Hands-On with Nvidia's New GeForce GTX 280!

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Mathewpb

When comparing clock speeds and mhz's it seems that a 260 would be the better choice. Bonus is that 260 is at least $100 to $200 cheaper.

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Devo85x

If you have the money a 280 is still faster (they do have higher clocks on most cards and the 1gb memory will let you have higher framerates in games like crysis)

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Devo85x

i have one question about these... why would you buy a GTX 280... you can get 2 260s for the same price... btw JUST ORDERED A GXT 260 FROM EVGA W00t!!!@@@ CANT WAIT!!!@#@#@

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gatorXXX

Change your name to Johnny Appleseed and pick the seeds out your a$$....yup nvidia still beats ati/amd in benchmarks, but at least you don't have to sell your house, dog, and pimp out the wife to great gameplay...so...NAH!!!!!

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Sparx10

This card isn't coming out a month later. It's been released today in Canada, and Alienware is now using it in thier PCs, so it must be out in the states too.

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nedwards

Sparx,

This feature was written for the August issue, which, due to lead-in time required for print mags, means it was written in late May, about a month ago. I'll fix the wording though - thanks for keeping an eye out.

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-it-

its out on newegg right now. i would know. i bought one

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Devo85x

Does anyone know about how much this card will cost? I am going to buy a new graphics card and I dont know if i should get a 9800 GTX or a GTX 260... i will only have about $300 to spend

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-it-

maybe a 8800 gtx or 9800gtx. some people are saying the 8800 gtx is faster than the 9800, but im not really sure.

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dovid

you have to remember that it is just a prototype.
The final product will be better or more revised. This is also using early drivers as well so they too are a factor. and why would nVidia release a prodeuct that is worse than their previous models???

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forcifer

have fun paying $650 for something that barely beats a $429 product...nvidia loses this round =/ 2x 4850s is going to be cheaper, and maybe even 2x 4870s

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Strongbad536

(about SLI comments above)

Really? because I've seen numerous reviews of hardware and systems alike where SLI systems will get way more frames per second in Crysis. Interesting... could it have been that when it came out, there were the bugs that you speak of, but with updates, it started utilizing SLI.

but that still doesn't explain how the benchmarks for the same card are different across the same issue, and between the web and mag. See my comment in the July issue feedback thread for more information.

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Keith E. Whisman

Move over Vaseline and make room for the GTX280. mmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm Sweet. Looks good, smells good and freaking turns me on. God where is my Economic Stimulus check?

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astera

im very anxious to see this on a real bench mark program or to see what new technology it brings to the gaming industries. the 9000 series brought about direct X 10 and that was a huge revolution to nerds everywhere, with crysis showing it off. so what does the gtx 200 series bring with it besides power?

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greds04

Meh...no comparison against the GX2 wonder why, could it be that the 280 cannot beat it (apparently true on other review sites)?

And no mention of price either, I'll buy the GX2 for $150 less and get better performance thanks all the same nVidia...Oh and well done on bringing the cost down on the previous models now the GX2, GTX, and 8800 Ultras are more competitively (and realistically) priced against the alternatives (ATi 3870 and 3870x2).

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msnight04

Anandtech mentioned in their preview of the new GPUs that the GTX 280 will be $650 and the GTX 260 will be $400.

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Strongbad536

I think there has to be a problem here Michael. First of all, how is it that two 9800GTXs in SLI can only get 12.8 fps in Crysis? (yet in the July issue of the mag you said a single 9800GTX got 31.9; you're benchmarks for the 8800GTS were also different, even when they were in the same issue: look at the deathmatch page, then the review for the 9800GTX)

Benchmarking irregularities aside, how is it that the GX2 gets about 40 fps in Crysis, yet two 9800GTX's in SLI can't beat out SLI on a single card? So I think you got some 'splainin' to do...

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astera

i did my own series of tests when crysis first came out. for some reason the game does not like sli. it will keep running worse when you go to sli. it makes it very bad to bench mark based on that game. but it is true, a single card will out perform sli on crysis just because the game has to many bugs.

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dovid

amazing. *shock* and it is with iffy drivers too.... ha ha ha!!! ati/amd still trails behind nVidia! :)

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Talcum X

Freakin' Sweet!

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