9800 gx2 or buy 280GTX or 4870x2

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  1. jimpsar

    jimpsar Active Member

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    Hello,
    I have the option to exchange my 9800gx2 with either
    asus gtx 280 or 4870x2.
    Which is the best and more suitable for my system?
    I play at 1920x1200 rez.
    Thank you
     
  2. PineMangoes

    PineMangoes Master Guru

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    Depends on the cost of the cards. If the difference is less than 100€, the 4870X2. If more, the GTX 280.
     
  3. Ieldra

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    Go for the GTX280.
    Perfect for your resolution, overclocks like a beast and has awesome driver support :)
    Congratz on the upgrade -whichever you decided to get-
     
  4. MM10X

    MM10X Ancient Guru

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    Gtx 280 ;)
     

  5. Cybermancer

    Cybermancer Don Quixote

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    It depends on which games u play.
    So look around for benchmarks and decide.

    Personally I'd go for a GTX280. Less hassle overall. Better drivers, less heat, better performance with SLI, and Iam not a big fan of two GPUs in one card.

    I always felt like ATI coudn't make a single GPU board faster than Nvidia GTX280, so they had to put 2 in 1 to get there.
    Sorry, but thats how I feel.
     
  7. Ieldra

    Ieldra Banned

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    It's damn true
     
  8. Dupoint

    Dupoint Master Guru

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    No, it's just what Nvidiots like to say.

    ATi never targeted the 4870 to be in the same market segment as the GTX280 (even though it still comes quite close in some scenarios ), just look at the price bracket.

    It's called a scalable design; build 1 smaller GPU for the mainstream sector, and put 2 for the high-end market. Apparently, Nvidia would love to do the same with their 280, but couldn't, due to the massive size of the chip. The new 55nm should make this possible, though.

    And this is coming from a guy who owned High-end Nvidia cards for the past 3 generations...the 4870X2 is just unmatchable, you have to see in action to believe it.

    To the OP:

    Get what suits your budget, I'd say the 4870X2 is the faster card by far...esp at 1920x1200 and over with AA. I've had zero problems with mine so far, and couldn't be more proud of what I bought.
     
  9. PineMangoes

    PineMangoes Master Guru

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    You're right, ATi's RV770 chip is slower than the GTX 280. But the 4870X2 is a good deal faster, and that's all that matters. Multiple cheap chips on a board is the way of the future, the GT200 cards are not exactly profitable for nVidia.
     
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    GTX280.. but id wait for the 55nm not to far away.
     

  11. Fri4rTuck

    Fri4rTuck Master Guru

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    I upgraded from a 9800GX2 to a 4870X2 and do not regret it at all. This card kicks my GX2's butt!
     
  12. Skiddywinks

    Skiddywinks Ancient Guru

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    If you have AA on, you should go for the 4870X2.

    It eats AA for breakfast.
     
  13. Ieldra

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    It also eats money and power for breakfast unless youre running at high resolutions with games that ACTUALLY SUPPORT IT
     
  14. YetYhunter

    YetYhunter Maha Guru

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    I say wait for the new 55 nm GTX290.
     
  15. cowie

    cowie Ancient Guru

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    no need to make it a ati vs nv ?.
    in games the 48x2 is the faster sometimes and the 280 is faster sometimes,so whats the big deal.
     

  16. masterchiefx2

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    i can see this becoming nv vs ati aswell lol dont be biased becasue you own 4870x2 you have not experienced the 280 so its not comparable.:infinity:
     
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    Wait less than a month for the 55nm GTX270/290 and new GX2.

    These cards will use less power, clock higher, run cooler, and cost less to manufacture.
     
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    2x GTX 260 Core 216s :)

    Faster than all the video cards you listed.
     
  19. Stukov

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    read my 4870 X2 owners thread in the ATI section so you know what you are getting into and know how to fix it. right now the GTX 280 is getting pretty cheap with the onslaught of the 55nm revisions on the horizon. for me, I would wait until after it hits stores or so, as this should drop the price of the X2 or 280.
     
  20. Terrorizor

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    while i do think the amd x2's have a better design by giving both cores direct access to the motherboard chipset on a single pcb,unlike the gx2 where the second gpu is essentially a "floater" . id obviously rather have 2 seperate single gpu cards each to a dedicated pci-e 2.0 slot to the chipset.

    my personal choice would be 2x GTX260's sli for cost/performance ,but if 2x GTX280's fits in your budgett, then shoot the moon. cuz imo a single GTX280 is more treading water, rather than an authentic performance improvement to where your at now.
     

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