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Llamalama
09-15-08, 03:43 AM
I'm planning to upgrade my 8800GTX soon as it's starting to feel tired gaming at 1920X1200. Would the 260 be enough at that res with at least 4x AA 16 AF and also what brand would you rec. I'll have to update my sig as I've got the E8600 running at 4Ghz. Thanks

ChrisRay
09-15-08, 04:20 AM
Bioshock, Oblivion, UT3, ect will all do pretty well with that card. Its impossible to say how long it'll last. I know Crysis @ Very High with 4xAA is way out of reach of those settings. From the Nvidia perspective I tend to look at the 260 as the super card for 1680x1050. And the midrange card for 1920x1200 +. SLI them and things change dramatically.

But like I said. Your results will vary from game to game. For 90% of everything out there. A single GTX 260 is more than adequate for that resolution with your desired settings. Other games you may have to make some compromises. If your less into compromises a GTX 280 might be better suited for you.

This opinion is formed from owning 3 GTX 260 cards, and 2 GTX 280 cards currently.


Chris

nekrosoft13
09-15-08, 06:17 AM
wait 2-3 weeks for that new upgraded GTX 260

Vasot02
09-15-08, 07:07 AM
I'm planning to upgrade my 8800GTX soon as it's starting to feel tired gaming at 1920X1200. Would the 260 be enough at that res with at least 4x AA 16 AF and also what brand would you rec. I'll have to update my sig as I've got the E8600 running at 4Ghz. Thanks

Its faster from the 8800 GTX and is cheap for the power that offers...

But if you are not in hurry to change your card i suggest you wait for newer solutions that will come out until the end of the year...

Nvidia is planning to release a GT206 (55nm) somewhere in November or December 2008 and GT212 (45nm) at Q1 2009

I wouldn't waste all my money for something that will be replaced soon...

http://www.guru3d.com/imageview.php?image=14935

nekrosoft13
09-15-08, 07:16 AM
november/dec? it got delayed?

JoJomomo
09-15-08, 08:21 AM
I'm planning to upgrade my 8800GTX soon as it's starting to feel tired gaming at 1920X1200. Would the 260 be enough at that res with at least 4x AA 16 AF and also what brand would you rec. I'll have to update my sig as I've got the E8600 running at 4Ghz. Thanks

I have the EVGA GTX 260 and I myself am going from 1680X1050 to 1920X1200 Today! I will keep you updated on how it does. Im not really worried about it either as my card is running at 760core 1540shader and 2600mem which makes it just as fast if not faster than a GTX 280 in most games maybe with the exception of shader heavy games like Oblivion but it would still be close. :)

JoJomomo
09-15-08, 08:24 AM
Nvidia is planning to release a GT206 (55nm) somewhere in November or December 2008

That one is not even worth waiting on judging by some early benchies the increase in performance is only marginal by around 2-3fps.



and GT212 (45nm) at Q1 2009


This one might be worth it but he would still be better off selling his 8800GTX while its still worth something and move on over to a GTX 260 to hold him off until next year.

FastRedPonyCar
09-15-08, 09:10 AM
That one is not even worth waiting on judging by some early benchies the increase in performance is only marginal by around 2-3fps.


But it will at least (hopefully) drive down the 260/280's price.

Heinz68
09-15-08, 09:13 AM
november/dec? it got delayed?
GT206 is not the same GTX 260 with 216 shaders card you suggested is coming in 2-3 weeks.
The GT206 is a 55nm shrink coming later and who knows what NV will name it

JoJomomo
09-15-08, 10:35 AM
But it will at least (hopefully) drive down the 260/280's price.

Thats true but at the same time his 8800 GTX will be worth even less by then.

I think the current prices of both the GTX 260 and HD 4870 are an absolute steal.

lallous
09-15-08, 10:59 AM
I'm very happy with it since my gaming res is @ 1680x1050 ! I haven't tried it at higher resolutions so I guess I'll wait for Jojomomo's feedback.

Llamalama
09-15-08, 04:04 PM
Thanks for all the feedback guys. Really helps in making these decisions. The problem here is "when" to sell this before it's worth even less. As Jojomomo already pointed out but I guess another month or so wouldn't hurt. At the moment it looks like the only option I have is the GTX280 to be comfortable at that res with future games.If I were to go that route would I have to upgrade my PSU as well as it only comes with 2 PCI X 6 pin cables. I"m still leaning towards the 260 based on price though I'm just unsure if it would make enough of a difference.

JoJomomo
09-16-08, 08:31 AM
Update


Well my 24" LCD came in, the bad news is that its defective and will have to go back to newegg. I can only use it for a few minutes at a time until the backlight gives out and then it takes a while to get it to turn back on, I think its overheating, maybe the fan in it is broken.

The good news is that for the short time I got to use it I can tell you that the GTX 260 handled that res like a champ, I tested Oblivion, DiRT, Jericho and Bioshock. For the most part performance was close to 1680X1050 with losses of around 5-7 frames in the most extreme cases. Over all I was impressed.

Sucks that I got a bad one, guess I will send it back and try again. That is the first Open Box Item that I have ever had to return to newegg, I have always had good luck with open box until now.

FastRedPonyCar
09-16-08, 08:38 AM
Update
I tested Oblivion, DiRT, Jericho and Bioshock. For the most part performance was close to 1680X1050 with losses of around 5-7 frames in the most extreme cases. Over all I was impressed.
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those games are a joke for even the 8800's (barring you're using Quarl's texture pack III for oblivion).

Fire up crysis and see how that turns out. As far as I'm concerned, that game is the real test for a graphics card.

JoJomomo
09-16-08, 09:08 AM
those games are a joke for even the 8800's (barring you're using Quarl's texture pack III for oblivion).

I am using Quarl's Texture pack for Oblivion.


Jericho is certainly not a joke when you consider I am running 4XAA smoothing, you would not be able to do that with an 8800GTX at 1920X1200 resolution and get playable FPS. I remember how bad that game stressed the 8800GTX at 1680X1050 with just 2XAA smoothing, it ran fine without it but once smoothing was turned on it was very demanding.

Bioshock I failed to mention I am running 4XAA as well, turn on the AA and that game becomes pretty demanding at high res and again would be to much for an 8800GTX. UE3 engine games are a breeze until you combine AA with it.

DiRT I guess you never played because its actually very demanding, even more so than GRID.




Fire up crysis and see how that turns out. As far as I'm concerned, that game is the real test for a graphics card.

Tested it this morning and it took about the same hit as the other games mentioned, still very playable for me using all high settings with 2XAA running around 35-45fps.

Sytem specs just FYI:

Q6600@3.4ghz
GTX 260 760core 1540shader 2600mem
4gbs DDR2@950mhz 4 4 4 12

JoJomomo
09-16-08, 09:23 AM
Try STALKER Clear Sky with Enhanced Full Dynamic Lighting @max detail & res.

LOL why would I do that when that game runs like garbage for pretty much everyone including those with the highest end rigs. :lol:

I dont have it yet anyway, im not making the same mistake that I made by purchasing STALKER right after it came out. I will wait until it has about say ohhhh.......a dozen or so patches.

Blacklash
09-16-08, 12:01 PM
An overclocked 260 will handle 4xAA in everything but Crysis all VH @ 1920x. It's a good card.

If you want an added edge grab the 280 or an HD 4870 X2.

FastRedPonyCar
09-17-08, 07:34 AM
LOL why would I do that when that game runs like garbage for pretty much everyone including those with the highest end rigs. :lol:

I dont have it yet anyway, im not making the same mistake that I made by purchasing STALKER right after it came out. I will wait until it has about say ohhhh.......a dozen or so patches.

Is it THAT much different than the first stalker? Because the first one on mine stays pegged at 60 fps with the texture pack and float32 and all details at max.

From screen shots, it doesn't appear to be that much more impressive visually but of course, I could be wrong. If it's not and it does run like crap then shame on the developers.

Llamalama
09-18-08, 01:47 AM
FastRedPonyCar, you and I have similar systems.That's a nice OC you have there with your card. Under load my CPU hovers around 50-55* Celcius. Is this normal? or do I need a better cooler. Also how are you finding gaming with your machine. Myself I think I'll hang on to my card for a bit longer as I don't think I can justify spending more cash on a new card at this time...untill I load FarCry 2*sigh*

FastRedPonyCar
09-18-08, 06:17 AM
gaming kicks butt. Crysis benchmarks at around 32fps at 1680X1050 with the xtreme config's next to highest level.

I'm using the zalman 92mm cooler and it seems to be working very well for me. The intel burn in and prime95 can't put a dent in the load temps.

Llamalama
09-19-08, 02:04 AM
Awesome dude:super: