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November 2, 2009 7:27:16 PM

Hi Guys, its my first time as a member on this site and i am looking at some graphics cards for xmas.

I am looking at a:
XFX GTX 280
or
XFX GTX 285
or
EVGA GTX 285 SuperClocked

Is the XFX 285 worth the extra money, or do you think i should go for one of the cheaper graphics cards above.Or is it worth going SLI with somthing like the Nvidia geforce 9800 GTX2.

I wont be overclocking my card but i will be gaming most of the time, i have games like test drive unlimited and cod2, 4, and i might get MW2 and crysis.. but i do some mapping for cod4 and a bit of photoshop, i watch loads of movies and i do alot of surfing the net.

PC SPECS: Asus Crosshair II Formula, AMD Phenom II 940 Quad Core 3.01GHz Black Edition, 8GB Of DDR2 800MHz Ram, AMD Stock Heatsink And Fan, Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit, 250GB and 500GB HDD's, 850Watt PSU, Scythe Kama Bay Speakers Black, Thermaltake V9 and 2 LG DVD Writers.

Thanks
a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2009 7:43:44 PM

why not go ATI Radeon HD 5850, $260
new tech, DX11 as good as GTX285 and $100 cheaper
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a c 231 U Graphics card
November 2, 2009 9:44:38 PM

I'd have to ask why consider only nVidia ? If it's for XMas, then the big question is will nVidia release their next generation cards before XMas ? I'm kinda thinking somewhere between Thanksgiving and end of January but they been very tight lipped about a release date.

If you want nVidia cause of PhysX, then ATI is still a choice:
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-ATI-physx-patch...

If PhysX doesn't float your boat, then the new ATI cards should be among those you consider....specifically the 5850. The only nVidia cards with a niche right now are the 260 and 295, the former because it has a good performance price point and the latter cause it holds the single card performance crown.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658&p=14

The 295 should lose its crown when ATI releases the 5870x2 which should be well before XMas.....the 295's $465 and 5870x2's $599 price point maybe a place you don't wanna go however.

Personally, I'd wait till mid winter at least to:

1. See what nVidia has to offer.
2. Let both get thru their "Rev A" hardware stage
3. Let the manufacturers get away from "reference" designs and tweak the boards.
4. Give the drivers a chance to mature.

If you can't wait till then, in the price / performance range of the cards you listed, I think ATI has the better offerings, again, assuming that you are not interested in PhysX.
a c 130 U Graphics card
November 2, 2009 9:49:04 PM

The HD5850 beats the GTX285. Go for it.
November 3, 2009 12:42:14 AM

5850 is a great card for your money!

I hope you are going to be lucky to get one of those
November 3, 2009 8:03:59 AM

i cant spend over £250 but i want the best for my money.
so the is 5850 better than the GTX 285, then how much better is it.
and i have to buy the graphics card soon.
im not going to get any new releases because they will cost quite alot. and drivers wont be amazing.
November 3, 2009 12:47:52 PM

ATI has the advantage here. How much does 5850 cost? If it is right within your budget, get it as it will make your investment worthwhile. I am planning to get one myself come this Christmas. Since your Motherboard supports crossfire, you can also get 2 5770. Either way, ATI would be the right choice.
a c 147 U Graphics card
November 3, 2009 5:08:59 PM

jamyy10 said:

im not going to get any new releases because they will cost quite alot. and drivers wont be amazing.

-New releases cost more because they are new, faster, include most stuff (DX11, display port), and use less power.
-I just bought the 5870, and I AM already AMAZED!
November 3, 2009 6:27:43 PM

I think i may go for the HD 5850, does anyoen know the cheapest safe place to get one in the uk?
a c 130 U Graphics card
November 3, 2009 6:29:30 PM

scan.co.uk is a great place.
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