aww i feel bad for the nvidia card manufactorers. The 4850 totally screwed up their pricing scheme. All over the place I see nvidia cards that are priced above or par with the 9800GTX but fail to match its performence. Currently I'm seeing a lot of 8800GTS 512MB's retailing for more then the 9800GTX which is crazy when you consider that the 9800GTX is the same card but with added features and faster memory.
I think the 9600GT's need to get down to around 100$ and the 8800GTs to 150$ or less for them to make any real sense.
who I really feel bad for are people who mistakingly buy a 8800GTS 620MB for 300+ since I've still seen a bunch of those around.
Actually, stock 9600GT and 8800GT cards are quite good prices right about now. The issue with these cards is that they were released a little late and at an astronomical price....right during the HD4850 launch.
The performance is pretty decent, some benchmark results are not far from, or almost equals to, the 9800GTX. However, at the price level, no one will want to get this card. If only this card was released 2 months ago, things would be very different.
I wonder why BFG doesn't apply this to the 9800GTX line instead? It may even be faster than the upcoming 9800GTX+. Perhaps soon?
I also feel bad for BFG. They came up with a great product, but at a really bad time.
Pretty good numbers imo with just a software overclock. I keep the fan at 90% while gaming which keeps the card pretty cool. The highest temp i have seen it go to is 62C but it alt tabbed my game and brought me to the desktop as a safety precaution. I was also playing games nonstop for a few hours.
But good review, was very nice to read through and look at the comparisons.