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So how do the new GeForce GTX 200 series GPUs rate in terms of gaming performance? When compared to previous GeForce cards, the GeForce GTX 280 most closely approximates the performance of the GeForce 9800 GX2, or a pair of 9800 GTX cards running in SLI. In some cases the GTX 280 is faster than the 9800 GX2, particularly at 2560x1600 where its true 512-bit memory interface plays the most dividends. In our testing though a pair of GeForce 8800 GTX cards running in SLI was generally faster than one GeForce GTX 280.

Does that lessen the impact of the GeForce GTX 280? For some gamers, particularly those who already own GeForce 8800 GTX cards and an SLI motherboard, the answer is probably yes: after all, adding a second GeForce 8800 GTX card buys you performance that will exceed the GTX 280. The GTX 280 will consume less power than a pair of GeForce 8800 GTX cards and it boasts better video, but at $650 it isn’t exactly an inexpensive upgrade.

Then there’s the GeForce GTX 260. Its closest equivalent is a pair of GeForce 8800 GTs running in SLI. Here it’s a neck-and-neck race, with the 8800 GT SLI combo winning some benchmarks, and the GTX 260 taking home the performance crown in others. Considering its slimmer $400 price tag, this card is the easier upgrade to stomach given its performance. In fact, it’s the board we’d buy if we were plunking down the cash for a graphics upgrade today. This board ran circles around the 9800 GTX in our testing, and only costs about $100 more. Look at it from another perspective, the GTX 260 gets you 80-85% of the performance of the flagship GTX 280 for $250 less. NVIDIA’s got to stick to that $400 MSRP though in order for this equation to work.
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ohhh....now million reviews comming... if I had 26" monitor I`d look at them...
I agree, for those of us that still have 20" WS monitors, the GPU upgrades that are coming out this Summer are going to be WAY overkill. At 1680x1050 (native 20" resolution) an 8800GTX will still max all the games on the market except Crysis (who plays Crysis...). Hopefully the games that are coming out this Fall will actually take advantage of all this power. If not, F@H is about to get a big boost in performance!
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