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Old 06-05-2008, 05:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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planning to upgrade my graphic card, 9800gt is out of question - too expensive, so I am thinking to get 8800gt or 9600gt

1: why 8800GT is better than 9600GT? the Graphic processor is almost the same.

2: Is their really big difference between 512mb and 1gb video ram

3: my mobo is asus nvidia base, is it ok to use ATI graphic card?
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1) the 8800GT has twice the stream processors...basically more raw power

2) No, 1gb is not needed and the 256bit memory interface on the 8800/9600 cards make it pointless anyway (not enough bandwidth to take advantage of all that memory)

3) Yes, you can use an ATI card or Nvidia card....doesn't matter on the chipset. It only matters if you plan on going with 2 cards in SLI or Crossfire.
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1) the 8800GT has twice the stream processors...basically more raw power

2) No, 1gb is not needed and the 256bit memory interface on the 8800/9600 cards make it pointless anyway (not enough bandwidth to take advantage of all that memory)

3) Yes, you can use an ATI card or Nvidia card....doesn't matter on the chipset. It only matters if you plan on going with 2 cards in SLI or Crossfire.
All that is correct, also noteworthy is the fact that the 1gb can sometimes cause a Performance Drop on benchmarks
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Not to hijack this thread.. but while these types of questions are being answered, how much better is the 8800gts G92($210) vs the 8800GT ($170)

Is the performance worth-while or minimal, is it really worth the $40 if I plan to run the card by itself in hopes of playing AoC in high settings?
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Well, there is quite a difference...and this one is 160 after rebate!
Newegg.com - ECS N8800GTS-512MX GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Yeah, thats the one Im looking at So if you reccomend the G92 over the 8800GT, then ill get the G92. Thanks!
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Default Re: 8800GT vs 9600GT

The 8800GT is a better card then the 9600GT, more power. 1GB wont do you much better, and for number 3 yes you can use ATI and here are some good ATI cards that are about the same as a 8800GT.

$155 single slot ATI Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

$165 duel slot ATI Newegg.com - DIAMOND Viper 3870PE4512SB Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards


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There is a video on this page that benchmarks the 8800GT, 8800GTX and the radeon hd 3870, its about 1/4 of the way down.

Visiontek Radeon HD 3870 Video Card - 512MB GDDR4, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, HDTV, HDMI Support, Video Card 900202 at TigerDirect.com
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Oh, and to the OP, newegg has a daily deal today on an evga 8800gt
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N800-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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thanks for the reply ,

now my choice narrow down to 8800GT and HD3870
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Yeah, thats the one Im looking at So if you reccomend the G92 over the 8800GT, then ill get the G92. Thanks!
Actually an 8800gt uses the g92 chip, so you should say g92 GTS
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