Need some opinoins. Videocards. HD X3850 Vs 8600GTS

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  1. JasonKnight

    JasonKnight OT Supporter

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    Need some opinoins. Videocards. HD 3850 Vs 8600GTS

    ok I have been looking into getting a new video card, but not looking to spend more then $200. (or trust me I would get a 8800GT but I hear they over heat way to quickly) anyway..

    Plus I am stuck with a BTX case so the 8800GTS and other double sized cards wont work right becuase of it... (damn dell)

    Ok am normally a nVidia person, I have never had a problem with them and they over clock quite easily, but then I have used ATi In the past and never really had any problems with them, the ones I had just didnt OC as easily.

    The 2 cards I am looking at are the following.

    Card #1 = Radeon HD 3850 256MB 256-bit GDDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131071

    Card #2 = GeForce 8600GTS 512MB 128-bit GDDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130286

    I have been reading a pretty interesting review of the 3850 and it looks like it performs better then the 8600 does, and they are both $180 But I am wondering if anyone has any experience with any of the cards and which one they would recommend.

    This was the review I was reading, had some nice benchmark compairisons
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2217044,00.asp
     
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    I believe there was a Dell + paypal special for an XFX 8800GT $188 shipped. Might want to check if that's still going on.
     
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    the newer ati cards oc easily. it is now built into their control pannel. or you can use the ati-tool to oc.

    I just got a 3870 and it runs great. I would definatly go with the ati over that 8600
     
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    Seriously, just save thatt extra tiny bit of money and ge a 8800gt

    You won't regre it, whereas you will feel the limitations of the other two in the not-so-distant future
     
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    Also, what games do you want to play?

    And what size monitor do you have?
     
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    Seriously, there isn't that much difference between the HD3870 and the 8800GT, yes, the 8800 is faster but not by that much.
     
  8. JasonKnight

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    I have a 20" monitor at 1400x1050

    anyway

    This is the 3DMark06 numbers for multiple cards and for the 3850 this is with the 256MB card. I am looking at the 512MB card that is comming out.

    [​IMG]

    So for a card that is about $100-$125 less then the 8800GT its numbers are a little lower then the 8800GT. Uses less power then the 8800GT

    And from the looks of it, Performs the 8800GT in Source engine.

    [​IMG]

    as I said IDK if $100-$125 more is work a 25% increase in power which would be easily obtained from getting the 512MB version of the card (as I said these numbers are form the 256MB card) and a little over clocking.

    Plus there is going to be a $40 price drop sometime around christmas making the price difference $140-$165
     

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