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XFX 8800GT 256MB Graphics Card for £117.36
XFX 8800GT 256MB Graphics Card for £117.36

XFX 8800GT 256MB Graphics Card for £117.36

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Scan has Teamed up with XFX to bring the 8800GT 256MB for an amazing price of £121.03 with Free Postage if you follow the link hotukdeals.com/dea…ck/

Card will be available on the 20th Nov, but can pre-order now.

Now only 117.36
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Is the 8800GT a better or worse card than the 8800GTS?

Better in almost all tests and best graphics card in terms of performance for the price. £121 is amazing as they're usually about £175.

kgreel

Better in almost all tests and best graphics card in terms of performance … Better in almost all tests and best graphics card in terms of performance for the price. £121 is amazing as they're usually about £175.



These are 256mb not 512mb

Yes this is a very very good deal.

Gets a good review from Anandtech ]here (I've trusted their reviews for many years).

At this price it is very good, especially if you take into account the free delivery option.

The 256MB version is good if you are buying an 8600 and want more kick for just a little more money. There is a huge, huge shortage of parts for the 8800GT, NVIDIA say only 20,000 to 30,000 I think are being shipping at the end of this month (worldwide) and the same again before the end of the year. AMD have new cards out which fall a little behind but get good performance and they are shipping 250,000 when they launch on the 20th I think. An 8800GT is definitely the way to go in terms of price and performance. Though shame they will not be available widely till into next year.

Do check the XFX part number on the Scan site and search elsewhere as it appears this isn't exclusive to Scan - eg Komplett also getting a batch.

Hopefully the start of a fresh batch of price cutting in the graphics card market - though it is frustrating using a video card that cost £120, with the same card in my folks PC costing under £40 just 12m later.

Great price, Would I be able to SLI this with a 512MB card?

To SLI you need both cards to be exactly the same I think. Otherwise not much point as one would slow the other down.

I managed to get a BFG OC 8800GT from overclockers. It is a 512MB but I paid a lot more than this for it.

Judging from the performance of the 512mb version I would definatley reccommend the 256mb version for this price.

The 8800GT's were supposed to be priced £140 to £150 though due to the shortage they are going up to £170 to £180, expected to hit £200 if no stock comes when NVIDIA says so. For the price it's definitely recommended though for the enthusiast and heavy gamer, 256MB is a step backwards.

Hmm i wonder how much of a performance increase the 512Mb is over this 256Mb...

BTW people, the real comparison should be the nvidia 256MB 8800GT and the new ATi 256 MB 3850 just released. The 3850 costs £105 on preorder.

I havent actually seen any reviews for the 256mb 8800GT so cant properly comment on the performance difference. I suspect the 256mb 8800GT performs around 20% better.

Then theres the 3870 which currently can be found for £139 on preorder. And the 512MB 8800GT which should be, as mentioned, ~£150 but are £170 due to a supply shortage.

You can also expect the 3850/3870 prices to drop as supply increases since they just came out today.

US MSRP prices for the cards are

ATi 256MB 3850 ----------- $179
ATi 512MB 3870 ----------- $219
nVidia 256MB 8800GT ---- $199
nVidia 512MB 8800GT ---- $249
nVidia 768MB 8800GTX --- $499

All other high end cards are obsolete. Some would say the GTX is obsolete. these prices should show how the UK prices will settle interms of the order and not the actual price. the actual price will have VAT on top plus any premium they feel they can put on.

russ

Hmm i wonder how much of a performance increase the 512Mb is over this … Hmm i wonder how much of a performance increase the 512Mb is over this 256Mb...

Depends on what res you play games at, this is one area where the extra memory will come into play. In my opinion it should handle most of the recent games at 1680x1050 with high settings but I doubt it will handle next gen games like Crysis or UT3 with the same settings.

Glad I got the 8800GT 512mb when it was on offer at Ebuyer :-D

I would get the NVIDIA cards as you need every last bit of juice for today's games at high resolutions. No machine at the moment can handle Crysis. It's supposed to be played at 1900x1200 but the top mega insane spec machines can only get 20FPS so I wouldn't worry about those games. Toms Hardware has reviews and comparisons for the new cards. NVIDIA's 9x series is rumoured to be out in the not to distant future so whatever the way, as soon as you buy a card it's out of date.

Cheers, ordered a pair. Now to get rid of my old DX9 cards.

Yeah, I'm guessing there's a new high-end card on the way (either 89xx or 9xxx) - NVidia seem to have brought this out a little sooner than they planned to embarrass ATis efforts, hence the lack of supply (and lack of Linux drivers that support the card)

why has this been posted on the frontpage? its the 256mb version, there are NO reviews out for this card yet, ppl were thinking the ATI 3870XT would be great, reviews are out today and its miles worse than the 8800GT, this 256mb version may be quite poor, we shouldnt be posting deals for something we dont know is good or bad.

thats my 2 cents atleast! also it aint an exclusive, xfx are a normal brand.

crazyal

Cheers, ordered a pair. Now to get rid of my old DX9 cards.



The problem with that is, the way SLI/ crossfire works, your computer only has 256mb of vram at its disposal. Buying 2 cards does not double the RAM since the data has to be mirrored in both cards so they can perform simultaneously.

Usually you use SLI to play at high resolutions and so this becomes a bottleneck.

hajj_3

why has this been posted on the frontpage? its the 256mb version, there … why has this been posted on the frontpage? its the 256mb version, there are NO reviews out for this card yet, ppl were thinking the ATI 3870XT would be great, reviews are out today and its miles worse than the 8800GT, this 256mb version may be quite poor, we shouldnt be posting deals for something we dont know is good or bad.thats my 2 cents atleast! also it aint an exclusive, xfx are a normal brand.



Its about 15% worse and its about 13% cheaper. Not massive by any means and it depends on what games at what resolution you play.

anandtech.com/vid…p=6

Here's what's really interesting, on average the Radeon HD 3870 offers … Here's what's really interesting, on average the Radeon HD 3870 offers around 85% of the performance of the 8800 GT, and if we assume that you can purchase an 8800 GT 512MB at $250, the 3870 manages to do so at 87% of the price of the 8800 GT. The Radeon HD 3870 becomes even more attractive the more expensive the 8800 GT is and the opposite is true the cheaper it gets; if the 8800 GT 512MB was available at $219, then the 3870 doesn't stand a chance.



Please note this is comparing the 512MB 3870 and the 512MB 8800GT to anyone who's skimming through this thread.

You should be able to pick up the 512mb version for £20-£30 more - this I am afraid to say looks a better buy than it actually is.

Amazon has some up (out of stock) for around £160 (512MB versions) and Amazon are not usually the cheapest e-tailer around for computer components.

I would advise people to hold fire on this and try and get the 512mb version for that extra few quid. Or don't buy anything at all, and wait to see what happens closer to Christmas and then re-evaluate the situation in the market :thinking:

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Sorry to say, but the armchair experts are ruining this thread. Its been proven time and time again that the difference between 256mb and 512mb is absolutely negligable (by negligable, there is absolutely no difference for all but the top few most demanding games), and even in the top percentage of hardcore that are hoping to play crysis at 1600x1200+ it still won't make a huge difference.

This is still effectively a mid range card. Going for a 512mb version will not get you the additional performance you think you will get. If you want that, you'll have to spend a lot more money on an ultra.

Brilliant spot, I'm going down to scan tomorrow to pick up some bits for my new p35 setup, may delay it to the 20th and grab one of these while I'm at it!

If you're gaming at 12x10 and below, the extra memory is wasted. It may only be £30-£40 more, but if it's never utilised, it's £30-£40 down the drain.


Great price for a really great performer.

So is this cheap 256mb 8800gt faster than the old 320mb 8800gts?

Anarchist

Sorry to say, but the armchair experts are ruining this thread. Its been … Sorry to say, but the armchair experts are ruining this thread. Its been proven time and time again that the difference between 256mb and 512mb is absolutely negligable (by negligable, there is absolutely no difference for all but the top few most demanding games), and even in the top percentage of hardcore that are hoping to play crysis at 1600x1200+ it still won't make a huge difference.This is still effectively a mid range card. Going for a 512mb version will not get you the additional performance you think you will get. If you want that, you'll have to spend a lot more money on an ultra.Brilliant spot, I'm going down to scan tomorrow to pick up some bits for my new p35 setup, may delay it to the 20th and grab one of these while I'm at it!


Actually, the extra Vram makes a significant difference now, as proven by the 320mb 8800GTS to the 640mb version.

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Actually, the extra Vram makes a significant difference now, as proven by … Actually, the extra Vram makes a significant difference now, as proven by the 320mb 8800GTS to the 640mb version.



No, it doesnt. Check out the VGA charts on Toms, comparing the two across all benchmarks, in 1280x1024 and below they are within tolerances considered identical. In 1600x1200 there is a difference of between nothing and around 1-2fps. In 1920x1200 (Bear in mind far less than 1% of users will have a monitor that supports a resolution this high) this raises to a difference of between nothing and 3-4fps.

I personally would save my £40 over the average 1fps that I wouldnt even notice, if I ever did decide to run something at the highest res my monitor will support (and I have a 22" HP). If I wanted the 1fps back that badly I'd just overclock it.

J400uk

So is this cheap 256mb 8800gt faster than the old 320mb 8800gts?



We dont know, there are no reviews out whatsoever, therefore this thread shouldnt have even been created tbh.

There should also allegedly be a revised 8800GTS card out before the end of the year although whether that will be another paper launch is open to question.

It should outperform the GT although obviously at a higher price

Banned

Yes, the 256mb 8800gt will beat the 320mb 8800gts comfortably.

Reports are confirming the G98 part will be being released next month - I couldn't comment on what to expect from it though.

Macdory

Is the 8800GT a better or worse card than the 8800GTS?




Depends on the GTS...

The 8800GTS with 96 stream processors it will beat

However there is a new revision of the 8800GTS
with 112 stream proccessors coming out (or it might be out already, not sure) I don't think it beats that one. ;-)

dcx_badass

Yes you can SLi it with a 512 card. As long as they are both 8800GTs it … Yes you can SLi it with a 512 card. As long as they are both 8800GTs it will work.And please guys don't try prove me wrong or argue, A guy went crazy at me in another thread saying i was an idiot and wrong etc. Till I posted the link to the nvidia site confirming it and he got humiliated.



Thx, Namely guru3d :P

kgreel

Better in almost all tests and best graphics card in terms of performance … Better in almost all tests and best graphics card in terms of performance for the price. £121 is amazing as they're usually about £175.


This is the 256 mb version don't forget not the 512 mb version.

Anarchist

No, it doesnt. Check out the VGA charts on Toms, comparing the two … No, it doesnt. Check out the VGA charts on Toms, comparing the two across all benchmarks

They are rubbish though - they never update the once they get a score and so driver issues make them useless.

there is a few places selling 256 for around this price. but the 512 is the 1 ou want.

I see the last word "experts" are ruining this thread. At the end of the day just buy what you can afford, end of. Set a budget and stick to it. It will be fine for 95% of games and gamers.

To true... the facts are its a good card by todays standard, and i would say worth the money...

but as allways they are better out there, depends if you want to pay alot more for a few extra % more power..

and as allways even if you went for the uber cards in sli. paid out the 600 quid.. a few weeks down the line it would not be the top setup..

Tiz just the ways of the PC-Gamer..

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Jakg

They are rubbish though - they never update the once they get a score and … They are rubbish though - they never update the once they get a score and so driver issues make them useless.



The 320mb and 640mb 8800gts were tested at the same time, same spec test rig, same driver version, same reference boards.

Driver issues do not affect this result at all. If any driver issues exist they would affect both cards equally and still result in a 100% direct comparison with results purely based on performance of the card.

I stand by the earlier point, that the move from 320mb to 640mb (or 256mb to 512mb) will make effectively no difference at all to 99% of gamers, and only 3 or 4 fps as best to the hardcore who would probably be buying ultras anyway.

However, the £40 could be useful spent elsewhere that would give far greater benefits. I would recommend not spending money just for the sake of it.

Anarchist

The 320mb and 640mb 8800gts were tested at the same time, same spec test … The 320mb and 640mb 8800gts were tested at the same time, same spec test rig, same driver version, same reference boards.Driver issues do not affect this result at all. If any driver issues exist they would affect both cards equally and still result in a 100% direct comparison with results purely based on performance of the card. I stand by the earlier point, that the move from 320mb to 640mb (or 256mb to 512mb) will make effectively no difference at all to 99% of gamers, and only 3 or 4 fps as best to the hardcore who would probably be buying ultras anyway.However, the £40 could be useful spent elsewhere that would give far greater benefits. I would recommend not spending money just for the sake of it.



You seem to be forgetting that graphical memory (alot of) is needed to play at higher resolution and with image quality turned up, this card may well be only good up till 1280X1024, if you plan to game at higher resolution chances are the card will not be able to dish out enough fps, so in that case the extra £40 might be well spent.

ghost101

The problem with that is, the way SLI/ crossfire works, your computer … The problem with that is, the way SLI/ crossfire works, your computer only has 256mb of vram at its disposal. Buying 2 cards does not double the RAM since the data has to be mirrored in both cards so they can perform simultaneously.Usually you use SLI to play at high resolutions and so this becomes a bottleneck.



I currently have a pair of 7950 GX2 cards running on a Dell 30" monitor and am used to playing games at the higher resolutions this panel offers.

However with Crysis now setting the benchmark for high-end PC gaming, I'm happy to get a pair of these 8-series cards as they seem to set an excellent price v performance balance and should give me an edge over having just the one card.

Hot, but 512Mb version ideally for gamers now on newly release games
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