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thats dumb the GT260 costs $399 and the GT280 is $600-$649 when they are almost same, but maybe Nvidia has something up it's selve with the GT280
Edited by A Russian :D - 6/11/08 at 9:10pm
    
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post #52 of 63
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Originally Posted by A Russian :D View Post
thats dumb the GT260 costs $399 and the GT280 is $600-$649 when they are almost same, but maybe Nvidia has something up it's selve with the GT280
The difference is that the cores are the same, but because of the huge die size, many times the cores are slightly damaged, when this happens, they just turn off a few more SPs and call it a 260. Of the 100 dies per wafer, only 40 can be used in both the 260 and 280. I'd say that 30 of those cores go to the 260.
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The difference is that the cores are the same, but because of the huge die size, many times the cores are slightly damaged, when this happens, they just turn off a few more SPs and call it a 260. Of the 100 dies per wafer, only 40 can be used in both the 260 and 280. I'd say that 30 of those cores go to the 260.
so you mean like the 8800GT and 8800GS they get a bad 8800GT core and rename it 8800GS to maximize their profit (not saying the 8800GS is bad it's a very good card for the $ it can be found for $90 shipped what a steal)
    
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so you mean like the 8800GT and 8800GS they get a bad 8800GT core and rename it 8800GS to maximize their profit (not saying the 8800GS is bad it's a very good card for the $ it can be found for $90 shipped what a steal)
Basically. The 260 is a core that has been salvaged, the PCB is less complex, and it has a small interface(not by much) It's like buying a Phenom tri-core instead of a quad.
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Well, maybe I'd think of sticking with nvidia now.... I was thinking I'd never be able to afford it...... while it's not very low of a price still, it is a little more enticing.
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It's definitely a start in the right direction although they're both way overpriced at their supposed performance.
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question, if the gt260 is a gt280 with some sp's turned off, then what differentiates the 4850 from the 4870?

we already know that they both have 800 sps, but the core and the mem is clocked lower for the 4850. does that mean that ocing a 4850 saves you $100+ over a 4870?
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fawk it.. i'll stick to my 8800GT for a while
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post #59 of 63
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question, if the gt260 is a gt280 with some sp's turned off, then what differentiates the 4850 from the 4870?

we already know that they both have 800 sps, but the core and the mem is clocked lower for the 4850. does that mean that ocing a 4850 saves you $100+ over a 4870?
the 4870 has DDR5 memory vs the DDR3 on 4850 and the 4870 x2 is the one that will have 800 SP 4870 will have half of the 4870x2 SP and 4850 will have half of the 4870 SP
    
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the 4870 has DDR5 memory vs the DDR3 on 4850 and the 4870 x2 is the one that will have 800 SP 4870 will have half of the 4870x2 SP and 4850 will have half of the 4870 SP
Wrong. Both the 4870 and the 4850 have 800SP. The 4870x2 has 2x 800SP.

The difference between the 4870 and the 4850 is the clock speeds, the memory amount and type (512mb gddr5 for the 4870 and 256mb gddr3 for the 4850).

Im guessing ATI will test the cores in the lab and bin them according to what speeds they can achieve. The faster achieving cores will be binned as 4870 cores and the slow performing ones binned as 4850 cores. Unless of course they are made entirly seperatly from each other due to the different memory types (someone clarify this?).

The release date for the 4870 and 4850 is June 23rd I believe, with the 4870x2 coming out in august.
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