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8500 GT 512mb to 8800 GT 512mb question

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August 24, 2008 9:11:40 PM

I currently own and use the Nvidia 8500 GT graphics card with 512mb of video memory. I'm looking at the new Zotac 8800 GT with 512mb. The thing is, I don't know if there will be any significant difference between the two's preformance, considering they have the same amount of video RAM. I don't want to spend a fortune on a card with almost a gig of RAM, but I don't know how much of a difference there will be if I upgrade to this. Can anyone help me? :) 
a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2008 9:12:48 PM

There is a HUGE difference in performance between an 8800GT and an 8500GT. The amount of RAM is not all that matters.
a c 363 U Graphics card
August 24, 2008 9:20:40 PM

Day and night.
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August 24, 2008 9:33:39 PM

it doesnt matter get the cheaper one. they both are based on reference boards.
August 24, 2008 9:40:34 PM

Here is a place for you to start before you spend $150 on a video card:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
This should give you an idea of what you should pay for a certain type of card. You can find deals for cards cheaper then what the buying guide says they are. Video cards prices are dropping a lot right now. I am assuming you have some oem (HP,Gateway,Dell,etc.) system with the original PSU? If you do you may want to look into a less beefy card then the 8800GT as you might need a new PSU (power supply) to adequately power it. If you have a stock PSU you can head over to the PSU FAQ and educate yourself on PSUs:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/243648-28-power-suppl...
Its a little dated but still a good read. Or you can post your PSU specs here and we can help you.
August 24, 2008 9:41:18 PM

I would consider an EVGA (LifeTime Warranty) or XFX (Double LifeTime - Even works if you buy it used.)
August 24, 2008 10:00:05 PM

The difference between the 8500 and 8800 is astronomical.Like the difference between night and day.With the 8800 you'll be able to play the newer games at higher resolutions with higher frame rates.There are significant differences in the number of pipelines and memory interface as well as pure,unadulterated horse power.Being a reseller,I'm somewhat familiar with the ZOTAC name and it also has a lifetime warranty.Just get the 8800 with the dual slot cooler as it will run cooler and enable you to overclock better.Goodluck.

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a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2008 10:13:38 PM

yes there is a very big difference in gaming perceptive. the fps u have will increase over 20x. i prefer evga just because of there step up.
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good luck.
August 24, 2008 10:21:07 PM

whats your cpu specs? and psu? this might also affect the cards performance if paired with a slower cpu
August 24, 2008 10:42:57 PM

you can't compare the performance of cards based on the amount of memory it has. As most people said the difference is night and day. well honestly, the difference is way bigger than that :D 
August 25, 2008 1:24:35 AM

Find an EVGA, Palit, or XFX. BFG and ZOTAC aren't bad, but not good.
a c 363 U Graphics card
August 25, 2008 1:29:03 AM

Big Blue said:
Thanks cjl, not sure what jaguar means by day and night, but I have made my decision.


The performance difference is like the difference between DAY and NIGHT.
August 25, 2008 1:35:42 AM

themyrmidon said:
Find an EVGA, Palit, or XFX. BFG and ZOTAC aren't bad, but not good.


Is that opinion or Fact?

Please don't pull stuff out of your butt.

Every company will give you the same card, only difference is warranty, Ocing and Modding:) 

None are bad, you just need the one thats right for you:)  In my opinion Life time warranty is just a bunch of Cr*p, since you'll prob upgrade every 5 years or so give or take, some its shorter, while others is longer:)  I go by who's cheapest, and it seems that most of the time its EVGA and BFG (both very good companies, but evga has the upperhand with their step-up program, while BFG has more Mail in Rebates) other than that you buy a 88** you get a 88** or w.e your buying:) 
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