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GTS-250 or GTX-260

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May 25, 2010 at 08:52:32
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz
...and working through graphics benchmarks. I like the price/performance of the GTS 250, but the GTX 260 has a bit of a performance edge.

But with regard to frame rates, the 720p60 format is 1,280 × 720 60 and 1080p60 format is 1,920 x 1080 - both at 60 fps.

So isn't any frame rate above 60fps at these resolutions really super-duper, but unnecessary overkill?

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May 25, 2010 at 09:35:24
well the gts 250 and the gtx 260 certainly are close but the gtx 260 is more powerful
u see i have a gts 250 and my friend has a gtx 260 same rig but diff vid cards
at some games and same res i beat him sometimes (in frames) but rarely. while in other games he beats me by 5-8 frames so the gtx 260 is more powerful
u should wait and see wut the other guys will say

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May 25, 2010 at 09:37:53
In another thread you said you aren't a gamer, so why the gaming card?

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: May 2010

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May 25, 2010 at 10:04:59
OK, jam you busted me. :)))))))

When I surfed, I didn't consider myself a surfer. There is so much baggage with labels...

I want to play Killing Floor, Left for Dead 2, Half-Life and driving simulation games, but I am not a *hardcore* gamer. I have an appreciation for aesthetics, as well as performance - both automotive and silicon. I just want to buy one nice card, that will give me more than a few years of use.

I like these GTS 250 cards, they look so pretty:

GTS 250 cards

The PNY is a real bargain and I like the card I just got for the old pos machine. I have the 8400GS 512MB PCI in my old system. I tried an eVGA 9500GT 1GB, but could not resolve the device memory conflict.

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May 25, 2010 at 10:23:22
Thanks toxic, looks like they are pretty close, but I feel so stupid now... I'm a newbie (first build) and the GTS 250 vs GTX 260 is an old discussion.

One discussion stated that the GTX 260 is more "future-proof" than the GTS 250... at least in 10/2009.

The power supply I spec'd will support either one, the 260 requires 36A, the 250 is only 24A (only?).

The GTS250 can be overclocked, so I'll smoke that in about a year an then the GTX 260 will be < $100.

Does anyone know if the dual-width form factor is a problem for the GIGABYTE GA-H55-USB3 mobo?


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May 25, 2010 at 13:26:20
"the 260 requires 36A"

Not so. That amperage requirement is for an entire system with a GTX 260, not for the card itself.

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May 25, 2010 at 16:18:33
Thanks again jam. I have been working my way through and, but my old analog computer only has so many cycles and memory bandwidth available in a polyphaisic sleep-cycle.

According to the page:
...GTX 260 requires you to have a 500 Watt power supply unit at minimum if you use it in a high-end system. That power supply needs to have (in total accumulated) at least 38 Amps available on the 12 volts rails.

The GTS 250 would leave 15A to spare even at 26A peak current demand.

So let's see, for a fixed voltage:
Amps = Watts/Volts

15A = W/12V => W = 180(VA) => 180 Watts (w/250)
3A = W/12V => W = 36(VA) => 36 Watts (w/260)

So my 550W 41A Corsair might be marginal with the GTX 260, unless the rest of the system 12v power requirement is <= 36 watts.

Are there any other sources of 12V power required in these systems?

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May 25, 2010 at 17:01:09
- the PCI-e x16 slot can supply a max of 75W. Of that, approx 10W comes from the +3.3V (3A) & the remainder from the +12v (5.5A).

- a 6-pin PCIe plug can supply up to 75W (6.25A) from the +12v.

- an 8-pin PCIe plug can supply up to 150W (12.5A), also from the +12v.

So if you have a PCIe card that requires an 8-pin plug, the max power supplied to it can only be 225W (75 + 150).

According to the link I supplied, the GTX 260 under full load consumes 182W. Since 10W comes from the +3.3v, the +12v supplies 172W, or 14.33A. How often do you expect to run it under max load?

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