Now that Core i7 reviews have hit the streets, it’s time for Geeks3D to offer a quick overview of this new technology.
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I you need a powerful graphics card to play 3D games and in the same time a video card that can be used in a HTPC (Home Theater PC), Palit has perhaps the right product with this GeForce 9800 GT 1Gb. This graphics card is equiped with an exceptionally quiet dual slot active
cooler and is available for about $170.
GeForce 9800 GT specifications:
- GPU: G92b (65nm) / 600MHz / 754-million transistors
- Memory: 1Gb GDDR3 / 256-bit / 1.8GHz effective
- Shader Processors: 112
- Textures Units: 32
- ROPs: 16
- DirectX 10 / OpenGL 2.1 / PhysX
I took the time this morming to publish the test of HIS’s Radeon HD 4850 I started on month ago. I must say that Radeon HD 4850 shows high OpenGL performances and as always, vertex processing is incredibly fast (see surface deformer benchmark). At idle, GPU temperature is around 70°C while under load the temperature reaches 93°C (3-minute test with GPU Caps Viewer burner).
The full test is available here: HIS Radeon HD 4850 Graphics Card Review.
This Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo comes with an Arctic Cooling (Accelero) based cooling solution to keep temperatures down and graphics card quiet. Idle temperature is 45°C and loading temperature is 65°C. The card is available for around $150.-
Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT specifications:
- GPU: G92 revision A2 / 754 million transistors / 702MHz
- Shader Processors: 112
- ROPs: 16
- Memory: 512Mb / 256-bit / 999MHz
Read the complete review here: Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo Review
Overall, a very lovely product which we can definitely recommend, the next best thing for you would be the GeForce 9800 GTX+ or Radeon HD 4850 which are slightly more expensive.
What to choose between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 1Gb? In a word, if you need antialiasing in high resolution, the Radeon HD 4870 1Gb is the right choice. if you don’t need AA, choose the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 because performances without AA are better. In the side of power consumption and noise, the GeForce has the advantage.
Hexus has publihed a test of HIS’s Radeon HD 4850 featuring the IceQ4 cooling system. This cooler keeps the temperature to 46°C at idle and around 58°C under load.
Read the complete review here: HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ 4 TurboX – the best a man can get?
Sapphire’s Radeon HD 4870 Toxic edition features the Vapor-X heat pipe cooler based on Sapphire’s Vapor Chamber Technology. Vapor-X makes it possible a cool 43°C at idle and a 65°C under load. This Radeon HD 4870 is powered by the RV770 GPU (with 800 shaders processors), has 512Mb of GDDR5 graphics memory with a 256-bit interface and has some overclocked frequencies (memory: 1000MHz, GPU: 780MHz).
Read the complete test here: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic Video Card
In conclusion, my final recommendation on the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic graphics card is very good but at the moment it’s nearly impossible to procure. On its own accord the 4870 Toxic would occasionally reach the level of performance seen from the GeForce GTX 260, but never completely dominate over it.
The guys at Rage3D have spent a lot of time to test the Radeon HD 4870 X2 with around 16 different games. The 4870 X2 is based on the the R700 GPU (actually two RV770). And their conclusion is clear: the Radeon HD 4870 X2 is the fastest card at this point in time. They also recommend, if you have the choice, to buy a Radeon HD 4870 X2 than two Radeon HD 4870 in Crossfire. And last point, an important advice is to have a fast, very fast CPU in order to fill the 4870X2′s command buffer (read send enough graphics data to the card).
Good things come in pairs
This test is focused on DirectX 10 and DirectX 9 titles and it’s a pity that Rage3D has not tested the 4870 X2 with OpenGL applications.
Read the complete test here: Radeon HD 4870 X2 Review.
This Radeon HD 4870 (RV770 GPU) with 1Gb GDDR5 of graphics memory can be seen as the answer to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 (see here and here). And from the tests, the Radeon HD 4870 1Gb is a little faster than a regular GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 but has to compete fiercely with the pre-overcloked versions of the GTX 260 Core 216 (like BFG and eVGA).
Read the complete review here: AMD ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB review
EVGA’s GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is the new version of the GeForce GTX 260. This version adds 24 shader processors to the existing 192 (192+24=216).
The Geforce GTX 260 core 216 is in fact a GeForce GTX 280, with a small chunk of memory missing, and one shader cluster with 24 shader cores disabled. Other then that, there is just no difference whatsoever.
So in general the Core 216 edition cards offer a small small step in performance over the regular GTX 260 products, but the faster clocked Core 216 products, darn it, that’s where value starts kicking in for sure.
Read the complete review here: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked review.
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