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Old 07-21-08, 07:10 PM   #13
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Default Re: A few questions for recent GTX 280 owners

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You are on drugs, Corsair PSU's are amazing, Coolermaster PSUs are budget PSUs
Well it could simply be a matter of Corsair having better QA then Coolermaster, he is merely stating that they have the same PSU supplier.

Although I've not heard of this power-spiking issue, I'm sure if it affected more Corsair units we would see more about it.

Either way gratz to Ninja on ur purchase, hope you enjoy the GTX 280, I sure have thus far.
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Old 07-21-08, 07:41 PM   #14
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crainger let me know (in general hardware forum) that corsair changed their PSU, they are no longer made by the same POS company that does coolermaster PSU.

still there are few older Corsaid PSU still on sale that are trash.
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Old 07-21-08, 09:10 PM   #15
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You should go with the ATI HD 4870 now... I had the 8800gtx for almost 2 years and it was a very good upgrade.

I wanted the GTX 280 too but 2 reasons I didn't buy it. First the card is very noisy and secondo: it's already obselete because it will be replace by the .55nm version very soon.

Hd4870 in automatic mode, I never hear it. Quiet like the 8800gtx.

You should buy the 4870 and later buy the GTX 280 .55nm version. The 4870 will still have a very good resale value.
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Hd4870 in automatic mode, I never hear it. Quiet like the 8800gtx.

You should buy the 4870 and later buy the GTX 280 .55nm version. The 4870 will still have a very good resale value.
in automatic mode fan runs on very low speed, which makes the card runs quite hot, hence the fan hack.

you are right about 4870 being a great value
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Old 07-22-08, 07:10 AM   #17
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It ran HOT and so ? It doesn't crash and it perform well. The GPU can take this heat with no problem. ATI made a choice of silence vs noise.

Not that hot btw, it goes up to 85 at full load, so was my 8800gtx.

The hack suck, the card become very noisy.
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Old 07-22-08, 07:25 AM   #18
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It should be. The eVGA GTX 280 I initially bought was from the early batch that had problems. I did an RMA through eVGA directly, and the new card has been working fine. If you buy one online, there is still a chance that it could be one of the early units, so make sure you get it from someplace like Newegg that has a good return/exchange policy. Otherwise, hold on to your invoice and deal directly with the manufacturer.



Never heard of this. Are you talking in general, or is this about the 60 Hz thing that's been present since Windows 2000? I just tired 1024x768 @ 75 Hz and it worked fine.



The general rule of thumb is that you want to avoid using any sort of power adapter(s) with these cards. I have an OCZ GameXStream 600W, which has a 6- and 8-pin connection, and the card works great. If you don't have the proper power connections, you might want to consider investing in a newer PSU.



Biggest problem right now, aside from overheating, is the card throttling its speed in 3D applications for no apparent reason. We have a sticky on that issue here, and apparently NVIDIA is aware of the problem. A fix is allegedly on the way, but that was discussed a couple weeks ago. There are workarounds you can employ with RivaTuner.



Personally, I would go with an eVGA board because when you register the card, you can buy their advance RMA service. For about $10-19, you can get a replacement card shipped to you first, and eVGA will pay shipping to send the old/defective card back. I picked the standard overnight RMA, which I think was $17. When you submit an RMA, it takes a day or two for them to process and ship the replacement card, but that's still faster than you having to send in your card first and wait for them to ship a replacement. It was a pretty hassle free process, all things considered.

As far as i know card doesn't throttle. Never happened to me.
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Old 07-22-08, 07:27 AM   #19
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If you want to enjoy Crysis and other DX10.0 games get GTX280. HD4870 simply sucks there, oh yeah ATI morons will tell you switch to DX9.0 and run everything to High and it runs great, and then they will say Vista sucks, but also they will say our card supports DX10.1 but they ignore the fact that ATI is garbage for DX10.0 games.

Save yourself headache and get GTX280. Runs cooler then HD4870.
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Anyone buying a new card better wait for the 4870 x2 results. The first previews show that it destroys the GTX 280, double framerate in most cases. Maybe the card will be a little more expensive, but it could be worth the difference
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Anyone buying a new card better wait for the 4870 x2 results. The first previews show that it destroys the GTX 280, double framerate in most cases. Maybe the card will be a little more expensive, but it could be worth the difference
i'm waiting

i really want to see detailed review, something like this
http://www.egielda.com.pl/?str=art&id=4400

especially like this part


This chart shows which games have solid fluid performance in 1920x1440 AAx4

TAK = yes, that is solid fluid performance
NIE = no
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As far as i know card doesn't throttle. Never happened to me.
This is a concept you're too thick to understand, but I'm going to spell it out for you anyway.

Just because you're not having a problem, doesn't mean that issues don't exist. Here is a seven-page thread on the eVGA forums alone that talks about this issue.

Downclocking/throttling on GTX 200 cards

There's also that big sticky right at the top of this very forum.
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Anyone buying a new card better wait for the 4870 x2 results. The first previews show that it destroys the GTX 280, double framerate in most cases. Maybe the card will be a little more expensive, but it could be worth the difference
No Crysis benchmark = fail
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This is a concept you're too thick to understand, but I'm going to spell it out for you anyway.

Just because you're not having a problem, doesn't mean that issues don't exist. Here is a seven-page thread on the eVGA forums alone that talks about this issue.

Downclocking/throttling on GTX 200 cards

There's also that big sticky right at the top of this very forum.

Switch gpu speed to its default 602Mhz and you will be fine.
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