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Almost finished this new rig. All i need is a replacement for my XFX 7900GT.
It's served me very well over the last year and a bit. It's been through some punishment and has never once faltered.
But the time has come for me to upgrade and the 7900 to be passed on to my brothers PC.

I'm having a hard time picking out a new card though.
I started looking at the start of march and saw the 9800GX2 was on its way, so i held off till that was released. After seeing the prices though i decided to wait till the 9800GTX was out. Now thats been released and the benchmarks aren't what i expected.

So now i'm torn. Do i really need the 9 series?

My choices are

9800GTX - Will this improve with the next set of drivers or am i just paying more for a 8800GTS with a new name? and will there be a 1gb version in the near future?

8800GTX - looking round i'd probably opt for an "XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Extreme 768MB GDDR3" if i was going to get a GTX. How does this stand up against the 9800GTX for £30-40 less?

8800GT 1Gb - How do these do in comparison the higher cards? They seem to be almost the same prices as a GTX, so is it worth it?

8800GT 512mb - For the same price as a 9800GTX i have seen a very nice EVGA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB AKIMBO Superclocked GDDR3 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...56&subcat=1008
Worth it?


The ATI 3870x2 had crossed my mind but i'd rather stick with NVIDIA if i can (Also XFX if possible)
Any opinions greatly appreciated lads
Thanks in advance

Pig


(PS, Would my Thermalright HR-03 fit on any of these cards? I'd like to keep the system as quiet as it is now hopefully)
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Get an 8800GTS 512mb.
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I reckon your best bet is basing your choice on the res you want to use this new card for. Its probably best to wait untill someone with the highest res runs the GTX and see
if theyre getting any loses in performance.

I am using my new 9800GTX on a small monitor at the moment and its giving me consistently higher FPS in all of my fave games - compared to what I had with my 8800GTX XXX (I think the XXX has higher specs than the Extreme).

The temps are 10c lower than the 8800GTX at idle, and the temp hardly even moves during gaming - it hasnt gone above 60c yet. My 8800GTX hangs around high 70's mid 80's during gaming. So its already an improvement fpr me.

Im going to be using the 9800GTX on a 20" screen so I reckon the 9800GTX should be okies.
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Well, i'll be using my 22" at 168x1050. Might add in another monitor later. (Have another 17" connected at the moment, but that will move with the 7900GT)

The 7900 performed fine on the old 17" and ran pretty much everything on high. Since i've got the 22" on now as well its made me drop down in a few games, but nothing dramatic.
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post #5 of 20
Well if the 8800GT is the same price as the 9800GTX, then get the newer card.
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9800GTX just for e-peen.
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post #7 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by alwaysAMD View Post
Well if the 8800GT is the same price as the 9800GTX, then get the newer card.
Check the specs of the card in the link, it has some nice clock speeds

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Originally Posted by redsunx View Post
9800GTX just for e-peen.
That's what i was thinking
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post #8 of 20
The 9800GTX and 8800GTX perform about the same on lower resolutions. The 8800GTX performs better at high resolutions with AA/AF. The 9800GTX is cheaper and has the potential to OC higher.

Stick with the 9800GTX if you're set on upgrading, otherwise I'd way wait for the new gen of vidcards from nvidia/ATI.

1Gig of memory is useless as the cards cannot use all of it. The standard amounts on the 9800/8800 are optimal for their specs.
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post #9 of 20
Both 8800GT and G92 8800GTS are doing well under that resolution. Either 8800GT (around $170) or G92 8800GTS (around $200) is a good option depending on the budget.
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Budget isn't really that big a factor. I have the money for the most expensive card on that list, I just don't wanna spend £200 on a card thats gonna get me 2FPS more than a £150 card.
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