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ATi 2900XT vs. 8800GTS 320/640

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I am getting a new build soon because my current one is a little out of date.

I have looked online for benchies of theses cards with the most recent drivers and I have yet to find some.

I am an ATi fan and would prefer to go with the 2900XT (and get the black box for free) but I could easily save $100 if I go with the 8800GTS 320.

Or does the 8800GTS offer better performance than the 2900XT for the same price?

I would be running this probably with an E6550 OC'd.

I am a "hardcore" gamer looking to play the the more recent games at maximum IQ at playable framerates.

Suggestions much appriciated, thanks!
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I would go with the 2900XT, in my opinion it much better than the GTS. Here is an old bench with old drivers and it still beats GTS:
http://www.hardware.info/en-US/artic..._2900_XT_test/
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i dont know what your talking about. i have scored a 12087 on my 3dmark06 with my GTS. and it puts off less heat. it is a all around better card. even when you overclock it to 631/2000(efective)
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post #4 of 10
the 2900XT beats the 640mb in most apps and is only just trailing the GTX

However in some apps the 640mb beats it.

The 640mb is better for price : performance however ultimately the 2900XT is a stronger card.
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Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
i dont know what your talking about. i have scored a 12087 on my 3dmark06 with my GTS. and it puts off less heat. it is a all around better card. even when you overclock it to 631/2000(efective)
He said he is a hardcore gamer, I don't think he can play Crysis max on high res with a 320mb GTS.
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Originally Posted by Desperado1987 View Post
He said he is a hardcore gamer, I don't think he can play Crysis max on high res with a 320mb GTS.
*hears the word Crysis again and begins to flip out*

*calms down*

"Minium" requirement is a 6600 for Crysis...a 7800GTX will play it nice..a 8800GTX will play it maxed out. That is from the Crysis website.

As to the topic...

The HD2900 is better then the GTS...no matter if its the 320 or the 640...but not by much. I decided that it was not worth a $120 more for what little bit more it gave out. I got the 8800GTS for $266 after a $20 rebate...the cheapest HD2900XT I could find on July 16th was $388. Plus with the state that AMD is in...even if it is all just rumors...doesn't make me feel too secure about buying their products.

The tiny bit of more performance wasn't worth it to me. And the drivers are getting worked out now. The benches are sting to level off so I don't think the 2900's will get much better then they are right now. Keep in mind for an extra $50 more you could get a GTX over a 2900.
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post #7 of 10
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Thanks guys, I still don't know which way I should go, but it seems like they are pretty equal in price-performance (except the 8800GTS 640, that is basically out of the question).

rep'd those who put effort in.
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post #8 of 10
To me, the HD2900XT seems to be a little stronger than the 8800GTS at higher resolutions.
But, the price difference is large. It all depends on how much you really want to spend.
 
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post #9 of 10
I'd definatly go with the HD 2900XT as it's more power then the GTS640 and pretty much on par with the GTX
post #10 of 10
the 2900xt is a stronger card, but right now i think that the 8800GTS 320 offers better price/performance. this could change if games need more than 320mb of vram in the future, though.
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