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May 10, 2008 2:30:42 PM

I'm considering upgrading my gfx card and am considering getting this card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... My questions are about this card's stock cooler and if my PSU can support it.

I've read in the reviews that alot of the 8800 GT's run way hot and this card is no exception. I also read that this card's fan is leafblower-like. Is this true? Any advice?

The other question is will my PSU, which is a piece of crap, can give the card enough juice. I'm damn near positive this is my PSU: http://www.nzxt.com/products/pp500/. Is it powerful enough?

For the record I have a E6600, ASUS P5N-SLI board, 2 gigs RAM and am running XP Media Center. I'd be replacing a 7900 GT so I would hope to get better frames in COD4 and Crysis.

Last question, will the 8800 GT still work well with XP? How many frames do you think I'd gain with the 8800 GT?

Thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2008 2:48:07 PM

Which GT are you looking at? The link returns 62 results.....
While you are looking, browse some of the 8800GTS 512 G92 cards.
You can get one for ~$169-$220.
They are faster.
They have better cooling.
128 stream processors to the GT's 112.
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May 10, 2008 2:52:46 PM

If you're worried about the heat get a card with an aftermarket non reference cooler instead. I have the gigabyte one with the zalman cooler and it never goes above 55 celsius and isn't noticable loud either.
May 11, 2008 12:43:44 AM

A lot of XFX's cards have a tendency to be loud, but with most other high end brands (BFG, EVGA, MSI too) it shouldn't be a big deal. Also, 8800GT's don't run that hot if you don't overclock. No worries.

That power supply should be plenty, even if it is a piece of crap.
May 11, 2008 2:10:31 PM

Thanks for the help so far.

I really like these two versions of the 8800 GT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which one would you recommend? Do these companies actually send you back the mail-in rebates?

Lastly, a noob question... when I install the new video card will I have to reinstall my whole OS and lose all my data, or can I just put it in, install the drivers and be good to go?
May 11, 2008 2:52:20 PM

wolf18 said:
Thanks for the help so far.

I really like these two versions of the 8800 GT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which one would you recommend? Do these companies actually send you back the mail-in rebates?

Lastly, a noob question... when I install the new video card will I have to reinstall my whole OS and lose all my data, or can I just put it in, install the drivers and be good to go?

Yes, mail in rebates will be honored, by all companies. But it'll take at leats a month, likely more. They want to keep your money for a while as revenue. It's the whole point of MIR.

Put it in, install drivers, and you're good to go. Make sure to uninstall your old drivers before installation first.

Get the one with aftermarket cooler. The cooler is as good as stock 8800gts cooler, even though the gpu itself is still inferior. The $169.99 g92 8800gts went out of stock due to popularity, so if you don't want to wait for newegg to restock, might as well buy the gt for $3 less.
May 11, 2008 3:50:03 PM

No you're still underpowered with that PSU man. The 8800GT requires 18A on the +12. Since the proc takes up one independent +12 rail that leaves you a couple of amps shy of the minimum 8800GT spec.
May 11, 2008 3:53:43 PM

bpogdowz said:
No you're still underpowered with that PSU man. The 8800GT requires 18A on the +12. Since the proc takes up one independent +12 rail that leaves you a couple of amps shy of the minimum 8800GT spec.

It doesn't work that way. I'll let other people comment on that. :p 
May 11, 2008 3:55:57 PM

I play crysis on an 8800 gt at med/high dx9 1680*1050, but it is not high fps

playable, but not high; just a warning.
May 11, 2008 4:03:00 PM

I can play Crysis 1920x1200 2x AA DX10.0 @ 25-60 fps
2x 8800GT 700/1760/1000

These are my Crysis settings: AA/AF = off (I could have swore I was playing with 2x AA possible could have tried and kept it after creating these settings I suppose)
texture quality = very high
Objects Quality = low
Shadows Quality = low
Physics Quality = medium
Shaders Quality = low
Volumetric Effects Quality = medium
Game Effects Quality = medium
Post Processing Quality = low
Particles Quality = medium
Water Quality = very high
Sound Quality = very high
May 11, 2008 11:28:03 PM

dagger said:
Get the one with aftermarket cooler. The cooler is as good as stock 8800gts cooler, even though the gpu itself is still inferior. The $169.99 g92 8800gts went out of stock due to popularity, so if you don't want to wait for newegg to restock, might as well buy the gt for $3 less.


That changes everything.

Well I didn't know that there were 8800 GTS (g92) that cheap Dagger. That changes everything. Now a new question, would my PSU have enough juice to feed the 8800 GTS (g92)?

This would be the model I was looking at, 169.99 after MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, is this a good company? I've heard of them but they're not as big a name as eVga or MSI.

Lastly, can anyone find the dimensions on this thing? I've looked but can't find anything. I have a Raidmax Sagitta btw so I don't know if this card will fit.

Thanks
May 11, 2008 11:33:44 PM

It's fine. Brand don't matter. It's the exact same gpu made by Nvidia and sold to different companies. They basically put on their own stickers. :D 

The card will fit in any standard midtower atx case. It's about 3 inches longer than the edge of your pcie slot.

And it's out of stock right now, too popular at that price. :na: 
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 11:55:14 PM

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Do these companies actually send you back the mail-in rebates?


MSI seems to take longer than evga to send back the rebate. But both will honor them if done properly. I've done a few rebates from both companies so far this year. Still waiting on 2 of the MSI ones that I'll call on within a couple weeks if they don't come.

I was surprised that with my $40 Palit rebate for a 9600GT, they actually emailed me about 1 week after I mailed it stating my rebate is valid and a check will be sent. That was very quick compared to other experiences. It may still take weeks for the check, but nice to get confirmation so quickly they got it. Especially a big $40 one.
May 12, 2008 1:36:17 AM

dagger said:
It's fine.



What is "it" Dagger? My PSU or the brand? Sorry, I just don't want to spend $170 on the card (assuming I can get one at that price) only to find that I still have to drop another $70-$100 for a PSU that will support it.
May 12, 2008 1:42:22 AM

wolf18 said:
What is "it" Dagger? Sorry, I just don't want to spend $170 on the card (assuming I can get one at that price) only to find that I still have to drop another $70-$100 for a PSU that will support it.

"It" refers to the ECS card. 8800gts only use slightly more juice than 8800gt. What's your psu? Wattage? 12v rail ratings?
May 12, 2008 4:24:42 AM

bpogdowz said:
No you're still underpowered with that PSU man. The 8800GT requires 18A on the +12. Since the proc takes up one independent +12 rail that leaves you a couple of amps shy of the minimum 8800GT spec.

Total system psu requirements:
Nvidia
450w @ 26amps
Different brands may say other amounts
My card (Evga) says 400w @ 22amps

Anyway, absolute minimum:
22 amps (combined wattage on the 12v divided by 12 = amps)
May 16, 2008 6:25:04 AM

I have the EVGA 8800GT @ 600 Mhz and it runs Crysis and COD4 at max settings very smooth. I think the fan sucks. Are these temperatures normal? I use variable fan speeds:

Not gaming: 52 celcius
Crysis: 70+ celcius
COD4: 60+ celcius
May 16, 2008 11:53:01 AM

tokyotech said:
I have the EVGA 8800GT @ 600 Mhz and it runs Crysis and COD4 at max settings very smooth. I think the fan sucks. Are these temperatures normal? I use variable fan speeds:

Not gaming: 52 celcius
Crysis: 70+ celcius
COD4: 60+ celcius

Those are very good temperatures for 8800gt with stock single slot cooler.
a b U Graphics card
May 16, 2008 11:56:57 AM

Yeah, the new larger diameter reference fan is better than the original. I'd still much rather have a GTS dual slot though.

Only way I could see his temps with my BFG's (before putting zalman vf900's on them) would be to manually run the fan's 69-85%. And I couldn't take the noise at those rpms.
May 16, 2008 6:30:49 PM

Just a tip, that 8800GTS 512 is back in stock if you want to jump on that
May 16, 2008 9:31:24 PM

franchise said:
Just a tip, that 8800GTS 512 is back in stock if you want to jump on that

The $169.99 one on Newegg?
May 17, 2008 1:55:11 PM

yep i'm looking at the link now and it says in stock, its the ECS for 169 after rebate right?
May 17, 2008 2:01:05 PM

franchise said:
yep i'm looking at the link now and it says in stock, its the ECS for 169 after rebate right?

Those rebates take at least a month to get back to you. :p 
a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2008 3:25:57 PM

Often they take 2-3 months. :( 
May 18, 2008 7:25:14 PM

I own that MSI card and I can tell you that cooler kicks massive amounts of hiney. Even while playing Crysis it is yet to break 60C, and I say thats pretty impressive.

If you want to wait for the rebate, I say go ahead and get the ECS card, otherwise I would get the MSI.
May 18, 2008 9:36:12 PM

B-Unit said:
I own that MSI card and I can tell you that cooler kicks massive amounts of hiney. Even while playing Crysis it is yet to break 60C, and I say thats pretty impressive.

If you want to wait for the rebate, I say go ahead and get the ECS card, otherwise I would get the MSI.

There's no difference between the brands, other than price. :p 
May 18, 2008 9:45:59 PM

wolf18 said:
Thanks for the help so far.

I really like these two versions of the 8800 GT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which one would you recommend? Do these companies actually send you back the mail-in rebates?

Lastly, a noob question... when I install the new video card will I have to reinstall my whole OS and lose all my data, or can I just put it in, install the drivers and be good to go?



I have 2 of those MSI cards in SLI and I can say they perform really well. :) 
But I have no doubt the Evga one will function just as well.
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