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Need A new card. 9600GT or 3870?

Poll Results: Which $150ish card ?

 
  • 50% (16)
    Sapphire 3870
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    9600GT ( evga probably )
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post #1 of 24
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They are both around the same price. Which should i go for. I'm an ATI/AMD fan, but even i had to switch to intel for the better performance ( in progress expect build log soon lol ). So now my budget for a video card is sub 200 ( rebates dont work for me I'm lazy and always forget to send them off ). Also will NOT be going CrossFire or SLI i have a DFI blood-iron so 1 pci-e 16x slot. im trying to find some benches of them i can find individual , but was hoping for a head 2 head.
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post #2 of 24
I say go for the 3870. The 9600 GTs had/have (dunno if they fixed it) a bug to where the card would freeze a few minutes into gaming and you'd have to reboot your computer.
post #3 of 24
3870 with dual slot cooler ftw
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post #4 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by TnB= Gir View Post
I say go for the 3870. The 9600 GTs had/have (dunno if they fixed it) a but to where the card would freeze a few minutes into gaming and you'd have to reboot your computer.
Care to expand on that?


As for me, get a 9600GT.
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post #5 of 24
I'd personally go wtih the 9600GT. That way in the future, if you wish to upgrade again, you can just sli it.
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post #6 of 24
http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.asp?m=272011

read up.

And carlin,
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Also will NOT be going CrossFire or SLI
post #7 of 24
Unfortunately, the 9600GT still destroys the HD3870 with the exception of a game or two. If you're gonna go dual-card, go 3870 CF, it scales really well.
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post #8 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by redsunx View Post
Care to expand on that?
They've got a nasty problem with some source based games (most notably, HL2) where if you run the mem clock at over 900, you get a black screen and have to reboot.

I'm a bit miffed about it, but in the end mem clock doesn't do very much for your fps... And with an old game like HL2 you're only going from 290 fps to 285.

Other than that it's a solid card.
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post #9 of 24
3870is faster then 9600GT in general. Its more like how fast 8800GT is compare to 3870 thats how 3870 is with 9600GT. Because you have ATi go ati cause u dont want to lose the picture quality. I notice it alot with my 2 cards 7600GT and X1900XT.
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Unfortunately, the 9600GT still destroys the HD3870 with the exception of a game or two.
That destroy part i dont get. Destroy its like saying 8800GTX destroys 8600GTS. Even for 8800GT can not say it destroys 3870.
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post #10 of 24
Okay well there may have been exaggeration, but, the 9600GT would still beat it. The HD3870 is a great card in benchmarks, but nVidia cards do a lot better in some games despite differences like shader processors, core and memory clock speeds, etc. I believe it has something to do with the texture processing capabilities of ATI cards. Have a peek at www.gpureview.com and go to the compare cards page, it may let you know a bit more about the big differences.
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