Noticable upgrade? 8800GTX to GTX280?

By gamingguy27 · 5 replies
Dec 10, 2008
  1. Hello,

    I've got a decent spec pc, but I've recently bought a 1920x1200 monitor. Now some off my games run a lot slower (understandably).

    I've got a 8800GTX at the moment, but I'm tempted to upgrade to a GTX280, is the jump big enough? Am I going to notice a dramatic speed difference?

    If not, any ideas? I've got a CrossFire motherboard, but not SLI compatible...


  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    hi there,
    right now the GTX 280 and the 4780 x2 are running neck and neck as the fastest cards on the market, but yes you will see a big difference in the performance jump from the 8800 GTX, the 280 and the 4780x2 are among the few that can produce playable Framerates at higher res with the more intense games out there (crysis,far cry etc.
  3. eafshar

    eafshar TS Enthusiast Posts: 70

    gtx 280 would really make u happy at 1920x1200 resolution..

    at 1920x1200 its u'd get almost double the frames in farcry 2... goes from 29 to 55... so close to a 90% performance inc.

    at 1920x1200 u'd go from 38 to 57 fps which is a 50% inc in performance

    at the same resolution in crysis warhead u'd go from 15fps to 25fps which is like a 66% perf inc

    ^^ above numbers could differ if ur cpu is less than a q6600 performance wise

    its a big jump.. 50% performance improvement can make or break a game for u.. so if u have the money.. i say go for it. unless u think u can stay happy for up to another year and w8 for gddr5 gpu from nvidia..
  4. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    THIS would seem to indicate that upgrading to a GTX 280 would yield approximately 128.6% of the performance of the 8800GTX, or a 28.6% performance increase. I get this number by looking at the sum of total FPS across all tests.

    Looking strictly at 1920x1200, we get, ironically, the exact same value of 28.6% performance increase.

    28.6% is noticeable, certainly, but by no means is it a huge jump. Your choice on whether you want to shell out all that cash for 28.6%, but unless you want to play some terribly optimized games (read: Crysis), you won't notice it much. Anything that's already running at 60 FPS isn't going to show much change, and a good number of games fall into that category when you have an 8800GTX.
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I agree Metal,however, look at the standard that 'terribly optimized games' like crysis have set, and the expotential rate of increase in GPU development. the folks writing these new generation of games know that the gpu resources are out there and they are only going to get more intense more rapidly so 'shelling out' for that 28% increase is a bit of immediate future proof for the next round or two of games. and what is 60+ FPS right now will soon be back to trying to attain a playable 30 fps when Crysis II comes out
    Thats my theory anyway, Then again CPU/GPU fusion could blow my theory out of the water, what ya think?
  6. gamingguy27

    gamingguy27 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 168

    Thanks for the help guys, maybe it would be easier if I said I could get a decent 280 for £300 ($500) and I'm selling my 8800GTX for £110 ($180 ish).

    So I would effectively only be paying around $300...

    And I have a q6600 at 3ghz by the way, so it shouldn't be bottlenecked by the cpu.


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