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XFX 260 Black Edition Vs GTX 285

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 28, 2009 12:05:39 PM

Simple question.. Which is better?

Usage: Gaming at 1600x1050 Resolution.

Options to choose between:


XFX GTX 260 Black Edition:
March 28, 2009 2:10:31 PM

At that resolution, either card will be more than sufficient for current games.

I would (and did) go for 2x 260BEs for $400 rather than 1 285 for ~$370, but one 260 for $200 should serve you well and keep some coin in your pocket.

By your post, I am not sure what your usage would be, but check here: LINK for comparisons of video cards in single and SLI mode.
March 28, 2009 4:15:22 PM

single gtx285 is far better than single gtx260. gtx260 is always a gtx260 whether it's xfx black edition or not. but i have absolutely no idea about gtx260 sli.
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March 28, 2009 4:33:01 PM

I have both and game at 1920x1200 everything maxed. The only difference in my set up is crysis which runs around 26fps with the 260 and 35fps with the 285.
a b 4 Gaming
March 28, 2009 5:40:53 PM

c0d3r said:
Simple question.. Which is better?

Usage: Gaming at 1600x1050 Resolution.

Options to choose between:


XFX GTX 260 Black Edition:

Actually for that resolution, I would say the GTX285 is an overkill...and the 260SLI is out of question...

If you have no plans of changing you monitor for atleast an year or so, get the 260...Even a regular 260(core 216) would be enough for that resolution...
a b 4 Gaming
March 28, 2009 5:44:45 PM

But if you have got the cash to spend and want to be well equipped for the games releasing later this year, you can get the 285...

Just one suggestion though...Wait for just a month...both nvidia and the ati are releasing newer cards...So you might get a good deal then...
March 29, 2009 2:49:54 AM

hm, interesting stuff... but here are further things that wud clear up a little more things:

1- I dont plan to sli, because the cost of the 850w psu and the second card combined wud be over my budget, and, that i personally think that with that price, i might even get a newer card :/  and sell of the old one...

2- Im actually getting a new monitor... but i still cant decide what size to get. the 20"or 22" . Keeping the price apart, both have the same max res (1680x1050). Does theextra 2" make a difference in performance or in general ? I reckon at the same res, both will perform the same....

3- As for benching, i dont consider crysis the standard (thats just me.. coz i think its a piece of crap programming... but no discussion over this... opinions vary). And hence i dont care if 1 card maxes crysis, and other doesnt... im more interested in general gaming performance and keeping the card for arnd two odd years, hence future proofing.

@gkay09.. m8, what if i get the card now, and if ther is a worthy deal next month or so, i swap accordingly... Besides, ive got a gaming league coming up, and i need the new pc anyway :)  hence the card....

or one more thing.. i agree that the 285 wud be an overkill, but lateron in the year, or maybe start of next, will the 285 have any edge over the BE? Because right now, the BE is at-Par with the 280 in all benchies, and 285 will be a litttttle above it..
March 29, 2009 3:04:54 AM

Oh and please keep in mind, its the Black Edition that im interested in comparing, and not the stock 260-core 216. Here are the BE's Clocks vs 285.

GPU GTX 260 216 core
Fabrication Process 65 nm

Graphics Clock (Including dispatch, texture units, and ROP units) 666 MHz
Processor Clock (Processor Cores) 1,400 MHz
Processor Cores 216

Memory Clock (Clock rate / Data rate) 1,150 MHz / 2,300 MHz
Memory Interface 448 bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 128.8 GB/s
Memory Size 896 MB
ROPs 28
Texture Filtering Units 72
Texture Filtering Rate 47.95 GigaTexels/sec
Max Board Power 182 watts
GPU Thermal Threshold1 105 C

the GTX-285

260 BE Review:

March 29, 2009 3:13:00 AM


again - its all BS about "best card for x res" - next gen games wont have the same requirements.
a b Î Nvidia
March 29, 2009 3:22:50 AM

I'm sort of in agreement with apache_lives on buying the best video card you can afford at the time. Keeps you from having to upgrade as often.

However, even a standard GTX 260 Core 216 should dominate any current title at the 1680x1050 resolution you're talking about.

I have the MSI GTX 260 Core 216 (their OCv2 model) which has a factory OC'd core clock of 655Mhz. I play at 1920x1080 and do extremely well.

GTX 285 is overkill for your current situation. Though it may last longer in the future as you play more intensive games (when they come out).
a b Î Nvidia
March 29, 2009 12:52:58 PM

c0d3r said:
Oh and please keep in mind, its the Black Edition that im interested in comparing, and not the stock 260-core 216.

A vanilla card can overclock as high or higher than the BE and here in the US cost's $75 less, which would go a long way towards a new psu or CPU.
Please tell me you don't want to pair a GTX260 up with the Athlon X2 3800 in your member config.
March 29, 2009 2:03:04 PM

oh no :)  im getting a Q6600 + MSI P43NeoF3 + 2x2GB Corsaid Dhx + Asus Silent Knight 2 + CM690 prolly.. and the card goes there :)  the 3800x2 stays with my Trusty old 7900GT which has only failed me but only in GTA4 :@ ... Rest i love the 7900GT :D  (P43 instead of P45 coz i dont need the sli, and 400 oc wud take the q6600to 3.6, with which i wud be more than happy :)  )

as for the card, im thinking of going for a 260BE now, and hoping (thx to gkay09 fpr tje info) that after Q1, some card wud help slash the price of the 285 down. If so, ill step up to the 285, else, ill stick to the BE till i find a good deal :) 

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March 29, 2009 2:43:19 PM

I know you said no SLI, but having just gone through this, I will share my thought process:

My decision was 2x 260BEs in SLI vs. 1 285. Using the 260BE/$200 and 285BE/$380 pricing I decided that it made more sense for my usage (light gaming @ 1920x1200 with a good amount of futureproofness) to get the better performing setup for roughly the same cost, and when 285s are ~$200 a pop, upgrade (or reeval the market).

Alternatively, I could have sacrificed some (small amnt) of performance now and gone with the 285 and then added an a second card in sli in the future when the prices came down.

The option I went with may cost more in the long run, but I think gives a better average of performance and cost over the lifetime of the computer.
March 30, 2009 7:34:46 AM

well... to be honest, both cards in single mode is overkill at 1680x1050, and the GTX 260 core 216 is often $100 cheaper than the fully working GTX 285 (GTX 260s are basically crippled GTX 280s, but not too crippled, really.)

Myself, i am fine with my weird resolution, 1360x768. Some of you may go, "What? that's like 640x480, hahaha!"

I mean, really, at my resolution, i can see a lot of details pretty damn good. Sure, you can keep on pumping up the resolution, but at the end of the day, it's anyone's preference.
March 30, 2009 8:03:40 AM

I <3 my XFX GTX260 Black Edition
March 30, 2009 9:57:48 AM