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8800 Gts (320) Or 2900pro


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#1 DaveM12

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 03:43 PM

As the title suggests, I'm split between getting an EVGA 8800 GTS (320mb), or a Sapphire 2900pro. Yes, the 2900 is out of stock currently but newegg is getting more on the 12th. The system the card will be running on :

Motherboard - Abit IP35-E 775
Proc - Intel E6750
RAM - 2 gigs of 667 ram
HDD - 160gb western digital caviar
Power supply - 600 watt rosewill stallion
OS - Vista home premium 32 bit

Also, I have a 17" widescreen monitor, using 1440x900 resolution. I plan on playing games like Team Fortress 2, Counter Strike: Source, but also much more demanding games like Crysis. I've read that the 8800 performs better using openGL (also, if someone could explain openGL that'd be great) and AA, while the 2900 does better in raw performance.
Any advice is greatly appreciated, cause I'm really split between these two cards :thumbsup:

EDIT: Forgot to add OS

Edited by DaveM12, 04 November 2007 - 04:06 PM.


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Posted 04 November 2007 - 05:40 PM

the new GT looks interesting

http://techreport.com/articles.x/13479

the hardware H264 playback is long overdue, especially for nvidia

Edited by DaChew, 04 November 2007 - 05:40 PM.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 06:15 PM

i have a 2900xt and im extremely happy with it

but as DaChew said, the 8800gt looks very saucy...
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Posted 04 November 2007 - 06:33 PM

openGL is a 2d/3d graphics rendering only language. Similar to the old Direct3d in that it doesnt carry sound as the new DirectX does.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenGL

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 06:44 PM

I agree, the 8800gt does look great, but what affect will not having a pci 2.0 slot have on it? With just a regular PCI-e slot, will it be better than the two cards i was looking at or no?

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 07:08 PM

afaik pcie 1.1(or what ever the standard is) to 2.0 is backwards compatible and vise-versa, i dnot think that u will see any performance drops between the 2 (at the moment!)
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Posted 04 November 2007 - 08:20 PM

Thanks for all the help guys, I've decided to go with an 8800gt, based on your suggestions, reviews and some benchmarks. Appreciate the help! :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 11:47 PM

well shucks, I got the reccomendation from a admin of a forum I use a lot and knew if he liked it, it had to be good, just read the whole review

whew!

You've seen the results for yourself, so you pretty much know what I'm going to say. The 8800 GT does a very convincing imitation of the GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB when running the latest games, even at high resolutions and quality settings, with antialiasing and high-quality texture filtering. Its G92 GPU has all of the GeForce 8800 goodness we've come to appreciate in the past year or so, including DX10 support, coverage-sampled antialiasing, and top-notch overall image quality. The card is quiet and draws relatively little power compared to its competitors, and it will only occupy a single slot in your PC. That's a stunning total package, sort of what it would be like if Jessica Biel had a brain.

With pricing between $199 and $249, I find it hard to recommend anything else—especially since we found generally playable settings at 2560x1600 resolution in some of the most intensive new games (except for Crysis, which is in a class by itself.) I expect we may see some more G92-based products popping up in the coming weeks or months, but for most folks, this will be the version to have.


kind of looks like it has made a lot of cards obsolete and now we find out that amd is releasing something to upset the apple cart even more

as soon as you get your high dollar card, it's obsolete and overpriced

gaming is expensive

Edited by DaChew, 04 November 2007 - 11:48 PM.

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:47 AM

how do u think i feel - i just bought the 2900xt for 550 then see reviews of this 8800gt slaughtering it for like 200-250$ cheaper :thumbsup:

yeah amds rv670 chip will be a spanner i guess....weather its a good spanner or just plain crap is yet to be decided :huh:

Edited by 4ward_tristan, 05 November 2007 - 12:49 AM.

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 02:42 PM

DaveM12, which model/brand card 8800GT did you decide on? I am going to purchase one as well for my new computer as all my research points to that card being the one to get.

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 04:31 PM

I plan on getting the EVGA superclocked 512mb version, here. I decided on this one because this model is around the price of the other two cards I was looking at, and provides great speeds for the price. I went with EVGA because all of the cards I've bought from them have served me very well in the past.

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:26 PM

Cant find any in stock! These things are selling out like crazy

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 06:53 PM

Yeah, they are running out really quickly. However, they are in stock at the EVGA website, and...a few dollars cheaper than on newegg!

Here is a link to the list of models that EVGA offers for the 8800gt. You can get the KO version for less than 300 dollars straight from their site, where it is about 310 on newegg :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 10:54 AM

Thanks for the tip. All these brands confuse me. Are they essentially the same card?

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 03:21 PM

Basically, yes. Most brands offer cards that have clocks similar to each other (IE, every brand will produce a card with 650mhz core clock, etc.) and cost about the same amount of money. However, some brands will have better service, or a better reputation for quality products. Its really just your preference of what brand sticks out to you the most.




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