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Higher core clock or more stream processors?

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Specifically, comparing an 8800GT and a 9600GT. Same manufacturer, same price. The 8800GT has 112 processors vs the 9600GT's 64, but a 65 MHz lower clock speed.

What are the advantages of having one over the other?
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They are different cores, but the 8800GT will out perform the 9600GT
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They are different cores, but the 8800GT will out perform the 9600GT
that is true
post #4 of 12
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How does a 4850 have 800 stream processors? A GTX 2xx doesn't have half that many.
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How does a 4850 have 800 stream processors? A GTX 2xx doesn't have half that many.
Different stream processors.

It's like comparing engines. A very big line 4 can be more powerful than a tiny V6.
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Different stream processors.
OK, thanks, cuz I'm looking to buy today and I have no idea what I want. It's gotta be under $200, and I've always sorta been an NVidia guy (probably cuz I'm an Intel guy and ATI = AMD). It seems to me like the 4850 is a lot of hype because it's so new.
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OK, thanks, cuz I'm looking to buy today and I have no idea what I want. It's gotta be under $200, and I've always sorta been an NVidia guy (probably cuz I'm an Intel guy and ATI = AMD). It seems to me like the 4850 is a lot of hype because it's so new.
4850 is almost twice as fast as an 8800GT
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4850 is almost twice as fast as an 8800GT
What would I have to buy to get 4850 performance in an NVidia card? Probably nothing in my price range, since those GTX's are so expensive.
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What would I have to buy to get 4850 performance in an NVidia card? Probably nothing in my price range, since those GTX's are so expensive.
The 4850 is neck and neck with the GTX 260 and sometimes faster. Which, btw, is now 299 on Newegg
post #10 of 12
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Well, looks like I might as well spend the extra $50 for a 4850 over an 8800GT if it's nearly double the performance.

Is VisionTek the only ATI manufacturer that offers a lifetime waranty? Is a lifetime warranty even worth it?

Sorry if this has all been asked/said before.
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