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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2010 1:38:14 PM


I am thinking of upgrading my graphics card from a Geforce 8800GTS 320MB to a Geforce 9800 GT 1GB. I would like to know if my system is capable of running the other card. Im not on my PC at the moment but i think my PSU is about 450W. Considering my PC could take the 8800, do you think it could take a 9800?


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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2010 5:16:07 PM

the 8800 & 9800 nvidia graphics cards are based on the same GPU - Nvidia have rebranded the chip several times.

To be sure that it will work full systems specs would be useful

January 28, 2010 9:32:44 PM

+1 for ulysses. I would not call that an upgrade. Try gettin 260 GTX at least.
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a c 373 U Graphics card
January 28, 2010 10:21:59 PM

That takes you from "tier 7" to "tier6" on this chart....,...

....up above its says:

I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance

That puts you in 8800 Ultra, 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+, GTS 250 HD 3870 X2, HD 4850, HD 5750 territory witha 3 tier jump or 9800 GX2, GTX 260, GTX 275, HD 4870, HD 4890, HD 5770 for a 4 tier jump.

January 28, 2010 10:23:14 PM

actually +1 but not for that reason(although its true theyre pretty close,the 8800 gt is faster though and uses less power)

i think what he meant was,the 8800 gt and the 9800 gt are essentially the exact same card,same gpu,same configuration etc etc.