XFX 8800GTS 640MB vs PNY 9800GT 512... not sure which to pick!

By Jayb118
Nov 20, 2010
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  1. Hi guys,

    I have the choice of these 2 cards for my main gaming machine and not sure which one would give me better performance. The resolution i'm playing at is 1680x1050.

    I've been running the 8800gts for a couple years and have recently picked up the 9800gt from stripping another system I was given.

    Many thanks

  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    I'm not an expert on cards, so you might want to wait for a 2nd reply but I say the 9800GT is a far better choice.

    The GTS is the lower end of the 8800s, and the GT is one below the GTX (at least I think thats how it goes). So going up a generation and to a straight GT is going to give you a faster card. Don't think the amount of RAM difference is going to hurt you any. Think RAM comes more into play with larger resolutions.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,863   +1,521

    The are so many suffix letter designations in both the 8800 and 9800 series cards, it's actually hard to give a definitive answer.

    That said; here's 3 Nvidia pages representing the 8800, 9800, and their new darling, the GT-460. Perhaps you'll be better informed when you've read them. Remember, each manufacturer's implementation of a given Nvidia chipset is slightly different. So, ya may just hafta stuff them in, one at a time, and see which one works the best for you.

    Overall, most of the 8800 series are slightly slower than the 9800s, but it would seem, not all; (The GTX 9800 was all that was shown).
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,859   +1,189

    As SNGX advised, the 9800GT will offer better performance than the 8800GTS 640.
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words so...
    Tom's Hardware Graphics hierachy chart
    ...and choose the appropriate benchmark from the this list and you will get a direct comparison of both cards in regard to gaming average framerate.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,863   +1,521

    Having randomly done just that, it's more along the lines of what I said, some 8800s beat some 9800s, and vice-versa. Best issue versus best issue, I concede that the 9800s are better.

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