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    Default gtx 280 for $220?

    Hi there,


    I can buy a gtx 280 for $220 off craigslist, but I already have two 8800 gt 512mb cards that I can sli (if I take back the card in my dad's sytem).

    My experience with the 8800gt sli though is that it performs well, but overheats and crashes my system often (at least during the summer it did).
    And the lack of support for sli in many games also makes me think that single cards are more consistent for great gaming.

    Any input would be great.. and yes, I know craigslist is always risky; hopefully I won't run into any problems..
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    Default Re: gtx 280 for $220?

    I think that is one heck of a buy on that card and that single card would be better performing that the sli set up you have. That said, not many games take advantage of sli performance, even those that do I still believe the 280 would outperform what you have. Concerning the heat a better upgrade may be a better case with better airflow. There are SLI certified case out there to be had. Those 8800's should not over heat even when gaming hard for hours unless you've overclocked them in which case I suggest you back that OC off a bit or maybe they need a thorough cleaning.
    Hope this helps

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    Thanks for the reply, owcraftsfman.

    I did end up buying the card and it seems to run fine, but right now I am actually wondering if the card could actually be a Quadro FX 5800 and not a gtx 280, since that's what it says in GPU-z... if it was in fact the quadro, that would be awesome (though pretty lousy for gaming), since the card retails for THOUSANDS instead of hundreds..
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

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    Wow that would be great like you say big bucks. I'd sell it and buy two 280's but somehow I doubt it. What does it look like? Is it marked a 280. Likely it's a drivers or software issue. Did you let windows install the driver when you installed the card and what version of GPUz are you using?
    Proper procedure to Install a GPU driver.
    Download drivers to desktop.
    1)uninstall Nvidia Display drivers through add and remove appellate or device manager
    2)restart and tap F8 to enter safe mode.
    3)use DriverCleaner or DriverSweeper and remove Nvidia display driver again. This gets rid of any remaining remnants of the previous install (kinda but better than nothing)
    4)restart and let windows do it's thing allowing desktop to fully load (patients)
    5)dbl click driver exe on the desk top and follow the prompts all the way to restart
    6)when back at the desktop delete exe and make any necessary adjustments.

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    Hmm.. I did step 1 at least..

    Maybe I'll go ahead and reinstall with your instructions.
    Is it any indication of what card it is when my system turns on and the first thing I see is "Engineering sample only.. 4096MB"?

    For some reason when I go to display>advanced settings, I get this, which states that the card only has 767mb of memory...

    Quite confused am I..
    Attached Images Attached Images gtx 280 for 0?-fx-jpg 
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

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    Default Re: gtx 280 for $220?

    Does your card look like this
    Typically a Quadro would have 4GB memory hence the cost.
    Try the procedure described above and report back with results.
    It's possible the previous owner flashed the GPU's bios and I say only slightly possible again it's more likely a software glitch, but I suppose it's possible. In any case all this can be corrected but let's make sure first.
    Please update you system specs/sig with all detail available to you.
    Also on the GPU will be a sticker I want the Part Number it should look something like this P/N 01G-P3-1286-AR yours may be slightly different.

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    The specs on my system are the same as before with the exception of the graphics card.
    I went ahead and followed your instructions above and I still get both the vista welcome screen and the display>advanced settings window stating that I have a Quadro FX 5800..
    GPU-z is still the same.

    The card looks identical in shape and appearance - the case looks the same with all the same positioning and shapes of the vents. The difference is that mine has the below case with "Nvidia Tesla" on the top (in addition to the video outputs). See the following pic: http://www.ocer.net/article/a_upload...80731-A1-3.jpg

    I'll go ahead and take the card out again to have a look at the part number.
    Last edited by xaglx; 01-05-2009 at 03:17 AM.
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

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    Default Re: gtx 280 for $220?

    Alright, I got a few numbers and a few pictures:

    Bottom side black casing:
    NVLBL P/N 135-0128-000
    FCC Nvidia corp Model P607

    PCIx16 Connector barcodes:
    P607-A01-G-1900 (smaller numbers: 036-31-08)
    F21182309
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    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

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    Default Re: gtx 280 for $220?

    Side 8-pin connector
    Top 6-pin connector
    Attached Images Attached Images gtx 280 for 0?-img000003-jpg 
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

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    Default Re: gtx 280 for $220?

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    Attached Images Attached Images gtx 280 for 0?-img000002-jpg 
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

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