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Old 12-16-09, 04:27 AM   #1
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Gigabyte® NVIDIA® GeForce GTX275, 896MB 448Bit GDDR3, CUDA, PCI-E 2.0, Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DX10/OpenGL, Triple SLI, Vista Premium

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Gigabyte® ATI® Radeon HD5850, 1GB 256Bit GDDR5, PCI-E 2.0, Dual DVI, HDMI & DisplayPort, DX11, OGL, Shader Model 5, Xfire, EyeFinity

I have been out of the market (actually I'm still not in the market but this is for someone else) for some time and thus my knowledge of GFX cards has dipped. What's the significance of the hardware supporting DX11 vs DX10?
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For starters there is a decent price and performance gap between those two cards. The 5850 is more comparable to a GTX 285, even then it significantly outperforms it. So if you can get your hands on the the 5850 and have the extra money for it, it's both more powerful and more future-proof (DX11).

So no question really, unless price is a huge concern. 5850.
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IF you have the ability to wait a few months I would do so to see what Nvidia is coming out with. If you must buy now, you should determine what features are important to you and go off of that. Either card will do you well. I admit DX11 sounds nice. Is this strictly for gaming? Will you do 3d gaming (with 3d glasses)? Both cards can do so but you use different solutions (Nvidia uses shutter glasses and a special monitor, AMD uses the IZ3d solution with polarized glasses).

You can expect some nice price drops (I assume across the board) in the next few months as well.

Do you have plenty of places to buy where you live or do you have to order online?
Only one place to buy, a wholesaler. My brother will buy on someone else's account. Resellers put at least 10% to their prices. The price difference is about $50.

Price drops may happen in America when new models come out but here in South Africa it happens much slower.
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The 5850 is the better card, no doubt. But there are other things to consider; PhysX, drivers, Cuda, etc. Although another plus for the 5850 is eyefinity.
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Hard choice. But damn, nice to have two nice cards to choose from.
I agree. I'm not complaining about my SLI Setup either.
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I'm looking at the same issue. I've been asked to build a computer for an ex-girlfriend's father...

I considered a 295 / 285 / 275, but it seems that the nvidia market for high end cards has dried up... only 1 295 in stock on newegg and its a watercooled version, 285s are $380+ and 275's are averaging about $280...

I'm thinking the 5850 is going to be exactly at the price point / performance I want for him. $309 for the BFG version currently and its considerably faster than equivalently priced nvidia solutions... which saddens me greatly because I am by and large an nvidia fan, but the ATI card is just too well priced for the performance at the moment to pass-up.

I'd suggest the 5850 hands down... even if you're playing games with physx... the graphics horsepower would by far outweigh the benefit of physx.
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Yeah, there is absolutely zero reason to buy Nvidia at this point. And i say this as someone who has owned nothing but Nvidia since 3dfx went out of business. If I didn't buy 295's last year I'd be looking at buying 5 series Ati cards now.

Basically if you are buying now there is no choice, if you can wait a couple of months that might change.
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