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8600GTS vs. Geforce 7 Series

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I'm in the market for buying a new video card. I'm wondering, which is better, the 8600GTS or the Geforce 7 series (excluding the 7950GX2).

NOTE: DX9 only

EDIT: Let me include the X1950 series as well!
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8600GTS is pretty much the same as a 7900GT in game performance, but will score slightly higher on 3dmark. id save for a 320mb 8800GTS
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Originally Posted by mcogan10 View Post
8600GTS is pretty much the same as a 7900GT in game performance, but will score slightly higher on 3dmark. id save for a 320mb 8800GTS
Is the performance THAT noticable?
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Is the performance THAT noticable?
ya. It's a lot better than the older generation. the 8600 though is meant to be a midrange replacement for the 7 series.
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ya. It's a lot better than the older generation. the 8600 though is meant to be a midrange replacement for the 7 series.
Sounds good. But is there any games that strain the card? Question is: Is it worth the extra cash for the performance?
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post #6 of 31
its worth every penny to step up to the 8800 from the 8600
post #7 of 31
The 8600gts is garbage, I'd do what mcogan10 says. 8600gts is great if you're a low end gamer.
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post #8 of 31
Many games at above 1280*1024 with some AA and AF will strain that card. Do anything you can to get an 8800GTS instead.
 
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post #9 of 31
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Alright thanks for the info people. So I guess I'm going to continue saving some more money... +REP to all.
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