9600GSO 384mb vs the HD3850 512mb

Well Title says it all.

Im limited since i have a budget, but which card should i go with. The 9600GSO, :
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=018588&cid=999.243.390

or the HD3850 512mb:
http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=016635&cid=999.243.272

Assuming im probably going to get the MSI k9a2 CF-F. Mind you im not considering going crossfire anytime soon so that shouldnt be a factor when you guys are deciding.

All opinions welcomed,

Thanks.

-Shibbz
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  1. If it's for pure gaming, more often than not the 9600GS will outperform the HD3850. Considering it's also cheaper, the 960GS gets my vote. Both close and nice cards though, so it depends on the games you play.
  2. They are both good cards, but i have a vote for the 3850. Depending on what resolution you play at, the 512mb will help alot.
  3. i play CS:S, sometimes crysis (barely), WC3, COD4. and some other games soon. Thanks for the quick replies.

    Bump for more opinions
  4. You need to look at benckmarks to decide which is better... this will give you a clearer picture.

    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/palit9600gso/10.html

    So yeah, 9600 wins. Its cheaper too. Its a no brainer.
  5. Quote:
    You need to look at benckmarks to decide which is better... this will give you a clearer picture.

    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/ [...] so/10.html


    So yeah, 9600 wins. Its cheaper too. Its a no brainer.



    that benchmark is WAY off. the reference card was a 9600gso with 768mb memory " 8800 GTS, 768 MB same thing"


    my vote goes to the 9600 with the 3850 in a VERY close second.
  6. dang.. i missed the memory part.... I'm not aware of any benchmark or review of the 384mb one... and i couldn't find any either

    anyhow if i'd heard right 9600GSO performs very closely to 8800GS ... and 8800GS beats Radeon 3850. But then i'm hoping someone could post benchies here just for confirmation.
  7. the 9600gso IS a 8800gs.. just rebranded with a new name
  8. an 8800gt is 150 plus coh comes with it. xfx
  9. http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/digest3d/index0804.html

    Looking over digitlifes charts, the 8800GS 384MB keeps up with the HD3870, never mind the HD3850.


    In this one the cards look even, but note that the victories the HD3850 scores big with are totally unplayable on either card anyway. Rule out the results under 30 fps and the 8800GS looks to win more than it loses for sure.
    http://en.expreview.com/2008/01/21/review-palit-8800gs-384mb-768mb/?page=24
  10. I say they are pretty much even but the 8800gs/9600gso does pull more frames than 3850 usually. 3870 would be a better match but I'd rather have 3870 if I had a choice.

    9600gt is good if you like AA but I think it lose out to GSO in most games without AA especially when the GSO and 9600gt is overclocked.
  11. macer1 said:
    Quote:
    You need to look at benckmarks to decide which is better... this will give you a clearer picture.

    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/ [...] so/10.html


    So yeah, 9600 wins. Its cheaper too. Its a no brainer.



    that benchmark is WAY off. the reference card was a 9600gso with 768mb memory " 8800 GTS, 768 MB same thing"


    my vote goes to the 9600 with the 3850 in a VERY close second.


    Quite the contrary. The 768mb card doesn't do anything in lower resolutions not that 9600gso or 9600gt can play crysis @ 1920x1200 or would you want to turn on 4xAA @ 1280x1024 when it's not fast enough.

    Crysis @ high uses about 380mb of vram @ 1600x1200. A 384mb GSO can handle that resolution quite easily.

    I would also like to point out that Palit 9600gt sonic is actually a factory overclocked card @ 700/1750/2000. Neoseeker supposed got their 9600gt 760/1912/2168 while they got the GSO from 600/1500/1800 to 742/1858/1954. 9600gso got bigger overclock when you compare from the reference point and how that overclock is going to change some of the outcome of the benchmarks from a overclocked performance point of view.
  12. Thanks for all the help everyone. Benchies were very helpful :D.
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