The release today of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 means that NVIDIA has re-entered the graphics market. These are the first DirectX 11 video cards from the boys in Santa Clara and have basically caught up with the ATI juggernaut in terms of features and performance. ATI, however has the advantage of being first to market with the top to bottom lineup of video cards. The direct competitor to the GeForce GTX 480 is the HD 5870 in terms of performance; the GTX 470 is roughly comparable to the 5850.
The second card in the lineup is the RADEON HD 5850 video card from ATI. This card shipped with fewer Stream Processors but is still very powerful in its own right versus the competition from NVIDIA at launch. This card is very popular because of its wider availability and lower price point which is a big plus. NVIDIA is countering this card with the GTX470. It should be an interesting battle. Sapphire sells video cards based upon ATI graphics chips. Today’s review is on the Sapphire Toxic HD 5850 2GB DDR5 PCIE DDVI/HDMI/DVI card.