Upgrading from 7 series...Need advice.

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by MisterWhippy, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. MisterWhippy

    MisterWhippy Master Guru

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    Per title.

    I am upgrading from my 2x 7950gx2, and have been looking at 8 series cards.

    Im in a position where I am looking to get the most out of a certain dollar amount.

    My question is in reference to the difference between 8800 gs, and 8800 gt. I know one has a bit less memory.

    Would 2x 8800 gs in SLI outperform my current setup, and would they out do ONE 8800 gt?

    I prefer to game at 1600x1200, though lower resolutions seem to look just as good when I am playing. Has anyone done any testing?

    J
     
  2. PineMangoes

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    Considered a single HD 4850?
     
  3. MisterWhippy

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    That was infact why I just came back.....I wondered how would my selections compare to a 3870 or higher in price/proformance. Im looking to spend around 160ish brand new and want the best single OR SLI setup.
     
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    an 8800 GT i'm pretty sure itself outperforms a 7950GX2, you say you have that in SLI? well afaik the 7950GX2 in SLI is horrible scaling so i do not know if an 8800 GT itself would beat a 7950GX2 in SLI, don't get an 8800 GS, if you wanted something "that" low end you'd wanna go with the 9600 GT, however, i would say if you want SLI, go with two 8800 GTs(or 9800 GTs, whichever is cheaper as they are the same card), or go with one 9800 GTX+ and SLI it later
     

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    mmkay to revise my answer, since you wanna spend around 160, then yeah i'd go with the 8800 GT or 9800 GT, or 9800 GTX+, if you want to go on the ATI side, then definently the 4850, which ones will bring you the most performance gain are the 9800 GTX+ and 4850
     
  6. MisterWhippy

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    I am trying to make sure I don't f' myself. I get GREAT framerates now. Counterstrike is usually around 120fps at 1600x1200. My problem is that I do not have a gaming case, so the 4x graphic cores I currently have make my case oven-like.

    If a single 8800gt will outdo what I have now, Im gonna be happy to do this. Again, I am quite sceptical.......will a single 8800gt run crysis on high at 1280x1024 with decent frames?

    Im leaning toward NVIDIA, only because my board does support SLI, even though its a crappy 8x 8x sli.
     
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    Any reason why you wouldn't consider a 260 GTX?
     
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    His $160 price range might have something to do with it...
     
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    Def. go with a 4850, got one in my other computer, for $150 nothing comes close!!!
     

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    i had a 7950 gx2 voltmodded and overclocked on water. i had to rma it and got an 8800 gts 640 which was faster at stock speeds. an 8800 gt will be faster because of the scaling issues with the 7950 gx2. i would go with any of the choices you mentioned but probably ati's 4850 this round it is just a better card. the 4950 is as good as the gtx 260 in some games. and it and the 9800 gtx+ are about the same but the ati tends to be faster.
     
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    9800GTX+ or 8800GTS(G92). Or for $40 more you can SLI 9600gts.

    ~John
     
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    Definitely go with the HD 4850... BIG improvement.
     
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    I'm sure you will get much better performance with a 8800 GT or 9800 GTX+, possibly even where you're at right now

    I'm not sure if the 8800 GT will run crysis at high with 1280x1024, i think it can considering i play crysis at medium-high with 1680x1024

    Another thing you need to consider with Counter-Strike etc. is that with the 8 series and above you get more graphical options in the AA world, right now i think you're stuck with 4xAA, with the 8 series and above you're given the options of 16xQCAA or whatever it's called
     
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    I can tell you even with my Core 2 E6550 at stock speed (2.33GHz) and my 8800GTS G92 (pretty similar to 8800GT) OC'd a little I can run Crysis on High settings at an average of 46fps and Very High at 26fps (according to the Crysis benchmark tool) on 1280x1024, but I would also recommend going for the 9800GTX+ or the Radeon HD4850. As far as I know the 9800GTX is also a bit longer than the 8800's so then you have to consider the size of your case as well.
     

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    Yes, but what's nice about the 9800 GTX's etc. is that the power cord is not on the end of the card, instead it's on the side :p IE even if it's longer it won't be a problem if you could plug in an 8800 card, since now you won't have to plug in anything there

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    See, many people worry that it won't fit because it's too big but if your computer can run a GT or GTS 512 with the power pluged in, you can run those ones too
     
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    "or go with one 9800 GTX+ and SLI it later "

    I did that from 7900gt to a 9800gtx+ and it is amazing :)
     
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    I decided on an 8800 gt, only because the price was right. depending on test when I get it via mail, I may get a second one.

    As for graphic options, I did have 32x aa available to me with the 7950 gx2 Quad SLI. IMHO, I noticed no difference in game. It may have been there, but there was no real IQ improvement that I noticed, nor was there a drop in framerates.
     
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    So the best choice for upgrading from a 7800gt on a budget would be ???
     
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    9600gt/8800gt/9800gt
     

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