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PC build + GTX 275 or 4890 PCS??

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by L0stpr0phet, 11 Sep 2009.

  1. L0stpr0phet


    Joined: 8 Sep 2009

    Posts: 183

    Hi All,
    Hoping for a bit of advice with picking out a graphics card for an i5 build im doing for a friend.
    I'm thinking of either:

    Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 4890 PCS


    Sparkle GeForce GTX 275

    or even a 2 x PowerColor HD 4770 512MB in xfire??

    The rest of the PC build is currently (isn't set in stone):
    MSI P55-GD80 Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 Motherboard
    G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
    Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) - Retail
    Lian Li PC-60FW Aluminium Midi Case - Black (No PSU)
    Corsair TX 650W ATX SLi Compliant Power Supply (CMPSU-650TXUK)
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD1001FALS)

    Any advice would be much appreciated also can anyone recommend a cooler for the i5 CPU Socket LGA1156?

    Thanks in advance for any replys! :D
  2. metamorphpwner

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Sep 2008

    Posts: 2,111

    Location: Near Hull

    I'd go 4890, and if you were to go with 4770 in xfire why not go with the 4830/4850 for not much more
  3. fizzle-187

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jul 2009

    Posts: 1,550

    Go with the 4890, great card with excellent value.
  4. anti5580


    Joined: 14 Jun 2009

    Posts: 433

    I don't see the point in having 4770 Xfire at the moment, it's delivers good performance but you're better of buying a 4890 and Xfire that at a later date.
  5. Ritsugamesh


    Joined: 3 Sep 2009

    Posts: 419

    Location: Nottingham

    I'd agree with the 4890; don't bother with 4770 crossfire, allow the crossfire of two 4890's at a later date.
  6. Deific


    Joined: 7 Sep 2009

    Posts: 4,229

    Location: Cheshire

    the powercolor card (not battleforge edition) sporting 850mhz core, and 3900 clock memory comes out neck and neck in benchmarks when put against the palit 275.

    The battleforge edition of the ATI card is quite a large improvement over the one shown in benchmarks, where as the sparkle is only a minor improvement over the palit, leading me to guess the 4890 would probably come out on top.

  7. L0stpr0phet


    Joined: 8 Sep 2009

    Posts: 183

    ok thank for all your help guys, think ill go with the 4890
  8. spudbynight


    Joined: 8 Nov 2006

    Posts: 6,748

    Location: Hove, UK

    As they are around the same price I would actually go with the 275. Similar performance from them both with the advantages of CUDA and Physx from the 275. Also, if you ever fancy running Linux you are better off with the Nvidia drivers.
  9. kylew


    Joined: 31 May 2007

    Posts: 10,739

    Location: Liverpool

    Cuda and PhysX are poor, not worth the extra monies involved.

    These 'advantages' are just feature checkboxes.

    As for linux support, ATi's been working on their linux drivers, their 9.9 drivers should work far better with linux than ever.

    CUDA and PhysX are either going to become obsolete (well CUDA is once OpenCL is implemented) and PhysX is going to be obsolete when OpenCL accelerated Physics is rolled out, as known as Havok with GPU acceleration.
    Last edited: 12 Sep 2009
  10. Nocky24


    Joined: 19 May 2009

    Posts: 3,062

    Location: Near Birmingham

    4890 for me, better price/performance ratio than the 275 as good as it is.
  11. antran

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Dec 2007

    Posts: 1,707

    Location: Essex

    there's going to load of 4890s in the MM next few weeks for dirt cheap ;) since the 5800 series is being release in 2 weeks time.
  12. Buckster


    Joined: 20 Aug 2006

    Posts: 8,659

    4890 :)

    I wouldn't say 4890s will go that cheap in MM - as availability of them new will drop off very quickly .. like it did with previous models on a new release

    I'd go for an Asus 4890 - mine does nice clocks
  13. Drake22


    Joined: 8 Jun 2009

    Posts: 507

    Location: Hull, UK

    around same price? 4890 is £25 cheaper, so 4890 hands down
  14. metamorphpwner

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Sep 2008

    Posts: 2,111

    Location: Near Hull

    you sure??

    4890 - £149.98 inc VAT
    £130.42 ex VAT

    GTX 275- £149.99 inc VAT
    £130.43 ex VAT

    maybe the cheapest 4890 is £25 cheaper but not the one he/she linked
  15. GingaNinja


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 644

    Location: Maidenhead

    4890 is a fab card indeed. An important downside, though, is the noise. I wasn't expecting it to be quite so loud. My initial intention was to get another 4890 to crossfire in due course, but I think the noise of two cards would be unbearable. That said, it really is a powerhouse. Also, mine might be noisier than most (XFX black edition).

  16. Sayso


    Joined: 30 Sep 2008

    Posts: 3,432

    Location: Chelmsford

    both great cards!! go with what evers cheapest, but check to see if your board supports Xfire or SLI ?
  17. D13


    Joined: 4 Oct 2008

    Posts: 983

    At the same price point you need to ask:

    -does your friend have any interest in the few games that use physx.
    -try and research into how loud those cards are, my previous experience with ati cards is that (the stock fans) are far too loud.
    -and of course what resolution will he be playing at? those cards may well be overkill.
    -last of course is the imminent release of the new ati series, you should 100% hold fire until they shake things up.