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Old September 18, 2008, 05:55 PM
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Default Help, Need some advice on a upgrade from a GTX260

So my EVGA GTX260 (192) SP just showed up yesterday. Now before I open it I am thinking about the possibility of selling it unopened for 300 Cash here in Canada then buying something better.
I see on EVGA's website they are selling the
EVGA GTX260 (192) Core for 299.99 USD
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInf...eries%20Family
And the
EVGA GTX260 (216) Core for 299.99 USD
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInf...eries%20Family

So first off I see that for the same price I could get the new 216 Core GTX260
But here is a bit of a catch for trying to step-up, I just had a EVGA 9800GTX which I used to step up to the GTX260 basically for free. I bought the 9800GTX four months ago when it was just over 300 bucks USD, Then as the Price of the GTX260 dropped, I cashed in my Step-up to get the GTX260 for free
So stepping up again is out of the question says EVGA.

I could sell my unopened GTX260 then buy the core (216) GTX260 for 299.99, But does anybody have a better Idea to get more performance for my 300 dollar Canadian?
Is there any ATI products that would beat my GTX260 (192) core for around 300 Bucks?
Really need some solid advice people to get the most gaming performance I can for my money
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:26 PM
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IMO you aren't going to get $300 for your card since you can get it new for $260 after MIR, plus a full warranty since I don't think EVGA's warranty is transferable, but I could be mistaken.

The HD4870 is spot on with the GTX260 (192) I believe though the 216 was released to plainly beat the HD4870.

However, the GTX260 will suit you fine regardless of 192 or 216SP. It's a solid card.
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Old September 18, 2008, 09:29 PM
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Yeah holding onto the 260 192 is no sin its a solid card the Core 216 makes pathetic gains over it. Nvidia only released it to defend the spot against the 4870 however the 4870 continues to drop in price and still outperforms the 260 in higher res AA FPS. All in all open the box and give it a spin you wont regret it......however hmmm the 260 216 is quieter...well scatch that I dont know......return it pay the restocking fee and get the 4870 (jk)
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Old September 19, 2008, 09:40 AM
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I'm in exactly the same boat, only I purchased the FTW edition ($329 after MIR) and of course one week after purchasing...boom...new 216 Core! However, the Card is amazing, not just the speed (130 GB/Sec Bandwidth OC"d to 720/1475.2.4Ghz), but the Load Temps. Under Load playing Crysis it barely breaks 60 celcius, my old 880GTX was close to 80 celcius!
As mentioned, you could simply retrun it,(I cannot as I've "cut-out" the Bar Code for MIR) or just go with it until the new 55nm's appear!
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Old September 24, 2008, 04:24 PM
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Update: DC is taking back my GTX 260 FTW (even minus the Bar Code)...way to go DC, thianks for all your help on this one Corey!! Now, I will be recieving a new GTX 280 SSC to compliment my Samsung 24"!!
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Old September 24, 2008, 04:37 PM
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That was good of them, the GTX280 is hell of a card.
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Wow that is impressive ...even with the UPC code gone...I guess we can look forward to large open box sales from DC and NCIX I am guessing they are having these kinda requests often
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I would just keep the GTX260 192. Jumping through that many hoops for 24 shaders is not worth it IMHO. Plus the GTX260 overclocks like crazy. I have mine at 756/1512/2500 without even bumping the voltage in the BIOS (I am at 1.06V). At those clocks you are in GTX280 territory for anything but the highest resolutions.

Mine benches Crysis 41.3 fps at 1680X1050 4XAA for reference.
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Is the GTX260 a worth while upgrade from my 2 8800GT's with my current system specs or would I be highly limited by my cpu? Prices keep falling on these and I gotta stop the itch sooner or later.

Would a GTX 280 simply be overkill for my system?

I bet someone over at DC staff just bought yours, given the circumstances I would let you return it without the UPC code you're buying something thats much more expensive.

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Is the GTX260 a worth while upgrade from my 2 8800GT's with my current system specs or would I be highly limited by my cpu? Prices keep falling on these and I gotta stop the itch sooner or later.

Would a GTX 280 simply be overkill for my system?

I bet someone over at DC staff just bought yours, given the circumstances I would let you return it without the UPC code you're buying something thats much more expensive.

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If you are already running 2 X 8800GT in SLI you are about equivalent to GTX260 speeds. Since you have already invested in the SLI setup (mobo, power supply) I would not bother. What resolution are you gaming at? That would factor in as well.
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