Saving a bit on an 8800gt?

By alisbin
Jan 5, 2008
  1. hey mates,
    i've been surfing around looking for 8800gt cards and i've noticed that i can save about $50US if i get the normal clock speed version of some of them. is the factory OC really much of a factor vs OCing it myself
    also, they are all pci 2.0, as far as i KNOW my mobo is a pci x16, am i going to need to upgrade my mobo (ecs nforce 570 slit a 5.1) before i can get a new card? if i can't use it whats the best card i can get for under $300US? (preferably around $250US)
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    the pci-e 2.0 version will work in your motherboard fine, the new mbbs being produced today have a faster slot and that is it although it is still a pci-e16 slot.
    here is the link to the cheapest 8800GT I know of although newegg has lots and if u look they will have like u are looking for
  3. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    Standard reference card 600mhz
    Superclocked 650mhz (SC)

    Just bear in mind every card has it's o'c limit (no 2 cards, even if identical, o'c the same.
    The thing with factory o'c cards is it's garanteed to run at that speed.
    The 2 cards listed are eVGA's, there are KO (675) and SSC (700) versions available too (more $ too).
    I have the 2nd card (SC) and have it clocked to SSC clocks.
    You can buy the reference card (600) and be able to clock to 700, or it may only go to 650, you never know.
  4. alisbin

    alisbin TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 93

    am i going to see any real difference in frame rates or visual quality if i get a SC, KO or SSC? i figured i'd be able to OC a standard to 650 without difficulty, does 25-50 make more then 2 or 3 FR difference?

    also, alot of reviews recommend a 3rd party cooler, i'm not really that great with that kin of thing, if i just set it to 100% will it stay at a reasonable temp? (i've got 3 case coolers, 2 running in/out over my mobo/gfx area and one running out over my HDs)
  5. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    I got the "superclocked' version of my 8800 GTS. It wasn't fifty dollars more so it was worth the ten bucks. At that time, I wasn't aware that the Nvidia application "nTune" easily overclocks the 8800 cards no sweat. There must be a speed limit for "nTune" but I didn't cross it. I ran my all ready fast card much faster. Therefore if it's really $50 more for an overclocked version of the 8800 GT, I would get the 'non' O'Cdcard and jack it up with "nTune".
  6. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    I run mine at


    it over****s like all hell. I get over 13,000 in 3DMark06, with oc'd rig.
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    Good o'c
    What are your temps? link?
    3D Mark06 link?

    Be careful with your ram clock, it's only rated @ 2000 (unless they use a better quality)
  8. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    Not sure, but it eats it. I will get back to you on the links as i never save em. Plays Crysis at 1400 x 900 all high except 1 or 2 settings.

    Not bad.

    This is the card we will be talking about....... until the 9800GT comes out LOL
  9. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    Temps as said are idle - 37 - 40oC

    load 48 - 75

    update the bios and the fan works - AMAZING!
  10. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    What temp monitoring program being used?
  11. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    Several (check sig), plus bios. But i also use my infra-red thermometer and check it with that. The case is noisy but cool, and fast. The G92 architecture is cooler due to the lower switching power requirements.

    Even with a single slot cooler on the 8800GT, all you need to do is install either a front or top mounted fan to get good temps.

    im a bit nuts with that, but i believe it makes a difference. i have 2 x 120 mm fans on front, 1 Zalman CPU cooler that has a green led 120mm fan, a 40mm northbridge cooler and another exit 120mm fan. Then add the 8800GT fan and it can get noisy, but i use a headset on the x-fi so it doesnt matter. lol
  12. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    Does anyone know if there is data for temperature differences between DX10 (Vista) and DX9 (XP)?

    ie, dx10 can use all the GPU no matter what graphical information needs to be processed, whereas DX9 is limited to 'specialist' computational parts.

    Anyone seen cooler temps in DX10 compared to DX9?
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