I own a 8800GTS 640 OC to clock 658, Shader clock 1600 and memory clock 1050. I have a chance to get a 9800GTX 512 for 85$ from my friend who is upgrading to a 260. My question is i game on a 1440x900 monitor and the only thing i cant max out is crysis. Would this 9800gtx be a good buy? Would i be able to see any differences or am i wasting my money?The 9800GTX specs are 675 clock,2200 memory clock and the BIG one, 128 streamers VS my 96 on my 8800gts640.And i plan on OC the 9800GTX as well. Would this future proof me a little better then the 8800gts640 on the 1440x900?
The article you linked to is benching the 8800GTS 512, not the 8800GTS 640. The 512 is a G92 core, the 640 is a G80 core . . . a pretty big difference. Although the 512 has less memory, it has 128sp and higher core and memory clocks. The 512 runs all over the 640. The 9800GTX and GTX+ are basically the direct replacement for the GTS 512, with the same # SP and higher shader, core, and memory clocks.
The 9800GTX(+) would greatly outperform the OP's 8800GTS 640, but if you are looking to buy a card to use for the next year or more, a GTX260 would be a better use of the money, but is by no means future proof.
@ SNURTLE112: Ask your friend if he`ll let you test it first.
I do n`t think you`ll see a huge improvement, an improvement yes, but not a huge one, for `future proofing` you really should be looking at a GTX260 or 1Gb HD4870 (and yes, I mean the 1Gb not the 512 Mb card).
I guess i will wait awhile then and purchase a 260 in 6-9 months when the prices drop some more.Like i said right now i can play crysis with some AA and enthusiasts level at 1440x900 with playable frames over 30fps.so i guess i will sit tight.thanks for the info. Anyone got an idea on how much prices might drop on the 260's?And im sorry when i say future proof i mean for the next couple years on the same 1440x900 monitor, which i know shouldnt be TO difficult since the resolution is not high at all