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Question on the Geforce 8800 GTS

By Grixti
Jan 6, 2008
  1. Bit of a noob question here:
    But i am looking to get a Geforce 8800GTS 320MB for my new PC but i see that there are a number of different types. For example: EVGA, BFG, XFX etc. So what is the difference?

    I have found an EVGA 8800GTS (EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card) at a much cheaper price than anything ive seen, does this mean it is less powerfull to the others in some way?
     
  2. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 454

    They are not different types - they are different brands.

    Nvidia makes the graphics chipset, also called the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit).
    However, Nvidia does not generally make their own video cards out of their chips. They send them over to board manufacturers such as EVGA, BFG, XFX, etc.
    These manufacturers can follow Nvidia's reference design for their graphics chips, and they can also add their own tweaks such as overclocking.

    The key is just to find a model that suits your needs and from a manufacturer that you trust. EVGA is an excellent graphics card maker.

    Suggestion: Rather than getting the 8800GTS, I would recommend getting an 8800GT instead (if you can find it in stock, that is). The 8800GT uses the newer G92 chip, offering BETTER performance for a LOWER price compared to the 8800GTS (G90).
     
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,459   +228

    There are now new version 8800GTS graphics cards based on the G92 chip. They will have either 512MB or 256MB of VRAM.
     
  4. filipmike33

    filipmike33 TS Member Posts: 93

    I say get the Vanilla 8800GT (stock) from EVGA since they offer a 30 day step up program and they have a really good customer service. The 8800GT will outperform the 8800GTS 320.
     
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

  6. Grixti

    Grixti TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    I dont really want to spend much more than £150, so what card out of the 8800s would you recommend?

    I found this card -[ EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card ] for $220.

    Why is this one so cheap?
     
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    EOL (end of life)
    dicontinued, being replaced by the G92

    You could see what this one is like (when it's released)
    8800GS

    http://en.expreview.com/?p=160
     
  8. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 108

    Not all manufacturers stick to the reference design. Different companies have access to better quality cooling and memory brands.

    Either way, get a BFG as they have a lifetime warranty.

    My overclock is insane, so great card. Dont get the GS, it will be ****.
     
  9. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 875

    Was not modified or damaged by overclocking, tampering, user error, accident, disaster, abuse, misuse, power supply, power application, alteration, repair, modification, a fix or replacement by someone other than BFG Technologies.

    http://www.bfgtech.com/warranty.aspx

    BTW: eVGA lifetime warranty covers overclocking

    http://www.evga.com/support/lifetime/

    Which companies have the better memory? I'd like to know. Thanks
     
  10. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 108


    Its factory overclocked.
     
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