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Old 01-28-2008, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question 8800GT/GTS or ATI 3870?

I am going to upgrade my pc to a new video card and its either between an 8800 or the ati 3870. Which will be better for my system i have now? I will be upgrading in the future. I dont want to spend too much money(about $300 is good), i just want like double or triple the fps i get now. (about 40-60 on CSS with med-high settings)
I was thinking this one: Newegg.com - DIAMOND Viper 3870PE4512SB Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
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Default Re: 8800GT/GTS or ATI 3870?

Well right now the 8800gt pricing is pretty comparable to the 3870. You can find some for $230. The 8800 does edge out the 3870. Have you checked out the 3850? It's still a good card for $170. I would choose between these two.
NCIXUS.com - Buy His Radeon HD 3870 ICEQ3 775MHZ 512MB 256BIT GDDR4 PCI-E 2XDVI HDTV Out Video Card - H387QS512N.
Newegg.com - ECS N8800GT-512MX+ GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
The cooling on both are good
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Default Re: 8800GT/GTS or ATI 3870?

the 3850 seems a little too weak of an upgrade :/
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GTS 512 = no brainer.
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Default Re: 8800GT/GTS or ATI 3870?

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GTS 512 = no brainer.
It would be a waste on his system, he has a single core. 3870 or 8800gt would be an ideal upgrade.
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I'm sure he's not gonna stay with that cpu forever...but good call nonetheless.
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3870.
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Put it this way, the 3870 costs about the same as a GT 512 but performs less.
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Default Re: 8800GT/GTS or ATI 3870?

Personally i would go for the 8800GT, it out performs the 3870 hands down. The GTS 512mb is actually a little better but not worth the extra 80-90$ for a very small performance increase.
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Default Re: 8800GT/GTS or ATI 3870?

you can get a 3870 for $200...where a GTS is still $300

the extra $100 isn't justified on your system. It is still going to be bottlenecked severely by the CPU
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