New Video Card Advice

Hello experts,

My BFG 8800 GTX recently crapped out and so I am in the market to buy a replacement video card for my PC (Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 and 4 GB memory).

My budget is around $150 and I (unfortunately) require an Nvidia card since the linux ATI drivers are not up to snuff (yet).

Does the GeForce GTX 260 offer much of a performance advantage over the GeForce 9800 GTX+?

And, I see a Sparkle brand GeForce 9800 GTX+ on for $145. Would anyone recommmend this brand?
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  2. Yes, the 260 is much better but the 9800TX+ is a solid performer. Sparkle brand may leave a lot to be desired and the cooler exhausts into the case. I would opt to spend $14 more on the EVGA SC card (before $20 MIR) plus it is already OC'D.
  3. Agreed, the EVGA GTX 260 is quite beastly at a great price.
  4. How do you know if you are getting the 55nm or the 65nm version of the 260?
  5. By the naming conventions, the EVGA 55nm cards are numbered 896-P3-125x, and the 65nm cards are numbered 896-P3-126x. Also, the 65nm cards have a more orange casing, whereas the 55nm cards have a red casing. Have a look at the pics:
    1255 GTX 260 and 1265 GTX 260.

    Note, these are the Core 216 editions of the card, I left out the Core 192 versions, since they're all 65nm, and really aren't worth the $20 savings. YMMV, but I bought the stock speed 55nm card and haven't had any problem overclocking to the Superclocked edition speeds.
  6. Here is a HD4870 512mb card in your price range. ($144 w/MIR) Not quite the 260 GTX 216 but close. I had the 1gb Powercolor version and the HD 4870 handles the 1680x1050 resolution and the new titles with no problems. The new 9.2 CATs seemed to work good also.
  7. I would like to get an ATI card, but the drivers for linux are not ready yet.
  8. How much of a performance difference is the 65nm versus 55nm on the 260?
  9. Not much in performance difference at stock speeds, but runs cooler, overclocks better (here's the performance gain), and uses less power.
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