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HD3850 or 8800GS, looking for power efficency.

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by niko084, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. niko084

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    So I'm pretty sick of my electric bill... So my other machine that normally just browses the internet and plays a few games on occasion needs a new video card, currently has a 9800gtx in it and being it never plays games the use it I am highly considering dropping to a 8800gs or hd3850, so I was curious what one uses less power if anyone knows.

    Also going to swap the e6420 out for a e7200 which uses less power and is faster to boot.
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    Get a HD 3450 if it just games on occasion. If your playing stuff like CoD4 get a 3650.
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    hmm id trade you cards, + some cash for your card. Mine is the 3850 512mb my whole system loads @ 227W @ the wall
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    If it never games, just grab an entry level card like the 3450 or 8400. They're the most power efficient of them all.
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    newtekie1 Semi-Retired Folder

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    These graphs might help:
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    Yes! Thanks I was looking for that graph myself.

    Looks like the 8800gs is my pick here...

    And when I say some games, I mean real games, Vegas:2, Supreme Commander, World In Conflict, 8400/3650 etc just wont cut it to make me happy.
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    Niko, I still have my 7600GS if you need something a little more inexpensive than an HD3850. PM me if interested.

    EDIT: But those games you play would really REALLY push the card. Mind you it does about 3k in 3dmark06.
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    The 1st thing that enters my mind is
    "What is wrong with the 9800 ATI card you have been using"?
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    if his 9800gtx is made by ati, then there really would be something wrong :p
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    You know Nvidia has a 9800 series now right :laugh:

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