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Old October 18, 2008, 11:55 PM
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I've had an EVGA 9800GX2 for a while now, since NCIX had them on sale for $289.99 and I'm not really happy with it.

Just wondering if i was to try out a GTX260 or GTX280 if either of these cards would be better for gaming.

DirectCanada has a GTX280 for $399.99 right now
Futureshop has a GTX260 for $279.99 right now

Not a fan of ATI otherwise i would give a 4870 a try.

Basically the 9800GX2 doesn't seem to be performing well in games as well as i thought it would.

And i just wanted to know if switching to a GTX260 or GTX280 will fix that or not.

I'm running a clean install of Vista Ultimate x64 with the latest drivers for everything I've got. Nothing installed but games right now, and Avira
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Old October 19, 2008, 12:31 AM
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in my opinion... depend on resolution... and game....

gx2 is at about same level as gtx280 and 260...


btw what is your previous video card?
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Old October 19, 2008, 12:52 AM
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in my opinion... depend on resolution... and game....

gx2 is at about same level as gtx280 and 260...


btw what is your previous video card?
I had an 8800GTS (512mb) before i bought the GX2.

I do all my gaming in 1920x1280 because of the native res of my LCD.
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Old October 19, 2008, 12:57 AM
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mmm, i cant see how the 9800 can even be in the same boat is the 4870 or the 280. Should really get the 280. Think about it, the 2800 is a last gen chip.
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Old October 19, 2008, 08:55 AM
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I've never ran many nVidia cards to compare, but based on my experience with ATi one big gpu is always better then multiple smaller gpu setups. The frame rates during gaming aren't as consistent as with one big gpu. I had a 3870X2 and 3870 in CF, and depending on the game the average and maximum fps looked impressive on paper, but gaming wasn't always enjoyable because of the minimum droops which cause the temporary slide shows when things got thick. The single 4870 I have now performs on pretty well the same level and sometimes slightly less then the three 3870 gpu's did but it's kicking ass for a FAR better gaming experience. If you're not happy with the GX2, go for the GTX280 or GTX260 core 216.......... unless of course you're more concerned with big 3DMark scores then stick with what you've got.
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Old October 19, 2008, 01:47 PM
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Well i picked up a GTX260 from Futureshop today because they're on for $289.99 which is cheaper than NCIX, plus they have the 30 day return policy even if its been used.

So if this doe not work out better i will order a GTX280.
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how much for youre 9800gx2??

send me a PM lol
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Old October 20, 2008, 04:58 PM
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how much for youre 9800gx2??

send me a PM lol
Sorry man i already sold it :P

Anyway, just wanted to update this post and say that the GTX 260 is peforming way better in games at 1920x1200 than the 9800GX2 was.

I am much happier now!
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The bad thing about the GX2 and I keep telling everyone this is that it gets low min frame rate. Yes it may be the GTX 280 in some benchies but that is only in average because it gets high burst of FPS but never can sustain a good min FPS. If you are going with only a single card get the GTX 280.
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Old October 20, 2008, 06:22 PM
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The most significant issue plaguing the GX2 is driver support. Nvidia has never managed to get it right, and it's at the point now where they're basically throwing in the towel. You might remember the last time Nvidia tried this dual-core thing - and the 7900 had all the very same driver issues. Lastly, not all games benefit from SLI (in fact, many fewer than most people assume) - and since the GX2 is essentially 2 slower GPU's to the GTX260's one fast one, for games without SLI optimization the GX2 is really omnly as strong as its weakest link. One fast card will always be a better than two slower ones in SLI - and just because those cards are crammed into one product doesn't change that fact at all.

I wouldn't be surprised if the GX2 was EOL before Christmas.

Thanks for the GX2 by the way!
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