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BFG GTX 260 Review Comment Thread

SKYMTL

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Another excellent review SKYMTL! If you're an nvidia fan then I would definitely say to go for this card over the gtx280, just for the sheer price difference. Like you said in the review it's still hard to choose this over the HD4870, but the cheaper 4870 is a bit more appealing for most. If only nvidia could drop the price of the gtx260 just a little more.

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I think this is a good comment:
"To tell you the truth, trying to determine the performance differences between the HD4870 and the GTX 260 really comes down to a game of Russian roulette since they trade wins from one game to the next."

Also I always feel that they should compare the BGF, XFX and EVGA versions (benchmarking) just for the sake of it, if it comes out to be identical, then at least we know.

Oh and the article states that the GTX 260 (I assume its considering the BGF version) is more expensive... Not sure if this is only for people in the US:

"Unfortunately, while it is a great performer the GTX 260 still seems to be partially handicapped by its price. On average it retails for a good 10-20% more (before those pesky mail in rebates) than the competing HD4870..."

But it seems to me that with the GTX260 $15 lower they would recommend it over the HD 4870.

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30825&vpn=900244&manufacture=VISIONTEK - 294.99

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30924 - 279.99
 

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Another excellent review SKYMTL! If you're an nvidia fan then I would definitely say to go for this card over the gtx280, just for the sheer price difference. Like you said in the review it's still hard to choose this over the HD4870, but the cheaper 4870 is a bit more appealing for most. If only nvidia could drop the price of the gtx260 just a little more.

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Where do you see the HD4870 being cheaper?

These are closer in price (or same for the Palit one)

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30819&vpn=4870PE5512&manufacture=Diamond

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31194&vpn=AE=48700+T352&manufacture=Palit Multimedia Inc.

but the Superclocked GTX 260 is 274.99 ($5 less then the cheapest 4870)
AND it comes with Free Shipping from Ncix

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30962&vpn=896-P3-1262-AR&manufacture=eVGA
 

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So if I can read this is what it says.

4870>GTX260(in most cases)

What if the the GTX260 was only $5 more than the 4870? Which would you choose SKY and people?
 

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Well right now there is an HIS HD4870 for $269.99 at ncix: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31085&vpn=H487F512P&manufacture=HIS&promoid=1015

A Diamond 4870 for $268 at Direct canada: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11340BD3111&vpn=4870PE5512&manufacture=DIAMOND

Vanilla evga gtx260 at ncix is $269 according to pricecanada on ncix: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?affiliateid=4352418&sku=30924&promoid=1015 however it says price too low to display.

Generally speaking the 4870 is cheaper and has been since launch. SKYMTL even made that clear in his review "the GTX 260 still seems to be partially handicapped by its price. On average it retails for a good 10-20% more (before those pesky mail in rebates) than the competing HD4870..."
 

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Oh and the article states that the GTX 260 (I assume its considering the BGF version) is more expensive... Not sure if this is only for people in the US:
The non-overclocked version of the BFG card is more expensive than the overclocked version.

But it seems to me that with the GTX260 $15 lower they would recommend it over the HD 4870.
No.

If someone is looking for the absolute best price / performance ratio without taking warranties or trade-up programs into account, the HD4870 is still the best way to go. Period. IMO, the GTX 260 has to be a minimum of $30 cheaper than the HD4870 to compete. In this day and age many people want to use AA in their games and in this case, the HD4870 walks all over the 260 no matter which way you look at it. Granted, there are times when the 260's amount of memory takes precedence but it is only at extreme resolutions.
 

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Where do you see the HD4870 being cheaper?

These are closer in price (or same for the Palit one)

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30819&vpn=4870PE5512&manufacture=Diamond

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=31194&vpn=AE=48700+T352&manufacture=Palit Multimedia Inc.

but the Superclocked GTX 260 is 274.99 ($5 less then the cheapest 4870)
AND it comes with Free Shipping from Ncix

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=30962&vpn=896-P3-1262-AR&manufacture=eVGA
Unfortunately, we can all look at one price and say "hey look, it is cheaper". If you take a look at our price compare engine you will see that on average the HD4870 is cheaper than the GTX 260 before MIRs.

HD4870 pricing: Canadian Prices: Search Results

GTX 260 pricing: Canadian Prices: Search Results

In addition, before everyone gets bent out of shape I have to remind you that this review was about the BFG GTX 260 and many pricing comments were made in relation to that particular card.
 

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Opinions, opinions... Which one do I believe?:doh:

Well if I had the money and it was time for a gpu upgrade, I would still get the HD4870! Even if the gtx260 did drop. But like I said, for those who are loyal to nvidia, and there are customers like that, then the gtx260 seems like a great choice.


EDIT: Good point SKY, this was a review of a card from one specific vendor, so keep that in mind when pricing.
 

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