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Which XFX GTS 250 to buy? Kinda Confusing....

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November 30, 2010 12:44:40 AM

First off, thanks for maintaining such a great website! I have used this site for years and always found this site to be an outstanding resource. I need help that I couldnt find elsewhere:
My EVGA 8800GTS just cashed out (2 months after the warranty ran out.. >.<) and I was in the market for a new vid card. As I was perusing through the reviews here, I saw that the GTS 250 is still a best buy at under $150. I was surprised to see that tigerdirect had two on sale for less than $75 w/ rebate for the next 24 hours.
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1)XFX GeForce GTS 250 Zalman Edition 512MB DDR3 PCIe
2)XFX GS250XYDFV GeForce GTS 250 Core Edition Video Card - 512MB DDR3, PCI E
My dilemma is that the 2nd choice is showing higher clock rates on the same card with dual DVI @ $10 more than #1, with DVI, VGA, and HDMI, mated w/ a Zalman Cooler.
Can anyone tell me why #2 is clocked higher even though it is not supposedly overclocked? I looked on the XFX website and matched up the product numbers and the info posted @ Tiger is correct. #2 is clocked higher.
Is this due to a newer/ revised chipset? Or did XFX do a little tweaking already? Kinda odd they would "overclock" the Core and leave the Zalman cooled card lower.
If #2 was a newer chipset, I'd be all over it, since I have no real interest in OCing as it would void the lifetime warranty XFX offers.
Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for all your help.
I am running a crappy geforce 210 in the meantime.... Help!

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a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 12:50:16 AM

I would say do the second. ;) 
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November 30, 2010 1:29:43 AM

HostileDonut said:
I would say do the second. ;) 

Thanks for the prompt reply.
Any thoughts on why XFX boosted the clock on it? Surely there has to be a downside, the differences in clocks are too much, almost enough to not be the same card:
#1: Core Clock: 680 MHz; Memory Clock: 2000 MHz
#2: Core Clock: 738 MHz; Memory Clock: 2200 MHz
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November 30, 2010 1:36:46 AM

Well, I think they made the OC edition $10 more (only a slight difference) because so many people would buy it. It is a great deal! You could get two for a low price. Other than that, I do not know why they would do that. Have fun with your new GPU! :D  ;)  :) 
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November 30, 2010 7:57:07 AM

I would say.. neither. Why pay only $5 less for a GTS 250 than it costs for a Radeon HD 4870 which kicks the living crap out of the re-badged 9800GTX+?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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November 30, 2010 7:31:44 PM

And that 4870 also has a gig of ram. 512MBs might start to be limiting for some games and settings. The difference is more then $5 however.

I would also look for a GTS450, 5750, and 5770. Should be able to find some on newegg for around $110. More then the $75 your looking at, but the GTS450 and 5770 are better cards then the GTS250.
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December 1, 2010 12:03:07 AM

i agree, if your looking at a new card to last you, and want high texture detail, 1gb Vram is the go. 512 will start to run short soon.
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December 1, 2010 12:54:39 AM

Thanks for all the input gents. With the holidays approaching, I am being money conscious so I can get the kids what they want for Xmas. I took Avro Arrow's suggestion and snagged a 4870, which was actually a card I was looking at, but after seeing it priced more than I wanted to spend on newegg, I didnt bother looking anywhere else. This is just for a casual gaming system anyway, as long as I can play Diablo III when/if it comes out, I'll be happy.
Thanks again.
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December 1, 2010 12:54:56 AM

Best answer selected by shivman.
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