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Graphics Opinions please, I think I chose well?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Thermal5, 6 May 2009.


Which graphics card would you honestly have chosen?

Poll closed 13 May 2009.
  1. Gainward GTX 260 Golden Sample

  2. BFG GTX 260 OC Maxcore

  1. Thermal5

    Thermal5 R.I.P

    3 May 2009
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    Hey all,

    After getting some much appreciated advice off smc8788 in this thread http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=167795 I decided to pay a bit more of a premium because of what I was told and from what I had read online that BFG make excellent cards and that their warranties are excellent.

    Now what would anyone who reads this have done when confronted with making a decision about which card to buy out of the 2 below, the Gainward card is also overclocked like the BFG one and has quite a bit higher GPU core and Memory speed than the BFG but something tells me the BFG card will be the better card! Specs below.

    Gainward = 625MHZ GPU
    BFG = 590 MHZ GPU

    Gainward = 1296 MHZ Shader Clock
    BFG also = 1296 MHZ Shader Clock

    Gainward = 1100 MHZ Memory Speed (2200 MHZ effective)
    BFG = 999 MHZ Memory Speed (1998 effective)

    The Gainward also has a dual fan but does this really make a huge difference in temperatures? Because I don't really know, all I know is that 2 fans is probably better than 1 or does it depend on the actual cooler itself on graphics cards and could a single fan graphics card do the job equally as well??

    Anyway the links to the 2 cards are below.

    Gainward http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?GW-265
    BFG http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?BFG-MC260

    I honestly do believe the BFG will be the better card but I always appreciate more input from other experienced users.

    Thank you.

    P.S) The price difference not including delivery between the 2 cards is roughly £15, the BFG card being the more expensive

    P.P.S) My PSU is the ThermalTake Toughpower 600 Watt with Four +12V rails(12V1, 12V2, 12V3, 12V4) (combined loading of 48A), that should be more than enough to power the card shouldn't it combined with my Core 2 Duo E8400, 4 GB Ram, 2 SATA Hard Drives and a DVD Rom Drive and DVD Writer (both SATA as well)
    Last edited: 6 May 2009
  2. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

    10 Feb 2007
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    I would go for the Gainward, actually. I love the dual fan..

    BFG is a great brand though, awesome warantee. Overclocks don't really matter in terms of purchasing, I bet the BFG will reach those clocks, and the difference will be small anyway.

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