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I have a general question. How much better is a nVidia GeForce GTX 260 216 Black Edition in SLI verses just a single one of those. What about those in SLI verse a single GTX 280? How much more performance am I actually gaining?
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The XFX Black Edition GTX 260 Core 216 is the highest clocked GTX 260 Core 216. As such, just a single one runs neck-and-neck with the GTX 280 (at stock speeds) in most cases. Two of them in SLI will offer up to ~75% increased performance in some games, but no or very little performance increase in others. On average, I'd say SLI offers around a 50% performance increase, but you're paying 100% more (and then some, as nVidia motherboards tend to cost more than their Intel counterparts).

If you were in the market for a new card, the GTX Core 216 is a great choice. However, it seems to be a moot point, as you already have a GTX 280! :) If you want to upgrade, your best choice is another GTX 280.

Edited by stettybet0, 30 November 2008 - 01:59 PM.

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Thanks for the info. Im actually not the one who is looking. My friend came across the black edition and wanted to know how it stacks up against a gtx 280. Then he thought about SLIing two of them and wanted to know how much more of a performance increase it would be. So thanks for answering the question.

Cheers :)
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