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Nvidia GTX 260 or GTX 275

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March 28, 2010 9:19:39 PM

Hi everyone,

I am currently looking to upgrade my 9500GT graphics card so I can play games such as Crisis and UT3 etc, mainly FPS's at the moment. I am torn between the GTX 260 and the GTX 275. I can get the 260 for about £140 to £170 and the 275 for about £170 to £220 depending which brand I buy. I would like to know if the extra performance of the 275 is worth the cost with my current setup (see below), I have searched google but many of the forum threads are a few months old and refer to older pricing.

I have also had a look at some ATI cards in the same price range but I am leaning towards Nvidia because my main OS is Linux and Nvidia have better driver support. I was initially considering the GTS 250 but from what I have researched I would be better off with the GTX 260 (or 275) for the price, unless anyone thinks different?

EDIT: Another thing, does anyone think the price of the GTX 275 will drop at all with the release of the GTX 470 and 480?

I looking to use the card with my 22" monitor at 1680x1050 resolution.

My current system specs are:
Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 - not overclocked at the moment but I might look in to it
Asus P5Q SE Plus
4GB Corsair DDR2 PC8500 1066MHz
512MB Palit/XpertVision 9500GT
1TB Western Digital Caviar Black
Corsair VX550W PSU
Dual booting Ubuntu 9.10 64bit and Windows 7 64bit

Thanks in advance

Also I might be being stupid but I can't seem to find a forum search function, could someone please point it out if there is one?


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March 28, 2010 9:31:31 PM

Neither. With their prices where they are now, neither is a good choice on a price / performance basis.

The 250 remains a good buy , can be had for $89 in US w/ a $50 game coupon leaving a net cost of $39

The 260 was a good buy at $155 US .... it's now at $215 on this side of the pond where it's unattractive.

The 275 sits in the $320 range where it competes with the 5850 and the nVidia 470. The 5850 can be had for $280 this weekend in the US. On Monday it returns to $305. You'll have to wait 2 weeks or more but the 470 has the lowest "cost per frame" in this performance neighborhood but only if it sells for its MSRP. We have yet to see whether that will happen....although the 480 is available at its MSRP on pre order, given its performance, methinks the 470 will sell for a premium over its MSRP.
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March 28, 2010 9:43:20 PM

GTS 250 is a good price/perf card, although it is a bit slower than both of them, but right now the GTX 260 and 275 are overpriced I'd say.
Either way, a better card would be the HD 5770, it performs around the same as an HD 4870 which is around the same as a GTX 260 Core 192. The price however, is guaranteed to be cheaper than either of those two cards. If you want more performance, either get an HD 4890 or HD 5830. They perform around the same as a GTX 275, but, they're bound to be cheaper.
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March 28, 2010 9:43:37 PM

I think a GTX260-216 would be a good jump from your 9500GT. The extra premium for the GTX275 is probably not worth it. Your psu should be able to handle it fine. Look on e-bay, there may be some people selling Nvidia cards trying to raise funds for the new GTX470/480.
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March 28, 2010 9:49:51 PM

Since you've a linux distro also, its best to go the nvidia route.. Among the two of your given choices, i'd recommend the GTX 260 core 216.. If you want to reap the benefits of DX 11 then the HD 5770 is the way to go..
March 28, 2010 10:12:06 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Neither. With their prices where they are now, neither is a good choice on a price / performance basis.

The 250 remains a good buy , can be had for $89 in US w/ a $50 game coupon leaving a net cost of $39

The 260 was a good buy at $155 US .... it's now at $215 on this side of the pond where it's unattractive.

The 275 sits in the $320 range where it competes with the 5850 and the nVidia 470. The 5850 can be had for $280 this weekend in the US. On Monday it returns to $305. You'll have to wait 2 weeks or more but the 470 has the lowest "cost per frame" in this performance neighborhood but only if it sells for its MSRP. We have yet to see whether that will happen....although the 480 is available at its MSRP on pre order, given its performance, methinks the 470 will sell for a premium over its MSRP.


Over here in the UK, the price for a GTS 250 ranges from about £90 ($134) to £120 ($180).
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March 29, 2010 9:19:24 AM

Go with Gigabyte 260gtx SOC superclocked
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