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9600gso + cash for PNY 9800GT Energy Efficient good deal?

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    I may be coming into some money soon ($75 to be exact) and I want to treat myself to something nice but, as the cheapskate of TPU, I don't want to spend it all and am toying with this idea, but I don't know if there will be a realistic difference that amounts to more than piss in the wind...

    My uncle has a PNY 9800GT Energy Efficient edition he bought through work to fix some computer, but the video card didn't turn out to be the problem so now it's sitting around doing nothing. I was wondering if maybe I could talk him into trading my 9600gso + like $20 for the 9800GT, but my 9600GSO clocks pretty high IMO (see specs). The 9800GT energy efficient edition has no power connector, so I wonder if overclocking would be hindered... but the 9800GT has 16 more shaders, and 128MB more memory... so essentially I would be giving up overclocking prowess for 16 shaders and 128MB memory. Oh yeah, and a wider bus width... 256-bit over 192.

    O mighty techpowerup, I beseech thee, what dost thou thinketh I shall do?
     
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    You could always ask him if you could borrow the card for 'x' days to compare the performance, overclocking and so on yourself?
     
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    Nah, I would never overclock somebody else's hardware.
     
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    Always good to "kick the tires" before trading/buying.
     
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    I doubt you could overclock it very much. I could not find any reviews that included folding stats for either card. On 3DMark06, a plain vanilla 9800GT has about a 2000 point advantage over a 9600GSO. You need to borrow the card and run it un-overclocked and see what if any gains you get.

    A typical 9800GT goes for $99 on Newegg. A typical 9600 goes for $75. Getting a 9800GT for $20 could be a steal for you.
     
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    A GSO @ 700 on its core clock and 1700 on its shaders will put out about the same in folding as a 9800GT stock

    so your going to fold with it hat
     
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    I don't think you will really see a difference between the two cards. Especially with the 9800GT having lower than stock clocks to lower the power consumption.
     
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    Mmph. Guess I'll stay away from it then.
     
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    Probably a good plan. I have a highly modified 4850 (modded bios, clocked, and water cooled). When it comes to folding, you're kicking my butt. :toast:
     
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    Well, the 4850 has much more raw power than the 9600GSO. However... ATi cards just suck at folding.
     
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