8800 GTS 320MB or 640MB?
For awhile I heard constantly from all reviews that the cards are exactly the same, and you should only get the 640MB if you run at resolutions 1600x1200 or higher.
I've checked many bechmarks, and they are all reporting that the 640 is significantly better.............except for Tomshardware.com!
Out of all the places I've been to, I trust tomshardware the best, as they seem to be the most professional and their website is built better than many of the other's.
At tomshardware, out of all the benchmarks they did for the Summer 2007 VGA charts
, the 320MB 8800 GTS and the 640MB are practically IDENTICAL in every single way.
BF2142, frame difference of 4.
3dMark06 2.0SM, 25 point difference.
3dMark06 3.0SM, 200 point difference.
Doom 3, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Oblivion, Prey, Warhammer- All of these have 0.4 to 1 frame difference. Practically nothing!!!
Overall Game Frames- Only a difference of 54 points out of 1880.
Whether it's 1920x1200 or 1024x768, the difference is nothing.
....But with Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, the difference is absolutely absurd...33 frames (640) vs 9 frames (320).
In every single other benchmark, regardless of resolution, there is little to no difference between the two, except on this ONE game.
I check other websites though... and the difference is A LOT more than 1 frame, especially at 1600x1200. What gives? Why are these benchmarks so different from others? Newer drivers?
I am upgrading my graphics card from a 7950 GT 512MB, to the 8800 GTS series. I run at a resolution of 1920x1080, which is slightly higher than 1600x1200. I primarily play Company of Heroes & Everquest 2, which is why I want to upgrade, as well as investment in future games and DirectX 10. The 7950 GT is amazing, and I can run most games on max settings at my resolution, but some of the more intense games I cannot, and I really want to get my hands on a DirectX 10 card.
My question is.... is there even a difference? Tomshardware.com says there isn't any difference at all in some games, and only a small difference in 3dmark 3.0SM. I'm never going past 1920x1080 resolution, so would it be stupid of me to fork out $100 extra for the 640MB when I can just get the 320MB with the same performance?
One last thing... I am very interested in overclocking my new 8800 GTS (whether 320 or 640). I have looked around online and have found some websites selling Factory Overclocked GTS's for the same price as regular GTS's.
If I get a graphics card cooler, such as the Thermalright HR-03, would that be worth the $50 for the performance boost if my card is already factory overclocked? I don't want to spend $50 on something I don't really need. What is better to overclock, an already factory overclocked GTS or a regular one?
The only factory overclocked 320MB 8800GTS's I can find are the FOXCOON and the eVGA SuperClocked. What is the best factory overclocked 8800GTS 320MB for someone who doesn't want to go through the trouble to overclock it anymore? What is the best 8800GTS 320MB for someone who wants to overclock to the max possible?