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Zotac 9800 gt 128 bit ($50) vs gigabyte gt 240 ($60

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May 28, 2010 2:26:22 PM

Help ! I am confused and since this deal also lasts till 4pm today.

Is zotac 9800 gt but underpowered 128 bit, ddr3, clock speeds are lowered better or


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($50)


gigabyte gt 240 128 bit, gddr5 ?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($60)
May 28, 2010 4:12:22 PM

I am having a similar dilema. I do not worry about the shader and memory clock speed reductions from a regular 9800 gt. But, I cannot find sources that reveal how the 128 bit performance of this "green" 9800gt card compares to 256 bit interface "green" 9800 gt. I feel pretty certain that it wil still be quite a bit faster than a simiiarly clocked 256 meg "8800gt" with 256 bit interface. In otherworks, I think halving the bandwidth will hurt performance less than halving the memory interface, but I do not have much performance data to go on other than a 256 meg card is INCREDIBLY memory constrained vs 512 meg 8800gt/9800gt. I am really tempted to hop on this deal so I can put some video cards on more of my loaner pc's for Lan parties.

I am almost positive that a 128 bit version of the 9800gt will still beat a regular gt240 by a notable margin. The 256 bit/512meg 9800gt slaughters any regular gt240 handedly any day. The gt240s are usually so overpriced that I sometimes fall in the trap of ignoring them altogether. Broadly speaking, the gt240 should perform similarly to a Geforce 9600 gt Radeon 4670 or a slightly faster than a 9600 gso.
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May 28, 2010 4:12:45 PM

Do not EVER buy a 128-bit card. They are cripples for gaming.
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May 28, 2010 4:24:25 PM

if you really want to get 9800GT just get the normal one. don't get the 128 bit version.
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May 28, 2010 4:25:28 PM

gamerk316 said:
Do not EVER buy a 128-bit card. They are cripples for gaming.


yes the ATI 5770 and 5750 are complete crap cards as every review of them clearly states!!! :pfff: 
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May 28, 2010 4:27:51 PM

dragon0102 said:
Help ! I am confused and since this deal also lasts till 4pm today.

Is zotac 9800 gt but underpowered 128 bit, ddr3, clock speeds are lowered better or


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($50)


gigabyte gt 240 128 bit, gddr5 ?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($60)


the energy efficient model of the 9800GT is not great card, the GT240 would be the better option of the two you linked
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May 28, 2010 4:40:57 PM

I really badly need benchmark data to resolve this problem. Is this card really worse than 256 bit interface 256 meg 8800gt? Keep in mind that my application of these cards would be on loaner/spare gaming pcs at a Lan Party, played on monitors with a maximum resolution of 1280x1024. This is normally a territory where all but the most extreme memory bandwidth constraints are minimized. Although I would not recommend the following card for most gamer's circumstances, I almost bought the 256 meg 8800gt a couple months ago for $55 because they perform almost as fast as a regular 9800gt/8800gt under these operating conditions in most games. Please tell me, would a 128 bit 9800 card fare worse than the above 256 bit 256 meg 8800gt? Benchmark data would be most helpful.
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May 28, 2010 4:57:35 PM

no web sight will benchmark a gimmick card like a 128 bit 9800GT eco card

at best you can try to google a 9600GT eco card since it has more in common with that card then even the typical 9800GT eco card.
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May 28, 2010 5:00:43 PM

I haven't got any benchmarks to back up my feeling but as a 9800GT is an 8800GT with hybrid power and some were even given a 55nm GPU but otherwise it's one and the same card so that one is going to be as slow if not slower than the 256MB 8800GT, I reckon.
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May 28, 2010 5:08:24 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I haven't got any benchmarks to back up my feeling but as a 9800GT is an 8800GT with hybrid power and some were even given a 55nm GPU but otherwise it's one and the same card so that one is going to be as slow if not slower than the 256MB 8800GT, I reckon.


i agree with the simian-rodent,
the gimmick 9800GT you linked would be in the same boat as the 9600GT eco, 8800GT 256mb, 8800GTS 320mb, 9600/8800GS graphic tier
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May 28, 2010 5:13:38 PM

Thankyou for your opinions guys. I was not quite, but nearly confident in purchasing the 9800gt 256 bit before, but now I am really wavering. I have a 245 bit interface 512 MB GDDR3 BFG 9800gt on 2 of my 4 spare gaming machines, I am really happy with them. So, I am going to try to find the same card for the remaining 2 loaner machines.
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May 28, 2010 5:35:44 PM

So far, I've had no luck finding the same BFG (or other brand) 9800gt for at the price I paid for it or less. At more than $80 for green or to $85 for regular 9800gt, the radeon 4850 becomes increasingly attractive. Tax and shipping is also a factor - too bad I have to pay state tax on orders from Newegg since I live in California.
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May 28, 2010 5:39:46 PM

Thank you guys for all the replies. I am going to hold off for a real 9800gt or 9800gtx to become a little more cost friendly.
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