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Old 12-11-2007, 10:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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8800GT or the 3870?

my thinking is that price is a bit of an issue for me

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Default Re: ATI or NVIDIA

8800GT > HD 3870

8800GT SLI < HD 3870 Crossfire

Simple maths. Crossfire scales better than SLI does. So go NVIDIA for single card or go ATI if you're doing a dual-card solution

ATI might become the better choice as a single card if ATI optimizes the drivers for it.

Some other info:

*8800GT uses up only one slot whereas the HD 3870 uses up two
*HD 3870 has been shown to have slightly better image quality, but runs slower
*HD 3870 is generally cheaper

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You should just get the 8800gt.

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