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Old December 23, 2007, 01:53 PM
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Default G92/8800GTS or G80/8800 Ultra

I have the money to spend on the Ultra so my question is this - if you have the money to go either way which card is the best for overall gaming performance (settings maxed out). I play the Battlefield series and will now be playing COD4, Crysis, Bioshock etc and whatever new shooters come out.

Is the Ultra still the flagship or has the release of the GTS kind of quashed that.

I will be wanting to SLI in the future.

EDIT - I guess I should say what other hardware I have (or will have). XFX 780i mobo, Q6600 CPU, 850W Ultra SLI ready PSU, 2GB of Crucial Ballistix mem.

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Old December 23, 2007, 03:36 PM
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The 8800 Ultra is still faster than the G92 8800 GTS ... That said, Nvidia is releasing new flagship cards very shortly, so buying an 8800 Ultra at this point would be pretty stupid IMO ...
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Old December 23, 2007, 04:24 PM
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The Ultra is still king, but these days, its price is almost embarrassing. On the other hand, when playing with settings maxed, that's exactly where the GTS 512's narrower memory bandwidth and smaller memory are going to felt the most.

I'd really, REALLY suggest holding tight for a few months if at all possible. The release dates and specifics are still unknown, but at this point, it seems fairly certain that Nvidia's got both a dual-card model and a brand-new high-end in the works.
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Old December 23, 2007, 06:02 PM
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Default Thanks guys

Thanks for the advice guys. I have been following the 8800 ultra for a while and it is not decreasing in price at all . I would have guessed this would have been around the $400 range by now - kind of funny how that GTS mysteriously got worked into that price range with just not quite the same options as the ultra ... hmmmmm and the fact that Nvidia has been putting gtx, gts, gt, gtt gttoccc sssssscccccc cards out left and right. Each and every one is just slightly shy of the ultra which is why the ultra isnt coming down.

I will decide tonight if I am going to embarrass myself or get a lower end card. Nvidia I hate you .

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Old December 23, 2007, 06:03 PM
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Maybe crossfire ?

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Old December 23, 2007, 06:20 PM
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Old January 1, 2008, 07:38 PM
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crossfire hmm imo I think not the nvidia cards are way too superior to the ATI counterparts
as it has been stated in many forums around the internet Nvidia owns the medium and high end market and ati right now has the lower end market and struggling to get a good chunk of the medium market
which they are not doing too good at it.
for the extra money the nvidia cards performance is really hard to give up. I am by no way a Nvidia fan boy, I still have a system that is using the 9600XT and I love that card it served me well in the past.
but the times have changed so it was retired to a net surfing machine. the video card market just seems to be in Nvidia's favour not sure if they are spending more on research and devolopment than ati is or if the merger between ati and amd has hindered ati's research and development teams, but untill ati releases something that is superior to the 8800GTS I would recommend running sli and sticking with nvidia.

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G92 GTS if you game 1440X900 or lower. G80 GTX if you game higher. Waiting is stupid since noone knows if/when a new high end card is coming. The next release is a midrange card aimed at the 3850 so waiting for the next Nvidia high end means waiting until atleast next summer if not next fall.
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Fourth option: you could try two overclocked 8800GT 512s in SLI. You can get an overclocked 8800GT for $270 or so, and I haven't seen an ultra from a reputable brand for less than $525 or so, so you might want to think about that. the benchmarks I have seen show GTs beating a GTX (which isn't much slower than the ultra) by a fair bit on pretty much any game.
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