hd4870 1GB for the WIN!

September 30, 2008

AMD already had a winner in its hd4870 gpu, it was a better buy for the money (around 250$ after rebates on most deals), than Nvidia’s competitor at that price point, the 260gt. Nvidia then answered with a newer version of the 260 called the core 216, the 216 represents the amount of shaders enabled giving the 216 core 1/8th more shaders than the initial 260 had, creating another sku on the market, and closing the performance gap the initial 4870 had upton it. Now AMD has released the 4870 1GB model, upping the ante from the initial model’s 512MB of ram. The 4870 mops the floor with the core 216 if you average all games together, which means its a winner from all angles.

AMD has winners at all price points except the very top notch. If you are looking for a sub 100$ gpu, the 4670 is the card to buy (closer to 70$). If you are looking for a sub 200$ gpu the 4850 is the card to buy (closer to 150$). If you are looking for a sub 300$ gpu the 4870 512MB is the card (closer to 250$). And if you are looking for a 300$ gpu the 4870 gpu is the card. Only those looking for bragging rights should look towards the Nvidia 280, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Fallout 3 is coming, its about time for an upgrade folks.


Nvidia rocked the world when they originally stated that they would release their 8800gt gpu at an msrp price of 200 – 250$, while it outperformed their already available 8800gts 320mb and 8800gts 640mb gpus (both with more expensive msrp prices) while still being available on the market.  Anandtech.com called nvidia crazy, and I actually agree with such sentiment.  Look at the high volume vendors such as newegg.com, you will find not a single 8800gt in stock at the moment, the cheapest 8800gt available for preorder upon restock is at 270$, the most expensive is at 320$, at the same time you will find the cheapest 8800gts 320mb which the 8800gt destroys in benchmarks to be priced at 300$, and the cheapest 8800gts 640mb to be priced above 340$.  Nvidia only had 50,000 8800gt’s at launch which seems obvious now as the only 8800gt I can find in stock is on amazon.com for 340$!  How on earth did nvidia think that releasing the 8800gt before getting rid of their previous 8800 gts inventory would be good for business? I don’t envy sony’s business stance in most cases, but they have always been intelligent of selling out of a give sku of a playstation model before releasing their newer sku, this is something nvidia should have done. I have the utmost respect for nvidia though, as I write this post from a 7950gt 512mb, and desire an 8800gt.  We will find ourselves in interesting transition times in the short term future though, as we see nvidia transition out the 8800gts series and transition in the 8800gt, as well as Ati transition out the hd2900xt and in with the hd3850’s.  We can only ponder the future of pricing schemes of the gpus that will be transitioned out, and when exactly the future generation of gpu’s, mainly the geforce 9 series will make a debut.