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Windows 7: Need advice: 9600 GT or 9800 GT?

View Poll Results: Which card would you suggest?
GeForce 9600 GT 3 20.00%
GeForce 9800 GT 12 80.00%
Voters: 15. You may not vote on this poll

17 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit

welcome :) good luck

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17 May 2010   #12


glad you've made up your mind..happy gaming mate
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19 May 2010   #13

windows 7

if your going to do any kind of gaming at all go with a the 1gig 9800gt
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19 May 2010   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

I also voted for the 9800GT. I have a 9600GT, and it is a darn good card, but I want to upgrade. At the time if my build, I also was thinking of either of them...but now I wish I got the 9800. I don't game a lot, but I do play WoW, and at Ultimate settings it (the 9600GT) does it o.k. Frame rates can dip below 20fps, but that mainly happened in the newbie area with lots of ground foliage and pretty stuff.

Anywho, I wish I would have got the 9800 it's about 50% faster then the 9600.
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20 May 2010   #15

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

i voted the 9800 gt I had 2 in SLI they were great cards. The only thing I would like to add is to look at the warranty on the card. XFX has always been a good company to deal with for me anyway, they offer a double lifetime warranty (make sure you register the card within 30 days) this is nice since when you decide to upgrade you can offer a lifetime warranty to the next owner by simply unregistering it.
Evga is another good company some cards qualify for a step up program which will allow you to upgrade within a certain amount of time crediting you with the full price on the 9800 toward the card they allow you to step up to. If it qualifies.
BFG has also been a great company to deal with for me. As long as the card has all the tags on it I was able to buy broken cards and get them replaced. once they didn't have the model in stock and upgraded me.
I guess my whole point of this post is graphic cards seem to have a higher rate of failure then other components, IMO so the warranty and company has always been a big part of which manufacturer I would buy from.
Good luck I think you've made a good decision and the card should preform very well for your needs. Fabe
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20 May 2010   #16

Windows 7 Professional
Avoid the Nvidia 9xxx cards!

I would suggest that you avoid getting the Nvidia 9xxx cards, especially the 9600GT. They have a serious flaw with them in some games which causes the system to crash, needing a hard reset. The solution to this is to slightly underlock the card from standard clock speeds. So unless you wish to do that, like I and others have to, then I would advise in buying a different card.

Do a Google for "9600GT Black Screen" and "9600GT crash" for pages and pages of people with this problem. Many people come up with various solutions, however the one that appears to work for most people (including myself) is to underlock the card from the stock (non overclocked) rates.
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20 May 2010   #17

Windows 7 Professional x64

I've had my MSI GF9600GT OC for about a year and a half, never had this black screen or crash. My only lil gripe is that WoW on Ultimate setting, in certain areas drops below 30fps. IIRC, my speeds are 700-1680-950 (1900 effective).. I am not home to dbl check, so I'll have to rely on Google & Neweggs specs.
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21 May 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dual boot with Fedora KDE

Thanks guys!

I will be mostly getting myself one of these:

ZOTAC - It's time to play! - Graphics Cards

But the thing is, besides the ECO edition, I can't find much difference between the rest of the editions.

Like whats the difference between the three Synergy Edition cards:

GeForce 9800 GT Synergy


GeForce 9800 GT Synergy


GeForce 9800 GT Synergy

Have to get a closer look at the box before I buy!

But that'll have to wait until next month since I have some budget issues
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22 May 2010   #19


its ok.. just wait until you have enough budget to get your hands on it :)
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22 May 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Like whats the difference between the three Synergy Edition cards:

GeForce 9800 GT Synergy
Core clock 600MHz
Stream Processors 112
Shader Clock 1500 MHz

GeForce 9800 GT Synergy
Core clock 660MHz
Stream Processors 112
Shader Clock 1600 MHz

GeForce 9800 GT Synergy
Core clock 550MHz
Stream Processors 112
Shader Clock 1375 MHz

All 3 cards have different clock speeds.

I've read that the ECO version of the 9800GT isn't as powerful as the version that requires the PCI-E power connector.
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