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Opinions on BFG GeForce 8800 GT OverClocked Video Card - 512MB for FSX

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January 26, 2010 2:59:15 AM

Hi all:

I'm looking at new system but am curious to know if the BFG GeForce 8800 GT OverClocked Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready is still a pretty good card for the money. Currently, I can pick it up for $99.00 after a $50 instant discount.

I realize there certainly may be better, but for about that price, is this a good card or does anyone have another recommendation?

It will be paired with an i3 530 and ASUS P7H55-M Pro Motherboard if that helps.

Thanks....David Kuzava
a c 179 U Graphics card
January 26, 2010 3:09:34 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4850 performs similarly to a GTS250 which is a 9800GTX+, the 8800GT is a 9800GT under a different name, so unless it is OC'ed rather high the 4850 would do better. It would need a 23% OC on its core clock to perform like a GTS250.
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 26, 2010 3:09:46 AM

That's a lot for a three year old card and as I don't play FSX I can't say it would be getting for that or if it would be any good at that but it is too much money that's for sure.
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January 26, 2010 3:25:21 AM

I was always under the impression that nVidia cards were much better than ATI.
a c 271 U Graphics card
January 26, 2010 3:38:04 AM

dakmlb said:
I was always under the impression that nVidia cards were much better than ATI.

I never said they weren't, just that the 8800GT for $99 is not worth it.
January 26, 2010 12:48:47 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I never said they weren't, just that the 8800GT for $99 is not worth it.



You didn't say it. Hunter315 made a reference to a Radeon 4850 being better. I was replying to his comment.
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January 26, 2010 1:04:27 PM

"Better" is a very subjective word. nVdia may be better for someone looking for physX, But ATi maybe better for someones else who is looking for a DX11 card.
So what I'm saying is its a matter of personal opinion.

Its naive to say that one company is better than another without justifying why.
January 26, 2010 1:30:37 PM

I would say "Better" is a predominantly subjective term. Just read reviews about any particular product. One person says it's great, another says it's junk. But in the case, "Better" wasn't meant in the general sense or as in a "better" company as whole. It was directed toward FSX specifically. I have read numerous forum posts that suggests FSX simply likes nVidia cards over all others.

If the 8800GT is overpriced, does anyone have an alternative for around that $100USD price point?
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January 26, 2010 4:48:31 PM

dakmlb said:
You didn't say it. Hunter315 made a reference to a Radeon 4850 being better. I was replying to his comment.

Sorry mate, early morning fuzzy head when I posted.
Rustyy117 said:
Heres a 9800GT for $5 less than the cheaper 8800GT [:mousemonkey]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


a c 125 U Graphics card
January 26, 2010 4:52:20 PM

lol ^^ So true
January 28, 2010 12:38:42 AM

I've gone ahead an ordered the GTS 250 along with an i3 530 so we'll see how well it works. If anyone is interested, I'll be posting my complete specs in new forum. I'll likely dub something like my i3 530 review or experience. I will post results in a thread I started under FSX Propsed System. Thanks for all your input.
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January 28, 2010 12:51:50 AM

dakmlb said:
I've gone ahead an ordered the GTS 250 along with an i3 530 so we'll see how well it works. If anyone is interested, I'll be posting my complete specs in new forum. I'll likely dub something like my i3 530 review or experience. I will post results in a thread I started under FSX Propsed System. Thanks for all your input.


I am interested, make sure you open up a thread and post some pics [:jaydeejohn:5]

February 3, 2010 11:03:58 PM

OvrClkr said:
I am interested, make sure you open up a thread and post some pics [:jaydeejohn:5]



I have put the system together. I initially had XP installed but upgraded to Windows 7. In a nutshell, I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I haven't overclocked yet but the stock speed has produced some great performance and frame rates, with settings maxed (except auto-gen, which I set as normal and traffic which is set to around 80%. I do this as it makes it more realistic. Performance is really unaffected at max.

I am still getting things set up and when I do I will put togther my review and will post some pics and hopefully vid as well.

From what I have experienced though, the graphics are outstanding and the addons have become even more realistic. I am using FEX, REX, GEX and Traffic X.

More to come....
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February 3, 2010 11:39:29 PM

I just replaced my 8800GT XLR8 with a BFG GTS 250 OC.
It may be a leftover GTX stock like they say, and may only pump out 1000 more points on 3DMark 06...
but when my resources in GTA 4 jumped from 496 to 1000 my jaw dropped.
In game performance is what matters most to me, so in this case when I walked into Best Buy yesterday and they had the GTS 250 OC on sale for $115 I couldn't resist.
I'm glad I got the new card. It really is an improvement over the ol PNY 8800GT
a b U Graphics card
February 4, 2010 2:28:18 PM

magneezo said:
I just replaced my 8800GT XLR8 with a BFG GTS 250 OC.
It may be a leftover GTX stock like they say, and may only pump out 1000 more points on 3DMark 06...
but when my resources in GTA 4 jumped from 496 to 1000 my jaw dropped.
In game performance is what matters most to me, so in this case when I walked into Best Buy yesterday and they had the GTS 250 OC on sale for $115 I couldn't resist.
I'm glad I got the new card. It really is an improvement over the ol PNY 8800GT


I have one myself in my backup rig ;) 



I paid 175.00$ when it came out :( 
a b U Graphics card
February 4, 2010 7:33:08 PM

I had to do a little adjusting. The SATA cables are directly underneath the card.
Lucky for me the unit shipped with some angled cords so it was just a switch from A to B and it was just fine.


I may get flack here about the nest, but honestly those Tt cables are thick as pipes and VERY strong.
Here's the tiny nest the ET has but small as it may be you can cram a good bit in there.

There is room for a longer card...but can the Tt 550 with a combined 12v rating of 35 be able to cut it?
Probably not.
a b U Graphics card
February 4, 2010 7:50:15 PM

Depends on what card you are talking about, as long as you don't run a GTX 295 or 5970 you will be fine....
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