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Wudustan

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#1 10 years ago

I've always went with nvidia as far as my graphics card goes, and I trust them greatly- partly because I've tried them before and partly because their name is pasted across everything that can have a brand stuck to it. But what about ATi? Its that time again, when I'm thinking of upgrading my PC for the next set of games. I'm looking to spend enough to purchase a mid to high end card. Nothing too extreme, I'm not running virtual reality or anything- but something that'll hopefully keep chugging non-problematically. I was recommended an ATi card, but sort of on the sly with no real reason behind it. So please help ATi or Nvidia??




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#2 10 years ago

I'd say get a 4890, it'll run all the latest games with ease, and they're very well priced.

Here's the one I have:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127453&cm_re=MSI_4890-_-14-127-453-_-Product

except mine didn't come with an aftermarket heatsink, so that's an added bonus.


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#3 10 years ago

ATi currently has the fastest card on the market. I've been using their cards since I washed my hands of anything nvidia due to their absolutely piss poor drivers that crashed far too often to count while using them and SLI that's both a joke in performance increase and driver stability using it. "rolling the dice" in terms of support is no support at all, and that's what they go with.

Anyway /rant.

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised using an ATi card in your system. The question is how much do you want to spend on a card to find out the best one? Off of my head a 5850 wouldn't be a bad card at $250-$275 range while the 5870 (fastest card on the market currently) is around $350+

[edit] The 4890 isn't a bad card either actually. I decided to buy two of them just to mess with crossfire (which is a HELL of a lot more stable than SLI.)


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#4 10 years ago

Depends on what your budget is. I would go with ATI anyway. The 5850 or 5870 are super cards, and are cheaper than the gtx295, which isn't capable of DX11.

Also, ATI is cheaper in the lower budget class, but beware, there might be some chance that Nvidia beats Ati. I was getting a 4870 for 120euros, but i got a gts250 for 96 euros which has the same performance. You just have to look carefully. And they say the 48xx series are better in AA, but that's a bit bullshit, if you card isn't strong enough to do all Very High in Crysis, why do AA? :p

Btw, my GTS250 does Crysis all High 4AA with +40fps, and Very High 2AA +30fps. :)




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#5 10 years ago

Noobst3R;5045885I was getting a 4870 for 120euros, but i got a gts250 for 96 euros which has the same performance.

Btw, my GTS250 does Crysis all High 4AA with +40fps, and Very High 2AA +30fps. :)

What are you smoking by saying that a GTS 250 is equal with a 4870? You realize that the 250 is just a rebranded 9800GTX+, which is just a rebranded 8800GTS, right?




Wudustan

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#6 10 years ago

Another thing I'm not 100% on. I must be starting to sound like a total rookie, but all the manufacturers: XFX, Sapphire, Tul (I think..), what's the deal with them? Do some actually make an effort in making the cards, while others employ people with mutated limbs? Cause I don't get the price differences and all that. Someone care to elaborate??




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#7 10 years ago

Buy whatever is cheapest. The only thing companies charge for is the warranty. If two cards are the same price, but one has a lifetime warranty and the other only has a 2-yr get the one with the longer warranty. That is unless the one with the lesser warranty has a superior cooling setup or something else that could balance it out.




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#8 10 years ago
Another thing I'm not 100% on. I must be starting to sound like a total rookie, but all the manufacturers: XFX, Sapphire, Tul (I think..), what's the deal with them? Do some actually make an effort in making the cards, while others employ people with mutated limbs? Cause I don't get the price differences and all that. Someone care to elaborate??

Some cards are factory overclocked, some have special tweaks and optimizations built into the hardware to make them run cooler and more efficiently, some have better cooling systems, some have freebies or overclocking software built in, some have free games or other deals, etc.

What card to recommend depends on your budget, really. But I think at the moment, across the board, ATI is hands down the choice if you want value for money.




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#9 10 years ago
Wudustan;5045922Another thing I'm not 100% on. I must be starting to sound like a total rookie, but all the manufacturers: XFX, Sapphire, Tul (I think..), what's the deal with them? Do some actually make an effort in making the cards, while others employ people with mutated limbs? Cause I don't get the price differences and all that. Someone care to elaborate??

Sapphire, XFX, ASUS are all good brands. Although, I recommend staying away from Diamond, they have really poor reputation.

BTW: Tul = Powercolor




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#10 10 years ago
Zach;5045907What are you smoking by saying that a GTS 250 is equal with a 4870? You realize that the 250 is just a rebranded 9800GTX+, which is just a rebranded 8800GTS, right?

Uh? Since when is rebranded=worse then another card with a another chip? Look up some comparisons, and you'll be amazed.