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my mate is in the market for a new card, currently hes got the G80 8800GTS 320mb.

he cant afford much, and i have a spare 8800 GTX XXX edition from XFX lying around. im gonna sell him that, but im trying to work out a price. i know hes my mate, but business is business.

anyways, im thinking around the AUD $400 mark or therebouts, since i have the aftermarket Zalman VF1000/RHS88 Ramsink combo installed, which values about $100 on its own.

thing is, the local PC shop sells the new G92 9800 GTX for AUD $450. $50 more and he gets one of the latest things, brand spankin new.

so whats my selling point here? i couldnt seem to find a good comparison chart. from my understanding, the 9800 GTX is basically the 8800 GTS 512mb, but with support for Tri-Sli. and stock for stock, doesnt the 8800 GTX beat the G92 8800 GTS? and my GTX is factory overclocked to 621mhz/2000mhz, so it should beat the G92 8800 GTS hands down, and therefore the 9800 GTX. or am i going down the wrong track here?
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The general consensus is that if you're rocking higher resolutions, then the 8800 is the better choice.

If you're a 'new-stuff' guy, then obviously the 9800 is your bet. Me personally, I would rate them both the same in terms of value. So its a tossup imo, both are great cards, and if he pays you for yours, all the better!
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The general consensus is that if you're rocking higher resolutions, then the 8800 is the better choice.

If you're a 'new-stuff' guy, then obviously the 9800 is your bet. Me personally, I would rate them both the same in terms of value. So its a tossup imo, both are great cards, and if he pays you for yours, all the better!
well he's only using 1280x1024, but i think he has his eyes on a 24" which puts out 1920...so i guess the 8800 will benefit him in the long run.

he's not really a 'new stuff' guy, more like he's a smart salesman, and for $50 more you get a brand new product, with full warranty, the lot. but the idea is to get him to buy mine.

i think im gonna settle on 380 for him. i figured i sell on ebay, after paying shipping and PayPal fees and ebay fees, im only gonna earn like 400 tops anyway, whats $20.
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I've seen plenty of reviews, and if you do a search on OCN in the Hardware News section (or just Google) you'll come up with some. Overall, judging by these reviews I've seen, the 9800GTX/8800GTS G92 will usually outperform the GTX at lower resolutions and without AA or AF applied. But in higher resolutions (~1680x1050 or higher) OR when AA or AF is applied, the 8800GTX will generally outperform the 9800GTX/8800GTS. I believe this is due to the fact the 8800GTX still uses a larger memory bus (384-bit opposed to 256-bit) and more memory capacity (as you know, 768MB vs. 512MB).

Most people looking to spend a nice sum of money on one of the highest-end video cards on the market will probably be running in high resolutions and want the best detail possible (including AA and AF). If this includes you (or your friend in this case), personally I would suggest going for the 8800GTX over the 9800GTX/8800GTS G92.
    
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Doesn't XFX have Double Lifetime warranties? If so he would still have a life time warranty on the card your selling him, plus if he upgrades his monitor it will run better then a 9800 and it will run any game amazingly well at 1280x1024. Plus your card has an after market cooler and it's cheaper. I think in this case he would be better off buying your 8800GTX.
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The 8800GTX will basically be about the same at that res.... If he wants to go higher then the 8800 will help because of the memory and 384bit bus...

But still, what do I know.....I only have two of them
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The 8800GTX will basically be about the same at that res.... If he wants to go higher then the 8800 will help because of the memory and 384bit bus...

But still, what do I know.....I only have two of them
lol smart arse. well i did have two of them, but i got over having SLI. too much hastle in gaming and i was having trouble with my old motherboard getting stable quad overclocks, and as you would know, SLI 8800 GTX = one massive bottleneck.

anyways im gonna sell him mine i've decided. if he wants a 9800 i'll talk him out of it, or tell him the entire OCN network said he should.
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