8800 GT?

I'm considering upgrading my gfx card and am considering getting this card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318 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.
32 answers Last reply
More about 8800
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. get evga akimbo 8800GT if your worried about temp or an aftermarket cooler but removing the cooler will void the warranty.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130347
  5. COD4 8800GT > 8800GTS 640MB - http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/call_of_duty_4_demo_performance/page4.asp

    Crysis - http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=698&p=2


    Look over those two links and you will see 200-300% more performance for an 8800GT over a 512MB 7900GT. Absolutely no comparison. A $105 8800GS would double the 7900GT performance.

    With 33 amps combined 12v, the PSU should be fine.
  6. Thanks for the help so far.

    I really like these two versions of the 8800 GT

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127329

    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?
  7. 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=N82E16814130318

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127329

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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=N82E16814134037

    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
  13. 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:
  14. Quote:
    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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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)
  18. dagger said:
    What's your psu? Wattage? 12v rail ratings?


    This is my PSU. http://www.nzxt.com/products/pp500/

    Will it be enough to power the 8800 GTS (512)?
  19. wolf18 said:
    This is my PSU. http://www.nzxt.com/products/pp500/

    Will it be enough to power the 8800 GTS (512)?

    Yes, it's enough. :p
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Just a tip, that 8800GTS 512 is back in stock if you want to jump on that
  24. 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?
  25. yep i'm looking at the link now and it says in stock, its the ECS for 169 after rebate right?
  26. 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
  27. Often they take 2-3 months. :(
  28. The 8800 GT will be a good performer.
    See some 8800 GT review here:
    http://mygpu.info/8800gt.htm


    Crysis performance:
    http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=467&pgno=11
  29. 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.
  30. 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
  31. 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=N82E16814130318

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127329

    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.
Ask a new question

Read More

Graphics Cards Graphics Product