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ATI, Nvidia Reveal New $250 Graphics Cards 84

Posted by timothy
from the short-and-sweet dept.
ThinSkin writes "As part of their 'Spring Refresh,' both AMD and Nvidia reveal new $250 graphics cards, the Radeon 4890 and GeForce GTX 275. ExtremeTech takes both cards and runs them through a gamut of gaming and synthetic benchmarks to decide which card triumphs over the other. Long story short, the GeForce takes the cake with impressive performance at its price, while the Radeon didn't show a high improvement over the cheaper Radeon 4870."
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ATI, Nvidia Reveal New $250 Graphics Cards

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  • Confusion (Score:2, Insightful)

    by mac1235 (962716) on Thursday April 02, 2009 @03:29PM (#27435241)
    Hardware site 1 disagrees with hardware site 2! Who can we trust!
  • by MooseMuffin (799896) on Thursday April 02, 2009 @03:29PM (#27435243)

    Nothing in the linked article or the other various reviews of the two cards I've seen today concludes "the Radeon didn't show a high improvement over the cheaper Radeon 4870."

  • by PIBM (588930) on Thursday April 02, 2009 @03:30PM (#27435247) Homepage

    I'm not sure on how to analyze that post after reading TFA. It seems that the radeon beat the nvidia in most of the cases, even at the $ per average FPS..

    Thus why is this tagged with nvidia as the winner ?

  • by MoFoQ (584566) on Thursday April 02, 2009 @03:31PM (#27435263)

    yea...but don't think it's a "they"...just one crusader (don't think he wears a cape): Charlie Demerjian

    He just hates nVidia with a passion.
    Supposedly, there was some sort of "tiff" between them...them, like many companies, wanting to limit negative reviews, etc.

    either way, grains (not just grain) of salt required for his articles regarding NV.

  • by Zakabog (603757) <john AT jmaug DOT com> on Thursday April 02, 2009 @03:34PM (#27435331)

    No improvement of the 4870??

    and I quote (from the summary):

    "Long story short, the GeForce takes the cake with impressive performance at its price, while the Radeon didn't show a high improvement over the cheaper Radeon 4870."

    Both articles say the same thing, the GeForce 275 is a better performer, and the 4890 isn't a much higher improvement over the 4870 (though it is still an improvement.)

  • by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) on Thursday April 02, 2009 @03:39PM (#27435403)

    My impression of charlie's nvidia coverage is that he "sweats the small stuff," "makes mountains out of molehills," etc. But on the big stuff, he's pretty accurate. For example, he had the scoop on the overheating nvidia chips months before it came out anywhere else. That screw-up cost nvidia (and partners like HP) double and maybe triple digit millions of dollars of losses. I would consider the claims in that article to be "big stuff" - sending high-end cards to reviewers and low-end (and mostly unavailable at that) cards to customers is big stuff.

    We'll all know for sure in a month or two, but for now, he's got the benefit of my doubt on this claim.

  • by Anachragnome (1008495) on Thursday April 02, 2009 @03:50PM (#27435539)

    Kind of a useless test from my point of view, that of someone that would be looking to upgrade, for one simple reason.

    These comparisons never seem to include the last generation of cards, and thus of no real value to me since I cannot determine how much of an upgrade I would be getting.

    I don't care how many fucking cores it has if it doesn't perform better then what I have right now.

    Benchmark testing my own machine(as a comparison tool) is sort of useless as well since the REST of my machine may be totally different then what they used.

    Which is better then which is an entirely moot point if neither is better then what I have.

  • Re:Funny (Score:4, Insightful)

    by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland@ya[ ].com ['hoo' in gap]> on Thursday April 02, 2009 @04:40PM (#27436211) Homepage Journal

    Both have the same entry price point.
    That's not uncommon at all. In fact there is a whole method for calculating it.

    There doesn't need to be a conspiracy or collusion or 'price fixing' for 2 similar products to have the same price point.

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