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Old 12-05-2008, 05:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1286-AR GeForce GTX 280 FTW Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA
GPU GeForce GTX 280
Core clock 670MHz
Stream Processors 240 processing cores
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Memory Size 1GB
Memory Interface 512-bit
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Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
SLI Supported Yes
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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lol so is this ok, Or should I upgrade? I know the GTX 280 is like 450-500 bucks
I've seen it as low as $375: Newegg.com - BFG Tech BFGEGTX2801024OCE GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

260 is a better deal though: Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1265-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Agreed... 260GTX 216....
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if you have the cash to spend on the gtx 280 then go for it. but the gtx 260 core 216 is a better "bang for your buck" and only uses 2 6pin power connectors as opposed to the 280 that needs a 6pin and a 8pin
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With a GTX 260 core 216, you can overclock it and will be as fast as a GTX 280.
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Get the cheapest GTX 260 Core 216 or the Black Edition GTX 260 (which is a 216)
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With a GTX 260 core 216, you can overclock it and will be as fast as a GTX 280.
but if i wanna overclock i'll definatly need a new fan and water cooling prob
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You just need airflow in your case, it already has a nice fan on it. But if doesn't have a back vent, you'll need fans in your case to blow the hot air.
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but if i wanna overclock i'll definatly need a new fan and water cooling prob


not exactly i have my 9800gtx on stock cooling and i hit 860mhz core clock while idling at 40-45c and load never gets above 50-55c
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