Sweex GeForce 9800GT / 512MB / PCI-E 2.0 £48.99 @ Play - HotUKDeals
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Similar to the nvidia GTS250 posted previously Play have a 9800GT going cheap in the sale, about the same speed as the 8800GT & the GTS250. Not quite as cheap but still would play MW2 etc quite nicely.


* Graphics Processor: GeForce 9800GT
* Memory Installed: 512MB
* Interface: PCI-E 2.0
* Main Specification:
* Bus interface: PCI Express 2.0
* Memory: 512 MB
* NVIDIA unified architecture with GigaThread technology
* Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
* NVIDIA Quantum Effects physics processing technology
* NVIDIA PureVideo technology
* HDCP capable
* Contents of the package:
* Graphics card
* HDTV-cable
* HDMI to DVI converter
* Power cable
* SPDIF cable
* CD-ROM with manual and driver
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#1
not quite as good as the gts (which was £5 cheaper and slightly better) but still pretty hot =]
#2
about the same speed [snip] the GTS250


Not really. It's quite a bit slower than the GTS250 (a rebadged 9800GTX+).

It's not quite as dodgy as it sounds, they do more than just change the sticker; the GTS250 has a better fan, better component spacing and a different fabrication process for the GPU; all combined allow it to run with less power, both cooler and quieter. And better overclocking.

All that said, the 9800GTX+ still commands a £100+ price tag. You'd be better off paying £120 and getting a GTX 260.
#3
Looks like a good deal.Has anyone had any experience of Sweex cards i.e are they reliable and would this card be on par with a 8800gt , as i am finding it hard to find the full specs of this card with it's chip set, thanks.
#4
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/gigabyte_9800gt/6.htm

9800GTX is about 5-10 FPS faster than the 9800GT.... not a massvie amount. and for £48, its a steal.

And FYI for £135 you could have picked up an ATi 5830 from pixmania a few weeks back which is much better than a GTX260. I think the 5830 is about £145 atm from the cheaper places.

Mid range cards will be coming down in the next few months with the GTX460's release so anyone spending over £120 i would wait till end july.
#5
They had that excellent gts deal for £43 earlier, much better deal. I'd wait now.
#6
GeForce 8800 GT G3D Rating = 945 Rank = 52

GeForce 9800 GT G3D Rating = 917 Rank = 58

GeForce GTS 250 G3D Rating = 1069 Rank = 42

That's passmark's take on the relative performance of the cards mentioned.

This is the price the card should be, I wouldn't call it a bargain, it is in terms of the price other sites are selling it at, but for price/performance it's worth £50 tops. Don't forget this is late 2006 to early 2007 technology, my 8800GT plays all I need it to play, I'm less than an average gamer though, in terms of skill and time I put in to gaming. I bought my 8800GT for £50 over 12 months ago from a work colleague who had bought a GTX 280.

For the £90 - £120 mark I'd be looking at a 5670 or 5770, which are both faster than the cards I've mentioned. A friend of mine is a heavy gamer playing a wide variety of games and he does just fine with a 5770 running at a max rez of 1650 x 1080.
#7
Well i have an old 8800GT and it still plays Battlefield BC 2 at med settings-although at a lowish resolution fine and for a very cheap upgrade then how can you go wrong at this price?

Although i am tempted by the new Xbox 360 S package at Argos at the moment as the cost of keep upgrading PCs is too much.
#8
chapchap
Well i have an old 8800GT and it still plays Battlefield BC 2 at med settings-although at a lowish resolution fine and for a very cheap upgrade then how can you go wrong at this price?

Although i am tempted by the new Xbox 360 S package at Argos at the moment as the cost of keep upgrading PCs is too much.


From what ive read around the interwebs the 9800GT performs slightly under the 8800GT. I'd stick with your 8800 unless you really really need the better cooling and less power consumption.
#9
Juice21
And FYI for £135 you could have picked up an ATi 5830 from pixmania a few weeks back which is much better than a GTX260. I think the 5830 is about £145 atm from the cheaper places.
ATI are possibly better cards but until they pull a finger out and release some Linux drivers that don't honk, I'm forced to stick with Nvidia for a quality 3d experience.
#10
OliWarner
Juice21
And FYI for £135 you could have picked up an ATi 5830 from pixmania a few weeks back which is much better than a GTX260. I think the 5830 is about £145 atm from the cheaper places.
ATI are possibly better cards but until they pull a finger out and release some Linux drivers that don't honk, I'm forced to stick with Nvidia for a quality 3d experience.


That's quite specific to your situation though. It's only a concern for people who are in your situation, I would hazard a guess that there are a reasonable number of people who use Linux who want better Linux drivers and maybe ATI wouldn't be the best choice, but they are not the majority. Currently I would probably choose a GTX460 over a 5830 for example. It depends on the price bracket I'm looking at. I only buy what gives me the best price and performance, I really don't care about brand, if I find enough information to support a particular card for my needs then that's the one I will get. I am not loyal to any brand, I believe this is the best way to get value for money, to consider everything and find out as much information as is reasonably possible.
#11
dcx_badass
This will run CoD:MW2 all on high @ 1920*1080.


Ok I'm not sure what that comment demonstrates apart from the obvious. It doesn't give an appraisal of how well it would cope with a variety of games from different periods. Games are so varied and have completely different requirements. To buy this card because it can run COD:MW2 is useful to know for people who play COD:MW2 and maybe only play that game, do you know how well this game runs Borderlands at that resolution with max settings for example? I do, not very well at all, does that help anyone here though? Maybe people who want to specifically run Borderlands with max details at 1920 x 1080. Maybe you get the point I'm making anyway.
#12
dcx_badass
fishmaster
dcx_badass
This will run CoD:MW2 all on high @ 1920*1080.
Ok I'm not sure what that comment demonstrates apart from the obvious. It doesn't give an appraisal of how well it would cope with a variety of games from different periods. Games are so varied and have completely different requirements. To buy this card because it can run COD:MW2 is useful to know for people who play COD:MW2 and maybe only play that game, do you know how well this game runs Borderlands at that resolution with max settings for example? I do, not very well at all, does that help anyone here though? Maybe people who want to specifically run Borderlands with max details at 1920 x 1080. Maybe you get the point I'm making anyway.


Well seeing as MW2 is thew one mentioned in the OP I was just expanding on that.


Fair enough my apologies
#13
The 8800GT plays everything from Star Trek Bridge Commander (2002) to Bad Company 2 in my experience-although the latter only at medium. And yes MW 2 was high settings and it looks better then Bad Company 2 so not sure what that means!
#14

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