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fraggelrock
05-14-08, 06:12 PM
I had been looking at getting an 8800GT or a 9600GT, and in the end I decided to wait to see how the prices settle.

From my last forum post, it seems that the 8800GT and the 9600GT have similar performance, with the 8800Gt edging out the 9600GT a little with the 9600GT doing better in SLI mode.

2 months later, now the prices on the 9600GT have dropped, and the cheapest I could find is $140 (but one of the big 3 (BFG,EVGA or XFX) is more at around $150:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681413 (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=5)

Now, I found this XFX 8800 GT XXX Video, 256MB DDR3 for $120 but it also comes with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which kinda makes this a better deal.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/campaigns/campaigntemplate.asp?CampaignID=533

The 9600GT is $20-$30 more so the 8800GT still looks competitive, but everyone has been telling me to try COD, so to me it is more like a $60 difference.

Does this make getting the XFX 8800GT XXX a no brainer, or am I missing something. I mean how can I go wrong for $120 + a game I want to try?

Is there some $150 card coming out in the next month that will blow the 88800GT performance away?

Bman212121
05-14-08, 07:28 PM
Only having 256MB of vram these days is going to be cutting it close. That is the reason why the 8800GT is priced lower. There are a lot of MIRs right now on 9600GT's which push the price into the $130 - 140 range with 512MB ram. I'm pretty happy with my 9600GT but if you can find a bundle with a 8800GT that has 512MB of ram for around $150 that might be a better bet.

It might also be worth it to make a jump to an 8800GTS G92. It has all 128 shaders, a dual slot cooler which is quieter, and it's a decent amount faster than either of those. It's only $200 right now at tiger. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3507889&body=MAIN#detailspecs

SLippe
05-15-08, 10:27 AM
Yeah, don't get the 256MB version of any card! If you're going to get a 9600GT, get the eVGA 9600GT Superclocked version. I had the same delima (sp) as you, fraggelrock, but went and settled on the MSI NX8800GT 512M OC. Mainly because of it's cooler and it's price. I had that and the eVGA 9600GT Superclocked in my hands, but have since sold the eVGA. I plan on getting another MSI card to go SLI soon. ;)