9800GT SLI VS 260GTX

9800GT SLI VS 260GTX witch one would give me the best quality and gaming performance
a 260GTX or 2x 9800GT SLI?

Thanks
Jake
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  1. I'd prob take the 9800gt sli, but only if they are the 1gb versions.
  2. yea make sure you get the 1gb versions. i have the 512mb and they run most games on nearly maxed settings. (fc2, bmaa; only new games i have lol, but they rock!) keep in mind im only running at 1280x1024...
  3. The 9800 GT (in sli) and the GTX 260 actually run about the same and with GTX 260 able to run in sli as well. i would recommend GTX 260.

    http://www.guru3d.com/category/vga_charts_3dmark_vantage_06/
  4. warmon6 said:
    The 9800 GT (in sli) and the GTX 260 actually run about the same and with GTX 260 able to run in sli as well. i would recommend GTX 260.

    http://www.guru3d.com/category/vga_charts_3dmark_vantage_06/



    In real games, even 9600gt sli would outperform a gtx 260.
  5. I'd get the GTX 260. They're roughly around the same performance if the 9800GTs are both 1GB, if not it leaves a bit to be desired.
  6. if i had 2 512mb 9800gts would that give me the total of 1gb, aslo thanks for the post i am getting mixed feedback look like it gonna be a close one

    thanks
    Jake
  7. If you have two 512 9800GT's then you will have 512 not 1GB.
  8. if they are the 512mb versions then they wont really give great performance at higher resolutions. As Mousemonkey said it's really just 2 512 cards, not one 1gb card. I'd still recommend 2 9800gt 1gb over the gtx 260 because they give better performance then a 9800gx2 (2 9800 512mb). But then again it depends on how much you are getting them. If they cost over $170 for both i'd recommend the 4890 or 5770 instead, or just pick up the gtx 260.
  9. lol yea i could have sworn this started off between a 9800gt and something else (like a gx2 or ??), not a 260; anyways... I'd take the 260 all the way... its cheaper then both 9800 gts-- 140$/ea vs. 200$ gtx260 and you can add 1 more later unlike if you get the 2 9800gts...

    edit: just looked up my 3dmark 06 score and compared it to the gtx series cards and at 1280x1024 the 9800gts keep up no problem; but anything above that and the gtx takes over... so really depends on what your resolution is...
  10. thacondor said:
    lol yea i could have sworn this started off between a 9800gt and something else (like a gx2 or ??), not a 260; anyways... I'd take the 260 all the way... its cheaper then both 9800 gts-- 140$/ea vs. 200$ gtx260 and you can add 1 more later unlike if you get the 2 9800gts...

    edit: just looked up my 3dmark 06 score and compared it to the gtx series cards and at 1280x1024 the 9800gts keep up no problem; but anything above that and the gtx takes over... so really depends on what your resolution is...


    Well I was just using that as an example because I didnt want to look up benchmarks for comparisons, and we already know the 9800gx2 = gtx 280 = 4890 in most cases, give or take a few frames, though the 9800gx2 wasnt really a good card anyways.

    Bottom line in my opinion is that the 9800gt 1gb in SLi wins in performance, but $200 price really isnt justified for two gen old sli cards. If you must get one of those 2, i'd personally get the 9800gt, but there are better options out there for that price like the 4890.
  11. 9800gt in sli is BETTER PERFORMANCE WISE then a gtx 260, i wouldnt even call them comparable.

    http://www.tbreak.com/reviews/printpage.php?id=636

    Remember this benchmark only shows the 512mb versions of the cards (1gb werent released at that time) and the drivers at that time were really really premature.
  12. Dual GTX+ = GX2 = PWNZ the 260
  13. at the moment i currently own a 9800gt 512mb if i got another 1gb version would i be able to sli them and gave me 1gb memory?
  14. Yes you can SLi them, but you will still only have 512MB of video RAM available to you.
  15. Im not a big fan of doing sli with 2 low/mid-range cards. Had a 9800gx2 a while back and at 1920x1080 it struggled due to the 512mb. If your going to sli get 2 gts 9800gtx/250 (1gig).
  16. I can help you on this one since that is what I use. I got two 9800gt 1gb in sli on my game rig and they can pull their weight when gaming. Here is a few vids of mine so just click the link be sure to leave feedback if you wish.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1IJr1kqVZc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdU1YV5DCM0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIGKX0VBXM8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgSs8rujFAs
    Note this was before a cpu and cooling upgrade so things are not as they are now.
    Plus one of the best perks of sli is being able to use aa models greater than 16x up to 32x aa and quad it is even better. Have a full gb goes a long ways when playing GTA IV and oblivion.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vNT9g3pQ4M Note that 32XQ sli aa is enabled in forceware only and has to either be enhance aplication settings or forced.
  17. Thanks a lot dudes, i am also wondering if it is worth plugging my old 8600gts in as a physx card will speed up my graphics?
  18. nforce4max said:
    I can help you on this one since that is what I use. I got two 9800gt 1gb in sli on my game rig and they can pull their weight when gaming. Here is a few vids of mine so just click the link be sure to leave feedback if you wish.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1IJr1kqVZc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdU1YV5DCM0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIGKX0VBXM8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgSs8rujFAs
    Note this was before a cpu and cooling upgrade so things are not as they are now.
    Plus one of the best perks of sli is being able to use aa models greater than 16x up to 32x aa and quad it is even better. Have a full gb goes a long ways when playing GTA IV and oblivion.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vNT9g3pQ4M Note that 32XQ sli aa is enabled in forceware only and has to either be enhance aplication settings or forced.


    It's important to note you're running at 1280x1024. This can be a big factor of differentiation if you're running at a higher standard resolution like 1680x1050 or 1920x1080.
  19. i am running at 1680x1050
  20. jakepalmerd13 said:
    i am running at 1680x1050


    I'd say you'd probably need to end up getting 1GB versions at that resolution if going for 9800GTs. 512MB drops off about 1440x900. I'd still recommend a single GTX 260. You can always add another one later if you need more performance which will equate to roughly a GTX 295 which can run pretty much anything today still.
  21. brockh said:
    I'd say you'd probably need to end up getting 1GB versions at that resolution if going for 9800GTs. 512MB drops off about 1440x900. I'd still recommend a single GTX 260. You can always add another one later if you need more performance which will equate to roughly a GTX 295 which can run pretty much anything today still.

    I'm running a pair of 512MB 8800GT's @ 1980 x 1050 and have yet to have unplayable framerates.
  22. ^ Enable aa on crysis and let me no how playable it is. My 2 gtx 260 sli are showing slight sign of struggle in games with high amount of aa at 1920x1080. Newer games will only cause more struggle.
  23. I did Crysis a couple of years ago @ 16 x 10 and whilst it was playable it is not the standard by which all else is measured by as far as I'm concerned, you can if you like but I've moved on from that title myself.
  24. Get the 1gb versions if you can avoid the low power el crapo pos cards. If that is all they got look and see if you can track down a 1792 mb 260 then it should hold up better to aa at most res. Keep in mind if you do the sli setup overclocking makes a big difference with any card & setup. Good luck and enjoy.
  25. Get the 1GB if it is cheaper than the 512mb version. Otherwise, get the 512mb version.

    There is absolutely no performance difference between the 512mb and 1GB version, and barely any noticeable difference with SLi even at high resolutions.

    ie. The 9800GT is a rebranded 8800GT, and benchmarks show it the 1GB and 512mb versions have less than a 1% difference, both in SLi and non-SLi:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Call-of-Duty-4-v1.6,741.html


    Basically the 9800GT isn't powerful enough to use anywhere close to 1GB of RAM. You basically need a 4870 or GTX260 to actually use close to 1GB of RAM (or have 2x9800GTXs or 2x4850s on higher resolutions to make use of 1GB of RAM on each card)
  26. impaledmango said:
    I'd prob take the 9800gt sli, but only if they are the 1gb versions.

    brockh said:
    I'd say you'd probably need to end up getting 1GB versions at that resolution if going for 9800GTs. 512MB drops off about 1440x900. I'd still recommend a single GTX 260. You can always add another one later if you need more performance which will equate to roughly a GTX 295 which can run pretty much anything today still.


    Even at 1920x1080, the 8800GT/9800GT 512mb and 8800GT/9800GT 1GB - both in single configuration and SLi, performs basically the same.

    But yeh, a single GTX260 is definitely worth it in the long run. Since two 9800GTs cost around $180-$200, the OP is better off getting the GTX260 or 4870 (~$150, $160) or even ATI Radeon 4890 or GTX275 for ~$180-$220
  27. Bluescreendeath said:
    Get the 1GB if it is cheaper than the 512mb version. Otherwise, get the 512mb version.

    There is absolutely no performance difference between the 512mb and 1GB version, and barely any noticeable difference with SLi even at high resolutions.

    ie. The 9800GT is a rebranded 8800GT, and benchmarks show it the 1GB and 512mb versions have less than a 1% difference, both in SLi and non-SLi:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Call-of-Duty-4-v1.6,741.html


    Basically the 9800GT isn't powerful enough to use anywhere close to 1GB of RAM. You basically need a 4870 or GTX260 to actually use close to 1GB of RAM (or have 2x9800GTXs or 2x4850s on higher resolutions to make use of 1GB of RAM on each card)



    I beg to differ, 1gb does have advantages unless you are not playing gta iv or using high res with no aa at all. 512mb cards may be doing well now but are going to fall short more and more as new games come out. I bet people thought the same thing about 256 vs 512 and look at those using 256 now. Get the 1gb and the premium is worth it. The bolded sentence is a crock of $#it. 512mb may be enough to get by and even do well in many games but just try to use 8x or 16x aa and af at high res.
  28. nforce4max said:
    I beg to differ, 1gb does have advantages unless you are not playing gta iv or using high res with no aa at all. 512mb cards may be doing well now but are going to fall short more and more as new games come out. I bet people thought the same thing about 256 vs 512 and look at those using 256 now. Get the 1gb and the premium is worth it.


    The benchmarks seem to totally agree with my statement that the 1GB 9800GT isn't worth it - it performs basically the same as a 9800GT 512mb...both in single and SLi configurations.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/compare,746.html?prod[2073]=on&prod[2071]=on

    nforce4max said:

    The bolded sentence is a crock of $#it. 512mb may be enough to get by and even do well in many games but just try to use 8x or 16x aa and af at high res.


    All the evidence is in my favor:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Call-of-Duty-4-v1.6,745.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Call-of-Duty-4-v1.6,744.html

    Call of Duty 4 v1.6
    Fraps/Shock and Awe
    (1680x1050, 0xAA, Trilinear, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 154.60
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 157.70


    Call of Duty 4 v1.6
    Fraps/Shock and Awe
    (1920x1200, 0xAA, Trilinear, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 138.90
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 138.20

    Call of Duty 4 v1.6
    Fraps/Shock and Awe
    (1680x1050, 4xAA, 8xAF, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 134.50
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 126.00

    (The FPS actually goes down with the 1GB version when you turn up AA and AF)

    Call of Duty 4 v1.6
    Fraps/Shock and Awe
    (1920x1200, 4xAA, 8xAF, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 113.70
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 107.20
    (Again, the FPS actually goes down with the 1GB version when you turn up AA and AF)

    Now where is your evidence? Show me some benchmarks pal. Otherwise it's your statement that is a "crock of $#it."
  29. ^^ you are using CoD as an example. Try using a more GPU intensive game. The 1GB versions WILL benefit more at higher resolutions but it really depends on the game. Using CoD as an example will not show a difference since CoD can run off a cheap AGP GPU....
  30. Tom's Hardware - Benchmark Microsoft Flight Simulator X SP2

    Edit: ok........ it says Microsoft Flight Simulator X SP2 when it's side by side comparisons of Gt 8800 512 MB, 1 GB, 1GB in sli, GTX 260, and 260 in sli with all the games like crysis, World in Conflict, ect
  31. Bluescreendeath said:
    The benchmarks seem to totally agree with my statement that the 1GB 9800GT isn't worth it - it performs basically the same as a 9800GT 512mb...both in single and SLi configurations.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/compare,746.html?prod[2073]=on&prod[2071]=on


    All the evidence is in my favor:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Call-of-Duty-4-v1.6,745.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Call-of-Duty-4-v1.6,744.html

    Call of Duty 4 v1.6
    Fraps/Shock and Awe
    (1680x1050, 0xAA, Trilinear, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 154.60
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 157.70


    Call of Duty 4 v1.6
    Fraps/Shock and Awe
    (1920x1200, 0xAA, Trilinear, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 138.90
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 138.20

    Call of Duty 4 v1.6
    Fraps/Shock and Awe
    (1680x1050, 4xAA, 8xAF, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 134.50
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 126.00

    (The FPS actually goes down with the 1GB version when you turn up AA and AF)

    Call of Duty 4 v1.6
    Fraps/Shock and Awe
    (1920x1200, 4xAA, 8xAF, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 113.70
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 107.20
    (Again, the FPS actually goes down with the 1GB version when you turn up AA and AF)

    Now where is your evidence? Show me some benchmarks pal. Otherwise it's your statement that is a "crock of $#it."



    I don't go by what only one game shows and not by THG carts either but what I see first hand. Piff one game as an example please. Having the larger v-ram comes very in handy when using aa and af in many games like oblivion to gta iv with larger textures. When you don't have much of a benefit for a given game is due to clocks (gpu) but I don't play at stock settings unless I am running an emulator like pcsx2 or dolphin. Go ahead and play gta iv on 512mb or run oblivion with the texture packs = fail whale.
  32. OvrClkr said:
    ^^ you are using CoD as an example. Try using a more GPU intensive game. The 1GB versions WILL benefit more at higher resolutions but it really depends on the game. Using CoD as an example will not show a difference since CoD can run off a cheap AGP GPU....


    You could've just clicked on the other games on the links I provided. It shows the same story for way more graphically intensive games such as Assassin's Creed, Mas Effect, and the most gfx intensive game: Crysis, as well as many others.

    nforce4max said:
    I don't go by what only one game shows and not by THG carts either but what I see first hand. Piff one game as an example please. Having the larger v-ram comes very in handy when using aa and af in many games like oblivion to gta iv with larger textures. When you don't have much of a benefit for a given game is due to clocks (gpu) but I don't play at stock settings unless I am running an emulator like pcsx2 or dolphin. Go ahead and play gta iv on 512mb or run oblivion with the texture packs = fail whale.


    It's the same story with other games.

    ie. Assassin's Creed
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Assassins-Creed-v1.02,739.html

    Assassins Creed v1.02
    Fraps/TH-Savefile
    (1680x1050, 4xAA, Game AF, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 46.40
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 47.90
    The difference is 1.5 fps

    Assassins Creed v1.02
    Fraps/TH-Savefile
    (1920x1200, 4xAA, Game AF, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 46.30
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 47
    The difference is 0.7 fps


    or Mass Effect
    Mass Effect
    Fraps/Virmire
    (1920x1200, 8xAA, Game AF, Ultra Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 52.10
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 52.8
    The difference is 0.6 fps in favor of the 512mb version

    Or how about Crysis...the most graphically intensive game on the market?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Crysis-v1.21,752.html

    Crysis v1.21
    Fraps/Contact
    (1680x1050, 0xAA, Trilinear, Very High Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 24.10
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 24.90
    The 1GB version is marginally better but basically equal to the 512mb version.

    Crysis v1.21
    Fraps/Contact
    (1280x1024, 4xAA, 8xAF, Very High Quality)
    Score in Frame

    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 21.80
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 25.30
    At 1280x1024, two 8800GTs 1GB in SLi is 3.5 fps ahead of the 512mb version. 25.3fps is still unplayable though...

    Crysis v1.21
    Fraps/Contact
    (1280x1024, 0xAA, Trilinear, Very High Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 28.30
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 27.50
    The 512mb is marginally better but basically equal to the 1GB version.


    Crysis v1.21
    Fraps/Contact
    (1920x1200, 0xAA, Trilinear, Very High Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 24.10
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 23.80
    Again, the 512mb is marginally better but basically equal to the 1GB version.


    Any other requests?

    Like I said, the evidence proves my point: 1GB on a 8800/9800GT in single or SLi configuration is a total waste of memory.
  33. Bluescreendeath said:
    You could've just clicked on the other games on the links I provided. It shows the same story for way more graphically intensive games such as Assassin's Creed, Mas Effect, and the most gfx intensive game: Crysis, as well as many others.


    It's the same story with other games.

    ie. Assassin's Creed
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Assassins-Creed-v1.02,739.html

    Assassins Creed v1.02
    Fraps/TH-Savefile
    (1680x1050, 4xAA, Game AF, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 46.40
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 47.90
    The difference is 1.5 fps

    Assassins Creed v1.02
    Fraps/TH-Savefile
    (1920x1200, 4xAA, Game AF, max. Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 46.30
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 47
    The difference is 0.7 fps


    or Mass Effect
    Mass Effect
    Fraps/Virmire
    (1920x1200, 8xAA, Game AF, Ultra Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 52.10
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 52.8
    The difference is 0.6 fps in favor of the 512mb version

    Or how about Crysis...the most graphically intensive game on the market?
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-charts-q3-2008/Crysis-v1.21,752.html

    Crysis v1.21
    Fraps/Contact
    (1680x1050, 0xAA, Trilinear, Very High Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 24.10
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 24.90
    The 1GB version is marginally better but basically equal to the 512mb version.

    Crysis v1.21
    Fraps/Contact
    (1280x1024, 4xAA, 8xAF, Very High Quality)
    Score in Frame

    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 21.80
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 25.30
    At 1280x1024, two 8800GTs 1GB in SLi is 3.5 fps ahead of the 512mb version. 25.3fps is still unplayable though...

    Crysis v1.21
    Fraps/Contact
    (1280x1024, 0xAA, Trilinear, Very High Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 28.30
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 27.50
    The 512mb is marginally better but basically equal to the 1GB version.


    Crysis v1.21
    Fraps/Contact
    (1920x1200, 0xAA, Trilinear, Very High Quality)
    Score in Frame
    2x 8800GT 512mb SLi = 24.10
    2x 8800GT 1GB SLi = 23.80
    Again, the 512mb is marginally better but basically equal to the 1GB version.


    Any other requests?

    Like I said, the evidence proves my point: 1GB on a 8800/9800GT in single or SLi configuration is a total waste of memory.


    Forget it, it is absolutely pointless to continue to debate with you. I go by what I see on first hand experience. Go ahead and buy the standard configuration but you will pay latter on when you don't met minimum requirements or get hammered early on when using aa and high textures. I still remember the 128vs 256 and later on 256 vs 512mb debates. Learn from the past and make the best of the present while making good decisions about the future.
  34. well if your going to justify spending like 250$ on 2 older cards why not spend 250$ on a 275gtx... surely the 9800gt's in sli dont compare to those... right?

    check this out...free shipping...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133268
  35. thacondor said:
    well if your going to justify spending like 250$ on 2 older cards why not spend 250$ on a 275gtx... surely the 9800gt's in sli dont compare to those... right?

    check this out...free shipping...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133268


    or spend $160 on a 4890...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161299&cm_re=his_4890-_-14-161-299-_-Product

    I think that would your best bet..
  36. impaledmango said:


    tru dat... if ati is an option... otherwise i think were just going in circles here saying avoid the 2 older cards and get 1 newer card... price/perf/future...
  37. nforce4max said:
    Forget it, it is absolutely pointless to continue to debate with you. I go by what I see on first hand experience. Go ahead and buy the standard configuration but you will pay latter on when you don't met minimum requirements or get hammered early on when using aa and high textures. I still remember the 128vs 256 and later on 256 vs 512mb debates. Learn from the past and make the best of the present while making good decisions about the future.


    It really wasn't a debate considering I had evidence and you did not.

    The upgrade from an 8800GT 256mb to 880GT 512mb was sensible because the card actually benefited from it. The 8800GT card doesn't benefit from 1GB, so you can go ahead and waste your money by falling for a marketing gimmick.

    More video RAM is pointless if a video card isn't powerful enough to use it.
  38. i wouldn't spend my hard earned cash on a PNY.... it would have to be XFX, EVGA or BFG.....

    or spend 180.00$ on that HIS....
  39. Bluescreendeath said:
    It really wasn't a debate considering I had evidence and you did not.

    The upgrade from an 8800GT 256mb to 880GT 512mb was sensible because the card actually benefited from it. The 8800GT card doesn't benefit from 1GB, so you can go ahead and waste your money by falling for a marketing gimmick.

    More video RAM is pointless if a video card isn't powerful enough to use it.



    Sure I guess you are one of those who keeps up with regular upgrades but most people use their cards for two or three or even more. It is sensible to upgrade when meeting minimal requirements for an app or game but replacing a card due to the lack of adequate v-ram when they could have purchased one card that could have been longer if they had. If the G92 does or R870 does not benefit from have a full GB then neither would a GT200 or any other gpu that is currently or was in production.
  40. By the time 1GB becomes the standard minimum Vram, you should have already upgraded from a 9800gt to an HD5670 or something.
  41. nforce4max said:
    Sure I guess you are one of those who keeps up with regular upgrades but most people use their cards for two or three or even more. It is sensible to upgrade when meeting minimal requirements for an app or game but replacing a card due to the lack of adequate v-ram when they could have purchased one card that could have been longer if they had. If the G92 does or R870 does not benefit from have a full GB then neither would a GT200 or any other gpu that is currently or was in production.


    No, I maybe replace my video card every year but I usually buy old/used cards.

    The 512mb of the 9800/8800GT does not lack adequate video RAM since its RAM can almost fully be utilized.
    4870s or GTX260s on the other hand, do have enough processing power to adequately use over 512mb RAM in a lot of situations.

    I agree with you about the minimum requirements, but for the extra cost of going from a 512mb to 1GB 9800GT, buying better GPU such as the 9800GTX/GTS250 or 4850 (which is around the same price) is the better option.
  42. Bluescreendeath said:
    No, I maybe replace my video card every year but I usually buy old/used cards.

    The 512mb of the 9800/8800GT does not lack adequate video RAM since its RAM can almost fully be utilized.
    4870s or GTX260s on the other hand, do have enough processing power to adequately use over 512mb RAM in a lot of situations.

    I agree with you about the minimum requirements, but for the extra cost of going from a 512mb to 1GB 9800GT, buying better GPU such as the 9800GTX/GTS250 or 4850 (which is around the same price) is the better option.


    Good point, the price for a 1gb isnt justified when it is borderline to better graphic cards of that price range, but the OP has yet to respond to our abundance of posts, so I'd leave it at that and see if he is serious.
  43. The real question is whether he already has a 9800GT. If so SLI is the right call, if not the GTX 260 is the wiser choice.
  44. ^ The OP already has a 9800GT 512Mb, running at 1680x1050. In this situation I would say go for another GT, it is a good option and will be the cheapest. I have 512mb 8800GT Sli at 1920x1080 and they are still pulling their weight in most games even with AA, its only Crysis that I had to drop to 1680x1050 to get playable.
    Bluescreendeath - the extra vram isn't there to increase performance in terms of FPS, it will enable you to have higher levels of texture detail in game. The best example as already mentioned is GTAIV. I have a 8800GT Sli setup like mousemonkey and a 1080p panel. In GTAIV I can ONLY use medium or low textures because of the 512mb, if I had 1gb cards then I would be able to put them on high. That’s what you're paying for.
  45. MMclachlan said:
    ^ The OP already has a 9800GT 512Mb, running at 1680x1050. In this situation I would say go for another GT, it is a good option and will be the cheapest. I have 512mb 8800GT Sli at 1920x1080 and they are still pulling their weight in most games even with AA, its only Crysis that I had to drop to 1680x1050 to get playable.
    Bluescreendeath - the extra vram isn't there to increase performance in terms of FPS, it will enable you to have higher levels of texture detail in game. The best example as already mentioned is GTAIV. I have a 8800GT Sli setup like mousemonkey and a 1080p panel. In GTAIV I can ONLY use medium or low textures because of the 512mb, if I had 1gb cards then I would be able to put them on high. That’s what you're paying for.



    That is what I have been trying to say but does any one listen and understand nope. +1
  46. MMclachlan said:

    Bluescreendeath - the extra vram isn't there to increase performance in terms of FPS, it will enable you to have higher levels of texture detail in game. The best example as already mentioned is GTAIV. I have a 8800GT Sli setup like mousemonkey and a 1080p panel. In GTAIV I can ONLY use medium or low textures because of the 512mb, if I had 1gb cards then I would be able to put them on high. That’s what you're paying for.


    I know what the extra vram is good for. Like I said before, the 9800GT is still too weak to make use of those settings effectively to actually use more than 512mb of RAM. On high texture quality and higher resolutions, the 9800GT 1GB will lag just as much as the 512mb version because the card itself doesn't have enough power.

    It's a waste of money and you're better off getting a 512mb 9800GTX/GTS250 or 4850 or save $$$ by getting the 512mb version.
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