Line Substitution: 8800 GT vs. 8800 GTS

As we've mentioned, on paper the 8800 GT looks much better in every area except for memory bandwidth. Even though memory size is an advantage for the 640MB card, we know from experience that the added memory size really doesn't net us much in the way of performance except in the most extreme circumstances. So we certainly expect the 8800 GT to outperform both the more expensive 8800 GTS 320MB and (by extension) the 8800 GTS 640MB. Essentially, this should give us the performance of a $400 card for $200 - $250. Quite a good deal no matter how you slice it.

And from the first, our expectations are upheld and then some. The 8800 GT does top the GTS. This seals the deal: the 8800 GTS is no longer a viable product. While NVIDIA has stated that the 320MB part will be dropped very quickly, they expect the 640MB card to stick around for a few months. We don't see this happening unless retailers start selling the 640MB part for $250 as well. While such a drastic price reduction is possible, it isn't very likely. Once people hear about the performance difference of the 8800 GT over the 8800 GTS, there may be a lot of $400+ 8800 GTS inventory sitting on shelves.







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  • gamephile - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Based on benchmarks and price this card is finally in the sweet spot for me which means I can finally ditch my ATI X300! I only have one question remaining and that concerns the noise level. How does it compare to the 8800GTS? Why was this omitted from your review? Reply
  • Vidmar - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Ditto! Noise please!!! Reply
  • DerekWilson - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    we didn't measure noise, as it's a reference board which doesn't necessarily reflect final boards available from OEMs.

    of course, since you guys want this, we'll try to add it to future GPU launch articles.

    For now, it'll have to suffice to say that it isn't a loud card, and it doesn't seem any louder than the 8800 GTS.
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  • Missing Ghost - Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - link

    Theses times most retail cards are pretty much the same as the reference cards... Reply
  • michal1980 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    I want to know too. If its bettern then my 8800gts 640. I'll ebay that card now for the 8800. esspically with the smaller cooler and quiter. Reply
  • Dantzig - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Tom's Hardware did a noise comparison and found that the 8800GT was as quiet or quieter than any of the other 8800 series cards, the 8600 series, and the 2900XT. Reply
  • gamephile - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Yeah I saw that, I would just like confirmation from a source I trust. Reply
  • mpc7488 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Lol - nice.

    The Tech Report did a good review, they have noise figures on page 7. http://techreport.com/articles.x/13479/7">Tech Report 8800GT Noise Levels
    Reply
  • gamephile - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Also the power consumption image doesn't load for me either. I'm not behind any firewall or proxy. Reply
  • DerekWilson - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    i'll look into the power graph thing Reply

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