The 8800GT doesn't have a wide enough memory bus for the extra memory to help. It's advantage over the 512MB 8800GT would exist when both are under 20FPS. Why you would bother to compare the 9600GT I'm not sure, since you obviously have the money for a faster card. The 8800GT 512mb gets my vote.
The 512mb8800GT beats the 9600GT by a noticeable margin.
Needless to say the 1GB.
You may want to consider saving your cash buying a 512mb 8800GT, since the 1gb and the 512 don't differ from each other(performance wise) much
I'm a bit confused by some of your responses. First of all, from
It sounds like the 8800GT is a faster chipset than the 9600GT. Am I reading that right? I thought the 9600 was the newer, faster chip...
All in all, though, it sounds like the 8800 is the unanamous winner here.
P.S., I should have mentioned I'm getting two of whatever I go with. SLI, baby, SLI.
what were you thinking? 9600gt is the current midrange chipset it cant beat 8800gt 8800gt has 112 stream processors compared to 64 on 9600gt. on an average it is 20% faster than the 9600gt. if you have the money get 2 8800gts and sli them. a newer chipset doesnt mean a faster chipset. 8600gt is a newer card compared 7900 but comeon its performance is horrible compared to 7900
That's what Nvidia wants you to think. But the GPU on the 9600GT (G94) is a much more efficient chip than that on the 8800GT (G92). G92 has 112 stream processors but is only around 10-15% faster than the 9600GT which only has 64 stream processors and slightly higher clock speeds. G94 is also much, MUCH cooler running than G92. If money is not a problem then the 8800GT still wins hands down. GPU efficiency doesn't mean much really, the fact is the 8800GT is the faster card even if it has to be a power hog to get there.