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EVGA 8800GTS 512 vs. PNY 9800 GT EE 512

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August 10, 2009 5:44:34 PM

Is there really much performance difference between these?

I can pick up the eVGA 8800GTS 512MB for $83 shipped and the PNY 9800GT EE for $75 shipped. I plan on getting a new power supply so I don't really need the energy saving benefit of the 9800 GT EE.

Thoughts?
a c 235 U Graphics card
August 10, 2009 7:14:52 PM

if you dont need the energy saving benefits of the 9800GT then the 8800GTS is the clear winner in terms of performance.
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a c 190 U Graphics card
August 10, 2009 8:01:36 PM

The 9800 is a minor development of the 8800, to most intents and purposes, they are the same card.
The 9800 'EE' variant uses less power than normal, but to do so Nvidia have been forced to reduce its performance in order to save that power.
Get the 8800, it's an old but still potent card.
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August 10, 2009 9:42:31 PM

Do you think a Corsiar 550watt would be enough to power it (and core 2 duo E6550, 1 dvdrw, 1 7200 HDD).
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August 10, 2009 10:35:04 PM

nelmr said:
Do you think a Corsiar 550watt would be enough to power it (and core 2 duo E6550, 1 dvdrw, 1 7200 HDD).

The Corsair 550 could power 2 of them in that setup.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 11, 2009 1:50:22 AM

Yeah, a Corsiar 550W unit is more than enough. The only real issue is driver support. Because the 8800GTS is an older card NVIDIA doesn't really bother testing it with it's newer drivers it seems. For example, recently NVIDIA drivers caused some issues with G92 based cards in games like Bioshock, but the recent drivers have only fixed said issues in the 9800 series cards despite the G92 8800 series cards being pretty much the same. As a result you may have to use older drivers for some games.

Anyway that said the 8800GTS is much faster than the 9800GT EE and is certainly worth the extra $8
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August 11, 2009 3:16:30 PM

Thanks guys but I decided to go with the 4870 ICEQ 512MB instead for $24 more ($109.99). ATI's website has the Corsair 550W certified to work with that card so I should be good to go!
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