Should I get the Gtx 260 c216 in 65nm or 55nm?

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Which version of the gtx 260 core 216 is better?

  1. Gtx 260 core 216 65nm version

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  2. Gtx 260 core 216 55nm version

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  1. scoter man1

    scoter man1 Ancient Guru

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    Hi, I'm thinking of doing the step up program from my 9800gtx+ to a gtx 260 core 216. I really dont know what the difference would be between the 55nm or the 65nm. I heard the 55nm sucks up more power and puts out more heat, but I dont know if thats true. I dont plan on getting a sc or ssc version because I can do that myself and save money. Just the stock version, but I probably will o/c more than the ssc version at sometimes. So I guess my question is, which version o/c's better? 55nm or 65nm? and which is better on power (that may be the deciding factor for me)?
     
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    55nm uses less power and outputs less heat thats two facts that make it the better choice.
     
  3. Cybermancer

    Cybermancer Don Quixote

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    That.

    Definitely get the 55nm version.
     
  4. scoter man1

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    Wow, I almost feel bad for the guy that voted for the 65nm version now... lol

    does anyone know if its true that the 55nm can o/c close to what the gtx 280 does? I heard a whole buncha crap about this thing that I dont know is true.
     

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    GTX280 has 240sps
    GTX260 has 216sps

    overclocking the crap out of the GTX260 will get you near or the same perfomance of the GTX280 so i'v heard.
     
  6. Major Melchett

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    The 55nm uses less power when idle BUT it actully uses around 10w more under load (due to the redesign of the PCB and Power system), it also infact outputs more heat as the new Heatsink/fan setup on the 55nm version is actully worse than the 65nm version (it has one less heatpipe if i remember correctly and less grills).

    You have to remember, the 55nm versions are built more cheaply than the 65nm ones (hence the worse heatsink/fan).
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    I will say this though, the 55nm ones are better to buy if your are going to go SLI in the future as it may become hard to find a 2nd 65nm one as i think they aren't compatible (i may be wrong on that one).

    edit, said heatsink instead of heatpipe.
     
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  7. scoter man1

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    hmm... so, Im confused, which would be the better version to overclock?
     
  8. n0t0ryus1

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    Just recieved mine today and its idling at 48C. Not all that great but im sure the 65nm probably idles at a little less.
     
  9. Major Melchett

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    They both have very similar overclocking potential due to the new style (and worse) cooling.
     
  10. DSK

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    Ok so the chip is cooler but the design is worse so its just as hot if not hotter wtf thats just retarded i tell you !!!

    FYI my chip idles @ 41c & load when folding 100% is 68c

    but in the end Nvidia manufacturers them cheaper and thats what counts for them.
     

  11. n0t0ryus1

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    I agree. It contradicts itself. Someone should just make thier own hybrid and swap the 65nm case and cooler and put in the 55nm chip. :banana:
     
  12. Cybermancer

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    From what I read the 55nm version should be able to get you (marginally) better OC results, but everything Stoner-Pimp said is true.

    I guess, I have to revise my previous statement a bit and say: buy whatever version you can find cheaper... :p
     
  13. Cybermancer

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    Very true. Then the 55nm version would be the winner... :wanker:
     
  14. Major Melchett

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    Thats exactly it. Personally i thinks it's ok as they aren't really advertising it as an upgrade more but more of a sidestep, it's cheaper for them to make to maximising profit and still anyone who buys any version of a gtx 260 (core 216) get's similar power usage over time and similar overclocking results.

    That's what i did Cybermancer, i bought my card only a week ago and it was actully only £6 more expensive than the cheapest 260 i could find, the closest 55nm i could find to mine was actully £20+ more expensive.
     
  15. Cybermancer

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    Seems like you did your homework... :nerd:

    :p
     

  16. scoter man1

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    well, It looks to me like the 65nm one is like... gone from newegg so that tells me that its probably gone from evga's 90 day step up ( I cant be sure ) but If not I guess i'd just go with the 55nm. If I could find the 65nm Id probably get it just for the fact that its 10watts less at load. For me, every watt counts cuz im crazy enough to do all this on a 530watt psu. Noting from that, the thermal take psu calc said I should be way under 530watts even with some capacitor aging. Maybe someday i'll get something that can handle 2 gtx 260s =D
     
  17. scoter man1

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    well, sadly for all your guys help the step up program only let me step to a 55nm edtion. I have no clue why they only offer the 55nm but whatever, its still a gtx 260 core 216 =D.
     
  18. N00bst3r

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    Its still better than my GPU setup :p. Congrats and enjoy!
     
  19. scoter man1

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    Hurray! I just sent in my second request for a gtx 260 core 216 55nm and got another 30 bucks off, its now 245 from evga, so it only costs me 60 some dollers to upgrade! WELL SPENT CASH THERE!! Cant wait to get my new card and burn through some new games =D. By the way, to all of you that think that the 55nm uses more power than the 65nm, well... I saw that it uses more than 30w less than the 65nm edtion does. I'm not saying that right, im just saying, I did see that!
     
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    Congradulations! I can see from your specs that you don't need to upgrade anything else except your PSU. Although the minimum for the 260 is 500W, I would recommend you get at least 650W, and then there's the 12V rail ampage...
     

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