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nrdstrm
08-25-08, 10:17 PM
Good to know Arrow...That is exactly the upgrade path I will take (if I get a 280). I want a Quad Core and Dual 24" as well, so it may take a while...lol

MaXThReAT
08-26-08, 12:45 PM
So I couldn't help myself from picking up one at current prices. Sig updated with an EVGA 280GTX SuperClock edition. So far I'm very impressed. 100% fan is pretty loud but idles around 53c. I've seen as high as 89c with the fur benchmark but in gaming it hovers around 74c. I now keep it at 75% fan and it stays around 75c in gaming. Performance is pretty amazing. I haven't done a lot of testing yet but I've listed some of my results below. I think it's obviously time to upgrade the rest of my system. I haven't benched Crysis yet but it's very playable at 1600x1200 DX10 Very High 2xAA, 27fps avg. So far everything else I've test just runs stupid fast@2048x1536 with large amounts of AA, Witcher, UT3, GOW, FEAR, MassEffect, Bioshock, Frontlines, Medusa and Cascades demos, COJ is very nice as well at 1600x1200. Oblivion keeps crashing on me but during the few min I did play it was very smooth @ 1600x1200 4xAA 16af. I'm off to try out TDU and GRID and a few others.

WIC 2048x1536 2xAA 16af
8800GTX_____280GTX_____280GTX 4XAA
Avg: 18______Avg: 26_____Avg: 25
Min: 6_______Min: 9_______Min: 8
Max: 34_____Max: 59_______Max: 56


Lost Planet 1600x1200 16xQ 16af
8800GTX______280GTX
Snow: 21.6____Snow: 37.8
Cave: 29.8____Cave: 39.6

3DMark06
8800GTX______280GTX
9,208_________9,853

Vantage
8800GTX______280GTX
7,364_________11,742

lallous
09-10-08, 04:02 PM
Hello Everyone,

I've been a long time lurker on these forums and today I decided to register and write my first post :p.

I just received my Asus GTX260 video card (http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?modelmenu=2&model=2292&l1=2&l2=6&l3=720&l4=0). I am so amazed by its performance. I tried Company of Heroes and GRID so far. (I will be trying other games very soon ofcourse)

I am concerned with a couple of issues to start with:

1)I bought a Thermaltake PSU (http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1172&ID=1536#Tab1) which I suddenly realised that it only offers around 33A on its 12v rails. Will this cause problems or stability issues or is it enough.
My hardware specs are as follows:
Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz ( No overclock)
4GB Kingston DDR2-800Mhz
Asus P5Q Motherboard
500GB Seagate HDD
+ the vga.

2)What are the maximum temperatures the GTX260 should reach. While I was in COH, I realised that it was somehow very hot. I couldn't get exact temps.

3)What software/tool do you recommend for monitoring the VGA temps. Does Nvidia have some tool? I am already using SpeedFan.


Thank you all for any help, :)

CAUTION
09-10-08, 07:47 PM
Hello Everyone,

I've been a long time lurker on these forums and today I decided to register and write my first post :p.

I just received my Asus GTX260 video card (http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?modelmenu=2&model=2292&l1=2&l2=6&l3=720&l4=0). I am so amazed by its performance. I tried Company of Heroes and GRID so far. (I will be trying other games very soon ofcourse)

I am concerned with a couple of issues to start with:

1)I bought a Thermaltake PSU (http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?S=1172&ID=1536#Tab1) which I suddenly realised that it only offers around 33A on its 12v rails. Will this cause problems or stability issues or is it enough.
My hardware specs are as follows:
Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz ( No overclock)
4GB Kingston DDR2-800Mhz
Asus P5Q Motherboard
500GB Seagate HDD
+ the vga.

2)What are the maximum temperatures the GTX260 should reach. While I was in COH, I realised that it was somehow very hot. I couldn't get exact temps.

3)What software/tool do you recommend for monitoring the VGA temps. Does Nvidia have some tool? I am already using SpeedFan.


Thank you all for any help, :)

Welcome lallous :D

lallous
09-11-08, 02:53 PM
Welcome lallous :D

Thanks for the welcome :)

Sidric
09-23-08, 02:15 AM
well my stalwart old 8800 GTX has finally bit the dust. had the card for almost 2 years now, and it started artifacting/hard locking while I was playing WAR last night. tried some other games and got the same result. rolled back my drivers, updated directx, still the same result. don't have another card to test whether it was possibly the motherboard, but I seriously doubt it is anyway.

so I went ahead and grabbed a BFG 260 GTX on newegg. they had it on sale for $245 with $45 rebate, which was perfect because that was all I was willing to spend. I wasn't looking for a huge upgrade, just something that is roughly equivalent or better to my 8800 and the 260 more than fit the bill. hopefully I'll be back to burning heretics on my witch hunter in WAR when it gets here in a few days. :D

crainger
09-23-08, 03:18 AM
I'll look back for results. My 8800GTX has been doing strange things in Warhead. Things normally associated with hardware failing. So a 260 might be just what I need. Although I think I could stretch to a 280. I'll need a new PSU either way too. ::(:

nekrosoft13
09-23-08, 06:44 AM
congrats _fLaK_mOnKeY_

evox
09-23-08, 09:00 AM
Damn, I thought only my 8800GTX died. :p

conantheogar2
09-23-08, 06:17 PM
I'll look back for results. My 8800GTX has been doing strange things in Warhead. Things normally associated with hardware failing. So a 260 might be just what I need. Although I think I could stretch to a 280. I'll need a new PSU either way too. ::

Get the 260 Gtx in SLI

Or a single 280 Gtx

WCG
09-24-08, 03:54 PM
Well, I'm about to make the jump from my BFG 6800 OC to a 260 Maxcore I think... I'd ask if I'll see any performance increase but that'd be silly. Also jumping from 2ghz amd64 to 3.16ghz core2duo... ugh, don't even know what it'll all set me back. I just wanna play crysis smoothly... my 6800 runs it a little choppy on low settings at 800x600

HeavyH20
09-24-08, 06:50 PM
I am liking these new GTX 260 216 core cards. Picked up three for Tri SLI. HUGE difference from the old 8800GTX SLI setup :)

Couple of differences with the 260-216 and the 260.

The Extra voltage of 1.12 is the same
The 3D voltage is 1.12 instead of 1.06
The 2D voltage is 1.11 instead of 1.03

If you mod the BIOS, the top voltage is 1.15 instead of 1.18.

HeavyH20
09-26-08, 12:25 AM
Hey welcome back HeavyH20 :D

Yep, been a while. Took a bit of a timeout on the whole PC item the past few months. Work, work and more work. :)

Sidric
09-26-08, 11:40 AM
well got the card in today, and ran some real quick preliminary tests for functionality. good news is everything is running great. bad news is I don't have enough time to game right now because of work. pretty crappy since I've been without a gaming PC for 3 days now, lol. alas, I will have to wait a bit longer till this evening. :D

WCG
09-27-08, 12:20 AM
Well, I'm about to make the jump from my BFG 6800 OC to a 260 Maxcore I think... I'd ask if I'll see any performance increase but that'd be silly. Also jumping from 2ghz amd64 to 3.16ghz core2duo... ugh, don't even know what it'll all set me back. I just wanna play crysis smoothly... my 6800 runs it a little choppy on low settings at 800x600

Yea I know, I'm quoting myself, picked up a BFG 260 OC MAXCORE....crysis on high is like so playable now... and stalker omi, games have never looked so good or ran so smooth.. lol

ATOJAR
09-27-08, 09:20 AM
Had mine in afew days now, thought i would run it for a while before i commented on it.

Anyways so far so good, upgraded to the GTX 260 from a 8800GT 512MB SSC, playing cod4@1920x1440 with all ingame setting at maximum, looks awesome & hitting 91+ fps.

Running the card at 702MHz clock core, 1404MHz shader clock & 1125MHz memory with the v178.13 driver & the latest NVIDIA PhysX software installed.

ATOJAR
09-27-08, 10:44 AM
Dose 15522 3DMark06 points seem ok for a GTX 260 and my system?(see sig)

Seems a little low to me, i was expecting a higher score!

methimpikehoses
09-27-08, 10:46 AM
Dose 15522 3DMark06 points seem ok for a GTX 260 and my system?(see sig)

Seems a little low to me, i was expecting a higher score!

3dmark06 isn't so useful unless you use a higher res + AA test. My 4870 gets a similar 3dmark06 score as the old 8800GT, but it's much faster in games... :)

Lfctony
09-27-08, 10:47 AM
3dmark06 isn't so useful unless you use a higher res + AA test. My 4870 gets a similar 3dmark06 score as the old 8800GT, but it's much faster in games... :)

What he said. Increase the AA/AF and resolution, I bet the score will barely move...

ATOJAR
09-27-08, 11:17 AM
My 4870 gets a similar 3dmark06 score as the old 8800GT, but it's much faster in games... :)

Yeah same here, my old 8800GT was overclocked & i got just over 15000 thats why i was worried, i though i should have been getting a much higher score.

methimpikehoses
09-27-08, 11:26 AM
Yeah same here, my old 8800GT was overclocked & i got just over 15000 thats why i was worried, i though i should have been getting a much higher score.

Add AA and resolution. The score will stay nearly the same on your new card, and it will fall through the floor with the 8800's. ;)

OR JUST PLAY GAMES AND ENJOY YOUR CARD. :p

:D

ATOJAR
09-27-08, 11:40 AM
OR JUST PLAY GAMES AND ENJOY YOUR CARD.

:captnkill:

Not really one for benchmarking anyway, i just like to run a benchmark when i get a new toy just to compare and make sure it running as it should be.

(nana2)

ATOJAR
09-27-08, 12:21 PM
Im back lol, i just ran Vantage and got the below score, does that seem about right for my system?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v355/ATOJAR/vantage.jpg

Lfctony
09-27-08, 01:14 PM
That's pretty decent for a 260, I think my single GTX280 score is around 12K... :)

HeavyH20
09-28-08, 12:42 AM
For those interested in some comparitive numbers for single, SLI and Tri SLI, here are the tests with my GTX 260 cards at 666/1404/2214. I only reported the graphics scores for the 3DMark06 tests and the Vantage scores.

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7763/datadc7.jpg