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3870 or 8800gt?

Total: 57 votes (8 blank votes)

  • 3870
  • 35 %
  • 8800gt
  • 66 %
December 10, 2007 10:39:44 AM

i never tried ati but have always liked them...some people say they have slightly better picture! So right now the price difference is no matter to me. If both the 8800gt and the ati 3870 cost the same which 1 should i go for? and why? (fan noise also not an issue)

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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2007 11:12:22 AM

Is your motherboard Crossfire or SLI capable?
a c 199 U Graphics card
December 10, 2007 11:32:49 AM

It will depend a lot on what games you play. At the leading edge, the 8800GT performs better.
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December 10, 2007 11:54:18 AM

Coming from an x1600Pro ATI card I can say that I have not noticed any difference in "picture quality" that most people complain about with Nvidia. My 8800GT looks just as good, if not better than my old ATi card. And I cant compare it to the 3870 personally but from the dozens of reviews Ive read, the 8800GT performs better period. Maybe doesnt win every game, but with AA and AF enabled it wins way more often than not and thats what really matters. Plus with my HR03-GT, I have my 8800GT oc'd to 730/1025, and thats higher than most sites where the 8800GT beats up on all of ATIs offerings. Best $259 Ive spent on my pc in a while.
December 10, 2007 12:22:51 PM

thepinkpanther said:
i never tried ati but have always liked them...some people say they have slightly better picture! So right now the price difference is no matter to me. If both the 8800gt and the ati 3870 cost the same which 1 should i go for? and why? (fan noise also not an issue)


I'd go for the ATI. Having had both cards in the same system I can say that the picture quality of the 3870 is a bit better and frame rate differences aren't noticeable, particularly at 1920 X 1200 with AA enabled. Plus the ATI is the better multimedia card, it does a better job out of the box on DVDs, Blu-Ray, and AVI playback, and has overlay output to a second monitor, a capability which has been removed from the 8800-series. PLUS, 3870s in crossfire scale better and perform faster than 8800GTs in SLI. The 3870 is also quieter and cooler than the 8800GT without the overheating issues that have been reported for the Nvidia. The 3870 has it all.
December 10, 2007 1:04:28 PM

With the filters turned on at AA i heard the 3870 beats the 8800gt. But for gaming i say 8800gt and for image quality 3870
December 10, 2007 1:26:29 PM

You sound like an educated buyer, but it is worth mentioning that there is now a 256 MB version of the 8800 GT... so just because you see an 8800 GT at or below the 3870 doesn't always mean it's a good deal. Just something to keep in mind in case an 8800 GT is on your Christmas list.
December 10, 2007 1:39:17 PM

If you have a crossfire motherboard, get two of the 3870s, if not, get the 8800GT 512MB.
December 10, 2007 2:05:41 PM

Strongly agree with gwolfman.

But if you want to consider saving $50, get two 3850s. Crossfire with 3850 is like a beautiful dream. It's a great deal in terms of bang for buck. I suggest you check out this link.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/607/8/

Also make sure you have a good PSU before buying a GPU.

December 10, 2007 2:13:27 PM

BustedSony said:
and has overlay output to a second monitor, a capability which has been removed from the 8800-series.


Sorry but your sadly mistaken.
December 10, 2007 2:35:34 PM

Personally I use my PC for more than gaming, so the 3870 is going in my machine this holiday season.
December 10, 2007 2:40:56 PM

OOOwatah said:
Personally I use my PC for more than gaming, so the 3870 is going in my machine this holiday season.


I'm curious as to what you mean by this... how is the 3870 better than the 8800 GT for non-gaming apps?
December 10, 2007 3:05:38 PM

cleeve said:
I'm curious as to what you mean by this... how is the 3870 better than the 8800 GT for non-gaming apps?


Bump. I will also need my computer for HD video editing and Photoshop. So I am very curious about which one of these cards performs better at non-gaming apps.
December 10, 2007 3:10:37 PM

Well, that's why I asked. In Photoshop or HD video editing, it shouldn't make a lick of difference.

The only place where the 8800 GT might be worse is playing back HD video - like an HD-DVD or Blu-ray - and that's only in Windows XP.
The 8x00 series will ACCELERATE video in XP, but they don't apply image quality enhancements like noise reduction. In Vista, the 8x00 series will apply image quality enhancements to HD video.

Other than that, the 8800 GT should be just as good as the 3870 in non-gaming apps.
a c 169 U Graphics card
December 10, 2007 3:27:51 PM

8800GT
December 10, 2007 3:48:03 PM

I would say 8800GT. I bought an aftermarket cooler for it for $17 the AC Accelero S2. I then overclocked it to 700/1950. Runs amazing. Only problem I have to say is the SHSF on the 8800GT is garbage. The 3870 packs a nice punch but not for the $270 gouged price that it is at most places.
December 10, 2007 5:23:46 PM

GREAT!!! i was hoping for ati to gain some ground over here but looks like 8800gt sounds alot better...i dont like it! whats Nvidias angle?!? how can they make cards like that? they only way ill buy ati next week is if 8800gt is sold out
December 10, 2007 5:35:15 PM

Already picked the GT at a higher price, so why shouldn't I pick it if they were both at the same price :) 
December 10, 2007 7:13:25 PM

"BustedSony wrote :

and has overlay output to a second monitor, a capability which has been removed from the 8800-series."

skittle said:
Sorry but your sadly mistaken.


Heheh, second monitor overlay mirroring most definitely does not exist on the 8800, that's specifically why I replaced it with an HD2400 then 3870..

"Notes from Nvidia Control Panel Help File under full-screen video:

Full-screen video mirroring is not available for GeForce 8 series and later GPUs "

https://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2011&p_created=1169076830

http://forums.nvidia.com/lofiversion/index.php?t49636.html
December 11, 2007 12:47:01 AM

I have a CF board and fan noise is an issue for me... but I would rather have a noisy sytem than a fried system... the 3870 also oc's pretty good anyway... HIS Hightech also makes great cards with awesome coolers (36C idle right now on X1950PRO) and they have ATi only it seems
December 11, 2007 1:15:12 AM

thepinkpanther said:

If both the 8800gt and the ati 3870 cost the same which 1 should i go for? and why? (fan noise also not an issue)


If cost is not and issue, then the answer is easy. The 8800GT overall is the faster card and I haven't found one review that says the contrary. The HD 3870 is a very, very, close second however and I don't think you would be disappointed with either card. However, I still voted for the 8800GT, and out of my last 8 cards, 6 of them were ATI.
December 11, 2007 3:24:10 AM

have been an Nvida person for years and have no problem with them. One thing I do not understand it that the ATI 3580 has faster Mhz Clocks and 320 Unified Stream Processors Vs. the 8800gt slower Mhz clocks and only 112 Stream Processors and it shows to be slower, Why it that? It has so many more Processors and faster clocks. Why is it slower? I have a 8800gt by the way and it is faster than my two 7900gs running in sli setup. Runs Bioshock really well, as well as Crysis.
December 19, 2007 5:59:23 PM

ok how bout this... 2 3870's in CF vs. 2 8800 GT's in SLI... keeping in mind mobo choices
December 19, 2007 6:22:41 PM

Crossfire because it tends to scale better and has better mobo choices. 2 3870s on an X38 board would be a pretty solid setup. If AMD ever gets Phenom together you will have the option of going that route as well.
December 19, 2007 6:51:48 PM

I actually was waiting for 3870 unfortunately I was not able to get one so I ended up with 8800GT 512mb.

I have kind of mixed feelings. GT is a nice card and even slightly faster than 3870 but 3870 has its pros. Well I need to wait till christmas to see how well this GT performs.
December 19, 2007 7:30:38 PM

The only "real" advantage that I see with the 3870 is that if you had a crossfire capable mobo you could later on add another card that wouldn't be another 3870. Can't really do that with the Nvidia cards, as they have to be identical. So the ATI cards are sort of infinitely upgradeable. If you're just a 1 card kind of a guy I'd probably get the 8800GT unless you don't care too much about max FPS in which case I might actually suggest the 3850 512mb and OC the hell out of it. They are usually $50 cheaper that the 3870 and when OC'd perform about the same. In the end though for the money the 8800GT is unbeatable, unless you just don't have the money.

**edited to add the word get** :) 
December 19, 2007 9:14:56 PM

Trust me, the GT won't let you down unless you want very high DX10 settings with Crysis. Then again, if you want that then even SLI'd Ultras would let you down :( 
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