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Nvidia GeForce GTX 260/280 Review

Call of Duty 4

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While the GTX 280 placed high with Call of Duty 4, beating the 9800 GTX by between 41% (1920*1200) and 91% (2560*1600 + filters), the 9800 GX2 put up a good fight. It even surpassed the 280 at 1920*1200 (and by a hefty 17%), probably due to its greater number of texture units, which was the only theoretical value for which the recent Nvidia bi-GPU card had the advantage over the new cards. On a 30" display, the memory bandwidth and especially the doubled memory quantity gave the GTX 280 the lead in extremis, but only with 4X antialiasing enabled (the game was still playable). That led us to start suspecting we might have some close results testing these cards… Note that the GTX 260 had a 21 to 28% lag behind its big sister, which is in line with its specifications; it was well ahead of the 8800 Ultra, but clearly behind the 9800 GX2 in this test.

  • BadMannerKorea
    FIRST OMFG NVIDIA pwns!
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  • Lunarion
    what a POS, the 9800gx2 is $150+ cheaper and performs just about the same. Let's hope the new ATI cards coming actually make a difference
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  • foxhound009
    woow,.... that's the new "high end" gpu????
    lolz.. 3870 x2 wil get cheaper... and nvidia gtx200 lies on the shelves providing space for dust........
    (I really expectede mmore from this one... :/ )
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  • thatguy2001
    Pretty disappointing. And here I was thinking that the gtx 280 was supposed to put the 9800gx2 to shame. Not too good.
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  • cappster
    Both cards are priced out of my price range. Mainstream decently priced cards sell better than the extreme high priced cards. I think Nvidia is going to lose this round of "next gen" cards and price to performance ratio to ATI. I am a fan of whichever company will provide a nice performing card at a decent price (sub 300 dollars).
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  • njalterio
    Very disappointing, and I had to laugh when they compared the prices for the GTX 260 and the GTX 280, $450 and $600, calling the GTX 260 "nearly half the price" of the GTX 280. Way to fail at math. lol.
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  • NarwhaleAu
    It is going to get owned by the 4870x2. In some cases the 3870x2 was quicker - not many, but we are talking 640 shaders total vs. 1600 total for the 4870x2.
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  • MooseMuffin
    Loud, power hungry, expensive and not a huge performance improvement. Nice job nvidia.
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  • compy386
    This should be great news for AMD. The 4870 is rumored to come in at 40% above the 9800GTX so that would put it at about the 260GTX range. At $300 it would be a much better value. Plus AMD was expecting to price it in the $200s so even if it hits low, AMD can lower the price and make some money.
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  • vochtige
    i think i'll get a 8800ultra. i'll be safe for the next 5 generations of nvidia! try harder nv crew
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