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Best value: 9800GT or GTS250 / 9800GTX+ ?

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Total: 22 votes (11 blank votes)

  • 9800GT
  • 10 %
  • GTS250/9800GTX+
  • 91 %
  • other
  • 0 %
April 23, 2009 12:05:44 AM

System specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (Brisbane 65nm) @ 3.21 GHz
ASUS M2N32-SLi Deluxe (nForce 590 SLi)
8GB of G.Skill DDR2-1066
Two 256MB BFG 7600GT OC's in SLi
PC Power & Cooling S61EPS (solid 610W)
24" 1920x1200
Vista 64 SP1

I am looking to upgrade the obviously lacking video cards with either a 9800GT or a GTS250 / 9800GTX+. I list the GTS250 and the 9800GTX+ together because they are pretty much the same thing. Between those two I'd probably go with the GTS250, since they have better prices than the GTX+'s.

I don't actually game all that often, but when I do, I like it to look good! I like to play at native resolution... and thats not really possible anymore with the 7600GTs. I usually play HL2 or something, but I want to be able to play Crysis, Far Cry 2, Left for Dead, UT3, Mirror's Edge, etc.

My friend just got the Galaxy 9800GT for $75 after rebate on newegg... but the best deal I can find right now is this 512MB MSI N9800GT-OC for $89 shipped after rebate. The other option is this 1GB Asus ENGTS250 for $135 after rebate... which do you think I should go for? Remember, I'm talking best value here, and I'm not afraid to OC whichever card I wind up getting.

If I'm overlooking an option, please let me know. I kinda want to stick with an NVIDIA card because I want CUDA & I do a lot of Photoshop... but yeah, let me know what else I should be looking at.

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a c 1372 U Graphics card
April 23, 2009 1:08:48 AM

The MSI 9800GT is a good deal but so is this for 25USD more
Currently nobody should be looking at the 9800GTX+ cards unless the need another one for SLI.
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a c 1372 U Graphics card
April 23, 2009 1:33:33 AM

At that resolution it is worth it but the GTS250 would be a minimal card. Maybe you should be looking at GTX 260 or HD 4870 1GB.
April 23, 2009 2:33:17 AM

rolli59 said:
At that resolution it is worth it but the GTS250 would be a minimal card. Maybe you should be looking at GTX 260 or HD 4870 1GB.

At the least :sweat: 
April 23, 2009 4:04:31 AM

yeah those are out of my price range. even the gts250 is stretching it.

like I said, I only game occasionally. If I can't play the newer games in a year or two I'll probably get another of whatever card I'm using now... If I haven't ditched the 64 x2 for i7 or amd's new architecture by then. :) 

so... which gts250s are pretty quiet, and which are great at overclocking? are there any that fit both bills?
April 23, 2009 4:10:16 AM

You can't drive any antistropic filtering or anti alaising (can't spell) with that gpu at 1920/1200...

It should work ok though :??: 
a b U Graphics card
April 23, 2009 2:14:33 PM

I'd get the recertified EVGA 9800 GT+ for $104. You can stil register on EVGA website for a limited warranty.

I've used an 8800 GTS 512 and a 9800 GT and the difference in framerates is very noticeable. There's a 40% fill rate difference and 22% memory bandwidth.

For $104 ??!! - No question for me that the 9800 GTX+ is the better value.

You can see the stats at

April 23, 2009 2:44:48 PM

also note: GTS 512 != GTS 250

GTS 250 is a 9800GTX+ with a smaller die, smaller size, lower power consumption, better overclocking ability, and the option to order with 1gb
April 23, 2009 2:46:07 PM

oh i just realized you probably meant 512mb GTS 250... my bad. ignore the previous post