View Full Version : GTX260 vs 4870

19-10-2008, 06:49 PM
Hey peoples its time for a graphics upgrade

Im tryin to decide between nvidia gtx260 or 4870 (512meg)

Im playin crysis warhead, grid and very much lookin forward to farcry 2

what you reckon suits me best

Q man
20-10-2008, 07:36 AM
Great question

Ive got the same card as you now and would like to upgrade

Sofar the 4870 specs look faster and better if your thinking of memory/clock speeds and number of stream processors (computing power).

I believe shader intensive games are running better with the 4870 but crysis like games are still running faster or about the same speed as the 260, not sure if thats because of insufficent drivers or if some games a just written or coded with nvidia in mind.

As for far cry 2 I believe they are utalising the new dunia engine running in the new 260/280 cards.

Big decision
(The asus4870 looks cool with that hot chick on the card cover)

20-10-2008, 08:15 AM
I think the reason the 260's run faster is because games like Crysis run on more RAM.

I'd go for the 4870, but I'd see if I could find a 1Gig version if it's not too expensive.

20-10-2008, 08:24 AM
Is that the 216 core 260 or just the original?.....I believe the 260 edges the 4870, especially the 512mb version.....

Q man
20-10-2008, 08:37 AM
I was thinking of the 1gb 4870

But i didnt realize there was a new 260 other than the original 192 stream processors and 896mb memory

Have the 4870 heat issues been fixed in the new 1gb version?

20-10-2008, 10:17 AM
I think the latest ATI drivers allow manual setting of fan speed which will bring the temps down...

20-10-2008, 10:28 AM
Also, most of the newer models have improved thermo designs from the ATI model. A lot of them have higher clocks, lower temps, and lower power consumption.

20-10-2008, 03:45 PM
im not sure if its the new gtx or not, most online stores dont seem to put specs up on graphics

20-10-2008, 07:10 PM
i was looking at some Far Cry 2 Forums Take a look at the benchmarks: http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,663817/Reviews/Far_Cry_2_GPU_and_CPU_benchmarks/?page=3

Keep in mind that they're very high settings at 4xFSAA, 4xAF AND 8xFSAA, 16xAF

As for far cry 2 I believe they are utalising the new dunia engine running in the new 260/280 cards.

FAR CRY 2 has dumped Nvidia in the area of optimisation and gone with (AMD)ATI

21-10-2008, 09:36 AM
LOL, they havent dumped anyone.....LOL, do you think they would leave millions of NV owners out of the picture?....No....They have added DX10.1, which NV doesnt have, however whether that includes a performance advantage or not is yet to be seen.

What they have done however, is make the game multi thread aware, so if you have a Quad core, you will be at an advantage over the dualies, even if they are clocked higher....yay.....

EDit - need to update.......The game is NOT DX10.1.........


21-10-2008, 09:54 AM
LOL, they havent dumped anyone.....LOL, do you think they would leave millions of NV owners out of the picture?

He said they've dumped nVidia optimisation. Dumping nVidia entirely would be retarded.

21-10-2008, 09:55 AM
Yeah, but they havent.....

Q man
21-10-2008, 10:13 AM
Only two days and we can see how badly all our computers handle the game on full settings and full AA.

Im thinking my poor 8800gts is going to get a work out.

Looks like maybe i should be getting A quadcore instead of my E8500 i was planning Aye Solmiester.

21-10-2008, 10:17 AM
Yes....multi-threaded games was always going to happen...just needed some decent programmers....
They say 1 thread for A1
1 thread for Physics
I guess the other 2 are for gameplay and data distribution to the GPU

Edit - here are some benchies for you....looks like they have scaled the game well, like Half life was...

Q man
21-10-2008, 10:41 AM
Very interesting test cheers SolMiester.

Bit of a mix in the Middleclass GPU Benchmark
4850 did better than i thought with 4xAA.

And maybe i can play at reasonable setting on my card.

21-10-2008, 11:17 AM
Mmmm, dont think I will be able to run it @ native res.......:-(