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Old 06-14-09, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default A replacement for my 8800GTS

My aging 8800gts 640MB has started to act up. Had some video corruption issues, crashes to desktop, and today ATItool started giving me errors when I ran an artifact scan . All in all it's time to replace the card.

What I am looking for is a card that is relatively faster, quieter and less power hungry than the 8800gts, but under $200, preferably in the 120-150 range (I'm not looking for the best of the best). I hardly play videogames anymore, mostly I use my pc for video and photo editing and as a htpc, but I'd like it to be able to play a game or two here and there at 1920x200 or 1680x1050 at least. Must be able to handle 2560x1600 (I know most cards do but just in case) and HD video acceleration (and HDCP compliance) are wanted/needed.

I am brand agnostic, Nvidia or ATi would be fine by me (actually been considering ATi but am not sold)

Thanks for your advice in advance.
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Old 06-14-09, 10:32 AM   #2
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A Radeon 4870 would probably be best for your purposes. Here's a 1 GB card for $150.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150352
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Old 06-14-09, 01:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: A replacement for my 8800GTS

If you don't really play games that much anymore you may want to get something relatively power efficient so you aren't paying more to power a card that you aren't using.

I recommend a 1Gb GTS 250:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3523

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130469

Its significantly faster than the old 8800GTS, you'll be accustomed to the drivers, and its one of the more power efficient mid-range cards you can buy.

The 4870 will be faster, but I'm still not really sold on ATI's video drivers. My HTPC's integrated Radeon 3200 works fine in windows but showed some graphical artifacting in some scenes in Crysis and updating drivers didn't fix it. I haven't seen a general graphics rendering problem like that in quite a while with nvidia drivers.
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Default Re: A replacement for my 8800GTS

I have a Core 216 GTX 260 which I will sell you for the same price as that 4870 linked above - 150$. Perfect condition.. hasn't been used much since I bought it new. BFG Tech brand. Lowest priced one on newegg is 180$.

If you're into video and photo editing, you may want to stick with Nvidia for their CUDA properties.

PM me if interested.
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Default Re: A replacement for my 8800GTS

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A Radeon 4870 would probably be best for your purposes. Here's a 1 GB card for $150.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150352
^ what he said I wouldn't get the GTS 250 as it's just a rebranded g92.
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Default Re: A replacement for my 8800GTS

Thanks for the replies so far, I was considering a 4870, any issues I should be aware of with ATi drivers and such? They seem to be much more "temperamental" than Nvidia drivers. How is the video processing IQ on ATi cards compared to NV?
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Old 06-19-09, 03:20 AM   #7
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A GTX 250 is better then a 8800GTS 640mb,because it is a 90nm G80 chip and the GTS 250 is a 65nm G92 chip,but a ATI 4870 would be even better.
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Thanks for the replies so far, I was considering a 4870, any issues I should be aware of with ATi drivers and such? They seem to be much more "temperamental" than Nvidia drivers. How is the video processing IQ on ATi cards compared to NV?
Most of the problems relating to the 4870, at least from what I've been reading, relate to Crossfire setups. Since you're getting a single card, you shouldn't have any significant trouble. So, too, is the video processing. ATI's quality is supposed to be pretty good.
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ATI is having trouble with even single-card drivers at this point. I just finished working on a computer for a girl who had a 2900XT. She couldn't get it to boot into Windows. Every time it tried she would get the the message that Windows failed to start normally and would cycle around in an endless loop.

On a whim, I tried hooking up a different monitor to her card, and presto, Windows came right up. Turns out the latest Catalyst drivers from ATI had dropped support for her monitor (a rather popular brand in ViewSonic that was only about 2 years old.)

ATI's hardware is great, but their drivers can be the stupidest thing you've ever seen sometimes.
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Thanks for the replies so far, I was considering a 4870, any issues I should be aware of with ATi drivers and such? They seem to be much more "temperamental" than Nvidia drivers. How is the video processing IQ on ATi cards compared to NV?
Go Nvidia for sure. ATI drivers still suck. The GTS 250 would be a pretty massive increase in performance.

It's a tad bit faster than my 4770 and I upgraded from a gts 320 and it was night and day.
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PM Xion X2 dont be silly and get that 260/216.....thats a killer deal and it's still warranteed <--- ?
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