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Get a GTX275 or keep my 9800GX2 ??

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June 7, 2009 5:20:22 PM

I have been running my XFX 9800GX2 for about 6 months now with no real issues except the initial overheating problem they have. The sollution to that?: SQUEEZ the card! Yes, they were known to have gapping problems off the shelf between the GPU and the heatsink. Squeez the card when its hot and you quite literally re-seat the heasink and everything from that point is fixed. BUT:

I want a newer card that will perform as good, or better actually, without breaking the bank.(I think Im still paying for the GX2 on my credit card!) I read so many good things about the 275. My budget is around $200. What do you guys think:

KEEP THE GX2 or switch to a GTX275??

(thanks for you input in advance)

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a c 172 Î Nvidia
June 7, 2009 5:24:31 PM

I dislike 'SLI on a stick' so I vote swap.
June 7, 2009 5:27:14 PM

^ +1. :lol: 
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June 8, 2009 8:18:57 AM

keep the 9800gx2, unless u have throwing away cash...the 9800 should last u at least another 3 months
June 8, 2009 8:25:08 AM

I would allso wait untill DX11 cards... They will not be so much better, but they definitely lover the prize of older cards (and you have an option if the new ones are much better...). Your 9800gx2 should be fine until then.
Normally the waiting game is not usefull, because there allways is better cards coming, but the next upgrade is big architectural change because of DX11 mainly because Nvidia does not have DX10.1 cards. The change is smaller in ATI products, but the move to 40nm is not something that can be ignored...
a b Î Nvidia
June 8, 2009 12:17:06 PM

If you are having no problems, stick with the 9800GX2, as Twoboxer says, you will barely notice the change.
Also: Monitor resoloution and system specs would be helpful!
a c 172 Î Nvidia
June 8, 2009 12:24:03 PM

northgalocal said:
Why? Any reasoning?


northgalocal said:
I have been running my XFX 9800GX2 for about 6 months now with no real issues except the initial overheating problem they have. The sollution to that?: SQUEEZ the card! Yes, they were known to have gapping problems off the shelf between the GPU and the heatsink. Squeez the card when its hot and you quite literally re-seat the heasink and everything from that point is fixed.


You have already given the reason.

June 8, 2009 1:03:19 PM

9800GX2 to 285 is probably the minimum upgrade; I didn't see any significant gain in FPS from 9800GX2 -> 4890, although I was a bit more stable in FPS...

The only real upgrade to going to the 275 is your FPS will be more stable. If you have no issues right now, wait for the next gen of cards to come out and lower in price (6 months?).
June 8, 2009 3:18:43 PM

Im sorry. Here are specs:
Zeon 3110(E8400 but cooler overclocked to 3.8ghz), Patriot 4g DDR 3 1600 on Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3R, Samsung 22" 226BW (1680 x 1050 max) New monitor in future as well as I want to run Fallout3 in 1600X1200 with no choppy. Im still getting frame skip at 1200X900 with features at about half. NO background services running, this is strickly my gaming comp. I WANT the 285, but cant afford it....
a b Î Nvidia
June 8, 2009 3:53:10 PM

Ah, the old microstuttering issue.
I thought the later drivers solved that? Or do you disable one core in the Nvidia control centre?
Well, the GTX275 is not that much slower than the GTX285 anyway and it's a lot less wedge, so if you cannot live with the microstuttering it's the way to go, and I have heard they overclock like deamons, too;)
June 8, 2009 3:57:07 PM

This is bad, but Im not sure what drivers Im even running. Im on vacation, so when I get back, I will post them. What driver is recomended for the GX2? Also, I think I just won an OE GTX275 off ebay for 180.00. That, I think, is worth it????
a c 172 Î Nvidia
June 8, 2009 4:00:07 PM

Microstuttering, unicorns and rocking horse poo are all the same, non existent fables for feeble minds.
a b Î Nvidia
June 8, 2009 4:04:36 PM

^^^Perhaps you could have phrased that a little less harshly?
a c 172 Î Nvidia
June 8, 2009 4:07:34 PM

Nah. :lol: 
June 8, 2009 4:22:58 PM

Micro Stuttering is the figmant of someones imagination to try and explain why FPS is so inconsistent on dual GPU cards, which should be expected.

I'll say again, I don't think the 275 is a good enough upgrade to spend money on. I'd wait a bit longer unless you are having issues with the GX2.
a b Î Nvidia
June 8, 2009 4:31:17 PM

OK, I've taken my mental beating.
I should have said 'variable framereates' instead of microstuttering:( 

@ northgalocal: like I said; if you cannot live with the mi...er, variable framerates, the GTX275 is the way to go.
Worth 180? Your decision.
June 8, 2009 6:43:38 PM

"In-consistant Framerate Rendering"??? Is that a good one???

And I think $180 for a card that retails for $230.00, then sell the card I have on eBay for their going rate, which is about $200-$225.00. Yes, I think it is worth it. Then I wont have the MICROSSSTUDDDDERRING?? Or crappy framerate, rather. Thanks for all your input. Any other 2cents out there?? I think I know what to do untill the DX11 cards come out.....
a b Î Nvidia
June 8, 2009 7:57:14 PM

^^^ Enjoy the 'free' new card I hope;)
June 11, 2009 10:42:45 AM

Microstuttering sounds plausable; but the GTX275 is a great buy. When compared to the GTX 285, its like getting a 2litre Audi Quattro instead of a 3litre one.....still a great machine!

But the plausabilty of Microstuttering, plus the "squeeze" fix - makes me think you'll be better off with a 275. You may see stable fps and enjoy the games better, though I dont think youll see a huge jump in performance. In any case you can always use your 275 as a future Physx - card.

DX11....well how expensive will those cards be when they come out? I wont hold my breath, I think my 275 is a great machine! Got mine from Scan.co.uk [here in the UK] for £180 abouts; it was actually going for £150 ex VAT.
June 11, 2009 11:10:39 AM

------------------------ NO ------------------------ and wait for the next gen... this holiday... season..
June 11, 2009 11:56:45 AM

Do you really think ATI will make the same mistake NVIDIA did with the 280? I doubt the 5870 will be more then $299 upon release.

I doubt there will be any increase in framerate on a 275 going from a GX2. I'd say it makes far more sense to wait a few extra months for an upgrade. While theres no reason to buy a GX2 at this point (275 replaced its niche), theres very little reason to upgrade if you already have one.
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