EVGA employees say 260x2 < 280x1 true or false?

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  1. Treble557

    Treble557 Master Guru

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    Well, it's time for me to send off my old mobo and video card to a friend as charity so he can have a half decent comp, and get myself a 780I SLI mobo and either a gtx 260 or 280.

    I called EVGA to talk to them about the specifics of the two cards, since I know alot of the guys there are actual gamers, and like to pride themselves on getting the best performance they can outta their machines at home.

    Now, I was told by one of them, that two of the 260 core 216's 56nm's was only equal to that of ONE 280.
    The 260's are currently.. well, $260 ironicly, lol. The 280 is about $400 atm.
    So, that would mean that if you went to SLI 260's, you would be getting only $400 worth of power outta your card for $520.
    That doesn't make alot of sense to me honestly, but maybe it's just a marketing thing? I'm not sure really.

    My main question with all of this, is that is it really worth it? Is the 280 THAT powerfull that for $160 more im getting $520 worth of power by not getting the 260 core 216 56nm? or is it still just a better idea in the long run to sit pretty with the new 260 version?

    Keep in mind, money is not a problem atm, I have plenty of credit to blow right now, and im fine with paying it off over time as always when I go on these high priced ventures of mine. So yeah... What do you guys think?

    Oh, also, will my power supply handle the 280? It's in my profile... and I know it's a 750, but the amps and connectors and such are what make me have to think twice about it. Have to be sure if im droping $400 on a new video card again. lol

    Once again, thanks for the help, I really do appreciate it, and im very much so looking foward to hearing (atleast what I consider it to be) the final word on these new video cards from the guru community. Thanks!
     
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    2x 260's > 1 280....no question about that. Not sure what they are smokin'.
     
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    Well, since im only buying one for now, would you say the 280 is worth it over the 260? or will the diffrence be so small that im not gonna care?
     

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    What res you game at?
     
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    I perfer 1920x1200 atm
     
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    I would say go for the 260GTX 216. There won't be a whole lot of difference to warrant the price jump.
     
  8. THEBIG360

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    Then get the 280 mate. Although i will say with your quad at the stock clock you may bottleneck it in certain games. My q6600 was 10 fps slower in crysis when running at stock so i overclocked to 3.6 and up my fps went.
     
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    260gtx core 216 .. is cheap , no need 295gtx or 4870x2 ... Unless ur playing on a very very high resolution.


    The Evga 260gtx 216 core (55nm ) superclocked is like 280gtx :p

    beats 280gtx by a 3-4 fps in far cry 2 =\


    but they actually same... , but u can Overclock it to 730/1250 easy.. and it will beat 280gtx

    Good luck.
     
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    don't spend extra money on a GTX280... buy the GTX260 216 55nm and overclock it... and overclock your rig...
     
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    Lmao just like what i said :)

    Is always good to ask here before buying...

    ;/ like before i should buy things with out asking.

    so i bought a gateway PC for $800 and it was crap!

    Always ask in forums before BUYING :)

    260gtx core 216 55nm > 280gtx :p

    is cheap , and same as 280gtx or a little better
     
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    Save $140.00 and get a upper OC'ed 260 which is darn near equal to a stock 280 or save $170.00 and get a 55nm stock 260 and OC it yourself.
     
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    See, this is why I love this place. You guys are amazing with this ****. Simply amazing!

    Alright then, from what I can tell the GTX260 Core 216 55nm is my best bet, and I need to get a custom fan on it I suppose? Then over clock it to... 730/1250 was it?

    I'm also getting a nice custom fan to OC my cpu a bit. So that shouldn't pose any bottlenecking issues im hoping. I just need to learn HOW to overclock a cpu! lol

    Anyways, keep the opinions coming if you guys can, I enjoy reading this stuff, and I wanna be completly sure before I drop money on this stuff.
    Also, are there any motherboards besides the 780I SLI I should be looking at? Same price range, 200-250, but I guess if there are any more reliable ones, or more powerfull, I don't know really.
    What do you guys think?
     
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    The evga 55nm GTX 260 SSC is pretty much equal to a GTX280 according to the preliminary reviews, so two of them are definitely better than one GTX280
     

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    Maybe can go higher.. who knows.

    Saw a guy having his 260gtx 216 core 55nm at 740/1359/1364 and his temp still low. >_> , that's good Overclocking.

    I am going for 740/1300. and see how it goes. :p

    Yeah you really need to Overclock ur q6600

    you can probably go 3.2ghz ^^
     
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    So whats the deal with this gtx295 im seeing reviews on. Is this gtx260 basiclly like the 8600 from the 8 series? then the 280 is the 880, and this 295 is like the next step that the 7 series took, with the 7950?

    I mean, if I get this 260 am I basiclly screwing myself with a lower end card and then all these top end ones like what my 8800gtx used to be will start coming out all over the place?
     
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    You could get a P45 mobo which I think is better in overclocking your cpu...
    The gtx295 is two gtx260.
     
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    So then this 260, this things not at all like an 8600 vs the 280 being an 8800. This 260 is just a beast that if I SLI later when it's price goes down, or quad SLI it, it'll just rock the house vs a 295 in price and power?
     
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    If you put two gtx260 in SLI you get about the same performance as HD4870x2.
    gtx295 should be faster than HD4870x2...
    But I don't know about the power and price superiority in sli gtx260...
    Anyway you can read a preview of the gtx295 and get to know more about it.
     

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