's time to wait for the xfx ati cards to hit ncix.

Thanks again, Sky!
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Not to put you down, but look at this chart.
techPowerUp :: Sapphire HD 4890 1 GB GDDR5 Review :: Page 29 / 33

The 4890 is only 7 percent faster. Honestly to save a hundred dollars and thirty dollars, I think the gtx core 216 would have been a better buy. Add that the gtx 260 216(only the gtx 275 and the 4890 were tested with new drivers) was not tested with the newest driver and you might shrink that difference down to a few percent.

This is coming from a guy who has already bought the 4890 because I paid 280 it and bought if for the lulzs so I can pair it up to a 4870x2.
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4870x2 or 4890, I hate making decisions. D:

But anywho, once again, some great reviews!
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