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Need some advice...8800 GTS (G92) worth it?

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January 12, 2008 7:48:54 PM

I'm looking to buy the following vid card:

but there are some other great cards on tiger. I'm not sure which to buy. My budget is around $300-$400. Any advice?

P.S. I consider that card to cost $300 because crysis is a $50 value that I plan on buying eventually anyway.
January 12, 2008 7:53:00 PM

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.
January 12, 2008 8:35:38 PM

For me it is. I like the dual-slot cooling.

Also, overclocking is better than the 8800GT.
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January 12, 2008 9:11:11 PM

my gts has given me no problems so far it is quiet and cool thanks to the dual slot cooler and i have managed to overclock mine quite high
January 12, 2008 9:56:46 PM

I think gettin the EVGA version will make it worth it, that way if a better card comes out at same price within next three months you'll be able to step-up. Plus the free game is like $50 off.
January 13, 2008 2:51:24 AM

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.
a c 143 U Graphics card
January 13, 2008 3:40:53 AM

Go for it. That card is faster than the 8800GT, has a better cooler, and since you want Crysis anyway it's totally worth the price.

January 13, 2008 4:18:43 AM

With the dual slot cooler, RivaTuner, and good fan control, I have been able to get my 800GTS G92 overclocked quite a bit.

I like that the stock cooler handles higher thermal load so well.

To me that is a big bonus.
January 13, 2008 4:23:07 AM

that card has had $20 rebete at newegg for weeks

the 8800GTS is the best card out today for the price
January 13, 2008 5:38:20 AM

The newegg version actually is $30 more expensive, when you consider the game is $50. Again, to me the card is at an actual cost of $300 since I'd buy the game anyway.
January 13, 2008 5:38:53 AM

GTS is the best GT lol
January 13, 2008 5:53:28 AM

You can find a GTS for an even $300 after rebate at (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)
January 13, 2008 3:12:31 PM

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 :p  But I'll definitely consider it.
a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2008 3:16:58 PM

(As an 8800GT owner who used a quiet & cool 320MB 8800GTS before that)I just have to say the 8800GT reference cooler is crap. Go for the 512MB GTS with crysis since you want the game anyway.
a c 143 U Graphics card
January 13, 2008 11:58:37 PM

Sorry to hear that, pauldh. Are you at least noticing a serious speed improvement?
January 14, 2008 12:18:04 AM

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.
January 14, 2008 12:37:33 AM

Go with GTS512. 1) reasons everyone else stated ;)  2) it's the Evga brand. Lifetime warranty which allows for overclocking plus step-up program.

Never heard of that other brand.....
a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2008 12:40:32 AM

aevm said:
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.
January 14, 2008 12:45:17 AM

I seriously hate that 11cfm fan on that 8800GT.

Besides, the 8800GTS can clock to 800Mhz on core using stock cooling while the 8800GT only can get to 720Mhz on stock cooling.
January 14, 2008 1:02:08 AM

8800GT is better value at lower resolutions, because it performs pretty much on par to the 8800GTS at lower resolutions.

If you play at high resolutions, the 8800GTS will give you at bit more performance.

Conclusion: All depends on what resolution you play games with.
January 14, 2008 1:26:28 AM

Typically 1680 x 1050, and only less when my current 7600GT can't handle it.
January 14, 2008 1:57:46 AM

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:

NewEgg: Total (after shipping and rebates) $557.93
MSI K9N4 SLI-F Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Dual Channel
BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTS (G92)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ (65nm)

Tiger: Total (after shipping and rebates) $619.24
Patriot Dual Channel 2048MB PC6400 Memory (2 x 1024MB)
MSI K9N4 SLI-F Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ (90nm)
EVGA 8800GTS (G92)

I'm leaning towards the newegg deal. Is the EVGA brand worth $50 more than the BFG brand? AFAIK Crucial and Patriot are around the same quality, so that is about equal.
January 14, 2008 3:12:27 AM

good man deciding on the gts you might want to check up on BFG's warranty for overclocking i think EVGA's warranty is the way to go. The 65nm cpu would produce less heat the the 90nm
a c 143 U Graphics card
January 14, 2008 4:36:43 AM

josiah30 said:
Is the EVGA brand worth $50 more than the BFG brand?

This is the sort of question that starts flame wars. :lol: 

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.
January 14, 2008 3:48:31 PM

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.

Total price: $558.95 on newegg.

Thanks for your help guys!