Getting Cocky: 8800 GT vs. the GTX

We've already established that NVIDIA's new 8800 GT is better than the 8800 GTS, and we've just proved that the 8800 GT is a much better value than the 8600 GTS, but how does it fare against the current king of the hill - the GeForce 8800 GTX?

We would be out of our minds to expect the 8800 GT to even remotely compete with the GTX, but the real question is - how much more performance do you get from the extra money you spent on the GTX over the GT?













Because the 8800 GT does top the 8800 GTS, there is an even smaller gap between the 8800 GT and the GTX than between the existing $400 and $500 parts. With a smaller difference in performance than the GTS and about a $250 to $300 premium for the 8800 GTX beyond the part that falls one step down in performance, we really don't see much motivation to purchase the 8800 GTX.

Of course, there are exceptions to this, and people who own 30" displays and have deep pockets will still want the best of the best in their boxes, which means the 8800 GTX/Ultra SLI setup that will be necessary to get the most out of Crysis when the game finally makes its way on to shelves this fall. NVIDIA still owns the high end market, and while it's not for everyone, it is there for those who need it.

But back to the real story, in spite of the fact that the 8800 GT doesn't touch the GTX, two of them will certainly beat it for either equal or less money.

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  • Spacecomber - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Test Reply
  • EateryOfPiza - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    What kind of G92 variants can we expect by Christmas 07?

    Or Summer 08?
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  • mpc7488 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    ardOCP is reporting that nVidia is increasing the 8800GTS stream processors to 112. Reply
  • Spacecomber - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Testing ;-) Reply
  • Spacecomber - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    It appears that it was the bracketed h that was hiding all subsequent text. It needed a bracketed /h to close that "feature". Reply
  • mpc7488 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Haha - thanks. I guess if anyone wants the explanation of the stream processors they can highlight the 'hidden message'. Reply
  • mpc7488 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    I'm not sure why the first post lost my text unless it was the bracket I used around the H - but HardOCP is reporting that nVidia is changing the 8800GTS 640 MB to have 112 stream processors. Reply
  • mpc7488 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Great article Derek - I think you can tell you're mildly excited about this product :)

    Is there a reason that you didn't do any tests with anti-aliasing? I would assume that this would show more deviation between the 8800GTX and the 8800GT?
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  • chizow - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Nice job as usual Derek!

    Just wondering though, if you were able to test the cards at the same clock speeds. The GT by default has @100MHz advantage on the core over the GTS, which is a common reason the GTS falls so far behind in head to head testing. I expect the GT to have more OC'ing headroom than the GTS anyways, but it would be nice to see an apples to apples comparison to reveal the impact of some of the architecture changes from G80 to G92. Of note, the GT has fewer ROPs and a smaller memory bus but gains 1:1 address/filter units and 16 more stream processors.

    Also, I saw an early review that showed massive performance gains when the shader processor was overclocked on the GT; much bigger gains than significant increases to the core/memory clocks. Similar testing with the GTS/GTX don't yield anywhere near that much performance gain when the shader core clock is bumped up.

    Lastly, any idea when the G92 8800GTS refresh is going to be released? With a 640MB GTS this seems more of a lateral move to an 8800GT, although a refreshed GTS with 128SP and all the other enhancements of the G92 should undoubtedly be faster than the GTX...and maybe even the Ultra once overclocked.
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  • Hulk - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    I'm looking to build a HTPC and this would be a great card if it does video decoding? Reply

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