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Radeon HD 3870 vs Nvidia Geforce 8800GT

By Computer~freak~ · 37 replies
Nov 14, 2007
  1. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 178

    WHAT????? Your telling me that $5,000 that I spent on a pre-order of a ATI Vadeon Y5000 was just a rip off????

    I actually believed the guy who approched me with the offer while I was walking down the street.

    Man, now I'm all bumbed out. That runnied my day:blackeye:

    now I have to go donate blood to make up the loss.
  2. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    I was thinking about getting an 8800 GT, now that I see this my mind is changing a little bit.
  3. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ TS Rookie Posts: 116

    Unless prices for the 8800GT drop back down to the $250 range. The HD3870 is the btter deal. Even if the HD3870 drops back to $250 they are an equal deal, and if you have the money to spend than the 8800GT would do good. But for me every dollar counts so I have to be careful of which I choose. If I am unable to find an 8800GT under $300 here in Australia at the computer fair, and I find an HD3870 that is, I know what I'd be picking as I've said before $300 is my limit. I got car rego to save up for.
  4. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 178

    I do have to agree though that the Radeon does have the better price to performence ratio though, so if you want to save money the Radeon is the way to go. You can't exactly drive a graphics card to work.
  5. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ TS Rookie Posts: 116

    Wouldn't it be cool if you could. Just walk down the street and see some random guy sitting on top of a GPU with 4 wheels, hehe. man I can even imagine it. yay for my imagination:haha:
  6. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 178

    It would use the fan exhast to propel it forward.
    Hey its possible, the Oscar Meyer Weiner company has their hotdog-moble.
    Why can't ATI or Nvidia have a GPU Car?
  7. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

  8. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Some people don't want to buy the video card that is the best value. Sometimes they have a budget limit and they want the most powerful card available in their price range. Therefore some people just buy the best card they can afford even if the price:performance is bad (eg. 8800 Ultras).

    People who think like that will buy an 8800GT instead of a 3870 because it's better and they can afford it. I don't know about you, but I don't think many gamers buy parts totally based on price:performance or else everyone would have a HD3850 and a cheap Athlon 64 X2.
  9. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    Or a 8800GT and a "cheap" Anthlon 64 X2.
    I don't know what I was thinking.
  10. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    The question was which is better. The 8800GT is clearly a better purchase. Both cards have had supply problems but at the moment the 8800GT even for the £15 difference (lol major money) is a better buy.

    Even if this wern't the case the 256MB 8800GT is faster than than the 3870 as well, and cheaper.
  11. chrishoyt

    chrishoyt TS Rookie

    Here it is in plain and simple words, They are both good cards. Some people like ATI, some people like Nvidia. Its not hard to tell who is ATI haters and who is Nvidia haters in this forum. Simply go with what you like, if you want to pay the price for that card go for it, if you want to save some money, go with the other one. This will always go back and forth which one is better.

    For me, Performace is not everything. I look at the bigger picture.

    for instance, the 3870 runs in 2D at around 50watts, (that cuts down on power consumption when you have to pay the electricity bill every month) And when in 3D enviroments I believe its at around 105 to 115watts. I'm 27 and the whole debate of how much power do I have I grew out of awhile ago. I just your average gamer. I keep my system up to date, but don't go for the SLI/Crossfire idea, and keep it simple.

    I know someone is gonna bash me on this post, but I could really care less.

    Good luck to all of you!!
  12. Bigfellla

    Bigfellla TS Rookie Posts: 98

    No need to bash you mate, your post makes sense, even though its an old thead.

    However, the OP wanted to know which is better, clearly at that time 8800GT was, and still is.

    In terms of your power savings, based on 2 hours per day every day of the month you will save yourself less than 60 cents a month (@25c/kWh).
  13. batigoal

    batigoal TS Rookie Posts: 58

    i own a 8800GT but it lags quite alot on older games like SWAT 4 during some intensive gunfights...and my system specs aint half bad!
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