I'm needing to upgrade my video card; i'm looking to spend around $350 and am stuck between getting an EVGA GTX 280 or the GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition. I like the GTX 280 but also like the idea of dual GPUs on the GTX 275 CO-Op. It's been awhile since i've shopped so any help would be appreciated.
Unless you really want physx I would go with an ATI 5850 (DX11, faster, more power efficient,etc) for that price range. Between the two you listed though I would go with the gtx 275 co-op because it will offload physx to the gts 250 which is the second GPU on the card and it is essentially a lower clocked gtx 285.
The 260 and the 295 were the only higher end cards to survive the introduction of the 57xx and 58xx cards from ATI....the 57xx has been a bust but the 58xx essentially rendered the 275 / 285 uncompetitive.....the 295 still lives in the place between the 5870 and 5970 and the 260's price has skyrocketedd, driven up by the poor showing of the 57xx cards.
I'm gonna suggest waiting 5 weeks or so to see what pops out from nVidia .... regardless of whether or not fermi provides a buy option, it's should drive down the price of all the cards from the increased competition.
So i checked out benchmarks for the ATI 5850's and like what i see; now the question is which one to get. I'm looking at a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5850, GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5850, and a XFX Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) XXX. I noticed the XFX is a little bit more but is it worth the extra monies?