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Ewhit
01-05-08, 10:10 PM
I'm going for one of the cheapest 8800 out there. Is there anything i should be worrying about?

XDanger
01-05-08, 10:11 PM
256mb

Ewhit
01-05-08, 10:16 PM
yeah, i'm not getting anything less than 512 megs.

Crow_Nest
01-05-08, 10:36 PM
You shouldnt be settling for anything less than 512MB of vram these days if you're using the card for serious gaming. The only thing i would worry about getting a 8800GT is the heatsink. This card produces a lot of heat, so if possible get a 3rd party cooler for the card. Or just buy those special edition ones which come with a better heatsink. Such as the Gigabyte one that has a zalman cooler on it. Takes up an extra slot though, but it might be worth it since your card and PC will run much cooler than before. And also leaves more room for overclocking.

Ewhit
01-05-08, 11:28 PM
yeah. i'm looking at one with a fan that takes up another space.

SH64
01-05-08, 11:52 PM
You shouldnt be settling for anything less than 512MB of vram these days if you're using the card for serious gaming. The only thing i would worry about getting a 8800GT is the heatsink. This card produces a lot of heat, so if possible get a 3rd party cooler for the card. Or just buy those special edition ones which come with a better heatsink. Such as the Gigabyte one that has a zalman cooler on it. Takes up an extra slot though, but it might be worth it since your card and PC will run much cooler than before. And also leaves more room for overclocking.
What if i like the 8800GT as it is & i dont intend to overclock it ? is it still a bad decision to stick with the default cooler ?

LycosV
01-06-08, 01:40 AM
What if i like the 8800GT as it is & i dont intend to overclock it ? is it still a bad decision to stick with the default cooler ?

I don't think so. If the heat bothers you alot at the default clocks you can always jack up the fan with RivaTuner.

XDanger
01-06-08, 11:23 AM
I thought they changed the fan so its all good with the later batches of GT's??????

leoxtxt
01-06-08, 02:17 PM
Its still the same 1-slot cooling solution, simply they changed the fan, now its bigger but it doesn't go above 1650 RPM (correct if i'm wrong), perhaps they fixed the "noise" problem but the VGA temperature is the same.

andy_nv
01-06-08, 02:53 PM
Then it's Palit, Gigabyte and every producer that uses a custom cooling solution, unless you have good case ventilation.

Lenin
01-06-08, 06:11 PM
I'll join the others in saying that you'd better avoid the 256mb cards.
The new fan isn't that much of an improvement, still single-slot... if it bothers you too much, you can get one of the many aftermarket fans.

andy_nv
01-09-08, 03:46 PM
Galaxy 8800GT review on Guru3D (http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/486/3/). Temps look good, I just don't trust the brand.