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post #1 of 7
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I know there are various advantages/disadvantages between the 9800GX2 and the GTX280. But in my specific case (see sig) should I step up or stick with the GX2?

My main concerns are that I would be CPU limited anyway and not see any improvement, and that in COD4 my favourite game the GX2 totally slams the GTX280.

With this in mind should I use my step up? I have 5 days left and the GTX280 is still not up for step up in Europe.

Thanks for helping me out on this tough decision.
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I don't think I would upgrade. From the standpoint of specs alone the 280 has a slim lead over the GX2. Not enough to warrant an upgrade in my opinion anyway. Check out a side-by-side comparison HERE.
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post #3 of 7
I dont think so either, direct your funds towards a motherboard upgrade, and 2 more gigs of ram.
    
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Honestly, I don't think its worth it. Although until they release GTX280 TriSli vs 9800Gx2 Quad Sli WITH EXCELLENT DRIVERS, I don't have a solid conclusion. Although I know that ATI and Nvidia will have another price war. Good for me as I want to upgrade from my 8800GT

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"Well, I'm going to go against the grain here and say, YEA! Step up! Why not? Did you see the {H} review? It basically says that with all the additional texture crunching power the GTX 280 is more future proof, and also you won't have to worry if a game fully supports SLI (which your card basically is, not sure if it has any problem, just throwing that out there)"

"You have 5 days left, just get the new card, I think in 6 months you'll be sad if you don't."

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post #6 of 7
I say why bother? Stepping up means investing money, at least you should gain something by stepping up; in sted you'll have a lower performing card (at least with the current drivers) for which you paid good $$. I'm not very sure about htis, but as far as I remember the GTX280 consumes quite a bit more under load.

Right now there's no point imho. Maybe the 55nm version of the GTX280 will lower consumption, increase clocks and then it could be a more reasonable purchase, but now...

My 2 cents.
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post #7 of 7
I think it is worth to step up to GTX280. Lack of memory bandwith for GX2 will be problem with new games near future. 512 bit 1024 real memory is a huge value and uncomparable to 256 bit 512 mb actual memory of GX2. You have to change dude.
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