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GeForce GTX 260 vs. 2 GeForce 9800 GTX+?


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#1 jeremiahsweeney

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 10:49 AM

Wondering which would be better? Having 1 GeForce GTX 260 or 2 GeForce 9800 GTX+? What are the pros and cons of each set up? Thanks in advance!

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 05:54 PM

your Geforce 9000 series is basically just your 8000 series just updated, your 9800 is basically your 8800 with a few more tweaks. the 260 is a newer, better architecture, however, and probably the better single card. In all reality, what I would do if I had the SLI motherboard (im a crossfire/ATI fan myself but if I was) I would purchase the GTX 260. I would still have room to add another later. Its a newer card, and the 2 9800s would give you slightly better performance in some areas, especially games like crysis which is designed to dual video cards, but with most software these days, like movie watching or even most games, a single 260 will handle just fine, in fact with some applications, work better then dual video cards. Dual video cards really only boost your gaming performance if the game is designed to work with dual cards, otherwise they can actually be a hinderance because they take away some of the CPU power. But, personally, the 260 is a better card, newer technology, I would buy that for now, and then if you decide that its not enough power you can add another 260 later on. It would probably be cheaper this way to, because if you bought 2 9800s, and decided they wernt powerful enough then youd have to buy 2 260s on top of the 2 9800s you already bought. :D

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 08:51 PM

I would get the GTX 260. That way, if you find you don't get the performance you want, you only need to buy one more card instead of two when you feel like upgrading down the line.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 03:22 PM

Thanks alot for the replies! :D

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 11:34 PM

I have an Evga GTX 260 and I love it.
It was a good upgrade from the 8800 GTS, and it also doesn't have a problem with higher operating temps.

The GTX 260 would also be more stable than 2 x 9800 GTX's, Nvidia's drivers are iffy when it comes to SLI.

Also if you are about to buy a new card, I would hold off for a tad if you possibly can.
The new GeForce 300 series cards are just around the corner, which means huge price drops on the 200 series :thumbsup:




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