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9800GTX worth the step up from EVGA?

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April 1, 2008 3:29:09 PM

Hey guys is it worth $100 to step from an 8800GTS (G92) 512mb to a 9800GTX ?

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April 1, 2008 3:35:19 PM

Certainly not, in my opinion.
8800gt would be the upper limit of a card that I would consider stepping up from, considering shipping prices and delays.
April 1, 2008 3:35:23 PM

The 9800GTX is just a slightly faster GTS(G92). Almost identical structure and just marginally faster. Keep the GTS
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April 1, 2008 8:22:32 PM

I'm thinking about it, but when I heard that they are as loud as they are, I backed off. I still have 80ish days to think about it, I guess.
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2008 11:13:07 AM

Same dilema here. I saw some benchmarks and thought that the little increase in performance might be worth upgrade, but then I saw the price of shipping back and forth the card ... total ~45$ :/ .

Anyone tried the new 174.74 drivers on their 8800GTS and saw performance increase? Maybe half the gain is drivers ...
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I also saw this post regarding a setting called 'Maximum pre-rendered frames', might be worth trying.
April 2, 2008 1:25:33 PM

The 9800GTX is just a factory overclocked 8800GTS 512MB with a new cooler and the option for tri-SLI

so no
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2008 1:27:55 PM

I think the new 9800GTX overclocks better, is it only because of the extra cooler?
April 2, 2008 2:02:07 PM

Well I am about to build a new computer in the next 2 weeks so would it be a good idea to get the 9800 GTX over the 8800GTS? I can get the 9800 GTX for 240 at work and we dont sell the G92 GTS at work so no go on that discount.
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2008 2:23:47 PM

@cmmcnamara
I think you should go for it. There is no "disadvantage" to the 9800GTX, it's just that there is no advantage either :/ . The only "annoyances" you may encounter is the size (card longer that the GTS) and the requires dual 6-pin connector on top (GTS only requires 1).
April 2, 2008 2:39:47 PM

Ahhh. Yea I was leaning toward spending the extra cash for a 8800GTX because of the larger memory bus but once I seen that the 9800GTX comes out on top for the most part from the review, I'm just gonna SLI two of these suckers for about $480. Gotta love working retail electronics :D 
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2008 2:42:13 PM

well if u have 80 days left wait till the price drops then get it later on. Its around the 8800ultra but with a slight overclock it will surpass it. Ive heard the card overclocks like hell, wonder how much i can push it with my water cooling sys. i ordered mine yesterday should be coming in tom.
April 2, 2008 2:45:48 PM

The 9800GTX should overclock further than the 512MB 8800GTS, but given the same clocks and the same driver (174.74) the two should yield identical performance. You should easily be able to reach a core clock of 675MHz on your 8800GTS, but hitting 1100MHz on the memory might be too much. Still, the performance difference due to the difference in memory clocks is not significant enough to warrant an upgrade.

In short, no, it is not worth $100 to Step-Up from a 512MB 8800GTS to a 9800GTX.

As for the "there is no disadvantage to the 9800GTX" argument, I strongly disagree. The 9800GTX is absolutely disadvantaged by its significantly higher price tag in comparison to the almost identical 512MB 8800GTS.
April 2, 2008 4:36:35 PM

Zenthar said:
I think you should go for it. There is no "disadvantage" to the 9800GTX, it's just that there is no advantage either :/ . The only "annoyances" you may encounter is the size (card longer that the GTS) and the requires dual 6-pin connector on top (GTS only requires 1).


Yeah, but for a $100 cost????
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2008 4:44:03 PM

Sorry for the confusion, I was answering cmmcnamara (I will edit my post).

For 100$ step-up, hell no; it would cost me about 45$ and I'm not sure it would worth it, so ...
April 2, 2008 4:48:15 PM

If you are into extreme overclocking and watercooling then it might be worth it for $45, but otherwise I still say no.
April 2, 2008 4:58:04 PM

Zenthar said:
There is no "disadvantage" to the 9800GTX, it's just that there is no advantage either :/ .


Not looking at a money standpoint, this is a great point! When you toss money in, things get more jumbled of course, but as a new build, 9800GTX is not a bad investment...it's not like the price of the 8800GTXes and 8800Ultras when they were new...it's quite "reasonable."
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2008 5:09:08 PM

Waspy said:
Not looking at a money standpoint, this is a great point! When you toss money in, things get more jumbled of course, but as a new build, 9800GTX is not a bad investment...it's not like the price of the 8800GTXes and 8800Ultras when they were new...it's quite "reasonable."
If cmmcnamara can get them for 240$, I think the monetary argument can be ignored.
a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2008 5:25:24 PM

truehighroller said:
I can get my evga8800gts 512 on air as high as 820/2008/2206...,
3DMARK06 Compare link, http://service.futuremark.com/resu [...] ultType=14

3DMARK Forums link that shows my "truehighroller" card settings and a nifty little single card champ next to my name.
http://futuremark.yougamers.com/fo [...] hp?t=33913
Any voltage modifications to your card? What brand was your card and what kind of cooler did you use?
April 2, 2008 5:36:48 PM

No volt mods, evga, Thermalright gt, That was for benching but, I can run it at 802,1903, 2100, 24/7
April 2, 2008 5:50:34 PM

The Nvidia 9 series is a new generation in name only. The 9 series uses the same GPU as the 8800GT and 8800GTS-512.

IMO they are not worth the extra money. The best price/performance right now is the 512MB 8800GT. For about $200 (and as low as $159 if you get a good sale or rebate) the 8800GT gives you better performance than the 9600GT and is only slightly slower than the 8800GTS/GTX or 9800GTX.

Look at the benchmarks in the latest THG 9800GTX review and ask yourself if the few extra FPS is worth the extra $100-$200...

About the only way the 9800GTX make sense is if you were planning to buy a 8800-Ultra - then the 9800GTX may be a better choice.
a b U Graphics card
April 3, 2008 2:01:54 AM

I did some tests and you guys might want to see the results :D . Opened another thread since it is not directly related.

I guess the 9800GTX is even less interesting to me now ... :/ .
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