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Old 07-11-09, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Blacklash, Xion X2, slaWter a question.

All three of you guys have had ATI cards and have done some pretty extensive test. I am not a fan boy of either. I want to know if there was a choice between a 275GTX or a 4890 that were geared up for 1680x1050 only what would you choose?
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Old 07-11-09, 08:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Blacklash, Xion X2, slaWter a question.

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All three of you guys have had ATI cards and have done some pretty extensive test. I am not a fan boy of either. I want to know if there was a choice between a 275GTX or a 4890 that were geared up for 1680x1050 only what would you choose?
I think either would work fine for you honestly.

I can play everything on my card through 1920x1200 with pretty much all effects maxed out, except for Crysis of course
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Yo, mullet. It depends on what your tastes are.

The 4890 is probably the best card released since the 8800GTX. I think from a hardware perspective that it's superior to the GTX275. Better AA modes, Dx 10.1 support, very high ceiling that allows it to compete or surpass the GTX285 on certain games for 150$ less. I do like the extra VRAM that I have on my 275s, though. Nvidia gets a "atta boy" from me for that. The 275s have been great. I just don't think they're as fast. However, if you like modding your games w/ hi-res textures, a 1792MB 275 like I have would be the way to go for the extra VRAM (1.8GB vs. 1.0GB.)

The only thing holding back the 48xx series are the drivers. They're hit or miss sometimes. If you have the patience to deal with a few quirks here or there, then the 4890 is for you because it is the best bang for the buck card out at the moment. But be forewarned, their drivers can be really stupid, sometimes. I had a friend w/ a ViewSonic monitor that ATI totally dropped support for. She couldn't even boot into Windows because of it. Luckily I had a spare monitor that I traded her that resolved her issue.

My own issues are documented. Crossfire did not scale at all for me on my 1080p. ATI has a ton of issues right now w/ 1080p support both on single and multi-GPU setups. So if you're thinking of going 1080p at some point in the future, skip ATI and go Nvidia.

Both are great cards. Hard to go wrong w/ either one unless one of the above scenarios applies to you.
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Default Re: Blacklash, Xion X2, slaWter a question.

I like the Sapphire Toxic HD 4890 I own due to its price vs performance, as well as its thermal and acoustic properties. Of course it is 960 on the core out of the box. The combination of all I mentioned influenced my buy. I hate noisy cards with a passion. It sits on a 1000|1100 OC with 38% fan speed. 43C idle 60-65C load.

If you're talking a stock GTX 275 vs a stock HD 4890 I'd say buy the cheaper card. Both will OC, and both will give you great performance @ your res. I should mentioned the stock HD 4890 is reported to be the louder card when you turn up the fan. So if you're sensitive to that sort of thing you may want to avoid it.

The bottom line is they are both great cards. I'd look at the cheaper card or simply the one you find more appealing for whatever the reason. As far as raw performance goes, you will likely be very happy with either.
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Thanks guys. I may wait.
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