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Upgrading to 8800

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July 25, 2007 7:33:22 AM

Im considering upgrading from my GeForce 7900GT/OC GDDR3 256 to a 8800 GTS GDDR3 320. Now, should I do this because the price im getting for the 8800 is $270 from Im basicly just woundering how great the difference between the two cards are. I already know about the shader 4 and DX10, etc....

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a b U Graphics card
July 25, 2007 7:55:34 AM

Are you having trouble with your current games? Not enuff eyecandy?
July 25, 2007 7:55:46 AM

I have a 8800 320MB card and now I am looking to get a 8800 GTX card.

the question is: does your 7900GT do everything you want it to do right now? and how long will it take for you to save up for a GTX?

KIV that a new series of direct X 10 cards are on the way. So depends on how bad your current card is performing now?
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July 25, 2007 8:49:53 AM

the one problem you may run in to with the 320mb card is the same one the 7900 256mb runs in to: textures

some games already require more than 320mb for the highest setting on Texture quality (e.g. GRAW2), so if you're getting the 320 hoping to set all settings to max, you may be dissapointed
July 25, 2007 12:29:59 PM

You will not be dissapointed the 8800 is a real killer card awesome , some games might have a problem , but i own one and ican tell you it rocks dude.

Coh , Oblivion , Fable , Test Drive Unlimited, Civ4 , Fear, Call of Duty 2 , NFS Carbon just to name a few games i own run flawless .
July 25, 2007 4:01:26 PM

I'm not looking to get a GTX or any of the cards that are comming out because you know what? I don't have $700+ to just throw out the window on a card. Which is why im asking about the 8800 GTS for the DX10 compatibility and such
a b U Graphics card
July 25, 2007 5:46:26 PM

Well the main thing is what games.

Some, like Oblivion, will see dramatic improvement, others will only see slight improvements.

As for the DX10 component, there's nothing really compelling yet to say how it will handle DX10, and whether it would be worth the upgrade. IMO in games that have a DX10 option, the DX9 path will be very shader intensive like Oblivion (as we saw in COH) and that type of game will play well to an 8800 even in DX9 mode.

If you don't NEED to buy now, then I'd say wait, but if you do play games like Oblivion, then check their benchies and see if the performance or settings difference (Oblivion noticeably adds HDR+AA and better AF filtering) .

There's places it will shine and others it will be only mildly different. I'd say if you don't get a compelling reason for yourself, then wait for that compelling reason.

As always, just my view from the cheap seats and my two frames' worth.