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 Nvidia then answered with a newer version of the 260 called the core 216, the 216 represents the amount of shaders enabled giving the 216 core 1/8th more shaders than the initial 260 had, creating another sku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.
For those at home looking for the best bang for their buck dual core system with lots of ram (not for games), Mragrotime has used his tech knowledge and gone to newegg in your behalf, here is the system I have layed out for you.
The system specs are as such:
The system is a 2.0ghz allendale core 2 duo on a p35 gigabyte motherboard equiped with 4gb of a-data value ddr2 800hmgz ram with a 250 gig sata 2.0 seagate 7200.10 hardrive, rosewill case with 350 watt built in power supply, an 8400 gs
by gigabyte and an asus 20x dvd-r burner (retail)
The total cost of the system is at 376$ before shipping!
Here are the parts:
Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor – Retail
GIGABYTE GA-P35-S3G LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail
A-DATA Value Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory – Retail
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM
case with psu
Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply with 20
GIGABYTE GV-NX84G256HE GeForce 8400GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card – Retail
ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe – Retail