Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800 - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-04-2007, 12:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Houston
Posts: 3
Send a message via AIM to DasDaBizzatch
Question Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

So I've recently built a machine that I'm going to use to play games like CS and hopefully Starcraft 2 when it finally comes out.

Searching around on NewEgg.com I noticed that the nVidia 8600GTS seems to have a faster Core clock speed than the 8800GTS...
Also, I've noticed that the customer reviews for the 8600 say to hold out for the 8800. While at the same time the 8800 reviews say nothing but the fact that its a huge card and runs hotter than most other cards.

So I'm wondering why I would throw another 100$+ down on a graphics card that seems to not only be slower, but also take up more room in my pc and run hotter??
__________________

DasDaBizzatch is offline  
Old 06-04-2007, 01:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
siddanth3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: manchester, NH
Posts: 395
Default Re: Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

well, u would throw the extra 100$ for the 8800gts 320 mb because it kills the 8600gts in everyway shape and form. its not slower trust me, its one of the best ones out there. i know its big and runs hotter, but its so worth it. if u have the money go with the 8800 gts, but if not go with some 7900 series or the x1950x series, coz i dont think the 8600 is worth that much money.
__________________

__________________
Antec 900
P4 prescott @3ghz HT 775
ViewSonic 20.1" lcd display + Samsung SyncMaster 2253
Corsair 2x512mb ddr2 533
FoxConn M7VMX-K LGA 775
FPS 400watt
WD 640 GB + WD 320 GB
Western Digital My Book 320gb
Evga 7900 GS
Sound Blaster Audigy
Logitech Navigation Keyboard
Razer Diamondback Plasma Blue
siddanth3 is offline  
Old 06-04-2007, 01:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Riznarf's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 471
Send a message via AIM to Riznarf
Default Re: Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

Quote:
if u have the money go with the 8800 gts
I couldnt agree more. Just because the 8600gts has a higher clock speed doesn't mean its better...the 8800gts has alot more shaders and other crap. Not to say you wouldnt probably be fine with an 8600, but for a $100 id say the splurge for the 8800gts is well worth it.

On a side note, I know it probably won't happen, but wait till july 22 to see if the prices drop for the nvidia cards....not sure though.

Anyways, hope that helps.
__________________
-Riznarf

ASRock H67M
i7-2500k @ 3.30
eVGA gtx 570 @ 880/1000
2x 4gb G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1333
Corsair 600w PSU
3DMark 11: 6595
Riznarf is offline  
Old 06-04-2007, 01:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 213
Default Re: Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

Clock speed isn't everything, if you look at the Stream processors, the 8800 has 3 times more than the 8600gts
__________________
Athlon X2 Brisbane 3600+ @ 2.91Ghz
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro
Biostar TForce 550
2GB Wintec AMPO DDR667 @ 831Mhz
Connect3D X1900GT Rev.2 580/1602
Hitachi Deskstar 80gb SATA + 80gb WD Caviar IDE
Fortron FSP Group 400W (18A/16A 12V)
http://service.futuremark.com/orb/re...=0&UID=9889664
5122 in 3DMark06
rx7i2 is offline  
Old 06-04-2007, 01:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
KingAustin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Iowa
Posts: 673
Send a message via AIM to KingAustin
Default Re: Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

Lol at ignorance
__________________
E6300 w/ AF7 Pro 3.11ghz
Gigabyte DS3
2GB G.Skill DDR2 800
7900GT w/ Zalman vf900 650/800
Z-5500 Digital Speakers
22" Chimei + 19" BENQ
XClio 3060
KingAustin is offline  
Old 06-04-2007, 02:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
Apokalipse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 14,559
Default Re: Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

Quote:
Originally Posted by DasDaBizzatch View Post
So I've recently built a machine that I'm going to use to play games like CS and hopefully Starcraft 2 when it finally comes out.

Searching around on NewEgg.com I noticed that the nVidia 8600GTS seems to have a faster Core clock speed than the 8800GTS...
Also, I've noticed that the customer reviews for the 8600 say to hold out for the 8800. While at the same time the 8800 reviews say nothing but the fact that its a huge card and runs hotter than most other cards.

So I'm wondering why I would throw another 100$+ down on a graphics card that seems to not only be slower, but also take up more room in my pc and run hotter??
the 8800 GTS has 96 shaders, but the 8600 GT only has 32.

The 8800 GTS is faster, because it has 3 times the amount of shaders.
__________________
Apokalipse is offline  
Old 06-04-2007, 07:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Houston
Posts: 3
Send a message via AIM to DasDaBizzatch
Default Re: Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

Thanks guys, that answers a lot of questions for me!

Much Appreciated
DasDaBizzatch is offline  
Old 06-04-2007, 09:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Houston
Posts: 3
Send a message via AIM to DasDaBizzatch
Default Re: Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

Actually I have one last concern.

I'm wondering if the 8800 or even the 8600 for that matter would be overkill for me.

I'm mainly playing Counter-Strike and Supreme Commander. As of now I have an integrated 6100 and I get horrible lag (expected)

Thanks again
DasDaBizzatch is offline  
Old 06-04-2007, 10:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
Renowned Budgeting Master
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Uniontown, PA
Posts: 4,153
Send a message via AIM to Sora
Default Re: Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

CS:S is easy for an 8600GTS however Supreme Commander is a powerful game and much tougher on PC's than Counter Strike. If you want supreme comander to also look really good as well then the 8800GTs is what you want.
__________________
E6300 w/ Arctic Freezer Pro 7 @ 3.6ghz 1.4Vcore
Antec 900 Case
EVGA 750i FTW Mobo
4x1GB of G.skill DDR2-800
2 8800GT in SLI
22" Samsung Syncmaster
1 250GB WD and 1 Seagate 7200.10 in RAID 0
Corsair 520HX 3DMark06 Score: 13900
Sora is offline  
Old 06-04-2007, 10:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
Patron
 
saltynay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: West Coast, Singapore
Posts: 5,149
Default Re: Question about the nVidia 8600 and the 8800

an 8600gt is for media centre use it is for moderate gaming within a htpc is primary purpose is home theatre computer use not gaming although it does make quite a nice budget dx10 card
__________________

__________________
saltynay is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.