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I was looking at these three cards and saw that the 8600 has a higher memory clock then both the x1950 and the 8800. So how is the 8800? And also what is a better for $200 a 8600 or an x1950? Because this one looks perdy good:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150228



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The higher memory clock doesn't really help that much...

The problem with the 8600's is the 128bit memory controller. This chokes communication between the GPU and the GDDR. Therefore, the 8800 is by far superior. Even the 8800GTS has a 320bit memory controller.

For $200, and no plans to play DX10 games, the X1950 is the likely winner. but it's a close call.

I personally am not charmed by the 128bit controller on that card... a 256bit controller would have made this card scream! (but maybe performance would have been too close to that of the 8800GTS)
    
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You cant compare the 8800 to the 8600 or the X1950. Its not always about clock speeds, you have to consider pixel pipelines, texel and pixel fill rates etc. If you can afford it, an 8800 is the way to go :-)
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8800 would be the best, but...

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Ditto to Chozart.

Don't even bother with the 8600. If you're not going DX10, get the x1950 or get the 8800GTS 320MB if you're planning to go DX10.
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the 8600 is on the same level of performance as the 7600GT, so you might as well save your money and get the 7600GT for a lot less. Actually, get 2 and go SLI.
The 8800 (even the GTS) is the way to go- it'll provide you with longevity in the coming dx10 days and will provide performance to be unmatched for some time.
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the 8600GT is signifacnt faster than the 7600GT and so is the 8600GTS, they are the cards they are supposed to be, why is that so hard to understand?
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the 8600GT is signifacnt faster than the 7600GT and so is the 8600GTS, they are the cards they are supposed to be, why is that so hard to understand?
True that they're faster than the 7600GT. That is exactly the reason why I do NOT like the 128-bit memory controller.
    
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True that they're faster than the 7600GT. That is exactly the reason why I do NOT like the 128-bit memory controller.
at 32gb/s on the 8600GTS it wont matter with todays games, these arnt for high res gaming, mid range has always meant mid range res or 10x7 or 12x10 gaming, maybe 1440 with the widescreens today, but the bandwith isnt going to effect it till you have 16xQ AA and no one buying mid range expects that anyway
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Benchmarks everywhere suggest that the 8600GTS performs on par with 7950GT, so of course it can smoke a X1950Pro. 8600GT competes with the X1950Pro as well as the 7900GS. All based on raw performance, that is. If they're priced the same, why not get one that supports DX10? Memory controller doesn't really matter, the card performs.

Plus 8600-series are finally seeing price drops. 8800GTS 320MB was the better buy because e-tailers didn't sell at MSRP ($299) but instead went for as low as $259. 8600GTS started at $199 and is already at $189 average and $174 being the lowest. The big thing is though, 8800GTS 320MB has gone back up in price, with $284 being the lowest, so buying a 8600-series is justified.

I don't see why some of you complains, you get what you paid for. If you can't afford that extra $100, then 8600GTS is the way to go.
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