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SH64
07-25-08, 10:25 AM
Installed BFGGTX 280 last night. Then installed Crysis again after shelving it until I had hardware to run it. All I can say is "wow". Awesome frames. Looks great. I'm getting a little flashing artifacting though. In the old days I would think it's a heat issue but I ran Mass Effect and no such artifacting so I'm thinking it may be a Crysis thing. Anyone else have this experience with this game?
I dont think its normal .. you should start checking your temps while playing Crysis. If your card is factory OCed then maybe you should revert back to stock clocks & see what happens.

Anyone else have the plastic covering on the back of the card start to come off?
Its supposed to be removed before installing the card AFAIK unless i'm confused with something else.

hemmy
07-25-08, 01:18 PM
Oh, didn't read the instructions, thought I had no reason...also I couldn't see the film until it started to come off anyway.

Ninja Prime
07-25-08, 05:56 PM
Just got my BFG GTX 280 OCX edition(665 core 2400mem, 1456 shaders), installed it, ran Vantage. Its awesome, 5400 on extreme, my old 8800 scored 2000. Ran Furmark for a good 5 min to check temps, topped out at 82c so looks like I'm good as far as the overheating problem. :D

Sounds fine normally, but with Furmark running it sounds like a blow-drier.

iron99
07-26-08, 02:37 AM
Just clicked the confirm order button on a PALiT GTX280 ( $399 US with MIR ) and a new full tower case @ Newegg.

I just couldn't pass up the $399 deal. Plus I simply love nHancer so couldn't go back to ATI even though the 4870 is a awesome card.

I'll post a follow up post once I have everything install :)......Looking forward to changing hardware :).

Thanks ATI for the low nVidia prices!

PS - Hoping there isn't a temp. problem with my GTX 280......but I am worried about it, and will be the first thing I test,

SH64
07-26-08, 02:40 AM
A good stress test would be the Furmark for OpenGL & Crysis for DX10.

SH64
07-26-08, 10:18 AM
What about the ATI X2? :o It's just a few weeks away...

Anyway, enjoy your new card!
You shouldnt be asking this question :nono: because there is always something good around the corner in the PC world ..

Xion X2
07-26-08, 02:50 PM
You shouldnt be asking this question :nono: because there is always something good around the corner in the PC world ..

Not always a few weeks away, though.

Ninja Prime
07-26-08, 07:13 PM
What about the ATI X2? :o It's just a few weeks away...

Anyway, enjoy your new card!

Well, I got impatient. ;)

Also, I figured the following:

The GTX 280 is hot and loud and I needed a new PSU for it, but the 4870x2 will be hotter, probably just as loud if not louder, and will need a new PSU as well.

The GTX 280 is fast enough for anything I have now or anything I can see in the near future, and I got a BFG card so if NV comes out with a new GTX 280b or whatever, within 100 days I can trade up.

The GTX 280 was only $450 for 1 Gigabyte, the 4870x2 with 1 gig per card is going to be at least $550.

All told, I saved $100 and get to play with it 3 weeks earlier, and I have upgrade options. Plus, if the 4870x2 is awesome enough that I can't stand it, I have someone who will buy my card for 90% of the original price. :D

nekrosoft13
07-26-08, 07:48 PM
just bought evga gtx 280 again.

just payed 397 for it, wanted to way for x2, but x2 will cost more. and had to act now since i have a buyer for my 8800gtx

mojoman0
07-26-08, 08:22 PM
EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked now $245 at newegg. Theres actually a $30 rebate still active if you can find it online somewhere that would make the card $225!!!!!! Good god I should have waited one more week. I thought it had plateaued when I bought mine for $279 AR a week ago! Get em while theyre hot!

SH64
07-27-08, 12:38 AM
just bought evga gtx 280 again.

just payed 397 for it, wanted to way for x2, but x2 will cost more. and had to act now since i have a buyer for my 8800gtx
Congrats nekro :D .. hope all going well for you now ?

nekrosoft13
07-27-08, 02:26 PM
Congrats nekro :D .. hope all going well for you now ?

everything was fine the first time, just the price ;)

weeds
07-28-08, 09:42 PM
EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked now $245 at newegg. Theres actually a $30 rebate still active if you can find it online somewhere that would make the card $225!!!!!! Good god I should have waited one more week. I thought it had plateaued when I bought mine for $279 AR a week ago! Get em while theyre hot!

That was a nice deal (ended the 27th).
A similiar deal for MSI GTX 260
$229.99 after $40.00 Mail-In rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127361&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-MSI-_-14127361

Athena
07-29-08, 08:59 PM
My cute new Asus GTX260 came via the UPS man today. I quickly installed it with the latest drivers from Nvidia. My 3dMark06 score went down from my old 8800GTS512 from 11,000 to 10,500. Also during the load screens of the 3dMark the video card would chirp like a bird. But in games performance jumped a good bit and no cherping. In City of Heroes I went from a low of 30 FPS to a low of 50. The high is locked to the refresh at 60 so that's nice.

Drax
07-30-08, 05:14 PM
eVGA GTX280 SC - Out For Delivery

Alllllllllmost here. It's replacing 9800 GX2. Can't wait to say goodbye to all the damn pauses and hitching. About the only game it wouldn't do it in is WoW which I could run at 2x2 SS. Blizz really made that game able to run on -anything-.

Shamrock
07-31-08, 10:40 PM
EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked now $245 at newegg. Theres actually a $30 rebate still active if you can find it online somewhere that would make the card $225!!!!!! Good god I should have waited one more week. I thought it had plateaued when I bought mine for $279 AR a week ago! Get em while theyre hot!

I got in on that rebate. It expired on July 27th. I ordered mine on the 25th. I got mine in today! Gonna send out the rebate tomorrow.

I posted the rebate in the for sale section.

And Holy cow, talk about overkill! I can't get all the performance out of my 260 because I have an AMDx2 4800+ :D

gunslash
08-04-08, 12:02 PM
got my bfg oc gtx 280 on the way from tigerdirect...$384 AR, I figured I'd get it.
currently running HD4850 in Crossfire, but I'm having too many issues with ATI's drivers...the hardware is awesome, but their software blows chunks...so back to Nvidia I go (nana2)

Dazz
08-09-08, 03:19 AM
Just got my EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked last yesterday only played company of heroes with DX10 slight stuttering while playing DX10 overclocked it too 700/1500MHz & 2400MHz memory and it was smooth! My 9800GTX and 8800GTX just couldn't cut it at all, temps are good, idle 47C max load 55C very quite too, fan at 40%. Very happy. I was tosing between a 4870 and this GTX 260, but gone with the GTX due to the extra memory if there was 1GB version of the 4870 i would of got that instead. And got it from the States for 147!! Considering the 4850 costs average of 110 thats a damn good deal. Not sure how EVGA will react with warranty howver which i hope i never have to use.

QX9650 @ 4GHz
4GB PC8000
EVGA GTX 260 896MB @ 700 Core 1500MHz Shaders and 2400MHz memory

Average 92.3fps
Max 209.0fps
Min 19.9fps

Off the top of my head my 9800GTX was somthing like

Average 35fps
Max 67fps
Min 3.2fps

Considering that sites that reviewed the GTX260 seemed to indicate not much of an improvement the GTX260 had over the 9800GTX seems unfounded!! I have not tested any other games at the moment but there is nearly 3x performance increase in avaerage fps and min frame rates are 6x in that game!

MUFC4EVER
08-09-08, 01:04 PM
Sold my 2x 88GTS 640's for 140 and bought the xpertvision GTX260 for 180. Bye bye SLI issues!!

I am very impressed with this card. Medal of Airborne for instance is now playable and I've nearly finished it today. In SLI it was like running through mud that I just gave up.

IN 3DMark it is on a par with the GTS's but in all games it is better. I only game at 1680x1050 and with this card I can crank up the AA & AF and have smooth gameplay. I did consider the GTX280 but the heat issue put me off and the 4870X2 but it's not out yet.

I just thought the GTX260 was a "bargain" only costing me 40.

(lee63)

Mike89
08-09-08, 01:36 PM
Sounds like most in this thread are happy with their purchase of the 280. Apparently I'm an exception (in this thread at least), I got mine and wasn't impressed. I ended up RMAing it through Newegg. Should be getting the replacement (same EVGA sc GTX 280) Monday or Tuesday. I swapped out a 8800GTX that ran flawless in my system. Got the 280 and had nothing but problems from the beginning. Losing signal to monitor, constant game crashes in every single game I played. When the card didn't crash out the system, it still never felt faster than the 8800GTX and in fact actually felt slower at times. I guess I just got a bad card (and frankly dunno how this one got past quality control). Hopefully this new one will change my spirits/opinion of the card. I have my fingers crossed. I'm not used to being unhappy with an Nvidia card, it's a feeling I don't like at all. I want to be a happy camper again!

XMAN52373
08-09-08, 03:59 PM
Got my GTX260 today. DDO runs great, FlatOut how ever is having issues. Will try again later after a reload of the game, right now it wont even start. Went from 2x BFG 8800GTSOC 640s 6 months ago to 2x XFX 9600GT XXXs to 1 BFG GTX260. Performance has stayed the same along the way only power consumption has gone down during idle. May return it if I can't get FlatOut to work with it thou.

XMAN52373
08-10-08, 09:17 PM
Got my GTX260 today. DDO runs great, FlatOut how ever is having issues. Will try again later after a reload of the game, right now it wont even start. Went from 2x BFG 8800GTSOC 640s 6 months ago to 2x XFX 9600GT XXXs to 1 BFG GTX260. Performance has stayed the same along the way only power consumption has gone down during idle. May return it if I can't get FlatOut to work with it thou.


Update, FlatOut works fine. I had a slot thingy fall off when I was switching cards that wound up taking out my sound chip(onboard) and was still sitting there that caused the game not to work. Reinstalled my Audigy 2ZS and all is fine.

dookika
08-10-08, 09:33 PM
Sold my 2x 88GTS 640's for 140 and bought the xpertvision GTX260 for 180. Bye bye SLI issues!!

I am very impressed with this card. Medal of Airborne for instance is now playable and I've nearly finished it today. In SLI it was like running through mud that I just gave up.

IN 3DMark it is on a par with the GTS's but in all games it is better. I only game at 1680x1050 and with this card I can crank up the AA & AF and have smooth gameplay. I did consider the GTX280 but the heat issue put me off and the 4870X2 but it's not out yet.

I just thought the GTX260 was a "bargain" only costing me 40.

(lee63)

Congrats! I love my 260, its the best card I have owned thus far.

Eliminator
08-23-08, 08:12 PM
well im back... got to play around a bit with my new GTX 280... it appears there is some driver bug as overclocking is not working properly... sometimes it gives higher performance.. sometimes it seems to throttle... mainly in 3dmark06 ive noticed this... games seem to improve fps properly when overclocking... i also tried forcing performance 3d with rivatuner but no luck... seems to be a driver bug as others are having this issue on the evga forums... the temperature is fine with this card (max 85*C and fan went to 80%) so its not a heat issue... its a preoverclocked card with a decent OC so i wont bother much with it until a driver fix is out... the highest i got stable was 684/1404/2484 but I just doubt these clocks are being applied properly in all games ...here are a few benchmarks i ran... all 8800GTX results are with E6400 @ 3.3GHZ... all GTX 280 results are with Q6600 @ 3.6GHZ unless specified:

Crysis 1920x1200 very high custom DX9 (savegame point):

8800GTX @ 594/1566/1950: 28 FPS
8800GTX @ 621/1620/2000: 29.1 FPS
GTX 280 @ Stock NV reference: 40.2 FPS
GTX 280 @ OC2 clocks (650/1404/2326): 41.7 FPS
GTX 280 @ 684/1404/2484: 43.4 FPS

Devil May Cry 4 1920x1200 4xAA/16xAF:

8800GTX @ 594/1566/1950: 81/54/109/60
GTX 280 @ OC2 clocks (650/1404/2326): 137/88.5/176/93

Oblivion 1920x1200 8xAF w/ Qarl TP 3:

8800GTX @ 594/1566/1950: 73 FPS
[Q6600 @ Stock 2.4GHZ] GTX 280 @ OC2 clocks: 64 FPS
[Q6600 @ 3.6GHZ] GTX 280 @ OC2 clocks: 83 FPS
[Q6600 @ 3.6GHZ] GTX 280 @ OC2 clocks + 4xAA: 83 FPS

Lost Planet GTX 280 1920x1200 8xAF:
Snow:
Q6600 @ 2 cores, GTX @ nv reference: 74.4 FPS
Q6600 @ 4 cores, GTX @ nv reference: 75.6 FPS
Q6600 @ 4 cores, GTX @ OC2 clocks: 81.1 FPS

Cave:
Q6600 @ 2 cores, GTX @ nv reference: 82.3 FPS
Q6600 @ 4 cores, GTX @ nv reference: 99.2 FPS
Q6600 @ 4 cores, GTX @ OC2 clocks: 101.4 FPS

so a good boost overall... in oblivion im entirely CPU limited even with 4xAA and qarls texture pack 3... i tried other levels too but same CPU limited results... lost planet i tested to see how quad core stacks up since i know its one of the few games to take advantage of it.. more benchies will come later

ArrowMk84
08-25-08, 10:52 PM
I just got my GTX280 tonight (EVGA SSC), and holy crap does this thing rock! Bioshock, Company of Heroes, Mass Effect and NWN2 all run two to three times faster with the same settings compared to my 8800GTX (I play at 2560x1600). Crysis is a little disappointing, with only a 25% increase, but hey, multiplayer is now playable at 2560x1600, 2x AA and pretty much everything but the shadows cranked! And watching Crysis suck up 920MB of 1GB of VRAM is amusing to no end.

I'm tempted to reinstall Oblivion and load up Qarl's mod. That always killed my 8800GTX, but I think this card might be up to the challenge.

BTW, does anyone know of a good Vista sidebar utility for monitoring GPU clocks and temps? Everest Ultimate doesn't appear to have out a version that recognizes this card.