Nvidia GTX 295 vs. ATI Radeon 5870?

By wookieecrisp
Oct 23, 2009
  1. Hello everyone,

    Which is better in terms of performance and power:

    Single Nvidia GeForce GTX 295
    Single ATI Radeon 5870
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    they are both great but the 5870 only beats the 295 in about 5 games but the 5870 does use less power and has dx 11 vs the gtx 295 only having dx 10
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +8

    The HD 5870 is a single GPU compared to two for the GTX 295. It's not a fair fight, but the Radeon still manages to get ahead in a few games. So, in terms of price to performance, the HD 5870 gets my vote. :)
  4. wookieecrisp

    wookieecrisp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Thanks very much. If you take price out of the question, would you still choose the ATI?
  5. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i personally would pick the ati card over the gtx 295
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,215   +154

    one of the things that is lost in this is the fact that the 5870 is a DX 11 card far technologically advanced (DX 11 .compute-shade,tessellation, etc and ready for the next generation of games.
  7. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i already stated that :)
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,215   +154

    what are you implying? that I'm senile? ......did I mention that the 5870 is DX11? :haha::p:wave:
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,424   +142

    Definatly the 5870!
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    The 5870, purely for the fact that it is a single-GPU card and is as-such less dependent on driver support for good performance in games compared to the GTX 295, which is basically two GTX 260s SLI-ed on one PCB. SLI support is usually close to non-existent in titles when they release, and is only improved after a patch or two, or new drivers.

    I personally hate playing the waiting game, so I'd go for a single-GPU solution that guarantees that I can use all the pixel-processing horsepower, rather than having some of it go to waste, as in the case of dual-GPU solutions like the GTX 295.

    Power consumption and heat output are two other concerns; the 5870 wins out in that too.
  11. RiseorDie

    RiseorDie TS Rookie Posts: 16

    the hd 5870 wins even though the gtx preforms better in more games
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