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As of right now I have a GTX 260 65nm factory oc'ed. Reviews from third party sites show that my black editions performs at par w/ GTX 280's and surpases it's performance when overclocked even further but the GTX 285 still beats me. Would I really see much of a performance increase worth the money if I switched to a 280 or 285 taking note that I just would be getting rid of my new 260 because I can't SLI it with the new card?
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As of right now I have a GTX 260 65nm factory oc'ed. Reviews from third party sites show that my black editions performs at par w/ GTX 280's and surpases it's performance when overclocked even further but the GTX 285 still beats me. Would I really see much of a performance increase worth the money if I switched to a 280 or 285 taking note that I just would be getting rid of my new 260 because I can't SLI it with the new card?
Yes, the 285 is 55nm, as opposed to your 65 (I'm suggesting you have the 192SP version) The 285 also has more memory, and I THINK the core is different. So yes, you will see a performance increase with buying a 285, the overclock won't really make much difference than a stock model on your current card.
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You can find some numbers here. GTX260 is around $190, GTX280 is $290 and GTX285 is $320. I would keep the GTX260 for that 22" LCD as of now.
Edited by linskingdom - 2/18/09 at 1:25pm
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Is the boost in performance really worth the money though, because after reading even more benchmarks on the internet were getting on average 10fps but for almost 200 more. Wouldn't I get better performance just adding another 260 in SLI?
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Is the boost in performance really worth the money though, because after reading even more benchmarks on the internet were getting on average 10fps but for almost 200 more. Wouldn't I get better performance just adding another 260 in SLI?
Depending on what games you are looking at, I would keep you GTX260 for now. Otherwise, you sell GXT260 at cheaper price and pay full price for GXT280 or GTX285.
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not worth it. Just overclock your 260. You would pay double the price that you could sell that card for.
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the 260 is a great card, and if your not stepping up the change for me would depend on 2 things.

1. how much can you get for the 260
2. whats the price out of pocket to go to the 285.

IMO just a ballpark figure, you would be looking at spending an additional 200$ to get the card, and the performance difference would not be worth it as you could add another 260 now to your 750i and have better performance.

just my 2cents

then again I opted out of buying a new 8800 to get the 285 instead. so i sold the 8800 i already had for 80$ and spent an additional 300 on the 285... But I am happy I did
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Is the boost in performance really worth the money though, because after reading even more benchmarks on the internet were getting on average 10fps but for almost 200 more. Wouldn't I get better performance just adding another 260 in SLI?
negatory. You will be paying 200+ dollar in diffence for 14-26% performance increase. You might as well get another black edition and get 40-60% performance increase.

Unless you're playing crysis or age of conan, no point switching on a 22incher. However if your like me who play at 3824x1024 to 5040x1050, one card isn't enough.

I'd suggest upgrading when you have a game worth upgrading for. Otherwise when the game comes after you've upgraded, that upgrade may not be enough to play it. Whereas if you upgrade after you know what game you want, you'll have better knowledge base to find out what upgrades to get.

Lastly, viva la 750i ftw
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Yup not a good enough gain in performance to warrant the price. i would suggest either getting another 260 for SLI since you have a capable motherboard or waiting for the next gen cards.
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One more questions. Do you think my CPU is the bottle neck and im not getting all the performance I should be?
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