Unless you don’t believe what the folks over at Anandtech have to say (and they know their stuff), their new video card buyer’s guide for this North-Hemispherean spring will be quite useful. Especially since it’s got recommendations for a variety of price points:
|$75||ATI Radeon HD 4670
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
|$100||Wait for a month!|
|$150||ATI Radeon HD 4850|
|$165||ATI Radeon HD 4870|
|$180||An ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB
NVIDIA GTX 260 Core 216
|$180 - $280||Errr…|
|$280 - $400+||ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB|
Hmmm… looks like ATI’s winning the current round of the never-ending battle between the maker and its arch-rival NVIDIA. According to Anandtech lately, that’s a value-for-money matter, and not performance.
Nice ATI! You’ll probably steal some thunder from NVIDIA when you release the Radeon HD 4550 and 4350 this October. Both video cards will feature support for DirectX 10.1, compatiblity with HDMI displays like the HP w2228h, and even 7.1 audio!
The 4550 will be $16 more expensive than the 4350 thanks to its 512MB of DDR3 RAM, compared to half that for the latter. Both cards run at 96 gigaflops, for those who are interested. (boingboing.net)