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    Default Could 8500GT be a better card than 8600GTS?

    I noticed that nVidia has released a new 8600 GTS, 8600GT and 8500GT, and so I started checking the usual sites bfg, Evga and XFX to find out how they are different. I did find the HardwareZone review, which seems to show that the 8600GTS is bandwidth limited (128-bit bus), but this should not be the case with the slower-clocked 8600GT. I haven’t found anything on the 8500 GT yet. I am looking at building my sister a decent gaming rig, and these card are all mid-priced cards which is what I am look to spend on them.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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    The review is on a generic nVidia card pre-production card. What I want to know is, will the major nVidia partners change the performance of the cards?<o:p></o:p>
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    I read some stuff on the XFX 7600 GT Fatal1ty card, which tested faster then other 7600 GT cards – so it is clear XFX can do it – what about the others?<o:p></o:p>

    Also, from the basic specs - the 8500GT maybe the best value:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150231

    The least expensive is the XFX one is $90 after mail-in. Is it better to get the 8500GT or spend the extra $130 or so for a 8600GTS - dosen't seem like much of a performance different - I mostly play Quake 4.

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    Default Re: Could 8500GT be a better card than 8600GTS?

    I would skip all those cards since they are all hamstrung neutered cards that are certain to dissapoint you in game with poor performance.

    Wait 6-9 months for some decent midrange DX10 cards or pick up a used 7900GS for $100 and call it a day.

    ANd no. 8600GTS > 8600 GT > 8500 anything

    7900GS> 8600GTS > 8600GT > 7600GT > 8500 anything
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    Default Re: Could 8500GT be a better card than 8600GTS?

    Quote Originally Posted by casecutter View Post
    7900GS> 8600GTS > 8600GT > 7600GT > 8500 anything
    I'd go more 7900GS > 8600GTS > 7600GT > 8600GT> 8500GT myself personally. ;)

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    Default Re: Could 8500GT be a better card than 8600GTS?

    Quote Originally Posted by wayout44 View Post
    I'd go more 7900GS > 8600GTS > 7600GT > 8600GT> 8500GT myself personally. ;)
    Well, you'd be wrong... but whatever floats your boat.

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    Default Re: Could 8500GT be a better card than 8600GTS?

    From a few reviews I've read, it looks like the drivers are holding back the 8600s (same as always really). If you're looking for something with future-proof features, it might be best to hold off for decent mail-in rebates when buying the 8600GTS (or just wait till Nvidia announces a super-special limited edition 8600GTX or 8600Ultra or whatever else they might be able to think up, so prices can fall to reasonable levels).
    If you want a graphics card on the cheap and that's proven to work now, with high performance. The 7900 and X1950 series of cards will be for you, especially if you mostly play Quake 4, as it just requires something with decent OpenGL support, and quick RAM and CPU.

    Also, for now:
    7900GS > 8600GTS > 8600GT > 7600GT > 8500
    When the drivers are fixed and updated:
    8600GTS > 7900GS > 8600GT > 7600GT > 8500
    Well, that's what I predict at the moment. Heck, the 8600GT might even be a bit quicker than the 7900.

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