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Upgrade from GTX285?

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May 18, 2011 11:55:49 PM

I have had the NVIDEA gtx 285 for a couple of years now, no problems, great graphics. I am at a point now, however, where I would like to upgrade. Question: is it worth it to buy a 2nd GTX285 to run SLI, or would my money be better spent upgrading to a 500 - series card?

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a c 172 U Graphics card
May 19, 2011 12:09:33 AM

If you are able to get a second gtx 285 under $200 in very good condition or new and able to support sli then go for it. gtx 580 if you want a single powerful card.
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May 21, 2011 1:32:28 PM

Thanks for the response, but I am able to figure out the economics of this. My dilemma, I guess, is really that I have been looking, and the 285 is still selling in the > $200 and even > $300 price range (although I do see them selling used on ebay for less). Is it still that great of a processor that it is worth bridging two of these v.s. buying a newer-series GTX, probably bridging two of these, eventually. As these are still so pricey, does this mean that this really is that great of a card? Because I know there is normally a very dramatic drop in price after a processor has been on the market for, say six months, or so.

If it wasn't for seeing how expensive these GPUs still are, I would have no doubts that the current-generation cards are much better.
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a b U Graphics card
May 21, 2011 2:17:08 PM

i'd say you are better of buying a new card you'll get DX11 ;) 

what is your system specs, budget and monitor resolution?
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a c 172 U Graphics card
May 21, 2011 5:31:26 PM

Derbixrace said:
i'd say you are better of buying a new card you'll get DX11 ;) 

what is your system specs, budget and monitor resolution?


A gtx 285 is faster than you think and not all Fermi cards measure up to be an upgrade over older cards. It will take a gtx 560 ti just to break even and see a small gain. If op really wants to see a real upgrade by going Fermi then I suggest a gtx 570 or he could just go on ebay and try to get a second hand gtx 285 on the cheap then sli.

If you want to go ati then there are some decent choices out there like the 6950.
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