So many choises and close to same price? im helping a friend who want to but a 8800GTS.. he wants to use tiger direct but there is like 4 or more diffrent brands all withing a $20 range. some are "superclocked" some look better than others.. how do I know what one to recomend?
The one that is the cheapest, has the best/longest warranty, and has the best clock speeds.
Just try and suss it down to a few choices and then it should be pretty easy to decide.
I'm way cooler than n0e (who isn't though?)
27th May 2004
This is the model I am looking at buying.
Awesome clock speeds, has a very decent price, and a beautiful warranty. Then again, this is my opinion, and I am not as tech worthy as dear Rob here. ;)
Personally i would go for the cheapest one. The Nvidia partners arent allowed to modify the architecture of 8800 yet so all cards are virtually identical, apart from a few stickers and different warranties. The ones which are billed as overclocked? Woopie-doo, you can get the same results yourself and save the difference for beer.
I'd stick with well regarded brands like eVGA, BFG and XFX.
While the cards are essentially the same, the quality and service from company to company is not.
I believe the first one on TD's list is a 'superclocked' eVGA card, that is also one of the cheapest cards on the page. (Relatively) cheap, made by a decent brand, and faster than normal...can't go wrong IMO.
(someone else asked me this a while back so that's how I know roughly what TD has :p)
I like EVGA or XFX. Both have a limited lifetime warranty.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
12th March 2004
Asus has made my gtx,it works.
Evga hands down for Nvidia cards.
I just bought a Foxconn GTS from Newegg for $360 after rebate ($400 originally) that's pre-overclocked and is the same price as the better brand's versions.
It has some impressive OCd speeds, and because I don't want to mess with OCing myself or voiding my warranty while doing it, I'm happy with my purchase.