EVGA Step-up from 8800 GTS 512 to 9800 GTX?

So my evga Step-up program is coming it an end in 5 days. I own an 8800 GTS 512 which I bought for $260. The 9800 GTX is currently around $280. So I figured why not get an upgrade for $20. Unfortunately the GTX 260 doesn't come out till the 26th (this card was within the price range with $260 shaved off the $400 tag). The GTX 280 is just too much.

The main question is, is it a good idea upgrading to a 9800 GTX using the Step-up program?


Thank for the input
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  1. No because the difference isn't noticeable. 8800GTS 512 is a rock solid card why change it ?
  2. If it is $20 total... no shipping costs, no strings attached; i would go for it. The gains are minimal...
  3. grieve said:
    If it is $20 total... no shipping costs, no strings attached; i would go for it. The gains are minimal...


    More like non-existent. The only 'gain' is a Tri-SLi connector. No need to upgrade unless you plan to tri-SLi.
  4. No. You'd pay $20 + shipping and you'd live without a PC for a while and all you really get is the ability to do Triple SLI. Since you can't afford the $650 GTX 280 I assume you can't afford a 780i motherboard and two more 9800GTXs and a 1000W PSU either (total about $1000), so you won't use Triple SLI. So then why bother...

    Maybe a 9800GX2? Can you afford the step-up to that one? It's better than the GTX 280 anyway, even though it's a lot cheaper.
    (If you upgrade to 9800GX2, you may need a new PSU too...)
  5. I saw a comparison somewhere between the (g92)GTS and 9800GTX where the 9800 beat it in pretty much everything, just no by a lot.
  6. Maybe the 9800GTX was just running at higher clocks...
  7. Or that was probably during the driver fiasco where Nvidia released shiny new drivers for the 9 series cards but nothing for exsisting G92s.
  8. yes that woul dbe a descent step up, and u'll have tri sli option. :)
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