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Was interested in buying one or the other but...which would win tri-SLI GTX 260 or SLI GTX 280? Any suggestions which I should buy and no im not waiting for a newer card
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I think SLI 280s. This will only come into play at extremely high resolutions, like 24" and up. For anything under that a single 280 will do fine.
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Right but im planning to run crysis at very high 1600 by 1200 with 16x anti alias and max AA...so I was thinking of SLI, or TRI-SLI, thats why im asking which would be a better buy? My CRT is 21"..and I forgot to ask if I do decide to not SLI should I order the water blocker GTX280HC?
Edited by thecountzz - 6/17/08 at 9:53am
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good question , but for some reason nobody is releasing performance numbers for the 260 , "its all about the 280" , it would be nice to see some 260 performance numbers.
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280 SLI = 480 SP
260 Tri-SLI = 588 SP

Of couse, there is overhead and performance limitation with SLI and Tri-SLI. If it was a near-perfect system, the 260 Tri-SLI should be faster. I am thinking the Tri-SLI is faster but not by much.
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In comparison to the GX2 in SLI, how much faster is the performance of the TRI-SLI GTX 280. Can I fit three of them on my mobo? I had a hard time fitting two 8800GTX so what about three GTX 260? What about crysis how would it work with that? Sry forgot one more think would a coolmaster 1000W be sufficient for tri-SLI?
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Forgot one more thing what is better a 8800GTX in SLI or one GTX280.... and what is difference between the hydro version and the regular version. Plus doesn't SLI cause problems frequently....so should I get one GTX 280 and would that one card play crysis at everything very high with max AA and AF at 1600 by 1200 resolution?
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In comparison to the GX2 in SLI, how much faster is the performance of the TRI-SLI GTX 280. Can I fit three of them on my mobo? I had a hard time fitting two 8800GTX so what about three GTX 260? What about crysis how would it work with that? Sry forgot one more think would a coolmaster 1000W be sufficient for tri-SLI?
Tri-sli 280's will allow you to play very high with AA added at around 40+ fps average according to some of the tri sli benches ive seen. That is an absurd amount of money to run crysis maxed out...I would not recommend it. I would consider 2 9800gx2's in sli for $920 and call it a day. You can run very high settings with no aa and I dont think the difference of $1020 is a fair trade off to add aa and af but that is your call. If you want to run TRI-SLI then you need a 780i or higher mobo with the 3 pcie slots. 1000w would be fine if you get the 260's as long as it has 6x6pins...if you go 280 i would recommend 1200w or higher with 3 8 pin connectors and the necessary 6 pin requirements. Hope this helps.
post #9 of 24
Mhill has a pair of GX2's you might want to see what kind results he got before going down that road.

I was planning Tri-SLI as well but the results are so marginal over a pair of SLI cards, I can't justify the cost.

Two GTX260's in SLI would be your best bet at this time.
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I was thinking of the tri sli GTX 260 not tri SLI GTX 280 so overall should I get the sli GTX280 or tri-sli GTX260.
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