GeForce GTX260+ vs Radeon 4850 Part 2: Image Quality
After comparing the performance of the Radeon 4850 to the GeForce GTX260+ in part one of this article, some interesting findings were made. More specifically, it was found that the 4850 was administering the smackdown on the 260+ in certain situations with 8xMSAA, and/or when running adaptive anti-aliasing against the 260+’s transparency anti-aliasing.
Clearly this is puzzling since the 4850 has inferior specs, especially with respect to memory resources, where it has almost half the bandwidth and capacity of the 260+. So part two of this article will compare image quality of the two cards in order to try to provide some kind of explanation.
Since still screenshots seldom do the issue justice (as opposed to actual movement during gaming), all of the pictures have been substantially zoomed for your convenience.
For the best comparison, I’d suggest loading the images into individual browser tabs and quickly switching between them. Also, make sure that your browser’s image scaling options are off.
This is the best image quality comparison I’ve seen regarding the 4800s and GTX 200s. As always, great job BFG, and thanks for all of the hard work.
Damn, i have to agree. i was lucky to get a preview of this review and i learned a lot from it. BFG10K has been working on and polishing this review for quite some time and his hard work and effort really shows in a deep but very clearly understandable article. He does not waste a single word yet covers what he intends expertly.
Thanks for your support everyone. It’s the readers like you that make it all worthwhile.
I Used to be a die hard nvidia fan – loved my BFG 7950GT,Had a truly fabulous Zotac 8800GT AMP, But my last graphics upgrade has been my first to cross over to ATI and the HD4850. I now have 2 in crossfire (mainly because nvidia motherboards are quite frankly terrible ! Having been unfortunate enough to own a couple i include the Striker 2 extreme in that). I have friends still scared to try anything but NVIDIA or Infact made by BFG -(Great cards,incredible warranty – but have you ever had a gfx card for more than a couple of years ?)- They own 260’s and 280’s but i wouldn’t swap the ATI’s because the gaming performance and picture quality is i’m afraid to dissapoint you – BETTER WITH ATI 4800 SERIES GRAPHICS CARDS. These things happen AMD were great and overclocked for england ,Intel topped them with the core 2’s, Nvidia 8 series were great, GTX200 series came out too expensive and ATI struck gold with the RV770 chipset , swings and roundabouts gentlemen , What counts above all else is FPS per £/$ and that means ATI 4800 .
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