6 days left on step up

Step or Not

  • Step up to 260 Core 216

    Votes: 3 9.1%
  • Step up to 280

    Votes: 20 60.6%
  • Wait for something better down the road

    Votes: 10 30.3%

  • Total voters
    33

Light1984

Gawd
Joined
Dec 31, 2004
Messages
588
What do you guys/gals think I should do? Are either the gtx 260 216 core or the gtx 280 really worth upgrading to? My guess is that there would probably be no difference that I would actually feel in games. I game at 16x10 and mostly fps or racing, some flight sim. Whats the verdict?
 

dark_reign

2[H]4U
Joined
Nov 15, 2005
Messages
2,314
If you plan on getting a 24-26" monitor in the near future then go for the GTX 280. If not, wait for next gen hardware.
 

veedubfreak

2[H]4U
Joined
Dec 10, 2007
Messages
2,070
Sig says he has a 260, at 16x10 i would just hold out until the next gen.

And spend some money on cooling to overclock that AMD :p
 

SymptomsReagent

Limp Gawd
Joined
Jul 21, 2008
Messages
324
Coming from an 8800GT owner, there's no point for a 260 Owner to step up to anything in 2008. 2009 will be the time to upgrade your card.
 

rennyf77

2[H]4U
Joined
Feb 12, 2007
Messages
2,865
if the op paid the full price three months ago for the 192sp gtx 260(~$300+) then his step up to the 216sp gtx 260 should cost less than $10. i'm stepping up both of my 192sp cards right now.
 

Light1984

Gawd
Joined
Dec 31, 2004
Messages
588
I paid $320. If I go the 260 gtx core 216 route, am I really gonna notice a diff and is it worth the down time I will have? It would be $7 dollars plus downtime to switch it out. I did get the second to highest clocked evga card at the time, and it seems as though they are gonna step it up with the slowest core 216 card. I am sure I could get back to the same clocks, but thats why I bought the 2nd to fastest card to begin with, so I didnt HAVE to overclock, but of course I always could if I wanted later...:D
 

Brahmzy

Supreme [H]ardness
Joined
Sep 9, 2004
Messages
4,958
My 260 > 260 216 step-up would have cost me $5 for shipping and that's it. I let it run out 4 days ago.

My vanilla 260 OCs at 725/1450/1250. Rumors are saying the 216's don't OC quite like the regulars do, I couldn't take the chance...
 

spaceman

[H]F Junkie
Joined
Jan 7, 2005
Messages
14,876
I got a used 280 for $360 and it was not registered. I registered it ok even saying I bought it off Hardforums. I hope there is a bit faster card soon lol.

The 280 runs everything 1920x1200 16X MSAA and 16 AF. Even the Crysis demo ran well at high settings.
 

Jeffredo

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Aug 30, 2008
Messages
1,118
You might notice a bit more smoothness in games at your resolution with a GTX 280. The GTX 260 216 might net you a couple more FPS in most games. Just doesn't seem worth the trouble for it.
 

Kangg

Ad Blocker - Banned
Joined
Jun 8, 2004
Messages
1,994
I Stepped Up from a Vanilla 260 to a 280, cost me 49 bucks. worth every penny.
 

Light1984

Gawd
Joined
Dec 31, 2004
Messages
588
whats the average downtime (time from when the old card leaves the case until the new card is installed)? My only worry with the 280 is the overheating issues some people experience.
 

Wheresatom

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Mar 20, 2007
Messages
1,390
I am in the process of stepping up my Super clocked GTX 260 to the Core 216 GTX 260. I figure for the few dollars that step up costs I will if nothing else have a brand new video card now that I paid for and sorta got to use for the last 3 months. A few frames per second in shader heavy games plus for me, an extra points per day in my folding seems worth it for the little trouble it takes.

I hope I don't end up eating those words.

 

Armoured

Gawd
Joined
Jul 22, 2008
Messages
651
Can you sli a 260 and a 260 216 core?

I'm in the same boat, my step up runs out in 4 days. If I step up to a 216 core I would have to get another expensive 216 core to sli, however if I don't I can find a used 260 off here or ebay for cheap and sli that......

Unless you can sli a regular 260 and a new 260 216 shader......?
 

veedubfreak

2[H]4U
Joined
Dec 10, 2007
Messages
2,070
Depending on shipping method, it takes about 8 days. 2 days to get there (for me) 2 days turn around, and another 2 days to ship back. Add in the weekend. I shipped mine out on a thursday, got the new ones back a week from that monday. But i had to deal with 2 weekends.
 

CrimsonKnight13

Lord Stabington of [H]ard|Fortress
Joined
Jan 8, 2008
Messages
8,206
I stepped up from a GTX 260 SSC to a vanilla GTX 280. Only gripe I had was my bad timing with my purchases & upgrades. Too many price drops to make me feel awesome financially about it BUT the current performance in games is nothing to complain about. Overall, I'm satisfied with no regrets.
 
Top