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snowmanwithahat
10-30-08, 10:28 AM
Given the option of the two cards, a 8800 Ultra or a 9800 GTX, which would you all prefer?

I'm having a very very hard time trying to see how the 9800 GTX is better in any given way than the 8800 Ultra.....

As you may notice, i have a 7800 GTX 512mb currently and would be upgrading from that.... would the 8800 or 9800 be valid upgrade options or should I just spend a little bit more and get a GTX 260?

Kemo
10-30-08, 03:57 PM
wait a little bit more for GTX 280's to come down in price. I have 2x8800GTX's and I'm waiting for a few more generations before i upgrade.

CaptNKILL
10-30-08, 04:16 PM
Id be surprised if you could find an 8800 Ultra any more but it is the better card, for sure. The extra memory will help and I think the GPU is actually a bit stronger in most situations.

That said, its probably worth it to spend a little more and get something more powerful like a GTX 260. If you sold your card on ebay a 260 would probably only cost you another $150 and some of them have really nice rebates right now. Mine was only $254 and has a $40 mail in rebate. If you buy one now from newegg I think the rebate is still available.

Bearclaw
10-30-08, 05:30 PM
Look on ebay. There are a ton of Ultras for cheap. :thumbsup:

$n][pErMan
10-30-08, 05:49 PM
My 8800GTX is still kicking major ass... id assume an Ultra would be doing the same ;)

gerardfraser
11-01-08, 06:11 PM
Given the option of the two cards, a 8800 Ultra or a 9800 GTX, which would you all prefer?

I'm having a very very hard time trying to see how the 9800 GTX is better in any given way than the 8800 Ultra.....

As you may notice, i have a 7800 GTX 512mb currently and would be upgrading from that.... would the 8800 or 9800 be valid upgrade options or should I just spend a little bit more and get a GTX 260?

There is nothing the matter with 9800GTX+ cards.They are cheap and fast
Mine outperform SLI 280gtx rigs.with no AA of course.
Heres a crappy video I made 1920x1200 all Enthusiast in Avalanche Map

http://www.archive.org/details/1920x1200Run
Results on benchmark.
MIN=23.27
AVG=58.69
MAX=85.14

kaptkarl
11-01-08, 11:11 PM
I would not go w/ anything other than the 200 series. With prices coming down, why would you consider the 8800 or 9800 series cards? They are "old" technology. You can pick up a GTX260 for the low $200's and OC it to 280 speeds. Not to mention they are the best for SLI IMHO!!:D

It's a no brainer.....;)

Kapt

EDIT: Watch your power supply...you really need a 600W or better for the 200 series cards.

snowmanwithahat
11-02-08, 01:05 PM
thanks alot for all of the replies.

It really does look like a 260 really is the better option now that I've looked at it more. Although.... a 4870 looks really good too if i'm already looking at the 260 price range. I think capn is right and I will probably end up springing for a 260 though..... the way the price range is looking now is

9800 GTX for $159
8800 Ultra (ebay) for $175
GTX 260 for about $209

One thing I'm not too thrilled about though is the apparent noise of the 260. Do any of you current owners suggest any other cooling solutions to use.... it's been a long long time since i've been in the video card aftermarket cooling market... last time I bought one it was a Zalman VF-700 for a 6800 GT...

Xion X2
11-02-08, 02:23 PM
There is nothing the matter with 9800GTX+ cards.They are cheap and fast
Mine outperform SLI 280gtx rigs.with no AA of course.
Heres a crappy video I made 1920x1200 all Enthusiast in Avalanche Map

http://www.archive.org/details/1920x1200Run
Results on benchmark.
MIN=23.27
AVG=58.69
MAX=85.14

Houston.. we have a problem...

kaptkarl
11-02-08, 02:44 PM
thanks alot for all of the replies.

It really does look like a 260 really is the better option now that I've looked at it more. Although.... a 4870 looks really good too if i'm already looking at the 260 price range. I think capn is right and I will probably end up springing for a 260 though..... the way the price range is looking now is

9800 GTX for $159
8800 Ultra (ebay) for $175
GTX 260 for about $209

One thing I'm not too thrilled about though is the apparent noise of the 260. Do any of you current owners suggest any other cooling solutions to use.... it's been a long long time since i've been in the video card aftermarket cooling market... last time I bought one it was a Zalman VF-700 for a 6800 GT...


Noise is not an issue w/ my EVGA GTX260 216core card. It runs at 40% default speed. I use EVGA precision to OC it, and only then do I crank the fan speed up to keep the card cool while OC'd. Even then, it's not THAT loud.

BTW, any card you buy off e-bay will most likely not have a warranty with it, even if it's new. Most manufacturers will not honor thier warranty if purchased from a non-distributor e-tailor. I learned this the hard way....from experience. I had a FoxxConn card go bad and they refused to warranty it because I purchased it off e-bay. It was brand new in the original factory sealed, shrunk wrapped box. BEWARE!!


Kapt

ATOJAR
11-02-08, 04:01 PM
Watch your power supply...you really need a 600W or better for the 200 series cards.

Not really ... mine is 580W and i don't have a single issue! .... not saying a 600W+ PSU is not a better option just stating that with my rig & PSU i have had not one single issue.

gerardfraser
05-11-09, 12:54 AM
Houston.. we have a problem...
Wow old thread,but what did you mean by this comment ,my 9800GTX beat my coreI7 285 set up easy

methimpikehoses
05-11-09, 12:59 AM
nom nom nom

qube
05-11-09, 07:28 AM
Wow old thread,but what did you mean by this comment ,my 9800GTX beat my coreI7 285 set up easy

i got 8900 P in vantage whit my 8800 U and 750 core 1836, 2500 mem and c2d q 6600 @3.7
and now whit my new sys GTX285 2gig non overclocked and qx9650 non overclocked i get 14300 P IN Vantage
Howe can a 9800GTX be faster then a GTX285 the 9800 equel or slower then the 8800 U
:D

Revs
05-11-09, 07:54 AM
Wow old thread,but what did you mean by this comment ,my 9800GTX beat my coreI7 285 set up easy

Then there's something wrong with your rig, dude. A GTX285 has almost twice the power of a 9800GTX and running with an i7 it should be even faster (less CPU limited on lower res/less AA).

john19055
05-25-09, 12:37 PM
A GTX 260 or a GTX 285 or even a GTX 280 is going to show a big improment in newer games compared to a 8800ulta or a 9800GTX.