I've been wondering how does the ATI HD 3870 single pair up with the G80 8800gts? Reason I ask is because most of the benchmarks I have seen only compare it to the 9600GT or 8800GT. I've been thinking about getting it to replace my G80 8800gts.
The 3870 is a little better. You could go for it, but your G80 GTS should last you fine for a bit.
Yeah, as foodmaniac said, the difference is not worth the money yet, wait till yours really shows its age first.
According to Tom's Hardware (VGA Charts), the 640MB version of the 8800GTS actually has a (ever so) slight performance edge on the 3870 overall. This is of course subjective. The charts shown are at least 4 months old and are most certainly using data from tests using beta drivers for the 3870. That said, I'm with Food and Undies. Your 8800GTS should last you a while longer. If you have an SLI motherboard and want to increase gaming performance, you could always pick up a 2nd 8800GTS. You can get the standard EVGA 320MB version for $144.99 ($114.99 after rebate) @ Newegg.
The 3870 is almost identical in performance to the old 640MB GTS, if you had anything lower than a 8800 i would say go for it, but since you already have a GTS your not going to notice any performance difference with a 3870. The VGA charts at Tom's Hardware show the 8800GTS 640MB only being 2-3% faster than a 3870 in the overall score. Something i noticed about those charts though, where's the standard 8800GT? The only one listed in the GT Overclocked, thats kind of biased isn't it?
Apollo75;4278015Something i noticed about those charts though, where's the standard 8800GT? The only one listed in the GT Overclocked, thats kind of biased isn't it?
I would tend to agree, but this is Tom's Hardware we're talking about here. The likely answer to that is an OC'd 8800GT was the only one they had available for testing at the time, for the charts.