I don't understand what is so difficult. The GTX 260 and the GTX 260+5% are well within a 5% difference on average, so if the price difference is more than 5%, then go for the cheaper one, otherwise you'd be getting less bang for your buck.
I don't understand what is so difficult. The GTX gtx 260 and the GTX 260+5% are well within a 5% difference on average, so if the price difference is more than 5%, then go for the cheaper one, otherwise you'd be getting less bang for your buck.
All the stuff I have read seems to indicate the BFG card I am talking about is around 17-18% faster than a standard 260 and 10% faster than a stock core 216.
My question was, will it outperform a GTX 260 FTW?
Those are just overclocked editions, you can do the very same thing on your own. You should only be willing to buy special editions of cards when they are actually including something better (like better memory chips or better cooling), remember the 8800 GTX and Ultra? The Ultra had faster memory, and even though it wasn't worth it for the price, there was a definite difference in hardware.
Bottomline is, you'd be wasting money if you buy anything but a stock model at this point.
i dont know about speeds but i looked at some benchmarks from alot (8 websites) and the new 216 cores are faster than the older 192 cards for sure, and i saw some 216 core card beat the GTX 280 in some things. it was definitely a super-clocked(eVGA) or maxcore (BFG).
i just ordered a 216 core from newegg, and ill worry about overclocking it. i dont want a pre-overclocked card. but either way yes the new cards are way better than the old. this new card beats the 4870 in most things they are compared in, so as a fellow 216 core buyer i say go for it. just take time and research. now i say "beats" the 4870 in most things, not "completely destroying" it. that seems to be a new problem on these forums about this topic. ppl are thrashing each other because one of them is a fanboy and doesnt want their brand dissed.
If youre into ocing, both the G260 plain Jane and the 4870 will do what these cards do. If not, then buy the one with the best price. The 4870 already beats the G280 in some benches, the G260 oces higher than the 260+. Point is, whats the best price?