Re: Nvidia 260 GTX ot ATI HD 4870
This may not be an issue for noncrossfire users, but for me one of the minor complaints with my 4870 crossfire system is that it heats up my room even when idle. These cards generate a ton of heat, and until ATi gets powerplay working properly they will continue to do so. Upping the Fan speed will not help with the fact that they generate so much heat that it raises your room temperature, it just makes it worse since it expels even more of the hot air into gets expelled into the room. Having 2 4870s is like having the furnace on, which is fine in the winter, but this is the summer!
I am very satisfied with the performance of the 4870 though, in Crossfire it is significantly faster than my 280GTX in most games. It's just ATi needs to do something about the heat generated by these cards when idle, because the heat generated by the system detracts from basic things like using your computer for plain web browsing.