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Old August 24, 2009, 09:07 PM
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This might be a really easy answer but i want feedback from HWC, i been reading a bit on a web and the site i'm basing most of my opinions on this site Radeon HD 4890 vs. GeForce GTX 275 - The Tech Report - Page 1. I'm going to be buying a graphics card sometime tomorrow or the day after so fast responses are awesome, i'll be only purchasing from my local CC (canada computers).


From reviews i see that the 4890 it runs cooler, and uses less power, but i heard it a bit louder then the 275gtx. From their benchmarks i see that the performance is pretty close. I like the idea of a nvidia card though (might fold just for the fun of it ). Also i never tried a nvidia card in my rig, so it might be fun i guess? replacing my 4850 for a 4890 just seems.. i can't explain it just seems boring to me. haha i know im basing my purchase on what amuses me but thats what really matters to me i guess.. i don't know.. anyways i will not consider CF a 4850, i already sold it anyways .

oh btw don't mention the new cards coming up, i need to buy this card soon
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Old August 24, 2009, 09:31 PM
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Like most reviewers have stated, it's a pretty close match between the two. Some, like I, give the edge to nVidia, but that's a battle hardly worth arguing over. Price is relatively close with the 4890 a bit cheaper on Sale than I have seen for the 275. Lower Noise under load & less power drawn on idle, gives the edge to nVidia, less power drawn under load gives the edge to ATI/AMD. Folding goes to nVidia so if you want to contribute to the folding effort, go for nVidia (and welcome to the folding club if you do;).

There are custom cards on both sides. I picked up the MSI 275 Frozr OC (currently $229 at NCIX (ar)) with its HSF solution which is cool and quiet based on this HWC 275 roundup review which you should read if you haven't already. The review compares several 275's with the 4970.

Either are xlnt powerful cards at reasonable price points imho.
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I am soo glad that CC has Canada Computers - Video Cards > PCI-Express Cards > Powered By nVidia : MSI N275GTX Twin Frozr OC nVidia GeForce GTX 275 Chipset (633Mhz) 896MB GDDR3 (2268Mhz) Dual Dual-Link DVI PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card.. Now the moment of truth is when i walk through that door and ask for the MSI GTX 275, will it be in stock or not. i hope so badly it will. i'm leaning towards nvidia side, i never had any support experience with MSI .. does anyone?
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Just a note that the CC page seems to have the correct Part Number: N275GTX Twin Frozr OC, but posted the speed/specs for the non-OC version. Check the front box cover (lower right) and it should have "OC Edition" printed (should have N275GTX Twin Frozr OC on the serial number, bar code sticker thingy too).
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I suspect the OC versions have been binned to overclock quite well as all that I have talked to with the MSI 275 OC versions have easily pushed past 700mhz.

Also the CC page says that the warranty is 1 year when it is actually 3 years. btw, MSI does have a Richmond Hill office for service though I haven't used it.
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Sounds even better, thanks for the heads up! If i ever bought the wrong card i would facepalm..
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I got a 4890 and I underclocked it to a point where I can lower the fan to an inaudible state and lower the temps by 10-15 degrees for when I am not needing it.

When I need it, I overclocked it as much as I could which is to 970 Mhz GPU clock and 4600 Mhz Memory Clock. At that point, it is loud, but since I have sound when I play games, I don't really hear it.

I hope my experience with my 4890 can help you a bit.
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I would really consider the 4890 if my local CC had some better selection of it, i think they only hold the ASUS, sapphire and MSI ones. If they had XFX ones i would be thinking it over.
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I just picked up one of these Saphire Vapor-X 4890. The fan is virtually silent even when you crank up the RPM's, and it comes out of the box mildly overclocked. It's a breeze to overclock even further using Catalyst Control Centre.

Highly recommended, and a good price from CC (better than the price I paid a week ago at another place).

Canada Computers - Video Cards > PCI-Express Cards > Powered By ATI : Sapphire Vapor-X HD ATI RADEON HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 Dual Display (HDMI/DVI/VGA) HD Audio Shader Model 4.1 800 Stream Processor PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card.
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I just picked up one of these Saphire Vapor-X 4890. The fan is virtually silent even when you crank up the RPM's, and it comes out of the box mildly overclocked. It's a breeze to overclock even further using Catalyst Control Centre.

Highly recommended, and a good price from CC (better than the price I paid a week ago at another place).

Canada Computers - Video Cards > PCI-Express Cards > Powered By ATI : Sapphire Vapor-X HD ATI RADEON HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 Dual Display (HDMI/DVI/VGA) HD Audio Shader Model 4.1 800 Stream Processor PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card.
Yup they're decent cards. And that's nearly $50 less than I paid about a month ago

Definitely not silent though, once the fan speed gets up past the 60% mark, I can surely hear it over my rather quiet case. Mine peaks at about 90C and 80% fan after running OCCT-GPU for like 30min. In games though it doesn't seem to ever get that bad.
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As far as Msi Richmond Hill office I just used it for my Wind Netbook and got what i consider was excellent service, took 15 days door to door using Canada post. I live In New Brunswick so nearly a week was shipping.
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