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Old May 3, 2008, 09:48 PM
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Default 8800GT vs. 8800GT AKIMBO SC?

I was curious about the difference between the two cards. The stock 8800GT (512) is 600/1500/900, and runs at ~90C when active. The AKIMBO SCversion is 720/1500/2000, with a better cooler that gets typically 20-30C cooler than the stock one.

Judging by this: Is the 8800GT AKIMBO SC basically a factory OC'ed 8800GT with a dual-slot cooler to allow for the OC? If so, would I be better off getting a normal 8800GT, OCing it, and then get a thermalright, AC, or even the actual AKIMBO cooler the way ipaine did?

I am thinking mainly in terms of total price vs. performance vs. temp, but I am not quite sure. Any pointers on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you!
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Old May 3, 2008, 09:53 PM
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Yes, it's basically a better cooled reference design 8800GT with a pre-oc'd modded bios.

Depending what kind of money you are planning to spend, you might also want to look at some of the 8800GTS (512) deals currently available.
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The absolute highest I am going is $250, lets see prices on directcanada as of now...

8800GT 512: $182
AKIMBO SC: $200
8800GTS 512: $240

And we already know 8800GT and AKIMBO SC speeds, so the GTS 512's are: 670/1674/1940, 128 stream processors...

Well, fairly evenly matched, of course the GTS 512 has the most performance.. but the AKIMBO is on sale... Which would you suggest>?
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Old May 3, 2008, 10:36 PM
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I just picked up a gigabyte 8800GTS so I'm a bit biased.... :)

I'd say go for the GTS if you can swing the money. Stock speeds on the GTS will more than likely perform better than the OC'd 8800GT, so you'll get a major boost from an OC'd GTS.
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Old May 3, 2008, 10:50 PM
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Well, let's hear it, how is GTS working out for you? :)

As a point of curiosity, is the GTS good for Tri-SLI, because I am ordering a 780i, and I wouldn't want it to go to waste. Perhaps I should just wait for the 9800GTS or GT. AGH! Now it's a question of patience, I guess...one last tip please, what would you do>?
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Old May 3, 2008, 11:09 PM
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I'm not up on what's going to be required to run tri-sli so I can't comment on that at all.

You can have a look at the mini-review I did over at NCIX for my new card http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Gigabyte (second from the top I think).

My comparison was to a 3870, but with a 2000+ `06 improvement over it, you can be fairly certain that it'd post at least 1500+ better than an 8800GT.
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Old May 3, 2008, 11:17 PM
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Cool, thanks for the help. I have decided to wait until july to see the 9800GT and GTS, becasue I don't think there is a point in buying an 8 series for now when the 9 series is right around the corner. I am leaning toward the GTS because of the added performance and OC capablility, But if the 9800GTS or even GT is good enough to go on with a price that fits, I'll take that any day.

Thank-you very much!
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Old May 4, 2008, 08:21 AM
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Well since you decided to wait not sure what my opinion is worth. But I'm going to give it anyways.

I have to agree with sswilson about getting the GTS. I know if I could have gotten the GTS for a good price I would have. Of course I do not regret getting the 8800GT and now have 2 of them so I'm sure I'm getting better fps than a single GTS but then I did pay more.

I really can't blame you for waiting at all. I know that I will be looking at the 98xx's or 99xx's as a possible step up. Well if they show up in time that is (and if I can convince my wife).
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