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Whats better? 8800 or 2900

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by James D, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. James D

    James D Thread Starter

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    Hey guys! I got a:
    Dell 8400 XP sevice pack 2
    3.2 Pen 4
    3 gb ram
    Nvidia 7900 gt 256 bit
    20" LG flatron L1930TQ
    650w PSU

    My 7900 gt just died, ownd if for about 1 1/2 years 8-[ To many artifacts (burned it up,didn't relize I could jack with the fan...it was only at 40%), then whenever I watched a video, my monitar would shut off...lol SOOOO IM UPGRADING! (y) Highest I want to spend is $500

    Question is, which card is better? ATI 2900XT or Nvidia 8800 ultra? They both have there ups and downs. Keep in mind my cut off is 650 watts.

    I was thinking about these two cards, the 2900 and 8800 (what about the ATI 3870)

    ATI:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103044

    then for way cheaper the same card just 512 instead of 1gb

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...maryType=0&Pagesize=10&SelectedRating=1&Page=

    Whats the difference in these 2 cards? Why the big price difference? What happened to the term pixle piplines, was stream proccessors?

    NIVIDIA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814122018

    WTF is up with the price for the small output?!?! Am I lookin in the wrong spot?

    Thanks guys, I have alot of questions, but know you have the answers! 8-D:cool:

    James D
     
  2. Goldfish92

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    I would get neither... Get an 8800GT.

    It is the latest offereing from nVidia and beats the ATI into the ground and is more powerful than an nVidia 8800GTS..

    And at only $300 ish you can't go wrong! :)
     
  3. James D

    James D Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your reply. :)

    Really? This?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143081

    Hmm, the ATI for $330 has better clock speeds, as well as far more stream processors. What makes this 8800 better? Thanks!

    James D
     
  4. Goldfish92

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    NOPE!! 8800GT

    It is brand new! What you have there is a GTS and a GT (despite the last letters) is a better card than the GTS and 2900XT.
     
  5. Goldfish92

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    Plus, it uses less power and produces alot less heat... also it is single slot because of a die shrink. :)
     
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    lol so the gt 512 is better than the gts 640?
     
  8. James D

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    holy ****!!! Geeze, came out in October...Im behind a bit!! Yes, it def. kept up with the 8800GTS and GTX. Only thing though I didn't like, was a 256 bit and 512 ram. Kind of wanted a bigger step. Wow though, this is the start of more great sleeked out 8800's to come. But I guess for $300. That ATI for 30 bucks more tho had 512 bit... is it that noticeable?
    Thanks Again
    JamesD
     
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    Ug I've been hijacked!!! haha no worries, to save $30 order from the main home page...though its on backorder there, if u can wait...lol how bad u want it?
    http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?pn=512-P3-N806-A1

    I am still unsure. I just really wanted a 512 bit with 1gig ram graphics card, around $350.
     
  11. Goldfish92

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    Trust me... not needed as you can see from the test..

    It is single slot and more powerful due to a die shrink over the GTS to 65nm (i think), it is the next step for nVidia to shrink the dies of the G92 and G98 I beleive a bit like Intel's Tick Tock stratergy...

    Basically more powerful card producing less heat, so needs less cooling... I must admit it may look less impressive but it really aint!!

    (And btw. it is a big step, the reviewer notes thinking it will be slower due to the lower bus width but the up the RAM frequency considerably making up for it if not surpassing the larger bandwidth cards as tests show.
     
  12. dannyn

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    also.. what if you over clock it and you don't have the double bay heat sink? how will it hold up?
     
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    I dunno, just aswell as the older cards I guess.... IT will cope, it runs cooler as it is and you donlt need to overclock!! With a card like that you just plug it in and enjoy... or buy pre overclocked for another $30. If EVGA can overclock with stock, why wouldn;t you be able too?
     
  14. dannyn

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    true!
    i just like to crank the crap out of my stuff haha.
    thanks!
     
  15. James D

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    Hey Goldy, am I right in saying the pipes for the GT was 112?! is that ture?! The 8800 ultra does 128?!?! DAMN!. I just read the 19th I beleive and there supposed to be right up there with the ultra's for $350-$400 price range?!?! If so, then im totaly in.! Wait, whats PCI Express 2.0? Do I have that?

    Lets compare it to the 7900 gt I own.
    256 mb ram
    256 bit
    24 pixlepipes
    450 core clock
    DX 9

    8800 Gt
    512 ram
    256 bit
    112 pipes
    700 core clock
    DX 10

    So is this a big leap, so I don't have to upgrade for a while? Yea, I guess I am having a hard time wrapping that around my head that it can do just as good as a job as cooling off than the big mofos...lol I don't own vista yet, so I can't use it to its full capacity.

    Man an to top it off, looks like the Radeon HD 3870 will be comin out in a few days...lol what to get?!?! I guess its way to early to tell which card is better. Thanks again.
    James
     
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