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Asus Extreme 3870X2 VS BFG 8800GTX OC2

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Asus Extreme 3870X2 VS BFG 8800GTX OC2

Total: 22 votes (3 blank votes)

  • ASUS Extreme 3870X2 @$469
  • 90 %
  • BFG 8800GTX OC2 @$544
  • 11 %
March 12, 2008 5:14:59 PM

I have been planning on building a new system for awhile and i was set on getting the BFG 8800GTX OC2 because i had mistaken the 3870 on VGA charts as being the same as a 3870X2. Now i have always owned ATI cards(probably like 12 different ATI cards over the last 11 years). But that being said i have grown a little tired of ATI drivers, havent been that great since AMD bought them out. Which Card is a better card for gaming. I was going to go with the EVGA 780i motherboard, but if i end up going with the asus 3870x2 would i have to choose a different board?
March 12, 2008 5:25:36 PM

I voted 3870X2 :) 
Bin the 780i board and go with an Intel chipset one, X38 is nice (and cheaper as well, I think!) and in the future you could go to 3870X2's in CrossFire if you feel so inclined! :) 
March 12, 2008 5:26:34 PM

You can use any card on any board providing its PCI-Express x16.

As for the better card... the 8800GTX seems awfully overpriced.
Why not consider a 8800GTS 512mb Overclocked model instead? That'd be cheaper than the ATi X2 card by quite a margin.

Ok so performance in some games will be better on the X2 card.. but for those that arent Crossfire optimised, the GTS will pull infront the majority of the time. Plus the GTS and the 780i board will give you the option of going SLi in the future.
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March 12, 2008 5:30:43 PM

LukeBird said:
I voted 3870X2 :) 
Bin the 780i board and go with an Intel chipset one, X38 is nice (and cheaper as well, I think!) and in the future you could go to 3870X2's in CrossFire if you feel so inclined! :) 


the only problem with picking a different motherboard is i need one that will support the Q9550 cpu out of the box without having to do a bios update, and so far 780i is the only one that lists as having support for the Q9550 out of the box.
March 12, 2008 5:31:44 PM

Oh and keep in mind these prices for the 2 cards are in Canadian.
March 12, 2008 8:18:38 PM

mpavao81 said:
the only problem with picking a different motherboard is i need one that will support the Q9550 cpu out of the box without having to do a bios update, and so far 780i is the only one that lists as having support for the Q9550 out of the box.

Sorry, I'm a little out of the loop on some of the Intel stuff, but I thought the X38 & X48 would support 45nm CPU's out of the box?
My choice would still be what I suggested, save $74CD on the GPU and more on the mobo.
Although if you do go nvidia, the 790i is a better choice than the 780i for the future :) 
March 12, 2008 8:28:50 PM

Get the 8800gts...

And keep the extra cash you have saved for the new cards in the summer...

The Gts will be able to play every game on high thats out/coming out in the next 6 months ( except Crysis)....

Pointless spening big on a 3870x2/9800gtx when they cant play the one game, you can play on high either ( Crysis)

March 12, 2008 8:39:35 PM

Meh, id wait. GX2 and X2 GDDR4 are just around the corner for the enthusiast segment.
March 12, 2008 8:53:04 PM

Hatman said:
Meh, id wait. GX2 and X2 GDDR4 are just around the corner for the enthusiast segment.

Yea the problem is though theres no good computer stores anywhere near me, my brother lives near tigerdirect/pccanada(In Toronto) and hes coming down at the end of the month23rd. I was going to give him the cash to buy the stuff i want and mail it back to me(since i dont have a credit card). So probably wont be able to wait till GX2 comes out i have about 2 weeks to decide on what parts i want. And my max limit on parts is $2200(canadian) which is for CPU/Motherboard/Video card/Ram/power supply
March 12, 2008 8:58:08 PM

LukeBird said:
Sorry, I'm a little out of the loop on some of the Intel stuff, but I thought the X38 & X48 would support 45nm CPU's out of the box?
My choice would still be what I suggested, save $74CD on the GPU and more on the mobo.
Although if you do go nvidia, the 790i is a better choice than the 780i for the future :) 


Most of the motherboards that are X38 i have checked require a bios update to support the Q9550 and problem is i dont have another 775 socket cpu to pop in to update the bios. My current cpu is socket 478 2.8ghz. and there are x48 motherboards that support the Q9550 out of the box but there DDR3 boards im going for DDR2 board. DDR3 is just too expensive.
March 12, 2008 9:20:59 PM

An 8800GTS (G92) will use less power/give off less heat and your eyes won't know it's not a GTX.
Saw it saleing for $220 USD a week ago.
March 12, 2008 9:25:48 PM

mpavao81 said:
Most of the motherboards that are X38 i have checked require a bios update to support the Q9550 and problem is i dont have another 775 socket cpu to pop in to update the bios. My current cpu is socket 478 2.8ghz. and there are x48 motherboards that support the Q9550 out of the box but there DDR3 boards im going for DDR2 board. DDR3 is just too expensive.

If you do go the X48 route, I'm sure Gigabyte are doing some with DDR2 instead of DDR3 support :) 
With regard to flashing BIOS, not sure on that one!
Oh and the other thing, it depends very much on what resolution you play at.
On a single GTX I could play Crysis at high with 8x AA & AF @ 1280x1024. :) 
March 12, 2008 9:27:08 PM

ZOldDude said:
An 8800GTS (G92) will use less power/give off less heat and your eyes won't know it's not a GTX.
Saw it saleing for $220 USD a week ago.


I could afford 2 8800GTS, but would a 780PSU be strong enough for the 8800gts?
March 12, 2008 10:47:35 PM

mpavao81 said:
I could afford 2 8800GTS, but would a 780PSU be strong enough for the 8800gts?


Should do...

What make is it?

Best bang for buck imo is a 2 by 8800gt for $380....

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...

Overclock both cards to the max and you will be beating a 3870x2/9800gx2 by a nice bit...

March 12, 2008 10:52:12 PM

dos1986 said:
Should do...

What make is it?

Best bang for buck imo is a 2 by 8800gt for $380....

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...

Overclock both cards to the max and you will be beating a 3870x2/9800gx2 by a nice bit...



the PSU is OCZ and the 2 8800gts are BFG. But to be on the safe side ill pitch in another $30 to get a 900watt OCZ PSU. and correct me if im wrong but are 2 8800GTS faster than 2 8800GT
March 12, 2008 11:14:02 PM

dev1se said:
You can use any card on any board providing its PCI-Express x16.

As for the better card... the 8800GTX seems awfully overpriced.
Why not consider a 8800GTS 512mb Overclocked model instead? That'd be cheaper than the ATi X2 card by quite a margin.

Ok so performance in some games will be better on the X2 card.. but for those that arent Crossfire optimised, the GTS will pull infront the majority of the time. Plus the GTS and the 780i board will give you the option of going SLi in the future.

Not really because most games are crossfire optimized. If the 8800GTS beat it in most of the time, I don't think the 3870X2 would cost $400 bucks. Do you? :hello:  :lol: 
March 12, 2008 11:56:29 PM

GOD crysis is rotting peoples minds.... its before its time, those cards will overkill any other game and that to some is well worth it.
March 13, 2008 12:28:20 AM

aznstriker92 said:
Not really because most games are crossfire optimized. If the 8800GTS beat it in most of the time, I don't think the 3870X2 would cost $400 bucks. Do you? :hello:  :lol: 

it actually does when your talking canadian funds.
March 13, 2008 12:31:00 AM

I think im going to go with 2 8800gts in sli and up the power supply to a 900 watt supply, hopefully thats enough for 2 8800gts.
March 13, 2008 12:05:10 PM

mpavao81 said:
I think im going to go with 2 8800gts in sli and up the power supply to a 900 watt supply, hopefully thats enough for 2 8800gts.

More than enough!
Look at what I'm running in my sig, that's on a CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 850W :) 
And my GTXs will draw a fair whack more juice than the GTSs! :) 
March 13, 2008 1:32:54 PM

You don't need a 900 watt PSU, I'd bet the 700watt OCZ should be enough. Especially if it is the Gamexstream model.
March 13, 2008 1:43:06 PM

aznstriker92 said:
Not really because most games are crossfire optimized. If the 8800GTS beat it in most of the time, I don't think the 3870X2 would cost $400 bucks. Do you? :hello:  :lol: 


I dont see what you find so funny there since the FPS charts for Crysis show your 'so great' X2 card almost get beaten by a 9600GT.

Hardly optimised.

The X2 isnt good value for money if you want to play Crysis.
March 13, 2008 2:24:23 PM

San Pedro said:
You don't need a 900 watt PSU, I'd bet the 700watt OCZ should be enough. Especially if it is the Gamexstream model.



I was looking at either the
OCZ ModXStream Power 780W http://www.pccanada.com/viewitem.asp?id=6970

or

OCZ ModXStream Power 900W http://www.pccanada.com/viewitem.asp?id=6971

I going with the modstream for the modular cabling, its one of the things i hate about my current system is that the power supply has a butt load of cables and even with twist ties theres just too many cables. its the biggest thing that has bugged me about me current system over the years. And i dont think ill got with the GTX i remember seeing how big it was in my brothers system, and he had to move his hard drive to get it to fit, and still just barely fit, so not sure if GTX will even fit in my system. I might be mistaken but i think the 8800GTS is a bit shorter.

and keep in mind for my planned system i am going to have:
2 8800GTS OC in sli(i think)
Zalman CNPS9700
Q9550(if it ever comes out grrrr)
EVGA 780i motherboard.
OCZ 4Gb PC2-6400 DDR2 Dual Channel Reaper CL4 HPC Edition
150GB raptor SATA
74GB Raptor SATA
400GB Seagate SATA
40GB Maxtor IDE(Only use this drive to install windows then get drivers and everything installed and image over to raptor,rest of time its disconnected)
16x Dual layer plextor drive IDE
16x LG litescribe dual layer drive IDE
Audigy 2 platinum
1 floppy drive
also have 5 case fans and a hard drive cooler with 3 little fans in the bottom bay for my raptor.

So i dont know if i should go for the 900watt to be on the safe side or do you think 780 is good enough.
And i hope this will be a decent build for a gaming/video editing machine.
March 13, 2008 4:48:16 PM

So as long as nothing new comes out in the next 3 weeks i think i have my system and everything planned out perfectly now. I should be set :) 
March 13, 2008 10:36:04 PM

But new hardware is coming out in the next 3 weeks. Dont rush into buying anything, cos the stuff ur considering now will drop in price!
March 13, 2008 10:48:15 PM

I think I'll go for the 9800GTX looking at that, and at those prices... I were considering a 8800GTS but if the 9800GTX is a little quicker at stock speeds I'm sure after an O.C it'll do quite nicely.
March 13, 2008 10:53:02 PM

Yeah right nvidia wont release it for that low......
March 13, 2008 11:00:27 PM

vaker5 said:
Yeah right nvidia wont release it for that low......


Looks to be true...

Its on pre order in Germany for €270, so about $320 in the states...

March 13, 2008 11:02:02 PM

8800GTS could now go to $220, and $8800GT to $170, 9600gt to $140...


March 13, 2008 11:06:09 PM

dev1se said:
I think I'll go for the 9800GTX looking at that, and at those prices... I were considering a 8800GTS but if the 9800GTX is a little quicker at stock speeds I'm sure after an O.C it'll do quite nicely.


What card do you have now Dev1se?



March 13, 2008 11:08:55 PM

dev1se said:
But new hardware is coming out in the next 3 weeks. Dont rush into buying anything, cos the stuff ur considering now will drop in price!


kind of have to rush, i have to make my decision on my system build by March 23/ the 24 at the very latest. But if something comes out better by the 23rd for same price ill get it.
March 13, 2008 11:44:44 PM

The 9800GX2 launches in the next few days, but you probably want the 9800GTX which comes out about March 23rd but if 4 or 5 days will kill you get the 8800GTS(512)
March 14, 2008 4:16:08 AM

dos1986 said:
What card do you have now Dev1se?


At the minute Im playing about with an XFX 8600GT 256mb, just getting the best overclock I can and then I'll sell it.

Although in past months I've owned the following setups:

Summer 07 - 2 x 2600XT DDR4 in Crossfire mode (scaled well!) SOLD THEM
Autumn 07 - HD2900PRO (then 2 for Crossfire but they were baba) SOLD THEM
Winter 07 - 8800GT (then 2 for SLi mode) SOLD THEM

Since selling the 8800s I had a bad BIOS flash on my mobo so had to replace it (turns out a blessing in disguise as the X38 mobo beats my 680i hands down) but means no more SLi.

Been using a 7950GT until last week but I prefer the 8600GT O.C... overclocked @ 700/1450/1500 from stock of 540/1188/1400.
March 14, 2008 5:10:05 PM

gamecrazychris said:
The 9800GX2 launches in the next few days, but you probably want the 9800GTX which comes out about March 23rd but if 4 or 5 days will kill you get the 8800GTS(512)



4 or 5 days wont be a problem, as long as its out on before 23rd of march.
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