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Old May 2, 2009, 12:01 PM
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I was thinking of upgrading my Video card the other day so I decided on a Nvid card and going by past reviews I like nvid card better, my Current card is HIS Radeon HD 3870 IceQ3 775MHZ 512MB/256bit GDDR4 now when I look at the above charts they kind of equal out the 260 216 card has more memory but the stream processors are almost half also the memory speed is lower is there going to be that much of an improvement to upgrade to that card or would i be better off just buying a used crossfire motherboard for around 100 CAD and also another 3870 HD card for around 100 CAD ? what are your thought on this , I don't do any heavy OCing But I do some gaming ,online and off.
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Old May 2, 2009, 12:21 PM
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It would definantly be in your best interest to simply upgrade to a GTX 260.

Heres why:

While the numbers may be nice to look at, they really mean nothing in relation to the performance of cards between generations.
The 3870, even with gddr4 memory, is significantly slower than a GTX 260, just because of the architectural differences between how the two cards function.

Not to mention, it would be far more practical to spend 200 on a GTX 260 than to spend $XXX.xx on a CF motherboard and then an extra $XXX.xx for another 3870... which even in the best case scenario will not be able to compete with a GTX 260.

Hope it helps.

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260 216 definitely.
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Old May 2, 2009, 12:59 PM
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OK thanx people :)
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i don't know what monitor you have. But depending on resolution.

1440x900 i would go 9800gtx+
1680x1050 a gtx 260 is good choice

and you should have a 600W psu +
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260 216 definitely, im actually saving for one too :D I would wait for the asus matrix 260 to be released first though, if its cheap it would be a worthwhile investment SUPPOSING you do do a bit (well alot of overclocking) it can reach GTX 280 speeds!
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Old May 4, 2009, 06:25 AM
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are the 260 216 card are cooler then my card
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The 3870 was known to be a hot running card, so even the 260 216 would be considered cooler.
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260 216 definitely, im actually saving for one too :D I would wait for the asus matrix 260 to be released first though, if its cheap it would be a worthwhile investment SUPPOSING you do do a bit (well alot of overclocking) it can reach GTX 280 speeds!
So what you are saying is the Asus Matrix Cards OC higher than say Evga or BFG? Sorry....my experience with the Evga 260's showed that they OC like the banshee....as for OC'ing to 280 speeds that doesn't make any sense at all...in some cases the 260's have higher Core clocks then the 280's....that is irrelevent..as they are 2 different Cards 216 Core shaders vs 240 Core shaders, 896 MB vs 1GB etc etc etc

To the OP...a 260 Core 216 SC Edition would be great, and being the SC version will likely reach very high OC speeds. My old 260 192 Core was an FTW Edition which reached 725 Core without so much as a hiccup.
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Old May 4, 2009, 11:46 PM
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LOL at RJ

the Asus GTX 260 screams at 650mhz/2300mhz/1400mhz and XFX has an gtx 260 black that cruises at 666mhz/2.3ghz/1404mhz

and yea those super clocked gtx 260 will cost almost as much as an gtx 280

just go for the regular gtx 260 216
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