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2008-05-12T09:43:40Z

All right, I'll be getting a new PC soon, and right now I'm on the graphics card stage. I'd like to start out with either an 8800GTS, 9600GT, or an 8800GT and then add another if the need be. Now, I know the obvious choice as far as performance is concerned would be two 8800GT's, but I don't know if it's worth the money. So, basically I'd like to know which would be better, two 8800GTS (320MB) or two 9600GT's?

 

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2008-05-12T11:55:02Z

I'd say go with the two 9600GT's if you were going straight to SLI.  If you're going to buy one now and one later, then it even furthur reinforces the 9600GT.  The 512mb on the 9600GT will give it an advantage.  The cards to perform very similar... but you cannot go wrong with newer memory.  However... stream processors seem to be an important part of GPU performance in the present and into the future.  The 96 SPU's on the 8800GTS 320mb compared to 64 on the 9600GT give it some advantage.  One could guess that performance could increase for the 8800GTS... but at the same time that GPU has been dead for a while so optimization on G80 might be a thing of the past.  Hmm.

To solve this deliberation... I'd say go with the 8800GT.  It's better performing than either of those every single time.  It's worth the extra cash, imo.  Otherwise go with the 9600GT imo, because the extra memory will be nice.

ice_73
2008-05-12T13:14:06Z

Crisis Causer wrote:

I'd say go with the two 9600GT's if you were going straight to SLI.  If you're going to buy one now and one later, then it even furthur reinforces the 9600GT.  The 512mb on the 9600GT will give it an advantage.  The cards to perform very similar... but you cannot go wrong with newer memory.  However... stream processors seem to be an important part of GPU performance in the present and into the future.  The 96 SPU's on the 8800GTS 320mb compared to 64 on the 9600GT give it some advantage.  One could guess that performance could increase for the 8800GTS... but at the same time that GPU has been dead for a while so optimization on G80 might be a thing of the past.  Hmm.

To solve this deliberation... I'd say go with the 8800GT.  It's better performing than either of those every single time.  It's worth the extra cash, imo.  Otherwise go with the 9600GT imo, because the extra memory will be nice.



they updated the 8800 gts to be a g92. id say 2 8800gts (g92) are better

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/xfx_9600_gt/8.htm (you see that the 8800 gt is the best)

http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=479&pgno=1 (here we see the gts beat the gt)

transative property. the best bet is 2 8800 gts (g92) MAKE SURE THEY ARE G92.
Crisis Causer
2008-05-12T14:27:53Z

8800GTS 320mb are about the same price as the 9600GT, so I'd imagine that's why he specifically mentioned that one.  The 8800GTS 512mb, which is G92 core, is indeed faster performing than even the 8800GT, but at a higher price.  It's at least $40 more than the 8800GT, a premium I think it's not quite worth.  Especially since he's considering the 8800GT to not even be worth it. 

But yes, do take note that the 8800GTS 512mb (G92) is the highest performance of the bunch.

Atomic Rooster
2008-05-23T18:01:47Z

ice_73 wrote:

they updated the 8800 gts to be a g92. id say 2 8800gts (g92) are better


http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/xfx_9600_gt/8.htm (you see that the 8800 gt is the best)

http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=479&pgno=1 (here we see the gts beat the gt)

transative property. the best bet is 2 8800 gts (g92) MAKE SURE THEY ARE G92.

 

 

You are correct in one respect. They did update the 8800GTS to a G92 core, but only with the 512MB cards. lain is asking about the 8800GTS 320MB card which uses the older G80 core. So of the two, the 9600GT would be the better choice performance wise. But then, the 8800GT 512MB (G92) setup will blow them both out of the water. 

SqUiD267
2008-05-24T20:44:54Z

 The G92 Core 8800 will deff outperform 9600. You guys are lucky with nvidia, ATI hasn't treaated me well espcially under PCI conditions.

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2008-05-26T12:31:09Z

I think I'll just start out with one 8800GT by Evga. I just saw a new Dual-Slot design they have for the 8800GT and it's just $185. I bet the OC on that bad boy is niiiiice. If I need to, I'll go SLI, but I don't think I'll need to. Hell, I might not even need to upgrade from the onboard that comes with the 750a MoBo...  

Atomic Rooster
2008-05-26T14:04:31Z

 Yea, as good as the GeForce 8 serie[censored]ard is, you'll still be much better off getting an 8800GT 512MB (G92) card. They do OC well and there are even some that are already overclocked or "Superclocked". 

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