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Old October 2, 2008, 10:55 AM
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I hope I made the right choice. I admit I'm super comfortable with nVidia and have NEVER *knocks wood* had any difficulty with them (other than a crappy 5500 i purchased many years ago on a student budget).

The 260 216 is a beast, I'm amazed at its gaming performance. All my games run great on native res on my samsung 22". However I only get 15,557 3dmark 06s score.

For the EVGA card, how far can I push it and still be within a safe limit of gaming (for extended periods of time, like 4-6 hrs sometimes). What are good temps?
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Old October 2, 2008, 11:11 AM
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I hope I made the right choice. I admit I'm super comfortable with nVidia and have NEVER *knocks wood* had any difficulty with them (other than a crappy 5500 i purchased many years ago on a student budget).

The 260 216 is a beast, I'm amazed at its gaming performance. All my games run great on native res on my samsung 22". However I only get 15,557 3dmark 06s score.

For the EVGA card, how far can I push it and still be within a safe limit of gaming (for extended periods of time, like 4-6 hrs sometimes). What are good temps?
Only 15557 that's not bad at all for a $300 card and these days cards are producing way better real world results then what 3dmark 06 can represent.
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Old October 2, 2008, 11:15 AM
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I was getting around 13000 with my 8800GTS 640mb. But it was OCed. I'm hoping to get this one OCed asap. I just need to do some more research on what is a stable OC for prolonged daily use.
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Old October 2, 2008, 01:41 PM
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My point exactly.... I was able to get 12784 with my old 2900XT in 3d mark but in real world results the 8800GTS butchered the 2900XT. I think for a more accurate representation of your card fire up 3D Mark Vantage and then compare your results to others....The biggest difference your going to notice is how this card performs on high resolutions in newer DX10 games compared to the old card.
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Old October 2, 2008, 02:26 PM
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I can't use 3D mark Vintage, I'm still using WinXP. I won't be upgrading just yet, soon enough though. The biggest FPS boost is Crysis, unplayable at 1680*1050 (native res on 22"), but highly playable (30-40fps avg) on my 260 216 on Enthusiast/Very high.
I'm still drooling over the ice levels in Crysis Warhead.
I didn't even realize EVGA has this program called Stepup. I don't know much about it but I might be looking further into stepping up before the 90 days is up. However I'm not convinced of the value (price/performance) of the 280.
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Old October 2, 2008, 06:59 PM
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My Rig (see Sig) with a GTX8800 was 3DMark 06 13,300, with an OC'd GTX 260 (192) I got to about 16,500, then picked up a GTX 280, up to 18.5K. All in all, the gains going from a 260 to 280 (with 22" monitor) I don't believe would be enough top justify the extra $$$, however, I got rid of my 22" and got a 24", so it made sense to go 280.
With that said, they do run a lot warmer then the 260 (about 10 - 14 celicius warmer). They do seem to OC well, (not as good as what my 260 (192) did, but still pretty good considering the heat.
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I grabbed a GTX 260 Core 216 and it is a beast, I love it. Now waiting for my 8600GT to use as a dedicated PhysX processor, which will free up the CPU and GPU even more.
How do u do that with the 8600gt or any other card I have an old 8800gts640MB?
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Old October 9, 2008, 09:36 AM
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Once I popped in the 8600GT, along side my GTX 260+ I just rebooted (for the driver) and then opened Nvidia PhysX control panel. In the settings tab you can select which GPU you would like to use for PhysX. It shows the GTX as main display device obviously, and you can swap em if you had 2 GTX's say, but in my case that would be graphical suicide lol. You need one monitor per card to set this up at this point, apparently they're working on this so you don't need a second monitor, and hopefully to be able to use an Nvidia GPU as a dedicated PPU along side an ATI card in VIsta.
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Old October 9, 2008, 09:37 AM
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Oh and this only works with Geforce 8, 9 or GTX series video cards.
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For temps you newer want it to go over 70, it wont ruin anything if u go over but under 70is best, keep it around 60c if possible. Im protty sure you can OC these things to the point that theyre within striking distance of the 280. Try checking out Evgas forums thats where i found the best info on ocing my 9800gtx+, i pushed it from the stock 738mhz to 820mhz and its rock solid stable with only 50% fan speed :D
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