Originally Posted by newtekie1
Maybe things have changed in the past few hours, but the cheapest GTX470 on newegg is $275 w/ Rebate, actually technically the cheapest is $270 w/o rebate but that one is refurbished so we won't count it. The cheapest HD5870 is $299 w/ rebate as you said. Why consider the rebate with the HD5870 but not the GTX470?...
So what does the $25 get you with the HD5870? An unnoticeable performance difference in real world use at stock speeds, and a non-reference card with no voltage control. In the end, overclocked vs. overclocked the $275 GTX470 is going to perform the same or better than the $299 HD5870.
Not to mention the GTX470 comes with Mafia II, an actual new game that still retails for $50 while the HD5870 comes with...nothing...
The GTX470 definitely is a better deal than the HD5870 right now, unless you care about power, but the GTX480 isn't worth the price at all.
Based off of the cards I use I prefer my 5850 to my 470, though the 470 is a better deal than the 5870 for sure. Overclocked vs. overclocked no, the 470 is not the same or better than the 5870 or my 5850 overclocked for that matter.