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In the "Shop Offers" section - scroll down to nearly the bottom of the page. Normal price is £281.

1GB Leadtek GTX 280
PCI-E 2.0 (x16)
Mem 2214MHz GDDR3
GPU 602MHz
240 Cores
2x DL DVI-I/ HDTV

Cheapest price I could find for a GTX280 - if you really need to run Crysis at high settings...

Free delivery with Scan2Hexus or AVForums deal which is easy to get.
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#1
Looks like a good price
#2
Looks like a price for PS3. Why would you buy this?
#3
mieciux
Looks like a price for PS3. Why would you buy this?


Because this graphics card is TWO generations ahead of the GPU in the PS3. If PC gaming is your thing then Graphically this would utterly destroy the PS3.

I'm a PS3 owner as well btw ;-)
#4
3 actually, there was the 8800 series, then the 9800's now the GTX;s !
#5
weirdwilli
3 actually, there was the 8800 series, then the 9800's now the GTX;s !


The 9800s were rebranded 8800s, It was an easy way of making the updated cards sound more enticing as the real next generation was using a new naming scheme.

mieciux
Looks like a price for PS3. Why would you buy this?


The xbox 360 is cheaper than the PS3, so why buy a PS3? After all, they're both games consoles so there's can't be much difference right?

This isn't for everybody obviously, but it's a fairly good price for what it is.
#6
Anyone out there bought one of these at launch and still not regret paying through the nose, mouth and eyesockets for one? :-D
#7
EndlessWaves
The 9800s were rebranded 8800s, It was an easy way of making the updated cards sound more enticing as the real next generation was using a new naming scheme.


Well, you could *almost* say that the 9800GTX was a new generation, or at least the 9800GX2... even if they were based on the same architecture as the 8 series. Perhaps a mutation.
#8
mieciux
Looks like a price for PS3. Why would you buy this?


Well, I wouldn't - still too expensive for someone that doesn't have/need/want Crysis imho.

But let's consider your argument. Firstly, you've got to compare the same things. Maybe if you'd referred to a 4850 which can still play most modern games at more than decent settings - yes, it's a better bang for buck card. The counter argument would be: have you never bought something because it was better than other products? Do you always get ASDA's own brand?

But you wanted to compare eye fillet steak to chicken breast. Oh, sure, it's all meat... But I love steak while my missus wouldn't touch it...
#9
Trosticles
Well, you could *almost* say that the 9800GTX was a new generation, or at least the 9800GX2... even if they were based on the same architecture as the 8 series. Perhaps a mutation.


The 9800GX2 was just 8800GTS SLI in a box. The only ones you might just persuade me about are the 55nm versions of the 9800GTX+ and 9800GT.

The GTX280 is based on the same architecture as the 8800s but it has more of it.

Cuddy
Anyone out there bought one of these at launch and still not regret paying through the nose, mouth and eyesockets for one? :-D


*raises hand*

Well, not one of these but I bought a 9800pro when it was £400 and don't regret that (although I should have paid a little extra for the 256mb version, but the tech writers at the time all said that there was no point)
#10
its an absolute beast of a card

and not a bad price

voted hot
#11
Why buy a Ferarri when you can buy a Ford Fiesta lol,Hell of a card at a very nice price,
Hot
Tony
1 Like #12
Will it run Doom?
#13
belovedmonster
Will it run Doom?


uumm..i think you'll be pushing it
#14
worth paying £50 more for this than the 4870?
#15
K1LLER HORNET
worth paying £50 more for this than the 4870?


£67 more actually

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147712

And no not worth it imo. The gtx 280 isnt even close to 40% better.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=1
#17


Well it isnt actually better, but on a price performance basis, the hd4870 is a much better buy.
#18
ghost101
£67 more actually

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147712

And no not worth it imo. The gtx 280 isnt even close to 40% better.


why get that one when you can get this one: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148105
#19
K1LLER HORNET
why get that one when you can get this one: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148105


depends if you game at 1920+ resolutions with plenty of AA. Only then are the differences worthwhile if you go by anandtechs review.
#20
ghost101
depends if you game at 1920+ resolutions with plenty of AA. Only then are the differences worthwhile if you go by anandtechs review.


both cards are 4870's, but this one has double the memory for £25 more.

512mb: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147712
1GB: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148105

i'm thinking of getting the 4870 1GB from ebuyer (£200)
#21
K1LLER HORNET
both cards are 4870's, but this one has double the memory for £25 more.

512mb: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147712
1GB: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148105

i'm thinking of getting the 4870 1GB from ebuyer (£200)


Yes double the memory. But only 0-20% better performance depending on settings and games. Like I mentioned if you game at 1920+ resolutions with lots of AA.

http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/video/ati/1gb4870/ageofconan.jpghttp://images.anandtech.com/reviews/video/ati/1gb4870/crysis.jpg
http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/video/ati/1gb4870/oblivion.jpghttp://images.anandtech.com/reviews/video/ati/1gb4870/etqw.jpg
http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/video/ati/1gb4870/grid.jpg
#22
Personally, I got myself 2 4850's for £200 and put them in crossfire for far better performance - though obviously you'd need the mobo & PSU to be able to do this, but a far better solution for me!
http://www.vr-zone.com/articles/Graphics_Slugfest%3A_ATI_Radeon_HD_4850_CF%2C_HD_4870%2C_HD_4870_CF_vs._NVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_260%2C_GTX_280/5935.html
#23
[email protected]
Personally, I got myself 2 4850's for £200 and put them in crossfire for far better performance - though obviously you'd need the mobo & PSU to be able to do this, but a far better solution for me!
http://www.vr-zone.com/articles/Graphics_Slugfest%3A_ATI_Radeon_HD_4850_CF%2C_HD_4870%2C_HD_4870_CF_vs._NVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_260%2C_GTX_280/5935.html


Yep, its a shame they didnt show that setup in anandtechs's review.
#24
Check out the new 1GB 4870 Anandtech review

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3415
It actually beats GTX280 at some cases, while being much cheaper
#25
[email protected]
Personally, I got myself 2 4850's for £200 and put them in crossfire for far better performance - though obviously you'd need the mobo & PSU to be able to do this, but a far better solution for me!
http://www.vr-zone.com/articles/Graphics_Slugfest%3A_ATI_Radeon_HD_4850_CF%2C_HD_4870%2C_HD_4870_CF_vs._NVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_260%2C_GTX_280/5935.html


Problem with CF is, although AMD is trying hard to improve CF support, it falls short in terms of compatibility than SLI. Although when it does work, Crossfire yields better gain than SLI.
It's always been safer to buy more powerful single cards than 2 lesser cards.
I'd say the new 1GB HD4870 would be a better buy than 2 HD4850s.
There's another reason too. Since the effective memory footprint, despite having 2 512MB cards, is still 512MB.

Since AMD is now aiming for simpler and more affordable cards while having decant performance, it's therefore their endeavour to improve CF support, so they don't lose out on the high end. I hope they can do this in the future.
#26
AnnihilatorX
Problem with CF is, although AMD is trying hard to improve CF support, it falls short in terms of compatibility than SLI. Although when it does work, Crossfire yields better gain than SLI.
It's always been safer to buy more powerful single cards than 2 lesser cards.
I'd say the new 1GB HD4870 would be a better buy than 2 HD4850s.
There's another reason too. Since the effective memory footprint, despite having 2 512MB cards, is still 512MB.

Since AMD is now aiming for simpler and more affordable cards while having decant performance, it's therefore their endeavour to improve CF support, so they don't lose out on the high end. I hope they can do this in the future.


On the contrary, I've found crossfire support to far exceed that of my old 8800gt sli rig, and the performance scaling is far far far better! I'm pretty certain my 4850 CF rig performs far better than the GTX280 & all versions of the 4870 in just about everything except Crysis.

In my opinion the only downsides to crossfire are having a capable mobo and PSU, but if you're thinking of a GTX280 then you'd need to think about those anyway.
#27
Cuddy
Anyone out there bought one of these at launch and still not regret paying through the nose, mouth and eyesockets for one? :-D


Yheah some geezer with loads of cash wouldn't give a hoof.... He'd just want the best and the latest kit.:thumbsup:
#28
hows the heat on these things?

my 9800GX2 with side of the case off seems to reach 83C.

im thinking of getting rid of the 9800gx2 as it gets so hot, im not happy at spending all the money it cost when it came out not long ago now either only had 3-4 months, i want something thats not going to fry an egg when the side of my case is on.
#29
Godzooky 1973
hows the heat on these things?

my 9800GX2 with side of the case off seems to reach 83C.

im thinking of getting rid of the 9800gx2 as it gets so hot, im not happy at spending all the money it cost when it came out not long ago now either only had 3-4 months, i want something thats not going to fry an egg when the side of my case is on.


What you mean is how effective the coolers are. Your 9800gx2 may run cooler than a hd4870 going on temps, but they have higher heat output. Remember that the heat output is equal to power consumption. So if you want heat out put, look at that.

As for the gtx 280, it runs relatively cool and you have fan control using software.
#30
[email protected]

In my opinion the only downsides to crossfire are having a capable mobo and PSU, but if you're thinking of a GTX280 then you'd need to think about those anyway.


A note in case anyone try to buy 1000W power supplies

A 550W PSU is more than enough to run a Quad Core machine, 6 HDDs, 4GB RAM, 2 GFX cards. I even drive a high end water cooling system, with my Q6600 overclocked by 50% to 3.3Ghz, and I use a 500W power supply.

Total system power in the aforementioned case would be ~350-450W. Each subsequent high end graphic card adds an extra 80-100W to the total power consumption. If you are lucky enough to be able to run Tri-SLI or Quad CF, you'd only need a 800W power supply.
Also, PSU tends to operate at highest efficiency at 50-100% load. I.e., don't overkill on PSUs
#31
Godzooky 1973
hows the heat on these things?

my 9800GX2 with side of the case off seems to reach 83C.

im thinking of getting rid of the 9800gx2 as it gets so hot, im not happy at spending all the money it cost when it came out not long ago now either only had 3-4 months, i want something thats not going to fry an egg when the side of my case is on.


Unfortunately, all high end graphic cards in the known universe all runs to 70-90 degrees C. Unless you spend money on a water block and water cooler, or elaborate GPU fan replacements.
I wouldn't worry too much though, since that's just normal temperature for a high end GPU, and you can't really do much about it.

Dual slot cooling is slightly better than single slot though, but this is often offset by the fact that mid range cards using single slot cooling uses less power than high end ones, resulting in less heat output.
#32
AnnihilatorX
Unfortunately, all high end graphic cards in the known universe all runs to 70-90 degrees C. Unless you spend money on a water block and water cooler, or elaborate GPU fan replacements.
I wouldn't worry too much though, since that's just normal temperature for a high end GPU, and you can't really do much about it.

Dual slot cooling is slightly better than single slot though, but this is often offset by the fact that mid range cards using single slot cooling uses less power than high end ones, resulting in less heat output.


And if it goes over 110 then you should start worrying
My 8800GT Idles at about 65 with the standard fan and goes up to about 75 while playing Crysis :)
#33
EndlessWaves;3052342
The 9800s were rebranded 8800s, It was an easy way of making the updated cards sound more enticing as the real next generation was using a new naming scheme.



The xbox 360 is cheaper than the PS3, so why buy a PS3? After all, they're both games consoles so there's can't be much difference right?

This isn't for everybody obviously, but it's a fairly good price for what it is.

Seriously dude I have an abacus. I get like an infinite amount of FPS on that. Who needs a PC? :p

Why do people come on threads where products they don't quite get are being discussed and say "Why would you want this?"
#34
The GTX 280 is currently the fastest NON-SLI card - I don't belive those benchmarks.... The 4870 X2 though - well... you know..... lol :-D.

All current GPU's output an outstanding amount of heat.

The GTX 280 is not cool (heatwise) it is still very warm....

Tim
#35
back up to 293 now :/
#36
mitch92uk
back up to 293 now :/


No, it's not. I just put it in my basket for £242. Please follow the directions before you expire it:

"In the "Shop Offers" section - scroll down to nearly the bottom of the page"
#37
Trosticles
No, it's not. I just put it in my basket for £242. Please follow the directions before you expire it:

"In the "Shop Offers" section - scroll down to nearly the bottom of the page"


erm are you sure about that? I dont see it anywhere now.
#38
essexlad
erm are you sure about that? I dont see it anywhere now.


erm... yes. This was never going to last forever - after 18 days during which the pound plummeted, it was never going to stay this cheap. Did you not notice the Q6600 rise by about 40% in this period (2 Oct to 21 Oct)?! Timely comments would be more constructive...
banned#39
I think this particular offer is almost expired for 1 month now... :)
#40
father murphy
I think this particular offer is almost expired for 1 month now... :)


Actually, it expired over 2 months ago.

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