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April 3, 2008 9:23:39 PM

I'm placing an order tonight. I'm trying to decide between the ASUS EAH 3870 512 and the EVGA GeForce 8800GT.

I have an ASUS P5W DH Deluxe mobo, 2 gigs of RAM, and a Core 2 Duo E6600. My PSU is a PC Power and Cooler Quad 750.

I'm never going to Crossfire or SLI so I'm not an ATI or Nvidia fanboy. I'm looking for something that'll last a few years.

Thanks for the advice.

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April 3, 2008 9:58:43 PM

What resolution do you play at? At 1280 x 1024 or less either will be fine.

GinoS said:
I'm looking for something that'll last a few years.


Well then you have to get the 8800GT, as it's simply more powerful, and therefore more future proof.

Also the HD3870 is dual slot, whilst the eVGA 8800Gt is only a single slot.
April 3, 2008 10:04:37 PM

8800GT is simply better and it should be OK at that res for a while yet.
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April 24, 2008 8:29:29 PM

Future proof you said huh?
I'd say wait a few eeks and get a Radeon 4850 512mbs or faster if you can =]
April 26, 2008 12:36:20 AM

I'd agree but instead suggest a 4870
April 26, 2008 12:36:43 AM

how bout u get a PS3 instead, nah j/p
April 26, 2008 3:47:23 PM

I think the 3870 is built better. I am not a fan of build of the 8800 (G92), especially the GT. It looks like a budget card from 3 years ago. I decided to go with two Asus 9600GT Silent, since I really wasn't thrilled with any of the high end cards. I think the ATI looks like a beefy card. I know looks shouldn't be that big of an issue, but it is to me. It seems the new 88s are not built to last like the old ones. The new GTS not bad, the GT is pretty flimsy. I also installed on in my nephews computer with identical components to mine except card. I had the old 8800GTS (G80). His doesn't outperform mine at least not in Crysis. In fact I think my numbers are better a higher res. If I were to go with an 8800GT, it would be the egva Akimbo. The Akimbo costs more but has an excellent cooling system and overclocks really well. Or do like I did and get a 9600gt save your money for the next gen.
April 26, 2008 3:55:35 PM

cisco said:
I think the 3870 is built better. I am not a fan of build of the 8800 (G92), especially the GT. It looks like a budget card from 3 years ago. I decided to go with two Asus 9600GT Silent, since I really wasn't thrilled with any of the high end cards. I think the ATI looks like a beefy card. I know looks shouldn't be that big of an issue, but it is to me. It seems the new 88s are not built to last like the old ones. The new GTS not bad, the GT is pretty flimsy. I also installed on in my nephews computer with identical components to mine except card. I had the old 8800GTS (G80). His doesn't outperform mine at least not in Crysis. In fact I think my numbers are better a higher res. If I were to go with an 8800GT, it would be the egva Akimbo. The Akimbo costs more but has an excellent cooling system and overclocks really well. Or do like I did and get a 9600gt save your money for the next gen.



The 3870 is definately not built better. It suffers from major bottlenecking issues. How did they manage to get a gpu with so such high floating point capacity and raw processing power to perform so poorly? It's such a shame. The 4870, with twice the TMUs, should ease this bottleneck, and we may finally get to see what it's supposed to do.

In performance, 3870 is identical to 9600gt, and slower than 8800gt and g92 8800gts. g92 8800 gts is the best bang for the buck right now at $169.99 after MIR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ideally, wait for 4870 or possibly 9900.
April 26, 2008 4:06:18 PM

8800GT!
OR
Wait till the 9900s or the 4800s come out, then everything's gonna change, and prices are going to fall... Hehehe...
April 26, 2008 4:07:44 PM

romulus47plus1 said:
8800GT!
OR
Wait till the 9800s or the 4800s come out, then everything's gonna change, and prices are going to fall... Hehehe...



You mean 9900s. 9800gtx is already out, and as you can see from this benchmark against the g92 8800gts...
http://en.expreview.com/2008/04/03/geforce-9800gtx-revi...
April 26, 2008 5:06:08 PM

Sorry dagger, typo mistake...
April 27, 2008 1:31:06 AM

dagger you really love showing that benchmark around, just thrashing that 9800series card. Makes you feel better about that G92 hamburger you got in that PCi-Express slot doesnt it?
April 27, 2008 1:34:05 AM

DarthPiggie said:
dagger you really love showing that benchmark around, just thrashing that 9800series card. Makes you feel better about that G92 hamburger you got in that PCi-Express slot doesnt it?

Yep, hamburger is yummy. :p 
April 27, 2008 2:08:39 AM

but its really bad for your health(im a health nut :bounce:  )
April 27, 2008 2:41:36 AM

Yea, You really have to keep fit since your a Darth...
April 27, 2008 2:48:28 AM

And your a romulus, founder of ROme
April 27, 2008 2:54:22 AM

Yea, thank you...
I guess I'm the one who has to keep fit, since there's no such thing as liposuction in my era...
April 27, 2008 3:02:00 AM

lmfao. Dude I loved RTW.
April 27, 2008 3:44:23 AM

What me too. KOTOR got me into it. KOTOR was hot, Sith Lords was better despite the craptacular ending and cut content.
April 27, 2008 4:15:21 AM

I'd love to be a darth too...
April 27, 2008 4:28:42 AM

howbout darth wapprentice I.e. Force Unleashed. Good-Side is too canon-cal
April 27, 2008 4:38:42 AM

After thinking abit, now I'd like to be Yoda...
April 27, 2008 4:42:00 AM

i cant really see how someone so small can make cool moves, hes always jumping about, and how he can anticipate moves with his head against the enemy is beyond me. Obi-wanna-wack-off right now.
April 27, 2008 5:04:08 AM

it was a good joke
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