NVIDIA Demolishes... NVIDIA? 8800 GT vs. 8600 GTS

This is almost a silly comparison, but it's one we must do in order to illustrate a very valid point: the GeForce 8800 GT all but destroys any reason to purchase the 8600 GTS. The price difference between the 8600 GTS and the 8800 GT can be as little as $50, and as you're about to see, the performance difference more than justifies the price.

The specs alone should give you an indication of the thrashing that the 8600 GTS is about to receive: 112 SPs vs. 32 on the 8600 GTS, 3.5x the texture address and filtering power, and virtually twice the memory bandwidth; and all this for only $50 more?







One of two things needs to happen in order for the 8600 GTS to make sense in NVIDIA's lineup; it either needs to get a lot cheaper, or the 8800 GT needs to be closer to $250 in price. You know what our preference is, but at $200, the 8800 GT is the best card in NVIDIA's lineup.

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  • DukeN - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    This is unreal price to performance - knock on wood; play oblivion at 1920X1200 on a $250 GPU.

    Could we have a benchmark based on the Crysis demo please, how one or two cards would do?

    Also, the power page pics do not show up for some reason (may be the firewall cached it incorrectly here at work).

    Thank you.
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  • Xtasy26 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Hey Guys,

    If you want to see Crysis benchmarks, check out this link:

    http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2007/1...">http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/.../2007/10...

    The benches are:

    1280 x 1024 : ~ 37 f.p.s.
    1680 x 1050 : 25 f.p.s.
    1920 x 1080 : ~ 21 f.p.s.

    This is on a test bed:

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 @2.93 GHz
    Asetek VapoChill Micro cooler
    EVGA 680i motherboard
    2GB Corsair Dominator PC2-9136C5D
    Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB/Zotac 8800GTX AMP!/XFX 8800Ultra/ATI Radeon HD2900XT
    250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 16MB cache
    Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray burner
    Hiper 880W Type-R Power Supply
    Toshiba's external HD-DVD box (Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive)
    Dell 2407WFP-HC
    Logitech G15 Keyboard, MX-518 rat
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  • Xtasy26 - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    This game seems real demanding. If it is getting 37 f.p.s. at 1280 x 1024, imagine what the frame rate will be with 4X FSAA enabled combined with 8X Anistrophic Filtering. I think I will wait till Nvidia releases there 9800/9600 GT/GTS and combine that with Intel's 45nm Penryn CPU. I want to play this beautiful game in all it's glory!:) Reply
  • Spuke - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Impressive!!!! I read the article but I saw no mention of a release date. When's this thing available? Reply
  • Spuke - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Ummm.....When can I BUY it? That's what I mean. Reply
  • EODetroit - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Now.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Sub...">http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi...18+10696...
    Reply
  • poohbear - Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - link

    when do u guys think its gonna be $250? cheapest i see is $270, but i understand when its first released the prices are jacked up a bit. Reply
  • EateryOfPiza - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    I second the request for Crysis benchmarks, that is the game that taxes everything at the moment. Reply
  • DerekWilson - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    we actually tested crysis ...

    but there were issues ... not with the game, we just shot ourselves in the foot on this one and weren't able to do as much as we wanted. We had to retest a bunch of stuff, and we didn't get to crysis.
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  • yyrkoon - Monday, October 29, 2007 - link

    Yes, I am glad instead of purchasing a video card, I instead changed motherboard/CPU for Intel vs AMD. I still like my AM2 Opteron system a lot, but performance numbers, and the effortless 1Ghz OC on the ABIT IP35-E/(at $90usd !) was just too much to overlook.

    I can definitely understand your 'praise' as it were when nVidia is now lowering their prices, but this is where these prices should have always been. nVidia, and ATI/AMD have been ripping us, the consumer off for the last 1.5 years or so, so you will excuse me if I do not show too much enthusiasm when they finally lower their prices to where they should be. I do not consider this to be much different than the memory industry over charging, and the consumer getting the shaft(as per your article).

    I am happy though . . .
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