October 2nd, 2008
Madshrimps ATI HD4870X2 vs NVIDIA GTX 280 – High-End VGA Comparison
Anybody not living under a rock has heard of the ATI HD4xxx series by now. Officially launched less than 2 months and already topping the sale charts and recommended by enthusiasts and newcomers alike when building or upgrading their PC.
ATI kept pricing amazingly low for their latest video cards which gave them a significant price/performance edge over the competition. The HD4850 can now be found for €130~150 while the HD4870 goes for slightly more than €200. The HD4850 matches previous NVIDIA high end card 9800 GTX in performance, while the HD4870 is challenging the new NVIDIA high-end GTX 260. This leaves the NVIDIA GTX 280 lonely at the top as the fastest single GPU video card solution… until today.
We already got a preview of things to come when we saw Crossfire action with the HD4xxx cards, delivering performance on par/higher than the GTX 280. Last generation ATI produced a dual GPU solution on one card, the HD3870X2, which provided quite a good price/performance balance in the high-end GPU bracket. Today they release its successor: The ATI HD4870X2.