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Poll Results: Which Card Is The "Best Bang For The Buck"?

 
  • 1% (1)
    eVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Superclocked / 256MB -------$249
  • 0% (0)
    XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Extreme / 256MB -------------------$265
  • 0% (0)
    XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX / 256MB ------------------------$312
  • 37% (24)
    eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS / 320MB ----------------------------$329
  • 39% (25)
    eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS / 640MB ----------------------------$379
  • 0% (0)
    eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS Superclocked / 320MB ----------$398
  • 21% (14)
    eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS Superclocked / 640MB ----------$399
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post #1 of 51
Thread Starter 
Alright so I am looking to buy a new 8600GTS or 8800GTS.

Prices:

eVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Superclocked $249 http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=eVGA
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Extreme $265.99 http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...547&CatId=1560
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX $312 http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...550&CatId=1560
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS $329 http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=eVGA

Stats:

Core Speeds:

eVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Superclocked = 720MHz
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Extreme = 720MHz
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX = 730MHz
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS = 500MHz

Stream Processors:

eVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Superclocked = 32
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Extreme = 32
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX = 32
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS = 96

Memory:

eVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Superclocked = 256MB
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Extreme = 256MB
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX = 256MB
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS = 320MB

Memory Bandwidth:

eVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Superclocked = 33.6GB/s
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Extreme = 32GB/s
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX = 32GB/s
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS = 64GB/s

Memory Bus:

eVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Superclocked = 128bit
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Extreme = 128bit
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX = 128bit
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS = 320bit

Memory Clock:

eVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Superclocked = 2100MHz
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Extreme = 2180MHz
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX = 2260MHz
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS = 1600MHz

Shader Clock:

eVGA E-GEFORCE 8600GTS Superclocked = ????MHz
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Extreme = 1450MHz
XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX = 1450MHz
eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS = 1200MHz



Which of these cards would be the best "bang for the buck"?
Now with my system specs will the 8800 just bottleneck and not be worth the money?
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post #2 of 51
Yes your system will bottleneck it slighty, but don't worry about it.

The 8800 is the best bang for buck

TBH the 8600 will be useless in future games, no point in investing in it at all.
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post #3 of 51
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Will all of these cards be a huge leap from my Powercolor X-700?
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post #4 of 51
Absolutely

the 8600 is still a good card, but it will be useless for DX10 apps


Well not useless, just pointless for the amount you pay

but yes even the 8600 will run most DX9 games on medium
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post #5 of 51
Yes definitly go for the 8800gts. as performance of top end cards in dx10 doesnt look too hot at the moment, this will improve with newer drivers i would imagine but its not a certainty. Also if you are playing through a 17" or 19" i wouldnt worry about the bottle neck too much
    
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post #6 of 51
Your best bet should be a used 8800GTS 320MB
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post #7 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by IcedEarth View Post
but yes even the 8600 will run most DX9 games on medium
8600GTS will play almost all DX9 games on high at 1024x1280.


8800GTS is better for the price and it should not bottleneck your system if you turn up the eye candy. You may want to get more RAM though.
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post #8 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
8600GTS will play almost all DX9 games on high at 1024x1280.
seriously?

Most things i have seen the 8600 hasn'tfaired too well, compared to as the 7600 of the DX10 generation.
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post #9 of 51
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Right now on BF2 I have everything on HIGH graphics except the Antiliasing is shut right off and it runs great. I plan on purchasing a LG 22" Widescreen monitor located here for $299. Also I am looking at buying some OCZ ram DDR400 2x 1GB sticks for my computer which will greatly improve the performance of my games.
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post #10 of 51
if you can stump up the dollars for the 8800. go for that, you will get significantly better performance overall. and whan new games come out you'll still be able to play them at half decent settings
    
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