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Old June 22, 2008, 07:04 AM
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I didn't read through the whole thread so it may have been asked before: what was the final overclock that you were able to achieve?
I haven't had the tome for further testing actually
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I haven't had the tome for further testing actually
Umm, I'll be in MTL on the 27th.. you can umm let me borrow the card and I'll do some testing on it if you're too busy ;)


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Well, over one month since the last post to this thread. A few significant changes to the GTX260/280 situation. They can now be had for a much better price, the card I have now, the EVGA GTX280 vanilla is currently on sale at NCIX for $454.99. That's over $200 less than the intro price. Yes, we can thank AMD/ATI for that, as they say, competition is good.

SKYMTL, as always, a teriffic review As you are probably aware, Thermalright is soon releasing their HR-03GTX heatsink for the GTX260/280 series. When I e-mailed their support a few weeks ago, they said it would be out in early August. I would like to see some tests with this heatsink on a 280, I will certainly be buying one as soon as they become available from NCIX.
Getting back to prices, I stepped-up to a 280 three weeks ago from my GX2. It was about 50 bucks to do so, not including shipping, so I went for it. Now I hear EVGA will be sending me a refund for that amount as the price drop happend just before they shipped out my 280. EVGA deserves a big thanks from me for that, as well as their prompt handling of the step-up.

As for the 280, I am very pleased with it, no overheating issues or other problems. As in your review, I have had very good overclocking results. Even at stock speeds, it performs great in Crysis compared to the GX2, not just the framerates, but a huge difference in smoothness. That also goes for the less demanding games of course, COD4, Bioshock, R6 Vegas 2, etc. it has even smoothed out a few rough spots in San Andreas!
Currently running the beta 177.70 driver without any problems.

Would be good to see some updates to your early review of the 280 now that it has been out for a while. Looking forward to seeing how well the HR-03GTX works on these cards, for those of us without radiators and waterblocks
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Well, over one month since the last post to this thread. A few significant changes to the GTX260/280 situation. They can now be had for a much better price, the card I have now, the EVGA GTX280 vanilla is currently on sale at NCIX for $454.99. That's over $200 less than the intro price. Yes, we can thank AMD/ATI for that, as they say, competition is good.
People should also be aware that XFX is offering their customers cash back if they bought the GTX 280 or 260 at the (highly inflated) introductory price.

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As you are probably aware, Thermalright is soon releasing their HR-03GTX heatsink for the GTX260/280 series. When I e-mailed their support a few weeks ago, they said it would be out in early August. I would like to see some tests with this heatsink on a 280, I will certainly be buying one as soon as they become available from NCIX.
Expect to see a review of this on HWC but as part of a GTX-series roundup along with the CoolIT GTX 200-series TEC and a few other surprises.

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Would be good to see some updates to your early review of the 280 now that it has been out for a while. Looking forward to seeing how well the HR-03GTX works on these cards, for those of us without radiators and waterblocks
Well, the review of the GTX 260 will be up tonight with the new numbers for th GTX 280 with the new drivers....but the scores are nearly identical to tell you the truth.
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Well, over one month since the last post to this thread. A stock speeds, it performs great in Crysis compared to the GX2, not just the framerates, but a huge difference in smoothness. That also goes for the less demanding games of course, COD4, Bioshock, R6 Vegas 2, etc. it has even smoothed out a few rough spots in San Andreas!
Currently running the beta 177.70 driver without any problems.

Would be good to see some updates to your early review of the 280 now that it has been out for a while. Looking forward to seeing how well the HR-03GTX works on these cards, for those of us without radiators and waterblocks
The latst beta 177.72 are very good for those games.
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Ughh, Thermalright better hurry up with the HR-03 GTX. Though I don't understand, why did nVidia go with different holes? Well anyway, I'm really looking forward to your GTX260 review on Wednesday. Also nice review. Wednesday is the right day right?
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Tonight? This should be interesting. GTX 260's are right in line with 4870 prices now. Haven't seen many reviews of these in SLI. Head to head with the new drivers too.

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Actually, no SLI testing. I don't have an SLI board or two of ANY of the new Nvidia cards.
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Bought my BFG GTX 280 OC for $429 ($409 after MIR). BFG also packs all the extras, including DVI to HDMI adapter, and HDMI cable. OC'd it right out of the box to 700 / 1157 (2314) - 51C idle, 71C load, which runs cooler then the XFX 9800GX2 I had just sold.

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