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GTS 250 1GB versus 9800 GTX+ review.

Back on Monday, February 23rd I got a call on my cell while I was in a meeting. I excused myself and I was surprised to find someone named David Makin talking to me. When he told me he was from Palit, my ears perked up. When he asked me if he could send me a Palit GTS 250, I manged to keep my cool long enough to confirm my shipping address for him. After the conversation I performed the victory jig of my Scottish ancestors. Apparently Nvidia shared my address with their partners, which... is... AWESOME!

Thursday monring UPS dropped off the card to me before I went to work, and when I returned from work the GTS 250 retail box and its contents were waiting for me. Palit shipped the card and box to me separately so that I could get the card as soon as possible. I also received the Evga 9800 GTX+ that we purchased to compare the GTS 250 to that evening.

So ends the story about how GPUReview received its first free video card for review purposes. Now that we got all that uninteresting crap out of the way, here comes the review!

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HD 4850 and HD 4870 deals are hot hot hot!

There is a crap load of HD 4850 and HD 4870 deals going on over at Newegg today. This might be because of the impending GTS 250 launch but that would be too obvious. Right?

Here are the HD 4850s:

Card Name & Newegg Link Rebate End Price 
MSI R4850-2D512-OC (Heatpipe) $30$119.99 
Asus EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M  $30$119.99 
PowerColor HD 4850  $15$119.99 
Apollo HD 4850 512MB GDDR3  $15$129.99 
Asus EAH4850 MATRIX/HTDI/512  $30$129.99 
Gigabyte HD 4850 Zalman  $15$134.99 
HIS HD 4850  NA$134.99 
Sapphire HD 4850 Dual Slot  NA$139.99 
Apollo HD 4850 512MB GDDR4  $15$139.99  
Sapphire HD 4850  NA$144.99 
XFX HD 4850  $20$144.99 
 

Here are the HD 4870s:

Card Name & Newegg Link Rebate End Price 
PowerColor HD 4870 OC  $15$154.99
Asus EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512MD5  $30$164.99
Gigabyte HD 4870 1GB $30$169.99 
HIS HD 4870 (STALKER CS) $10$179.99

Happy GTS 250 launch day.

If you are thinking about buying a GTS 250 you can read our Palit GTS 250 1GB review and then pick your favorite from the list below. I suppose you could buy them all if want to get your Christmas shopping done early...and if you are crazy. I am sad to see that only two of these are selling at MSRP.

UPDATE: Because of Casecutter's comment I updated the list below. The Sparkle and Gigabyte cards both fell $25, the XFX fell $20, the BFG fell $15, and the stock Evga 1GB fell $10. Woot! I updated the 4850 and 4870 prices located two posts down as well.  

   
Card Name & Newegg Link
Rebate
End Price
MSI GTS 250 512MB OC Far Cry 2
 $10$119.99
Zotac GTS 250 512MB
 NA$129.99
Evga GTS 250 512MB
 NA$129.99
Sparkle GTS 250 512MB
 NA$129.99
XFX GTS 250 512MB
 NA$129.99
Evga GTS 250 Superclocked 512MB
 $10$139.99
Sparkle GTS 250 1GB
 NA$149.99
MSI GTS 250 1GB OC
 $15$134.99
BFG GTS 250 512MB OC
 NA$149.99
Zotac GTS 250 1GB
 NA$149.99
Gigabyte GTS 250 1GB
 NA$149.99
Evga GTS 250 1GB
 NA$154.99
Evga GTS 250 Superclocked 1GB
 $10$159.99

Here is a pic of the coolest looking GTS 250 from the above list. I guess it is the most expensive one too.

 

Gigabyte

Samury's HD 4870 X2 "owns all of yours".

I read this and enjoyed it very much. I hope you will too.

 

PWNED!

 

In other (and more serious) news, our GeForce 3D Vision review will be posted this week. I have finished all my testing and Mike has the hardware right now. He's going to check it out for himself so that he can contribute his opinion.

Radeon HD 4890 is incoming.

Yesterday some more HD 4890 benchmark results hit the webs along with some pics of a Gigabyte retail offering. The HD 4890 features the 55nm RV790 core running at 850MHz with 1GB of GDDR5 running at a total of 3,900MHz. The video card is rumored to become available between April 6th and April 8th so we will be adding this to the database soon.

 

Gigabyte HD 4890 pic from techPowerUp!

All apologies.

The week was over about 10 minutes ago and I just finished writing my part of the review. Mike still has not sent me his thoughts or my new graphs (see below for more details) so it looks like the article will be posted tomorrow after I get home from work.

I am sorry.

Mike does not like the way my bar graphs look. He really hates the green marble texture I put in the background so he has been begging for me to let him "fix them". Do you guys think my graphs look ugly?

The decision to buy GeForce 3D Vision.

You may recall my CES 2009 article in which I talked about Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision system. After a few minutes of playing Left 4 Dead in 3D I was so impressed with 3D Vision I knew I had to get my hands on it somehow. I had three options. Option one; I could get Nvidia to send me the hardware I needed to review 3D Vision. Option two; I could spend $600 to buy the monitor or glasses. Or option 3, I could grab the stuff out of Nvidia's booth and try to run out the door with it.

I went with option one and a few weeks after CES I got a message from Nvidia letting me know that they would be sending me the 3D Vision hardware as soon as they got another monitor to send out. I finally received the stuff in late February and I spent two weeks playing and testing games in glorious 3D. Now it is finally time to share my findings with you.

 

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HD 4890 on sale and in stock now!

The HD 4890 has appeared at online retailers way before its official launch in April. The Gigabyte model (GV-R4890-1GH-B) is available at Shark Systems and PCV Online. I have never heard of these sites, so you may want to read up on them before you buy.

PCV Online Gigabyte HD 4890 $339.95

Shark Systems Gigabyte HD 4890 $298.71

If you guys see the cards in stock at any other sites before the official launch, please leave us a comment.

Yes you May have your GTX 295 on a single PCB.

Nvidia is redesigning the GTX 295 due to climbing production costs and stiff competition from AMD's HD 4870 X2. To fit everything in Nvidia will have to do some pretty creative things. Like putting some of the 28 memory chips on the back of the PCB. Will they be able to pull this off? We'll have to wait until May to find out.

Expreview pic.
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