Discussion in 'AMD Graphics Cards' started by Mcrobrewer, Feb 5, 2009.
I am considering buying a 4870x2.... Is there one brand name that is better than the other?
what exactly are you looking for? best value? clocks? warranty?
also, if you are willing to swing to the other side, nvidia's GTX 295 performs significantly better than the 4870X2 in all categories for a similar price.
but thats up to you
anyways... back to your question, generally people prefer Sapphire cards as they are the best in terms of quality consistency and have generally good service.
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
however, since XFX began offering ATi cards, they may be the new kings of the hill in service. but newegg doesnt stock their 4870X2 though.
Graphic Cards - Radeon HD 4000 - Radeon? HD 4870 X2
but if you feel like going with the GTX 295 though, i recommend EVGA as their warranty policy is the best. but i cant find it on newegg for some odd reasons.
Newegg.com - BFG Tech BFGEGTX2951792E GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
the links though are only for those who live in the US
Basically best performance and reliability.
Kris thanks for your input.
then id go with sapphire as theyve been the best ATi company to deal with
but still, unless you need ATi for a specific reason, i still highly recommend the GTX295
Yes, Sapphire make great cards, just make sure that you set the fan to manual to 50 or 60 percent when you game cause the auto fan on all? ATI cards sucks big time.
i'd not touch the 295 since it's not 1gb usable vram, would be an issue in gta4 & anything at super rez & super AA
i'm enjoying my x2, & gtx285 might be alright
Agreed, at 2560x1600, the GTX295 falls flat, and ultimately, that's the only scenario where you really need cards like these. Benchmark figures aside, you would be surprised how playable the vast majority of games out there are with a 1GB HD4870.
The only situation the GTX285 sits on top of the 4870X2 is Crysis Warhead, and even then not by much, in everything else the 4870X2 is clearly superior for the same price. I think nVidia have priced themselves out of this market really.
People have commented about getting crashes with Sapphire cards, but owning a Sapphire X2 myself I haven't seen it with one X2, now CrossfireX, that's another story.
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