I was thinking the exact same thing. I ended up buying the GT yesterday and it plays all my games on max so I'm happy. I bought it at a local store, so I have 30 days to make up my mind. If it turns out something better comes out at a competitive price I suppose I'll return it. But I have a feeling I'll just hold onto it.
I just stepped up from a 8800GTS 320 to the GTS512. If I had started from scratch, the card I would have gotten would have been the GT, but I couldn't stand the idea of "loosing" cash on a step-up [down?]. So there ya go. I agree with most assessments that put the GT at the sweeter price/performance ratio, but man, I like having 15,000 3dmarks, too.
You can find a GTS for an even $300 after rebate at Newegg.com (leadtek) But if you need a copy of crysis, that one at tiger isn't a bad option.
Which to buy?
At $240 for a 8800GT (512mb) which is a good price they have there at tiger, it is a pretty close match (and probably wins) in price to performance with the 8800GTS at $300. Either card will do just fine, but obviously the 8800GTS is higher performing, by a noticeable mark, especially when both cards are taking to their maximum overlcocks. The GTS will on average OC much higher, and you won't need to buy a ridiculous 3rd party cooler then (like you might need to get a good OC on the GT).
I guess it depends on what your budget is, both cards are good at those prices ($240 and $300). Do you want to play crysis very high at 15fps or 20 lol? =D
(w00t! My 200th post!, I need to get a life huh? =0)
I thought about buying that 8800GT for $240, but wasn't sure on the brand. Is KFA2 a reliable brand? I haven't heard of them before. Last time I bought a card was a 7600GT and I didn't see anything of their's then, so the company can't be more than a year or two old.
Also, interesting deal on the leadtek card. Unfortunately it includes a rebate which I really hate But I'll definitely consider it.
I have the 8800GTS G92 (the same one you are looking at, and with Crysis too) and the fan is whisper quiet even up to 50%. If you plan to overclock, definitely go with the GTS. If not, but you are concerned about heat/noise, go with the GTS. If none of these concern you, go with the GT.
I've left price out of this because your OP said you were fine with spending $300-400. This card is definitely the best in the price range. I just figured out I was having a problem with my memory that was causing games to crash so I was holding off on OCing the card, but I am planning to try soon. From what I've heard it OCs very well. I'm more than happy with it.
Sorry to hear that, pauldh. Are you at least noticing a serious speed improvement?
Oh yeah, I like the cards, just not the coolers. It seems a must to use ntune or riva to control rpm with these cards. The stock coolers are very loud when manually set to provide good cooling. I really think the 8800GT is an outstanding performer, but NV goofed on the reference cooler. In the OP's case, factor in $40 anyway for Crysis and the GTS 512MB looks like a good option. If noise isn't a concern, then the 8800GT is OK.
Ok, so I've decided on the 8800GTS. Now I'm not sure who to buy it from. I'm in the midst of a major upgrade, and I've got two similar prices for similar things from both newegg and tiger. Here are my two options:
Is the EVGA brand worth $50 more than the BFG brand?
This is the sort of question that starts flame wars.
My personal opinion is that eVGA is worth just as much as BFG or XFX, and a bit more than the rest. For example the last time I bought a video card I paid $651 for BFG. eVGA was over $700 so I passed. MSI was under $600 but I didn't like the reviews, and the BFG was also clocked higher. It's all very subjective. eVGA is probably the best brand, but $50 is too much of a premium IMO.
I have decided to go with neither of those, but actually an xfx card. Same price as the BFG card (with the processor combo), and it has a far better warranty. Also comes with company of heroes, which is just another bonus.