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Old 08-22-08, 08:30 PM   #26
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Default Re: Upgrade from an 8800gt?

Meh. other then running cooler I cant see any reason to get the "+" over the standard 9800GTX. Yes, the + version has higher stock clocks, but the standard 9800GTX can OC to that level and beyond with the stock cooling. To me it's not worth the extra 30 bucks over the standard version. Of course if you can get them for almost the same price, go with the "+" version.
It's a die shrink. At the same clocks, the "+" consumes less power and outputs less heat. Also, due to the shrink, it's capable of higher clocks, overclocked or not.

As for the "%" increases, Im afraid those figures don't hold much water given that the performance differences vary depending on the application (sometimes varying greatly, sometimes not). In either case, a 9800GTX, + or not, will run your games at 1680x1050 without a hitch, much more so then a 8800GT. Basically you are looking at going from running high detail with no AA/AF to running very high detail (maximum) with AA/AF turned all the way up when going from the 8800GT to the 9800GTX.

And, remember, we are talking about an 8800GT and NOT a GTX/Ultra or even a GTS. There is a rather sizable performance difference between those two cards (the 8800GT vs the 9800GTX, respectively).
I run a 9600GT, which is on average, 15-20% slower than the 8800GT. I run all of my games at 1680x1050, 16xCSAA, 16xAF. Most games are locked at or near 60fps. Grid is 35-40 fps. Obviously if I owned Crysis, I'd be disappointed. Bottom line is, his 8800GT should be fine, since it's an upgrade over what I have. A 9800GTX, "+" or not, will offer the same boost over his 8800GT, as his 8800GT currently offers over my 9600GT.
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