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May 11, 2008 2:44:35 AM

I am looking to buy a card close to $100 bucks as possible for Age of Conan.

I have a evga 7600 gt ko right now and I checked some charts and it seemed the 8600 wasnt a whole lot better of a card then my 7600.

So I went looking for the cheapest 8800 I could find, $ 119 After Rebate

What do you think of this card, the price, and how do you think it would perform on Age of Conan, and possibly direct X 10.

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


thank you so much for your time, i have been researching for hours on this. so ANY help could save me some time

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May 11, 2008 2:52:20 AM

And to be honest I cant really spend this much on the video card, but it seems spending any less would be a big huge waste of my money

unless of course i am wrong when i say the 8600 wasnt much better then my 7600 gt ko
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a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 2:54:28 AM

jasno said:
And to be honest I cant really spend this much on the video card, but it seems spending any less would be a big huge waste of my money

unless of course i am wrong when i say the 8600 wasnt much better then my 7600 gt ko


YES! you are exactly right. Once you drop under $100, performance is literally cut in half. Avoid the 8600GTS/HD2600XT cards if you can at all muster up the money for the much better 8800GS.
May 11, 2008 2:55:10 AM

The 8800GTS 320Mb is not as fast as a 8800GT as the GT uses a new core type. If I was you I would go for a 9600GT 512Mb They sell for about $140-200. The 8800GT Is slightly faster but not as future profe. If you want to go cheaper you could always get an 8800GS 384Mb they are about $129.99.

9600GT:-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8800GT 512Mb:-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8800GS:-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Their is also a 256Mb 8800GT for the same price as a GS but if you
have a large moitor with high res i would avoid it.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 2:59:17 AM

No, avoid the XFX 8800GS. It's a nice card for $100. But For $12 more the evga is MUCH better. Quieter variable speed fan and way higher clock speeds. (1900MHz DDR vs 1400MHz) Also, the evga 8800GS will trade blows with a 9600GT for less money.
May 11, 2008 3:00:55 AM

The 8800GTS is an excellent deal as the cost has halved in the last 6 months.... but then again, there are better deals out there atm. 8800GS ftw.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 3:02:16 AM

Quiet card with dual slot cooler. But More often than not slower than the 8800GS SC though.
May 11, 2008 3:10:27 AM

fatty35 said:


Their is also a 256Mb 8800GT for the same price as a GS but if you
have a large moitor with high res i would avoid it.



I have an old Radius 19 inch monitor, its like 10 yrs old lol, but still kickin!

Does that make the 256 more of an option for me? I wish I could get a 8800 because I hear so many good reviews, but I thought I should try to get higher then 256....

Icant think of one game i play at anything other then

1024 X 768 or 800 X 600

Does that make 256 a option?


Thank so much for all this help, all this info is so good, i was hoping to get some personal opinions from people with more knowledge then me.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 3:20:34 AM

Personally I would not touch the 256MB 8800GT. It very often does good below 16x12 resolution. But it falls so far behind the 512 version even at 1280x1024 resolution in some games like Crysis. I' am talking less than half the performance. It also falls behind the 256MB HD3850 even. In case you ever get a new monitor, avoid the 256MB 8800GT.
Look at this: http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/nvidia_geforce_9600...


edit: I don't want to drag on too much, but I'm kinda passionate about this because of time spent testing/using these cards, and the excellent pricing now. I currently am reviewing the evga 8800GS I mentioned against the XFX 8800GS, 9600GT, 320MB 8800GTS, 512MB 8800GT, HD3850 256MB, and some other cards. Seriously, the evga 8800GS superclock for $105 really is that good. A 512MB 8800GT is better, but it's also $65 more and won't perform better at lower resolutions.

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May 11, 2008 3:39:08 AM

pauldh said:
Personally I would not touch the 256MB 8800GT. It very often does good below 16x12 resolution. But it falls so far behind the 512 version even at 1280x1024 resolution in some games like Crysis. I' am talking less than half the performance. It also falls behind the 256MB HD3850 even. In case you ever get a new monitor, avoid the 256MB 8800GT.
Look at this: http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/nvidia_geforce_9600...


edit: I don't want to drag on too much, but I'm kinda passionate about this. I currently am reviewing the evga 8800GS I mentioned against the XFX 8800GS, 9600GT, 320MB 8800GTS, 512MB 8800GT, HD3850 256MB, and some other cards. Seriously, the evga 8800GS superclock for $105 really is that good. A 512MB 8800GT is better, but it's also $65 more and won't perform better at lower resolutions.

Just so you know I'm not kidding, here are some of those cards:
http://img50.imageshack.us/img50/484/smallfh6.jpg


Ok you win! haha I mean the 8800 GS wins.

I have just did a little research on the card and the little i read was very very good. Last review was like 9.8 / 10 and the guy was saying the card was being sold for about $170 at the time. So getting it for $100 does sound like a steal.

The GS is just the card I am looking for I would have to say.. I really didnt wanna spend over $100 because I also need to buy some more RAM.

Thank so much for the help, I think this thread hooked me up.

May 11, 2008 3:44:20 AM

I would consider the 8800GT 256MB as the best option, over the 8800GS and the 8800GTS 320MB.

The 8800GT uses a best processor (G92) than the first generation of 8800GTS (320 and 640 MB), and its performs same as 8800GT 512MB at resolutions even at 1920x1200 (no AA), only when you activate the AA filters for 1600x1200 or over, then you can see some diference.

Please consider to read the following review by overclock.net:

http://www.overclock.net/hardware-news/260690-8800gt-25...

It can help you a lot my friend.

Ah, you can find the XFX 8800GT 256MB for 130$ at Newegg:

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

Good luck with you choice.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 3:47:27 AM

;)  Sweet, good to know. I can now go to sleep...mission accomplished.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 3:52:45 AM

manuki19 said:
I would consider the 8800GT 256MB as the best option, over the 8800GS and the 8800GTS 320MB.

The 8800GT uses a best processor (G92) than the first generation of 8800GTS (320 and 640 MB), and its performs same as 8800GT 512MB at resolutions even at 1920x1200 (no AA), only when you activate the AA filters for 1600x1200 or over, then you can see some diference.

Please consider to read the following review by overclock.net:

http://www.overclock.net/hardware-news/260690-8800gt-25...

It can help you a lot my friend.

Ah, you can find the XFX 8800GT 256MB for 130$ at Newegg:

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

Good luck with you choice.


That 256MB 8800GT will not = the 512MB version at any res because it is clocked lower. Look at the one you linked to, it has 256MB of 700MHz(1400 effective) mem vs 512MB of 900 (1800) mem. 3 out of 4 on the egg have the 1400 MHz mem. And the high 680/1900 clocked 8800GS will do just as good at low res where the 256MB 8800GT can come close to the 512MB.

This link best shows how the 256MB GT stacks up to the 512MB GT. Notice unlike most 256MB versions, they clocked these the same to show the mem difference alone. Slow the mem to 1400MHz like most factory clocked, the 256MB would be worse. Here is the summary chart:
http://en.expreview.com/2007/12/30/review8800gt-how-man...

Look specifically at 1280x1024 with 4xaa. The 512MB 8800GT absolutely destroys the 256MB GT.
COD4: 32%
Crysis: 149%
Juarez: 56%
Dirt: 176%
COH: 141%
WIC: 238%
LostP: 43%

That is fairly low 12x10, 19" LCD resolutions and remember, they have the 256MB GT running 1800MHz mem not 1400MHz. What if Age of Conan is a game like the ones above the 256MB tanks at? AVoid that card IMO.

May 11, 2008 3:56:43 AM

I agree with manuki19 the 8800GT 256Mb is a very good card aslong as you dont want stupidly high resolutions. The G92 core is alot better than previous generations cards in terms of power consumption, heat & Shear power. The GS is also very good but for straight performance go with with the 256Mb GT as it has more shaders .etc
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2008 4:20:59 AM

See link above to 1280x1024 res testing. How could you recommend the 256MB GT when it offers a fraction of the 512MB performance at 12x10 4xaa? In all their testing the 512MB beat the 256MB an average of 76% when clocked the same.

Plus, The game he wants to play isn't even out yet, and it's rumored to be a beast. Buying the 256MB GT given all that would be foolish IMO.

Oblivion is another example of the 256MB lousy performance at 12x10 4xaa. http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/nvidia_geforce_8800...


edit:
The OP doesn't want to spend over $100, and the crippled 256MB GT is $30+ over that. But if he buys any 8800GT, it should be a 512MB like this $150AR with a game: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 11, 2008 4:56:55 AM

fatty35 said:
The 8800GTS 320Mb is not as fast as a 8800GT as the GT uses a new core type. If I was you I would go for a 9600GT 512Mb They sell for about $140-200. The 8800GT Is slightly faster but not as future profe. If you want to go cheaper you could always get an 8800GS 384Mb they are about $129.99.

9600GT:-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8800GT 512Mb:-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8800GS:-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Their is also a 256Mb 8800GT for the same price as a GS but if you
have a large moitor with high res i would avoid it.


Dude, if I "WAS" you(LOL)...
Anyway, are you sure the 8800GT is not futureproof when compared to the 9600GT or 8800GS?
Anyway, the 256MB 8800GT sucks, worse than 9600GT or 8800GS.
May 11, 2008 5:05:00 AM

do not buy the 256MB 8800GT -- it sucks... really badly. Not only does it have less memory, but it also has way lower clocks.
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