That price - Probably 8800GTS G92, then 8800GT, then HD3870 or 9600GT or 8800GS. We will have to wait and see some AoC performance testing though to be sure. A $100 card wouldn't be a best buy if you need a faster card to play at your desired settings.
I agree too. If you want to save money 8800gs can do same thing as 9600gt. 9600gt is over marketed over 8800gs which is cheaper and perform relatively same with each other. 8800gt is superior card and really the sweet spot and only $25 more than a 9600gt. 8800gts if you want better cooler and slightly higher performance.
3850 have dropped in price considerably as well. With a decent overclock it's not a bad card and perform close to 3870. It has better SP performance than a 9600gt or 8800gs but it does lack in texture performance.
^ anyone know how AMD and NV will stack up for this game so far? I guess that may very well change with the retail release, driver updates and even the first game patch. Something to consider with pricing of the HD3850 and even 3870 getting pretty good.
I have a friend that is in the closed beta right now, he says not much diffrence between the two, have to remember, with mmos they like to kick up what the game can do, they expect it to be around for a few years, and want to let you see gradual upgrades as you get a better graphic card. Plus its a biotch to rewrite how you graphics system works to take advantage of the latest and greatest out there.
If you want to get g92 8800gts, buy the $169.99 model I linked. Nvidia makes the gpus, sell them to different companies, who basically puts on different labels. The gpus are all made by Nvidia, and used on a standardized board layout required by Nvidia. Besides, it comes with 3 year warranty. It'll be obsolete after 3 years anyway.
Even if you're an XFX fanboy, $100 extra is far too much to pay for a brand name label.
the only reason i was aiming for evga or xfx was because i know evga customer service and i have heard good things about xfx
Still, is customer service worth $100 more? Besides, either it works or doesn't. If it doesn't work rma it to newegg for another one. If it breaks down later, there's the 3 year warranty. Besides, it's the same gpu made by Nvidia on the same board layout required by Nvidia. Graphics cards have very low fail rate to begin with, compared to things like motherboard.
Nvidia has no say in the board layout, they sell the chip and thats where it stops. Personally i would spend the extra 100 dollars to feel secure in my purchase rather then take a gamble, but hey thats me.
At launch with the reference design, NVidia had the whole card made, and sold the whole card, not the GPU. Then BFG and the others put their stickers on them, and boxed them up with their bundle. Shoot, one of BFG OC stickers flew off my 8800GT fan and below it was an NVidia sticker.
i dont believe u should buy a graphics card until u can see some the performance of cards on that game post release. but i believe age of conan is not a title to tax graphics. its not a crysis, so a 9600gt should probably max it out, and as ur very low resolution, no offence, enable all the eye candy and id bet ud still have 60>fps
If nvidia truly had control over the design of the board, then we would never see these 1 gig cards coming out, sure they lay the roadwork, but individual manufacturers are able to at will to change the scenery. Plus explain to me how some nvidia products come with blue boards, some green? Nvidia isnt goint to blow the money just to change the color depending on who the manufacturer is.
For example, there obviously are a broad range of 8800GT cards with different color PCB's and even different length PCB's now. So they are probably not all made at the same factory. But at launch, for a while, there was only the reference design, and NVidia had them made by Foxconn or Flextronics and sold those cards not G92 GPU's.
The G92 GTS are mostly 512MB reference design cards. I wouldn't doubt if ECS has their version made by Foxconn or Flextronics like many other do now, and slaps a sticker on it. Cards are not made by evga, bfg etc. Not saying all cards, but I wouldn't doubt the vast majority could be coming out of the same couple of factories. Companies like BFG, are responsible for bios clock speeds, heatsink, fan stickers, retails packaging and bundle, and to support their product. So in reality, this cheap ecs may have come from the same factory as an evga, bfg, etc.
Here, as an example. Look at the fan stickers my two BFG 8800GT OC's when I bought them. Then look at the fan stickers after a couple months use. One of BFG's stickers flew off in use. Other people said the same thing about their BFG 8800GT's.
Sorry I missed the "at design launch" thats where i was heading when i posted that reply. Anywho yeah i agree they lay out the framework and from there other card makers take it where they think it will be best be served.
No problem. I think you'd be surprised though on just how many of the current Geforce cards are made by Flextronics or Foxconn and not the "card makers".
Google Flextronics foxconn nvidia or Foxconn flextronic makes cards (or makes Nvida cards)
Check this old article too - http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/video/g80-7.html
Quote: "And now about the cards themselves. We have tested three video cards from three manufacturers listed in the title of the article. I repeat that all 8800-series products are currently manufactured at third-party plants (Foxconn, Flextronics) ordered by NVIDIA. This company receives these cards and then sells them to its partners. That's why practically all GeForce 8800 cards are identical, because they are manufactured at two plants under strict NVIDIA control. "
Same went for G92's also, at least reference designs.