9600GT vs. Any Contenders?

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If you were given $200 US Dollars, which VGA would you buy?

  1. 9600GT (512 MB, 256 bus width, 9 series)

    5 vote(s)
    45.5%
  2. 8800GT (256/512/1024*? MB, 256 bus width)

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  3. ATi 3850 (256/512/1024*? MD, 256 bus width)

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  4. ATi 3870 (256/512/1024*? MD, 256 bus width)

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  5. None, VGA's suck... Stick to minesweeper

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  6. Nvidia 5500 (256 MB, 128 bus width, PCI Interface)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Other (make sure to post)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Homemade VGA

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
By izx2
Feb 27, 2008
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  1. Price Range: $0 - $200
    Requirements: Play all* games on maximum settings on 1024 x 768 resolution (*except Crysis) at a decent* framerate minimum (*sufficient for me: 30+ FPS, meaning that I will not cry if I don't get 1,000,000 FPS). HDMI input/dongle is kind of important since I got a LCD TV recently.

    I saw the 9600GT's on NewEgg... *drools* They look cool, but I want some input to find out if there are any cards I'm missing that would do better at a similar price.

    Cards I saw and thought about:
    8800GT (I know it does better, not sure due to cooling issues)
    ATi's 3850/3870 ('70s are a bit expensive and '50s aren't as good as 9600GT's)
    5500 PCI Interface (jk XD)

    So... please don't bash my beliefs/thoughts... just say what you think is right and would help me make a decision.
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,050   +84 Staff Member

    For the price, I don't think you can beat a 9600GT at this second. The 8800GT 512MB seems to perform a tad better, but you'll obviously pay for it.
  3. izx2

    izx2 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 58

    Thanks for your replies, Zenosincks... Let me know if you know of any other cards...
  4. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    You mean HDMI output? Pretty much any card with a DVI output can be equipped with a DVI-HDMI adapter since the signal is compatible with DVI-D and DVI-I.
  6. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ Newcomer, in training Posts: 162

    The 9600GT is pretty much equal to the HD3870. It loses to it but barely, like 1%. Its has a higher consumption. The 8800GT is better in my opinion. The 8800GT is about 10-15% faster and from the looks of it overclocks better. So the 8800GT gets my vote. That or the HD3850 512MB
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,477   +292

    I don't think you have much of a choice at this point, all the 8800GTs I see are over $200.

    Personally I'd get the 9600GT, perhaps that card also supports the PhysX update that nvidia has done to their 8000 series.

    I'll also second Mictlantecuhtli's suggestion of a DVI to HDMI adapter. I run a DVI->HDMI cable from my pc to my LCD tv with no problems.
  8. Ghasede_Del

    Ghasede_Del Newcomer, in training

    only 9600 and nvidia
  9. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Read post #4
    under $200
  10. aznn3rd

    aznn3rd Newcomer, in training Posts: 139

    I would rather spend $150 on the 3850 and spend $50 on crysis.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,477   +292

    Click your links again. None of them are even close to under $200.
     
  12. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    They are, but 'after rebate'... They are all $199... Not including tax + S/H
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,477   +292

    Alright Rick and kpo6969. So you got me, by $1. Some people don't like to deal with rebates, or can't afford the initial hit. Whatever the case is, the 9600GT is $30 less ($36 if we want to play rebates). I don't care one way or the other what this guy gets, but $36 is $36. And when you are dealing with $200 that is an 18% difference.
  14. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Ok, I'll bite
    Lets play with your $36 amount
    Look this over:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/21/nvidia_geforce_9600_gt/page20.html

    Lets forget the $ vs performance stuff

    If you don't want to part with your $36 play money, why not just get a 3870 as opposed to a 8800GT, rather than the 9600GT?
  15. tastegw

    tastegw TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 246

    the real question i think we should be asking is

    the 9600 compated to the 8600.

    this should give us an idea about the 9800 models that should be following up soon.

    but i could be wrong. :0

    nvidia has done this since the 6000 models right?
    6600 -6800
    7600 -7800
    8600 -8800
    9600 -9800

    sure their are other breeds inbetween those models but those are the lower end models and we should not be worried about those.

    what i see with the new 9600 is they have taken a 8600 and doubled the 128-bits to 256-bits aswell as the Stream Processors from 32 to 64. and the price only went up about 25-30% .....also the core clock seems to be about 10-20% higher

    if they can duplicate this with the 9800models from the 8800 models, we are in for a treat.
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