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8800 GTS 640MB to 8800 GT 512MB: Worth an Upgrade?

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January 26, 2008 4:19:15 PM

Hey all,
I am currently contemplating an upgrade from my MSI 8800 GTS 640MB gpu to a BFG 8800 GT 512MB gpu. I have looked at the benchies, but I do not run my gpu at stock, it runs at 625/1800. My question is, at these clock speeds will the difference between mine and a GT really be worth an upgrade? I have $100 worth of Best Buy money so the GT will only cost at most $180, minus anything I can get for my current card. However, supposing I can't get anything for my card, is it worth $180 to go from a GTS to a GT and will the difference be noticeable? I know this is kind of a matter of perspective, but give me your honest opinion.
January 26, 2008 4:29:18 PM

No, it wouldn't be worth the upgrade. You will see a performance boost, but it wouldn't be enough to consider an upgrade.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3140&p=7

As you can see, the 8800GT does beat the 8800GTS 640MB, but it isn't by too much. Just OC your card a little more and save your money to buy a 9series card.
January 26, 2008 7:09:38 PM

i would wait til the 9 series cards come out then get something much better the 640mb gts is still a good card
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January 26, 2008 7:23:10 PM

I would say don't do it. put the hundred bucks into more ram or something that would make more of a difference.
January 26, 2008 7:32:50 PM

I would save the money for a G100 that comes out in the summer.
January 26, 2008 7:53:53 PM

yes i did it, i think the new g92 is nicer looking (whats on the screen - crsiper and more detailed - in fact nvidia finally has caught ati in this regard)- (not the way the card physically looks ) and you get about 30-40% performance boosit at middle resolutions
January 26, 2008 7:55:27 PM

cnumartyr said:
I would save the money for a G100 that comes out in the summer.


this is always wrong

if you wait for the 100 then wait for 110 then 120

never wait! always upgrade as you go along

you can ebay you card for $200 plus and then buy a new one for $300 or so

30-40% performance boost for $100 - its worth it for one game if you play it all month!
January 26, 2008 8:27:25 PM

If you're rich, buy now.

If you're poor, wait 30years.

It's quite simple really.
January 26, 2008 8:30:01 PM

dragonsprayer said:
this is always wrong

if you wait for the 100 then wait for 110 then 120

never wait! always upgrade as you go along

you can ebay you card for $200 plus and then buy a new one for $300 or so

30-40% performance boost for $100 - its worth it for one game if you play it all month!



Die shrink is not nearly as important an upgrade as a generation change.
January 26, 2008 9:01:42 PM

Having bought a 8800 GTS 640 last summer, I'd say that the performance increase isn't worth the money. But that's my opinion and others are free to disagree. I prefer to go at least 2 steps at a time, rather than to follow each and every release that comes along.
January 26, 2008 9:33:46 PM

Not worth it at all, IMO. Save your money for something better.
January 27, 2008 10:50:45 AM

Not worth it in the slightest. Just overclock your gts you monkey. What you got money to burn? Upgrading should be about making a big step up, not an extra 20%.
January 27, 2008 10:53:43 AM

oc it further i mean
January 27, 2008 11:39:02 AM

Yeah I definitely wouldn't either. It'd be like going from a 7900GS to a 7950GT. There will be some performance difference, but not worth it if you already bought the 7900GS. Just wait till the next generation comes out, btw G92 really isn't the next generation, just a die-shrink.

If you had a crappy card I'd say yes, but you have one of the best cards out there as it is.
January 28, 2008 4:25:39 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Any idea when the 9800 series will be out?
January 28, 2008 5:37:31 AM

that is a small upgrade, its 10-15% better the new GT , upgrade to the new GTS

that what I just did, I got an albatron 8800GTS 512mb, for 400 $AU
I previously had a 8800GTS 640mb, it was kinda weird buying a card with less memory, a smaller box, and quieter fan, and still be 30% faster, basically the new 8800GTS are being the old Ultras, im getting 13000 3dmarks 06 version at 1024x768, thats a worthwile upgrade considering to get that performance the ultras are very expensive, not anymore the new GTS is a beast, I could barely just play cryisis at 1680x1050 on old GTS, now its playable with the 512 GTS
January 29, 2008 5:48:12 AM

Idk if an upgrade to the new GTS would be worth it. Had you had your GTS overclocked at the start?
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