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June 24, 2008 9:24:53 PM

Ok I have a month before my evga stepup runs out. I currently have a 9800GTX and would like to do the 280 but my god its expensive and although it has performance gains I don't think it warrants the cost difference I would have to pay. I was thinking of just doing the 260 (gives me faster memory and more of it than my 9800GTX) I do not have an SLI board otherwise I would just buy another 9800GTX. Any thoughts?

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June 24, 2008 10:46:52 PM

280 is a bit more than 1.5x the performance of the 9800gtx, its a good card but I think it really depends on what kind of games you play as to whether it'll be a lot of benefit to you.

I think you'd almost be better off waiting for the fall for the 4870X2 from AMD/ATI - this will outperform the gtx280 on a single slot and there are not enough games on the market right now that really take advantage of the graphics processing that the gtx280 has

Well, unless you really like Crysis, then it might be a pretty good idea
June 24, 2008 11:00:31 PM

im in the same exact predicament as you. i personally am waiting for the release of the ati cards. hopefulle nvidia will add another price drop to the cards by the end of july and ill step up to a 260.
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June 24, 2008 11:10:37 PM

makotech222 said:
im in the same exact predicament as you. i personally am waiting for the release of the ati cards. hopefulle nvidia will add another price drop to the cards by the end of july and ill step up to a 260.

Can 260 really be considered a step up? The mid level card of a current generation is almost never more powerful than the high level card from one generation earlier. For example, 9600gt is about the same as g80 8800gts, and far slower than g92 8800gts.
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June 24, 2008 11:19:52 PM

coverfire said:
Any thoughts?
Look at the 9800GTX+ review over @ Anandtech. http://anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3340&p=3
In the data sections you can find comparisons to the GTX280 and GTX 260 with the 9800GTX. Will give you some early indication where the performance trends are going. You'll see a bunch of GTX 260 reviews shortly that should clear things up for you.
June 25, 2008 12:40:34 AM

makotech222 said:
im in the same exact predicament as you. i personally am waiting for the release of the ati cards. hopefulle nvidia will add another price drop to the cards by the end of july and ill step up to a 260.


Step up takes the price you bought it for off the current price Evga is selling it for on their site so take for instance if you wanted to step up to a 8800GT right now the card would cost you $239.99 minus what you paid for your card when you could just buy one now off Newegg for ~$100. Price drops don't matter on Evga's site, their prices are the MSRP and they don't really change like if you wanted to step up to an 8800 Ultra right now it would cost you $679.99 or a GTX it would be $499.99 when you could just sell your card and buy one for $269.99 instead.
June 25, 2008 5:15:07 PM

Thinking I'm going to step up to the 260 now (I know its only a fraction of a performance increase but like I said it has faster memory and more of it) and its a cheap upgrade to new gen so I can save money for an SLI board and an additional 260 later. Or just sell it and get a 4870x2 when they are released.
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