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Which is a better value for the money?

Total: 43 votes (5 blank votes)

  • 9600GT for $135
  • 24 %
  • 8800GT for $160
  • 77 %
March 17, 2008 3:43:58 PM

If you follow slickdeals.net there have been a lot of deals for video cards lately, I missed out on the 8800 GTS (G92) for $180, these are the best current deals, which do you think is the better buy? I have a 22 inch ws monitor (1680x1050). Thanks for your opinions.

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March 17, 2008 3:49:37 PM

24" = 8800gts

22" = 8800gt

19"= 9600gt

March 17, 2008 4:08:50 PM

What Dos said....

Mind, 8800GTS on 19" would be nice too for extra eye candy.
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March 17, 2008 4:20:30 PM

Either is great for the money but I'd go 8800GT for 16x10 native gaming if you can afford it. If it's a stretch, the 9600GT is a very good option too. For 12x10 or 14x9, the $110 8800GS is a winner too IMO.
March 17, 2008 4:25:19 PM

Is that 8800GT of the 256MB or 512MB variety?
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March 17, 2008 5:33:14 PM

^ good point, avoid the 256MB 8800GT. Not worth much considering other cards/prices out now.
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March 17, 2008 5:38:17 PM

I would say the 9600GT is the better "value" however for the price of the 8800GT it's worth the extra$$. I actually think the GTS is worth the extra just for the cooling, but if you are on a budget you have certain options.

The 9600GT seems to scale well in SLI to and is a cheap highend solution. 2 9600gt's in SLI kill an ULTRA anyday.
March 17, 2008 5:58:28 PM

Link me to this cheap card please. I am purchasing one in coming days.
March 17, 2008 6:06:30 PM

is PNY known for making good cards?
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March 17, 2008 6:13:23 PM

Ehh. I bought one from walmart for my sister like 4 years ago. But really if you are going for a Gamer card.. stick with the companies that the gamers use... XFX, eVGA, etc. Their warranties are more "friendly" than others.
March 17, 2008 6:22:54 PM

Well I was originally going to get the evga from newegg, but this price just seems too good to pass up.
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March 17, 2008 6:27:53 PM

portal said:
Well I was originally going to get the evga from newegg, but this price just seems too good to pass up.

You get what you pay for... Just remember that. I rather get a good deal with a reputable manufacturer from a reputable place.
March 17, 2008 6:30:06 PM

Ok based on history, do you think the 8800 will drop in price this week?
March 17, 2008 6:31:55 PM

My 9600GT is serving me well so far *touchwood*.

I know the 8800GT is a little more money, and a little bit better, but I got a good price on the 9600GT (£30 cheaper), and I spent the difference on a new hard drive. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a 9600GT again, but if the 8800GT 512 just fits in your budget then buy it.
March 17, 2008 6:32:40 PM

8800gt 512 unless you're hell bent on saving $30.
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March 17, 2008 6:38:05 PM

Buy within your budget. To me $30 is not a biggie. To someone else $30 is a whole days work. Both cards are an outstanding buy.
March 17, 2008 6:55:05 PM

_visual said:
My 9600GT is serving me well so far *touchwood*.

:o  ... :ange: 
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March 17, 2008 7:06:39 PM

homerdog said:
:o  ... :ange: 

At least he's not touching cloth. :lol: 
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March 17, 2008 7:15:58 PM

I was wondering how long it would take the Monkey to show up.
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March 17, 2008 7:18:58 PM

:lol:  Like when your breakfast won't flush, I'm always floating.
March 17, 2008 7:21:01 PM

dos1986 said:
24" = 8800gts

22" = 8800gt

19"= 9600gt

same ^
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March 17, 2008 7:25:09 PM

Mousemonkey said:
:lol:  Like when your breakfast won't flush, I'm always floating.

You beat my blueberry muffin to the surface. It hasn't made a reappearance yet. haha. You are never allowed to change your Avatar though.


dos1986 said:
24" = 8800gts

22" = 8800gt

19"= 9600gt

I sorta dissagree. the 8800gt and 8800gts aren't much different in performance, it's more cooling than anything. The 9600Gt is under the 8800GT though but priced well. You can't really but a screen or resolution size on any of those 3 cards. Each game will run different depending on requirements.
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March 17, 2008 7:25:56 PM

kpo6969 said:
same ^

Quite a good rule of thumb I thought, for the time being at least.
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March 17, 2008 7:35:50 PM

jay2tall said:
You beat my blueberry muffin to the surface. It hasn't made a reappearance yet. haha. You are never allowed to change your Avatar though.

It could be a while before I find another passport photo that I'm happy with :lol: 
March 17, 2008 7:48:52 PM

8800GT is better choice in my opinion than 9600GT...
Card is just faster in high resolotions and it will hold longer than 9600 soo...
March 17, 2008 8:21:20 PM

UT3 runs completely smooth at 1920x1200 with all the options turned all the way up for me with my 9600 GT SSC.
March 17, 2008 9:44:34 PM

portal said:
is PNY known for making good cards?


I personally own a PNY Graphics card (7800GT), and have never had any issues with it. It looks nice, performs well, and their customer support is still on a "personal" level because they are not as large as the other manufacturers. I called tech support at one point because I thought I was getting freezing from my video card (it eventually linked to my sound card), they immediatelly sent me to 2nd level support, and I was offered to have the video card replaced via cross-ship, or if I wanted to I could have upgraded to a higher model for a little extra $$$ (this was a card I bought used on Ebay!!!!). Hopefully this answers your questions about PNY; they seemed to be quite well-rounded for customer support in my eyes.

I have also dealt with XFX, and BFGTech; they are amazing for RMA / Warranty as well. Asus = not so much, long replacement etc, poor customer support, etc... They seem to be too large now.

Best Regards,

dg6464
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March 17, 2008 10:03:55 PM

dg6464 said:
I personally own a PNY Graphics card (7800GT), and have never had any issues with it. It looks nice, performs well, and their customer support is still on a "personal" level because they are not as large as the other manufacturers. I called tech support at one point because I thought I was getting freezing from my video card (it eventually linked to my sound card), they immediatelly sent me to 2nd level support, and I was offered to have the video card replaced via cross-ship, or if I wanted to I could have upgraded to a higher model for a little extra $$$ (this was a card I bought used on Ebay!!!!). Hopefully this answers your questions about PNY; they seemed to be quite well-rounded for customer support in my eyes.

Great first hand story there. Thanks for sharing. Builds a little more confidence in them as a graphics card manufacturer.
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March 17, 2008 10:04:23 PM

Mousemonkey said:
It could be a while before I find another passport photo that I'm happy with :lol: 

Ever see the movie OUTBREAK? haha
March 17, 2008 10:45:06 PM

dos1986 said:
24" = 8800gts

22" = 8800gt

19"= 9600gt



eh, I would say an 8800GTS 512MB for the 22" too, especially if you want to run it at the full native res. But yes, thats a good way of putting it :) . As far as I know PNY is not that great of a company for graphics cards (Though a lot of people have still had good luck with their cards). They should stick to making cheap flash drives IMO! Stick to good companies that come factory overclocked, it's generally worth it. BFG Technologies is personally my favorite company for graphics cards, but XFX and eVga are good too. EVGA is probably the most popular for a reason... though I personally dislike them, and would rather spend the extra $$ to support BFG :p . EVGA's cards are really ugly too imo ;) . XFX is up there, but they often make lots of different models for a single chip, which vary in quality and factory overclocking. Many of their cards have fans that run always at 100%, which is loud and a waste, so I would keep an eye out for the ones that have variable fans! I don't like XFX either... because their headquarters is in Hong Kong... whereas BFG and EVGA is in California. I'm really picky :p .

EDIT: WTF all of BFGs 8800 cards went up by like $50 today on newegg. Nooo I was gonna buy a 8800GTS 512MB from them! Looks like an EVGA is yer poison.
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March 17, 2008 10:50:17 PM

jay2tall said:
Ever see the movie OUTBREAK? haha

And I thought he was a cousin of those guys ummm ya know, sheesh its so easy even a .....
March 17, 2008 11:09:28 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Compare the two cards based upon actual tests here:

http://www.hothardware.com/Articles/Nvidia_GeForce_9600...

Crysis @ 1680 x 1050
8800 GT - 22.88
9600 GT - 21.71
9600 GT SLI - 37.70

I trust your quoted figures.

Unfortunately I have been trained to trust published benchmarks as much as I trust CNN and Fox News.

Benchmarks serve their purpose, but they are not an accurate representation of how pleasurable your gaming experience will be,
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March 18, 2008 12:54:40 PM

homerdog said:
I trust your quoted figures.

Unfortunately I have been trained to trust published benchmarks as much as I trust CNN and Fox News.

Benchmarks serve their purpose, but they are not an accurate representation of how pleasurable your gaming experience will be,


I find CNN and Fox to be worlds apart on opinion but there's really no difference in respect to what they report as fact. As far as I know, they have both been right about who won each election for governor in all 50 states, the guy they said won the presidential election does sit in the white house, and they each correctly reported who won the last world series as far back as I can remember.

A game benchmark is simply a "section" or a game or barometer of how long it takes to play that section. These sections are chosen to give as wide as possible set of conditions given that the benchmark must be limited to a reasonable length of time to complete. As such, if a particular card or driver particularly benefits from certain individual coding techniques, that game may put a slight weight to the card it favors. But, to my mind, a Crysis benchmark gives a pretty good indication of how fast a card will run Crysis, and AutoCAD benchmark gives a pretty good indication of how fast a card will run AutoCAD. So I wouldn't say that one benchmark test is something to base a selection on. But when ya compare two cards in 20 benchmarks ond one wins 19 outta 20, well to me, with a 19 to 1 advantage, I'd say it's pretty much a done deal as to which one is going to be fastest in most situations.

Of course, speed is not the only criteria to judge by. Back in the old days, I'd put Diamond cards in game machines and Matrox cards in multimedia machines as the Matrox cards had better color accuracy, but were generally slower than the Diamond's.....so if the main job was photo editing, the Matrox made more sense. CAD boxes on the other hand seemed to work best with gaming cards unless of course you were able to spring for one of the $2500+ imaging monsters. As for a certain web sites mandate that only subjective testing should be used, to me that just seems an excuse to play favorites.
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March 18, 2008 5:34:13 PM

jay2tall said:
Ever see the movie OUTBREAK? haha

Is that the one with the killer apes stalking the collage kids?
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March 18, 2008 5:46:49 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Is that the one with the killer apes stalking the collage kids?

No its the one with a pet monkey that was imported for a pet that carried a disease created as a biological weapon that eventually becomes airborne and infects a whole town that a few military officials want to firebomb in order to keep it a secret.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outbreak_(movie)
March 18, 2008 5:50:01 PM

Dustin Hoffman was in that I think?
March 18, 2008 5:59:10 PM

84" = 9800gx2


24" = 8800gts


22" = 8800gt


19"= 9600gt
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March 18, 2008 6:08:54 PM

jay2tall said:
No its the one with a pet monkey that was imported for a pet that carried a disease created as a biological weapon that eventually becomes airborne and infects a whole town that a few military officials want to firebomb in order to keep it a secret.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outbreak_(movie)

The bit about the kid playing with a monkey that gets shot with a dart seems to ring bells, but it would have been a while ago probably a late night on the Sci-Fi channel.
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March 18, 2008 7:32:14 PM

kpo6969 said:
Dustin Hoffman was in that I think?

He was and Morgan Freeman who is one of my fav actors
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March 18, 2008 9:31:47 PM

Kataklyzm said:
84" = 9800gx2

24" = 8800gts

22" = 8800gt

19"= 9600gt


You mean:

42" = 9800GX2

84" = Tri-Sli
June 15, 2008 4:25:46 AM

8800GT will certainly last longer than 9600gt.

say you get six months' extra use before the card has to be got rid of plus better performance compared to 9600GT for now .
June 15, 2008 10:09:38 AM

look dude ,

I've bought the NX8800 GT by MSI ,
I think its a real good card to buy , I play the Area 51 on maximum Resolution and its seems great ,
there are only 2 problems with this kind of card,
first its length which is 23 c"m ( I think - but its a huge card.)
second the heat it polls out .

but I must say I really enjoy this card ,
i am going to buy crysis soon and see more how powerful this card is .

Best Regards,
Noam
November 13, 2009 6:33:03 PM

jay2tall said:
I would say the 9600GT is the better "value" however for the price of the 8800GT it's worth the extra$$. I actually think the GTS is worth the extra just for the cooling, but if you are on a budget you have certain options.

The 9600GT seems to scale well in SLI to and is a cheap highend solution. 2 9600gt's in SLI kill an ULTRA anyday.


Thats right. The 9600 gt 512mb Kills in SLI.
Better to have two 9600gt's then 1 8800gt's.
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November 13, 2009 7:00:11 PM

dsoxblade said:
Thats right. The 9600 gt 512mb Kills in SLI.
Better to have two 9600gt's then 1 8800gt's.


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