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8800gts 320 vs 3850 512

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Last response: in Graphics & Displays

for lower resolution which card will be better choice for good framerate

Total: 17 votes (5 blank votes)

  • 8800gts 320mb
  • 17 %
  • 3850 512mb
  • 84 %
February 10, 2008 9:25:26 AM

hello guys i m just wondering if u run games in 1024x768 or 1280x960 then what will be the good card for that resolution? 8800gts(320mb) or the 3850(512). which of these card will be good for those resolution? which card will get a better framerate in those resolution with like 4x AA and 4x AF?

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a c 169 U Graphics card
February 10, 2008 9:34:48 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums mate :) 

Simple answer : HD 3850
February 10, 2008 10:15:50 AM

anyone have any other opinion?
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February 10, 2008 10:22:21 AM

anyone have any other opinion?
February 10, 2008 10:26:25 AM

If you already have one or the other then it wouldn't make much sense switching. In overall performance the G80GTS,320mb does beat the 3850 but not by much and it costs more too.

3850 it is.
a b U Graphics card
February 10, 2008 10:53:16 AM

EDIT: sorry missed it was the 512MB HD3850 you were refering to. I have and commented on the 256MB version. Something like the Powercolor Extreme 512MB would beat the 8800GTS 320MB more often, although 1024x768 wouldn't the the res you would see a big difference at. Seeing how the 320MB GTS drops off sometimes as res goes up, then the 512MB 3850 would leave it behind.

I have both cards but have not had a chance to directly test one vs the other. I would say, more often than not the 8800GTS 320MB would be ahead of the 3850. Pretty close overall though just depending on the game. Either is a good option as both can easily handle the res you talk about though. I'd look at prices for where you live and if the 3850 saves you a significant amount, go for that. Newegg is about $150 AR vs $180 AR.
February 10, 2008 11:12:39 AM

I'm going off of the overall GPU performance chart at Toms between the 3850(512) and the 8800GTS320. By that chart the 8800GTS320 edges over the 3850. Personally though I'd get the 3850 because you get more technology built into the card, you also get more memory. I think the 3850 is the overall better card for the money.
February 10, 2008 11:54:10 AM

if u game at that low res, perhaps the 256 mb 8800gt will hit the sweet spot. But i rather get the 3850 over the gts, u can probably overclock it to 3870 speeds.
a c 130 U Graphics card
February 10, 2008 12:36:49 PM

Im with Maziar 3850
February 10, 2008 12:37:24 PM

At lower res, the 8800GTS 320 typically has a solid 20% or so advantage over the the HD3850 256. I doubt the extra 256MBs would impact performance much if at all at this res, especially looking at the negligible increase from the 320 version to the 640 with the GTS.

Another factor being filters; anti-aliasing has a more noticeable effect on smaller resolutions, so you'll be wanting to run 4x AA on any game you play, and the AMD cards are known for taking a bigger hit than the 8 series. The benchmarks back this up.

However, power consumption and price swing in the 3850's favor, so if it's significantly cheaper, I'd go that way.

The pink panther is probably right that the 8800GT 256MB will perform the best for you, but it probably can't justify the price jump, and don't think about upgrading that monitor anytime soon.
February 10, 2008 1:21:13 PM

They are both good cards, just go with whatever is cheaper.
February 10, 2008 1:33:04 PM

At this point I would stay away from anything less than 512MB on a graphics card. True, the benchmarks don't show much of a difference in many games, but benchmarks don't accurately gauge how your experience will be when playing for an extended period of time. The alt-tab bug still gives me chills.
February 10, 2008 1:48:12 PM

You are stuck with the ATI. Its the only DX10.1 models out and it is a tad cheaper. There is no Nvidia card out that is DX10.1 compatable atm.
a c 169 U Graphics card
February 10, 2008 1:56:19 PM

HD 3850 can be OC'd easily to HD 3870 so it will perform near 8800GT 512
and a 8800GT 512 is better than 8800GTS 320
February 10, 2008 3:12:50 PM

hello and thank u everyone for ur advice. actually it was for my bro who is living outside the city. he has a poor monitor. i personally going with the 3870 this march. anyways thanks again.