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9800 GT DDR3 1GB beats GT 240 DDR5 512MB right?

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May 10, 2010 3:31:20 PM

Which is better? I know from the hierarchy sheet that the 9800 GT is one tier higher than the GT 240 DDR5. I started writing this quesiton before I realized that I think in general, 9800 GT's are DDR3.

$58 XLR8 GeForce 9800 GT 1024MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card

$55 ECS NGT240-512QI-F GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Btw, I am looking for a low-mid-end gpu card for a new i5-750 build. Sounds like either of these are a pretty decent deal. I'd like to be able to say, play an older game, like GTA IV or WoW at 1920x1080. And I would l the possibility of player newer games in the future. But as of right now I do zero gaming.

Will the lack of OpenGL 3.0 support hurt me in the future (specs page says it supports 2.1)?

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a c 172 U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 3:57:27 PM
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The 9800GT is the better choice due to higher shader count. Don't be dismayed by the type of vram. The GT240 has the same bandwidth as the 9800gt due to being only 128bit while the 9800gt is 256. Also the 9800gt has better filtrates compared to the gt240. I personally own two 9800gt 1gb editions so I know how well they perform.
May 10, 2010 4:07:30 PM

And nothing to be concerned about with this particular one, right? Consider it boughten! :) 
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a c 172 U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 4:38:41 PM

Yes but that is extremely easy its like plugging in an extension cord into the wall socket. Also there is a 6pin to molex adapter in the box when you buy this card new and will work with out issue on a quality 350-400w psu.
a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 7:26:32 PM

Get the 9800GT for sure. It is faster than a GT240.

But at 1920x1080 those cards won't perform very well(I have a 9800GT). You should really look for a faster card for running games at that resolution....
May 10, 2010 7:52:03 PM

Bought one of these for $37 after tax/rebate after going into the MicroCenter and discovered they'd bait n switched me on the 9800. But I think this was still a great deal. Can still do something with this card but spent so little that if I ever want to step it up, I won't feel bad getting a new GPU in 1-3 yrs.

GeForce GT 240 1024MB DDR3 PCIe 2.0 x16 Graphics Card
a c 172 U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 10:49:52 PM

kghastie said:
Bought one of these for $37 after tax/rebate after going into the MicroCenter and discovered they'd bait n switched me on the 9800. But I think this was still a great deal. Can still do something with this card but spent so little that if I ever want to step it up, I won't feel bad getting a new GPU in 1-3 yrs.

GeForce GT 240 1024MB DDR3 PCIe 2.0 x16 Graphics Card



That is fraud on their part as they implied that they were selling you a 9800gt but gave you the card that you revived. File a complaint if you feel necessary. Yes $37 is a good deal.
a c 106 U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 11:46:41 PM

The 9800GT pretty much kicks the crap out of the GT240. The only reason to get a GT240 is if you are worried your PSU will not handle a 9800GT.
a c 271 U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 12:37:48 AM

shubham1401 said:
Get the 9800GT for sure. It is faster than a GT240.

But at 1920x1080 those cards won't perform very well(I have a 9800GT). You should really look for a faster card for running games at that resolution....

I would question that as I'm running 8800GT's @ 19 x 10 and even if a game doesn't support SLi the framerates are more than playable.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 3:58:52 AM

Mousemonkey said:
I would question that as I'm running 8800GT's @ 19 x 10 and even if a game doesn't support SLi the framerates are more than playable.



Sorry, if it wasn't clear but I was talking about a single 9800GT. :??: 

a c 271 U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 4:15:26 AM

shubham1401 said:
Sorry, if it wasn't clear but I was talking about a single 9800GT. :??: 

Well if I switch off SLi then I'm only running a single 8800GT @ 19 x 10 and games are still quite playable.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 5:28:18 AM

Mousemonkey said:
Well if I switch off SLi then I'm only running a single 8800GT @ 19 x 10 and games are still quite playable.


Yeah, most of them are playable...But how long you think a 9800GT/8800GT will play games at 19X10?
Since he was making a new purchase, I suggested a better card for the resolution :) 
a c 271 U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 5:36:29 AM

kghastie said:
I'd like to be able to say, play an older game, like GTA IV or WoW at 1920x1080. And I would l the possibility of player newer games in the future. But as of right now I do zero gaming


shubham1401 said:
Yeah, most of them are playable...But how long you think a 9800GT/8800GT will play games at 19X10?


Playing the two games that the OP mentions? Long enough I reckon.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 6:56:39 AM

I'm pretty sure the GeForce 9800GT could handle WoW no problems at 1080p, and AFAIK, GTA IV is quite dependent on the CPU. I would have gone for the 9800GT personally, but the GT 240 isn't too bad either, especially for $37, and it'll do the job well for a few years, as a low range to mid range card.

May 11, 2010 1:39:57 PM

Yeah, thanks all. I actually went to MC to get a 9800 they claimed to have for $58, but they had nothing of the sort (despite showing 5 in stock online still). My original plan was to go with a low end, cruddy but at least usable card, and get a $100 one if I ever start gaming (which would get me quite a bit more than a 240 or 9800 2 yrs from now). So the 240 is actually way better than what I was starting with (a 4650 for $45). And at $37 I have no problems getting rid of it and upgrading should I want. (As opposed to if I spend $75 on a 9800, which kind of gets me stuck in the middle).

I'd still be interested in a 9800 or better card, but only if I could get it for less than like $65 or so...
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 1:54:53 PM

To be honest, the difference between 240 and 9800 just is not enough to justify spending any money on it now that you have a 240. The next time you buy a GPU it may as well be a big upgrade to play modern games.
May 11, 2010 4:00:35 PM

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