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Old May 15, 2009, 07:56 PM
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There's a chance I'm might be getting both Evga cards at the same time (paid same price for both), which one should I keep? GTX 275 55nm is newer but has less memory. It's hard to keep a phased out 65nm GTX 280, but it still has higher number.

1) NCIX.com - Buy EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Superclocked 648MHZ 896MB 2.376GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - 896-P3-1171-AR In Canada.

2) Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1282-AR GeForce GTX 280 SuperClocked Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

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Overclock both to their max, run some benchmarks, then make your decision.
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I'd like to make decision before I open the box, so I can send back or re-sell one of them. Just wanted to know what people think.
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Oh. In that case, take the GTX 280. It has more memory, larger memory interface, and more ROP units. 141.7 GB/s compared to the GTX 275's 127 GB/s. 55nm and 65nm are just numbers, unless you're concerned about the negligible difference in power-efficiency and heat-output between the two cards.
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For your system, I'd go with the GTX280. However, you'll probably make a bit more re-selling or returning the GTX280.

At your gaming resolution of 1680X1050, I'd keep the GTX275. It should be able to run most, if not all games at near max AA and AF.
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Old May 15, 2009, 09:11 PM
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well, i would keep the gtx 275 if gaming is 1680x1050 and lower. Anything higher than that i'll use the GTX 280
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Old May 15, 2009, 09:37 PM
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I'm willing to run Crysis on very high with AA/AF at least above 25 FPS, also I made graphical mod for Stalker game, and it's stuttering when using swap because of extra textures, so memory is a concern.

This is GTX 275, it's overclocked a bit:

NCIX.com - Buy EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Superclocked 648MHZ 896MB 2.376GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - 896-P3-1171-AR In Canada.

and GTX 280:

Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1282-AR GeForce GTX 280 SuperClocked Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

so it's 648MHz 896MB vs 621MHz 1024MB

the low noise level is also preferable because it's a workstation/gaming PC.


ok, I looked at benchmarks and 275 outperformed 280 in some cases, is that possible? also most specs are higher, except for memory:

Bjorn3d.com -Nvidia GTX-275, Satisfying Your Daily Tech Cravings Since 1996

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280 is still a "higher" Card in the pecking order, falling just shy of the 285 (basically 55nm vs 65nm).....
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Old May 16, 2009, 03:48 PM
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The GTX 280 will win if it's play in 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 with its wider bus.

If all you care about is benchmark and crysis then you really should spend the extra $$ in the gtx 295 or gtx 285. they will top the roof for sure
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But isn't it like going from G80 to G92 with 8 series? I'm leaning towards GTX 275, but I'm looking for excuse to stick with obsolete GTX 280 (1680X1050, no benchmarks, just recreational gaming).
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