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Old December 1, 2008, 10:08 AM
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I have a Asus EN8800GT TOP that is volt modded/WCed, running the core/shaders at 850/2000. I'm really starting to notice the sluggishness running COD4 so I turned the res down to 1280x800 (IIRC) from my native 1920x1200 to smooth it out... not bad but still not perfect.

So I'm tossing up between the gtx 260 and 280. The 280 doesn't seem to bench faster by any great margin and maybe that gap could be lessened by a good OC on a 260? I'm not in any big hurry so I can wait if there is some latest/greatest card coming down the pipeline soon.

I want to stay with nVidia, not for fanboy reasons but I have a second video card to run a couple aux. monitors so if I went with ATI I'd have to change that card too. I imagine there would be driver issues abound trying to run ATI and nVidia on the same machine. I'm also not interested in SLI.

The 260-216 is in the range of what I want to spend. I would spend the $$$ on a 280 if it was leaps and bounds better but that doesn't seen to be the case so it seems like a bit of a waste at almost twice as much. For that matter is a 260-216 enough of a jump over my 8800GT to make that card worth it?

Any advice on what I should do?
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260-216 is a good way to go. It performs well and at a decent cost. I don't know about mixing ati and nvidia but I'm sure someone else will. If you do go nvidia, the 260-216 is the card I would go with.
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Old December 1, 2008, 10:40 AM
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Forget about running ATI / nVidia on the same machine.

+1 for the 260-216. But if you can find a used 280, jump on it. That card is a monster.
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+2 for 260-216.
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Old December 1, 2008, 02:34 PM
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GTX 260 (216) SC is a great Card, although I had only the 192 Core FTW version to compare to both Single 280 and SLI 280, I believe for a single Card solution try and find a deal on a 280..as stated, it really is a monster and the gains @ 1920 x 1200 Res are appreciable. With that said, the 216 Core is a very good Card that runs considerably cooler than the 280...
6 to one half a dozen the other..really depends upon what kind of deal you can find and what you're willing to spend.
A few months ago I was able to get a 280 SSC Version from DC for $500 (total w Taxes and just recieved my $40 MIR last week), then I found the same deal at NCIX for around the same cost. The prices are quite high right now and a 216 Core is likely more justifiable!
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Pretty sure there's a 280 for sale for $400 I'd go for that or wait until January-Feb when the much anticipated die shrinks of the 260 show-up.
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Old December 1, 2008, 08:07 PM
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I hadn't done a lot price comparing but I saw a 260-216 for $308 and the 280's I was seeing were mid 5's, but I did some more searching and found them in the mid 4's so if there is that much of a difference in the higher resolutions then the 280 makes the most sense. BTW Where's that 280 for $400?
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Getting raped lately on the new projects im thinking of upgrading my 8800GT i think theres some new monster cards coming out from Nvidia so wait and see if the existing card prices go down but i must say i was thinking about getting the 260-216 cores myself.
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Hmmm, I don't know if the 260-216 is really worth it over the original 260. When you check out the benchmarks you do see, grant you, that the 260-216 does an average of "up to" 10fps over the 260 in 1920x1200 resolutions but when you are already doing 50+ fps why does it matter? I'm seeing the 260 vanilla at NCIX for $275.00

NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 576MHZ 896MB 2.0GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - 896-P3-1260-AR In Canada.


Here is a review of the 260-216 card, you can decide for yourself:

GeForce GTX 260 reloaded vs. the Radeon HD 4870 1GB - The Tech Report - Page 1
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A few months ago I was able to get a 280 SSC Version from DC for $500 (total w Taxes and just recieved my $40 MIR last week),
Just a reminder, thats $460 CDN total brand new c/w Lifetime Warrenty...used Evga products are not Warrantied. Also, the 1st Card was the noted price, then the prices went up significantly for about a month, then the same deal was available on NCIX.....just keep a close eye on the prices!
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