Zotac GTX 260 896MB PCI-E Graphics Card - £179.93 delivered - HotUKDeals
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New lower price for the Zotac - this card was £199 less than 2 weeks ago AND includes 2 games (unlike the Gainward at OC UK). Price above includes delivery (free as always at Ebuyer on purchases over £50).

I bought one at the older price and it's great, upgraded from an 8800GTS 640MB so the jump in quality/fps was significant, improving Crysis, COD4 and Assasins Creed considerably - plus you get the added PhysX support. It's quiet (the 4870 is supposedly a great deal noisier).

This price also brings the 260 in line with the 4870 (which Nvidia really needed to do). Both cards are about equal, though the 4870 may edge the 260 in some tests.

Only thing I'd be wary of before buying is the actual length of the card. I had to move one of my HDDs to allow the card to fit. It easily strecthes from one side of the board to the other, so consider that before a purchase. Plus you'll need to power connectors (my 800GTS only had 1) but an adapter is in the box, along with the games.

Specs:

Specification Value
Product Description ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260 - graphics adapter - GF GTX 260 - 896 MB
Device Type Graphics adapter
Interface Type PCI Express 2.0 x16
Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
Core Clock Speed 576 MHz
RAMDAC Clock Speed 400 MHz
API Supported DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1
Video Memory Installed ( Max ) 896 MB - GDDR3 SDRAM
Video Output 2560 x 1600
Max Monitors Supported 2
TV Interface HDTV out
HDCP compatible Yes
Compliant Standards RoHS
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#1
assuming that the games could be sold (don't know what the games are) for £10, you could think that this card is about £160. Now thats a good price, if you think it that way.
#2
Agreed - although it'd be £5 for GRAW and £15 for COH :)
#3
http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=831078

Scan are pre-ordering the Gainward for £165
#4
The 4870 is just as good as this card, if not better in some games, it can be had for 115 quid. so why would you buy this?
#5
sharp910sh
The 4870 is just as good as this card, if not better in some games, it can be had for 115 quid. so why would you buy this?


I think you are talking about the 4850 which is different.

4850 is comparable to the 9800GTX+
4870 is comparable to this card

4850 - £115
9800GTX+ - £130ish
4870 - £180-190
GTX260 - £180 with 2 games free
#6
sharp910sh
The 4870 is just as good as this card, if not better in some games, it can be had for 115 quid. so why would you buy this?

The 4850 is that price not the 4870.
#7
Oh my bad, I meant the 4870 which is 170 quid. If you don't care about the free games then the 4870 is a better buy, if you do. this is a better buy.
#8
just wanna also add that the 4870 can even be comparable to the GTX 280
#9
Agree with all points, but Nvidia cards generally tend to have better driver support and stability...hence why I opted for the 260 over the 4870.

Ati will push Nvidia all the way on these cards, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. It's great if you can get higher benchmarks in some games, but not if the card causes random blue screens and crashes with certain games (which has be known to happen with ATi cards - and from my own experience of them). Whether things have changed with the 4850/4870, we'll have to wait and see, but either way, if you're looking to upgrade, there's no better time. Everyone's a winner :)

On the cold votes - remember that the Zotac card is in stock and available...not on pre-order, plus you get the games. Just a thought!

Actually just noticed that's only a pre-order for 1 day, so fair enough on that.
#10
I'm too lazy to bother looking into this at all, but I notice that this card has GDDR3. Isn't this a bit pish, compared to the 4870s with GDDR5?
#11
I think it depends on whether the GDDR5 makes any significant difference to the GDDR3 - it doesn't appear to have a huge impact, because other features of the cards differ too so, say Nvidia has a better GPU, or stream processors and all that gubbins. If you read into it too much, it'll will destroy your brain from the inside out.

I guess it really depends whether you're ATI or Nvidia, ultimately as there's really little difference to seperate the 4870 and the 260.
#12
dxx
I'm too lazy to bother looking into this at all, but I notice that this card has GDDR3. Isn't this a bit pish, compared to the 4870s with GDDR5?

If only life were that simple. :?

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