8600GTS vs 7800GT...

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by Keith Wing, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. Keith Wing

    Keith Wing Master Guru

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    I am upgrading an old computer that a friend will use to play some games at 1680x1050. I have two old video cards and don't know which one would be faster. One is an 8600GTS and the other is a 7800GT. Both are 256MB cards.

    Thanks,
    Keith
     
  2. aafuss

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    If you're using Vista-go for a 8600GTS.

    I went from a 7600GS 256MB to a 8600GT 512MB for my PC.
     
  3. Keith Wing

    Keith Wing Master Guru

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    Yeah it is a Vista machine. I just heard bad things about the 8600GTSs 128-bit memory bus killing it's performance.
     
  4. vbetts

    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    A 7800 would be a better choice.
     

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    Agreed-the 7800 or 7900 series cards would suit you fine.
     
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    There's a big difference between going from a 7600 256 to an 8600 512 (what you did) and going from a 7800 256 to an 8600 256 (what the OP is considering). Judging by what little I know of the 7 series, and my terrible experience with the sub-8800 level 8 series, I vote for the 7800.
     
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    Tomshardware tests show the 8600GTS 256MB is 10% faster than the 7800GT 256MB.

    UK prices have the 8600GTS at £45, with the 7800GT at £40, which in my eyes makes the 8600GTS a winner.

    Also the picture-video playback quality on 8 series is better for videos than 7 series cards.
     
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    That's interesting as some prefer the 7 series.
     
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    Postalisback Ancient Guru

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    I'd still go with the 7800 over the 8600 if I were you... :)
     
  10. fli_guy84

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    I'd sacrifice some gaming performance for IQ with the 8600GTS.
     

  11. Zareph

    Zareph Ancient Guru

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    I second that.
    The 8600-series was a disaster - I mean, an entirely new generation, and all they could come up with was something that's 10% faster than the previous generation's midrange card? (7600GT to 8600GT) ;)

    EDIT: On a completely different note, at that resolution he'd probably prefer something with 512mb and a 256bit memory bus... Both cards are terrible choices for the resolution he plays at.
     
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    Quality wise there's no comparison, maybe you just need to choose according to your gaming needs.
    I would choose the 8600, it's just loose a little in pixel fill rate but everywhere else does it better, plus draw little fewer wattage
     
  13. ---TK---

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    i would go with the 7800gt. in fact i still have my 2 that i pulled out of this sytem. even with vista. but i would put xp on that machine if it were me though
     
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    but for the resolution you say (1680x1050) I dont think those options will serve you well; as someone said 256 bit interfarce will be better, also more memory for that resolution. Can yo afford for something better? I dont know ... 8800 GS I think. If you dont, then my choice would be the 7800, the 8600 is not god at all, even worse for the resolution you say...
     

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