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.
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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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
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!
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.