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XFX 9800 GTX vs 8800 GTS 512 - Need help!

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April 19, 2008 1:30:11 PM

Okay.. So I am looking at two different VGA cards and I just can't make up my mind. I'd like some help on how much of a difference there actually is between these two graphic cards!!

I have read reviews about the 9800 gtx just being a slightly upgraded version of the 8800 GTS 512. So perhaps I should go for the 8800 instead! But, I am confused because the VGA card is the ONE thing you just should not be cheap about. I know that.

I currently have a x1950 pro and I am building a completely new machine.
So I need to know this..


Here are the specifications for the two cards. Please tell me if the difference is big.

8800 GTS 512 MB GDDR3 RAM
650 MHZ, 1.94 GHz
Price: 340$

9800 GTX 512 MB GDDR3 SDRAM
760 MHZ, 2.3 GHZ, (Limited edition from XFX)
Price: 552$

The prices are Danish and will be higher than in other countries because private people have to pay an additional 25% tax on everything.

Is the additional amount of money worth it for this LIMITED EDITION CARD!?
April 19, 2008 1:37:10 PM

I dont see any reason to spend 200+ more dollars on a 9800 gtx. Get the 8800 gts.
April 19, 2008 2:25:16 PM

+1 Too bad, Newegg has the EVGA 9800GTX KO for $279 (US) after Promo code. The EVGA 8800 GTS 512 KO is $219 with MIR. In that case I would grab the 9800GTX. Cooler and OCs a little higher.
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April 19, 2008 2:28:26 PM

Yeah for an extra $60 i'd think about it.
April 19, 2008 2:43:34 PM

Unless you are interested in 3-way SLI or HybridPower (something that no LGA775 motherboards support at the moment) get the 8800GTS. You can overclock the card yourself, and although you might not be able to match that GTX's 760MHz you should be able to at least come close.

Edit: Whoa, that is an outrageously high price on that GTX. Screw that.
April 19, 2008 2:59:10 PM

homerdog said:
Unless you are interested in 3-way SLI or HybridPower (something that no LGA775 motherboards support at the moment) get the 8800GTS. You can overclock the card yourself, and although you might not be able to match that GTX's 760MHz you should be able to at least come close.

Edit: Whoa, that is an outrageously high price on that GTX. Screw that.


homerdog, I think you missed the OP saying those prices are Danish. Anyway, for the difference in price between the 2 cards, no matter the currency, the 9800GTX is definitely not worth it. Go with the 8800GTS 512.
April 19, 2008 3:11:56 PM

Okay, thank you for the replies guys.
So you really think that I should just overclock a decent 8800 GTS 512? Would it be close to the 9800 GTX performance wise?

I know not to be cheap about graphic cards. I really want good performance... It is very important to me.
April 19, 2008 3:47:35 PM

like every1 else said, unless your going Tri-sli the 9800 GTX isn't a much bigger boost.
April 19, 2008 4:25:57 PM

If the price different is just within USD$100, it is worthy to consider buy 9800GTX 512MB but you show the price in Denmark with USD$220 different is make sense to go with 8800GTS 512MB as the performance difference would be within 10%.
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