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Review: Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 XT and XFX Radeon HD 4890 OC XXX vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275

by Tarinder Sandhu on 2 April 2009, 05:00 3.7

Tags: Radeon HD 4890 XT 1GB (Sapphire) 9.4, AMD (NYSE:AMD), Sapphire, ATi Technologies (NYSE:AMD), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), XFX (HKG:1079), PC

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74%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 896MB

74%
ATI (Sapphire) Radeon HD 4890 XT 1,024MB
74%

ATI (XFX) Radeon HD 4890 OC XXX 1,024MB

HEXUS Where2Buy

Forgive the cut-and-paste antics, but the following should provide reasonable reference for pricing:

NVIDIA CARDS

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=986652

1792MB EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Core 240  - 55nm SC "Superclocked"

£266.60 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=986653

1792MB EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Core 240  - 55nm SSC "SuperSuperClocked"

£279.71 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=986650

1792MB EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Core 240 - 55nm

£257.85 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=986657

896MB Asus GTX275

£189.00 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=991684

896MB BFG GTX275 OC

£214.15 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=986655

896MB EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Core 240 - 55nm SC "Superclocked"

£239.49 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=986656

896MB EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Core 240 - 55nm SSC "SuperSuperclocked"

£253.48 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=986654

896MB EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Core 240 - 55nm

£226.38 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=993472

896MB Gainward GTX275 PCI-E

£195.00 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=992829

896MB PALIT GTX 275 PCI-E

£173.90 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=992821

896MB XFX GTX275 DDR3 DUAL DVI PCI-E Card

£195.49 + VAT

 

ATI CARDS

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=984639

1GB HiS HD4890 PCI-E GDDR5

£191.42 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=984641

1GB Power Color HD4890 PCI-E GDDR5 2-Slot FanSink

£195.99 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=986047

1GB SAPPHIRE HD4890 1GB DDR5

£195.50 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=984642

1GB XFX HD4890 850MHz DDR5 DUAL DVI GRAPHICS CARD

£209.00 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=992834

1GB XFX HD4890 900M DDR5 XXX Edition Dual DVI PCI-E card

£221.63 + VAT

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=993474

SAP 11150-04-20R HD4890 1GB OC DDR5

£206.00 + VAT

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Good review. Extra kudos for making the point about availability - hopefully that'll only be a short term thing, since nVidia have been making these chips for their 295 for a while. At that price point though they'd better be able to supply the channel for a long while.
I agree with the review that on balance, the NVIDIA card just shades it over the ATI. However, I reckon the real interest will be on how these two launches affect the price battle between the GTX260 and the 4870. Given that those cards are more than powerful enough for most people, if their prices fall even further I can see them stealing the thunder from these new boys.

Good review though guys :hexlub:
Now thats for hoping the good old GTX260 216core price drops next week!

If it hits £130 I'll be the first one getting two of them!
CK_1985
However, I reckon the real interest will be on how these two launches affect the price battle between the GTX260 and the 4870.

Exactly what I'm looking at :) You can get 1Gb 4870's with non-reference coolers for £155 already, so I'm going to be keeping an even closer eye on the prices now ;)
You can get GTX260s (192 core) for 109 at ebuyer right now, or 119 at scan with bundle. 216s are 130 at overclockers.co.uk this week, and 139 at scan (again with bundle).

It's something of a dilema - one 275 or 4890 vs 2x 260s for 20-40ukp more…

(which feels wierd, as a bit of an ATI fanboy)