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Old July 17, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Remember the OC'd ones make more heat and take more power (you will need a better psu), also you can overclock it yourself (probably not as well as the factory OC though)
My psu is within the requirements specified by evga so I'm not worried about it. As far as heat goes, I'm very impressed with my newly built P182's ability to keep temperatures down, my CPU tends to idle at ~24 degrees, with the mobo around 37 (35 cpu, 40 mobo under load). I probably could have bought a stock GTX 260 and done the overclocking myself, but I don't have much experience oc'ing video cards, and for an extra $50 I thought I'd avoid the hassle and have it done by the factory.
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Old July 17, 2008, 05:37 PM
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Well when you get your card download precision from EVGA's website(have to create a forum user). Precision is so easy to use. And you picked a good card.
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Old July 17, 2008, 06:44 PM
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Without any question, I'd take the 4870.
The GTX260 is as loud as hell!
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Old July 18, 2008, 12:08 AM
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The GTX260 is as loud as hell!
Two HD4870 in full load. From a friend in our forums.

YouTube - ATI HD 4870 CFX FAN @ 100%
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Old July 18, 2008, 04:55 AM
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WOW,

This seems loud. altough I watercool to get the silence, so I guess I am not a good jusge.....
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Old July 18, 2008, 06:03 AM
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That sounds like a vacuum cleaner, but I here around 40% fan is good enough to keep the 4870 temps under control.
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Old July 18, 2008, 06:12 AM
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They do sound really loud.... but the mic is right beside them, its really hard to judge on a youtube video... I can turn the sound up or down on my computer and it would change...

According to this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...0,1964-16.html

The HD 4870's are quieter in the same setup... but
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...0,1964-15.html

your trading a little less noise for more power

Gtx 260: idle: 119, while gaming: 270
HD 4870: idle: 153 while gaming: 283

So your paying more for the 4870 in the long run.

What does this mean? Again, we see that there are small differences between the two cards, no real reason to choose one or the other... and fanboys of the HD 4870 haven't been very convincing... It was a much better deal when the GTX 260's were more expensive... But now it seems to be which company you prefer... and which would work best with your other components.
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Old July 18, 2008, 08:43 AM
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I tend to agree with the last comment, so Nvidia finally got the pricing right or their GTX260. Took them more tahn a month but hey, better late then never....
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Old July 18, 2008, 05:14 PM
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Well to say the least ATI vs Nvidia battle never ends. Both cards are good at what they do, in some tests the 4870 outperforms it and it other tests the GTX 260 takes the lead.

Personally speaking I'll go for an ATI 4870 card only because the Crossfire based motherboards are now turning out to be hek alot better than the Nvidia based motherboards. Seem to overclock better, RAID is better, and just for an example, you could get a low-mid range P45 board that can really outclass or perform on par with a high end 680/780i board.

With that said if you already have 780/790i board then stick with the GTX 260, if you have any Crossfire based board then hek go for the ATI 4870, maybe down the road you can buy a second card and Crossfire it.

Oh and one more thing the only reason a GTX 260 card can perform slightly better than than a 4870 is because at the moment ATI drivers aren't that great, until something better doesn't come out you will see lots of cards outperforming other cards, not because they are better, because ATI has terrible drivers.

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