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post #11 of 20
It's supposed to be $650-700 not $500.
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post #12 of 20
Impressive.

EDIT:Oops wrong thread...
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post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by SamTrooper View Post
I don't think it's over priced at all, plus with the new 177.34 drivers it's reported to get an even greater 50% boost in performance. The measley 500 dollars it'll cost will be worth it.

50% increase i doubt that. Nvidia driver updates rarely improve the performance.
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post #14 of 20
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50% increase i doubt that. Nvidia driver updates rarely improve the performance.
true they usually just stop BSODs and other nasties
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post #15 of 20
Just going by rumours on the price


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Nvidia was planning to launch the Geforce GTX 280 at $599 and the GTX 260 at $449, but now it looks like both cards will end up priced lower than it was originally planned.

The reason for this is simple, ATI will price its cards aggressively. The new suggested retail price might drop as low as $499 for the GTX 280 and $399 for the GTX 260. We were advised that some of these prices, especially the GTX 260, might go down further within a few weeks after the launch.

ATI's Radeon HD 4870 will again be cheaper than the GTX 260, and our sources believe that it can give it a run for its money. We will see about that, but at least the HD 4870 will end up cheaper to begin with.
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post #16 of 20
Also going by this info for the 50% performance increase, I've also read a few German websites that have reported similar if not better results.

http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...6-drivers.html


And yes you can see huge performance increases when you go from Beta (unoptomised) drivers to the proven optimised ones. In this case in highest settings your getting 50% performance increase with one benchmark.
Edited by SamTrooper - 6/15/08 at 3:19pm
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post #17 of 20
Guys guys guys, everyone friggin relax. This early test, if accurate, is based off of a pre-release card with pre-release drivers. We were seeing the same inconsistent results with the 9800 GX2, and the GX2 was a blessing for many (I was able to touch just under 20,000 in 3DMark06 with my GX2 and E8400).

Wait for the card to be released, to have some official drivers, and some OC results along with it. We may be seeing some crazy results after some strong OCIng with these GTX 280's, and even more so with SLI and WCing builds. The real potential of a good flagship comes from its overclocking performance, its cooling, and its SLI scaling (with SLI setups, that is).

Of course, the price/performance ratio is important to many, including myself. I am currently using an eVGA 9600 GT after selling my GX2 for financial reasons, and I have to say that this is one of the best price/performance ratio situations I have ever seen. 12.5k in 3Dmark 06 with a $140 video card? Not bad, and it performs extremely well for being such a cheap card, and SLI scaling with these is also very nice.

Anyway, as before in the case of the pre-release [and rather inconsistent] results of the 9800 GX2, don't jump to conclusions based on early tests with beta drivers. I'm sure the GTX 280 will be a great card.

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Originally Posted by Slinkey123 View Post
50% increase i doubt that. Nvidia driver updates rarely improve the performance.
I whole-heartedly disagree with that. From when the GX2 was first released and when [I believe it was] the 2nd update came about, I noticed smoother gameplay and about a 5 FPS average increase in Crysis. 5 FPS can go a LONG way in games like Crysis.
Edited by sgtdisturbed47 - 6/15/08 at 3:32pm
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post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Slinkey123 View Post
50% increase i doubt that. Nvidia driver updates rarely improve the performance.
But when you're talking about switching from a driver made when the card was still being developed to one written when the driver team had the actual, production-ready card, that kind of increase is far from unreasonable. It's expected, really.
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Originally Posted by Slinkey123 View Post
50% increase i doubt that. Nvidia driver updates rarely improve the performance.
Probably because Nvidia GPUs are already pretty optimized for most games considering Nvidia pays most software developers to do so. ATI on the other hand learns more and more about the games and so they can improve more on each driver update!
    
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Originally Posted by sgtdisturbed47 View Post
Guys guys guys, everyone friggin relax. This early test, if accurate, is based off of a pre-release card with pre-release drivers. We were seeing the same inconsistent results with the 9800 GX2, and the GX2 was a blessing for many (I was able to touch just under 20,000 in 3DMark06 with my GX2 and E8400).

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While I agree with you, I can't see how it's possible that this card will be an OC'ing beast because of it's friggen MASSIVE TPD. 220+ watts into one 'core'?

Although I may be wrong as I have seen no review with heat levels in it, or overclocking for that matter.

Shall the best card win!
    
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