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8500gt or HD2600 pro?

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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2008 10:17:30 PM

Neither. Go to at LEAST an 8600gt if gaming. However if gaming on a budget, an 8800 gs or 9600gt would probably be a lot better choice.
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March 22, 2008 12:04:01 AM

My friend is gonna use it to play UT3.
March 22, 2008 1:02:26 AM

Both of those cards are a little lightweight for UT3, the 2600 Pro listed is the better card but will suffer from only having DDR2 not DDR3 memory.
For around $15 more you can get a Pallit 8600GT or Pallit 2600 Pro both with DDR3 memory that will handle UT3 fine at 1024x768 / 1280x1024 with medium detail levels.
OhioU_Gradmentions the 9600GT, this will run UT3 at 1920x1200 with everything on high/no AA but might be a little out of your price range.
a b U Graphics card
March 22, 2008 1:18:29 AM

2600 pro over 8500GT. I have a 2600 pro which is ok at low res for most games. I have not tried UT3 though. And while I value the iceQ cooler, for the same price your friend could get a much faster 2600XT:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SHow him this, and he can see that HD2600XT > 8600GT > 2600 Pro > 8500GT for UT3. http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3128&p=4


And notice how lame the Geforce 7 series does in this game (and other new ones too). The 2600XT keeps up with the once mighty 7900GTX. And the 2600 pro actually manages to best the 7900GT and 7900GS. http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=693&p=5
March 22, 2008 1:18:34 AM

stuart72 said:
Both of those cards are a little lightweight for UT3, the 2600 Pro listed is the better card but will suffer from only having DDR2 not DDR3 memory.
For around $15 more you can get a Pallit 8600GT or Pallit 2600 Pro both with DDR3 memory that will handle UT3 fine at 1024x768 / 1280x1024 with medium detail levels.
OhioU_Gradmentions the 9600GT, this will run UT3 at 1920x1200 with everything on high/no AA but might be a little out of your price range.


I agree. There not bad cards but thats $60-80 that can be put towards a much better card being a 9600GT. A little bit more saving and your friend wont be disappointed.
March 22, 2008 1:39:44 AM

Thanks guys I'll show him the 2600xt.
March 22, 2008 4:04:29 PM

Nvidia 9500GT 256MB(G96) (32SP CORE:650/SP:1625/MEM:1600mhz) is coming out by the way.with added feature.and from review it perform better than 8600GT but just a little bit under 8800GTS very close in fact,but overclock the 9500GT should outrun 8600gts(core:675/sp:1450/mem:2000) easily.

choice is yours
March 22, 2008 8:07:11 PM

Ahh I don't like the sound of the 9500GT, usually Nvidia uses that name to trick people into thinking that its a good card. 32SP is the same as 8600 series. NO WAY in hell is it a bit under the 8800GTS what the heck are you thinking?
I don't know about out running the 8600GTS too easily.
March 22, 2008 10:19:14 PM

sorry my mistake again!i mean 8600GTS.because the "new gen" G9x core architecture is an improved version of the G8x core,so now its more efficient than the old G8x series.so given the same clock speed.the 9500GT will perform better than the 8600GTS.But i do have one concern about the memory speed though.
March 23, 2008 9:16:50 PM

Update: He decided to throw more money into it and is getting the 8800gs. Thanks guys! I'll let y'all know how it runs.
March 23, 2008 9:27:00 PM

mactronix said:
The 8500 isnt far from intergrated.

Mactronix


I bet to differ.. I have a MSI 8500GT O.C Model here... and as standard is gets 5.9 & 5.4 on Vista rating... and overclocks to the hilts!

I'll benchmark it shortly on 3DM06 and see how it does.
March 23, 2008 10:02:44 PM


Standard clocks 600 / 1560 / 1200


Overclocked GPU 600 > 700 / Shaders 1560 > 1750 / DDR3 1200 > 1400

Not a bad score for a single card costing £40. I'd like to test in SLi to see how they fare but only have the one card to hand.
March 23, 2008 11:02:42 PM

Not bad for a weak card. Glad the OP didn't get it.
March 23, 2008 11:23:55 PM

Yeah its always best to throw a little more money in and get a model or two up...

This 8500GT will do fine for anyone on low resolutions on titles from a couple years ago.
March 24, 2008 5:15:26 AM

didnt he already made the purchase?lol
a c 130 U Graphics card
March 24, 2008 7:20:56 AM

dev1se said:
I bet to differ.. I have a MSI 8500GT O.C Model here... and as standard is gets 5.9 & 5.4 on Vista rating... and overclocks to the hilts!

I'll benchmark it shortly on 3DM06 and see how it does.


Man you really must have been at a loose end :) 
Mactronix
March 24, 2008 7:38:42 AM

the vista benchmark is nothing realistic.so forget it.
March 24, 2008 12:38:30 PM

People claiming 8500GT's are only just better than integrated are more wrong than I am for saying they're not much worse than some mid-range models. A score of 5000 is rather good and that's without O.C'ing the CPU.
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