ECS 8800GT w/ Accelero S1-R2 $145 at the 'egg

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ECS 8800GT w/ Accelero S1-R2 $145 at the 'egg

Post by psyopper » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:11 am

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814134035

Title says it all, link takes you there. Smokin' deal on a great silent card!

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Post by JVM » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:10 pm

"The core temperature of the ECS card is just striking! A reference card with lower frequencies grows 85°-90° hot at the core, and its noise is quite noticeable, while this card does not grow hotter than 65°! Even without additional fans! (Tests were run with the closed system enclosure, standard airflow.) That's excellent!"

See entire review here: http://www.digit-life.com/articles3/vid ... page1.html

Yes, I agree it sure is a darn good deal for $145 dollars! Well, so long ECS 9600 GT and welcome ECS 8800 GT. 8)

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Post by sea2stars » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:16 pm

Argh. And I just bought the silent ECS 9600GT for $150. Is it worth the 15% restocking fee though?

Oh wait. I still have to send in the stupid rebate form in to knock it down to $125.
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Post by JVM » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:24 pm

sea2stars wrote:Argh. And I just bought the silent ECS 9600GT for $150. Is it worth the 15% restocking fee though? *sigh*
Depends if you want/need the faster card. Personally, I think you should go for it and take the $22.50 hit, which is not a big deal in a world where gas is $4 dollars a gallon. 8)

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Post by sea2stars » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:42 pm

Heh. Of course I want the faster card but for what I'm going to be using it for, computer modeling and some simulation stuff with Crysis maybe, I'm not sure if it'd change things much. I don't game much beyond my 360. Add in shipping costs and I'm looking at a $50+ loss if I switch cards.

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Post by JVM » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:50 pm

sea2stars wrote:Heh. Of course I want the faster card but for what I'm going to be using it for, computer modeling and some simulation stuff with Crysis maybe, I'm not sure if it'd change things much. I don't game much beyond my 360. Add in shipping costs and I'm looking at a $50+ loss if I switch cards.
$50? Shipping costs $27.50? Anyway, the ball is in your hands, and the ECS 8800 GT will soon be in my hands. 8)

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Post by sea2stars » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:00 pm

Heh. Well.. -$25 mail in rebate that I'd lose for the 9600GT, -$22.50 for restocking fee, -$? for shipping fees. Yeah.. it's not worth it on my end; that's a full tank of gas! *grin* It still sucks though. Enjoy the card!

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Post by JVM » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:24 pm

sea2stars wrote:Heh. Well.. -$25 mail in rebate that I'd lose for the 9600GT, -$22.50 for restocking fee, -$? for shipping fees. Yeah.. it's not worth it on my end; that's a full tank of gas! *grin* It still sucks though. Enjoy the card!
The mail in rebate? Don't hold your breath. :wink:

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Post by sea2stars » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:29 pm

Hah! Good point. You talked me into it. RMA in process.

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Post by JVM » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:41 pm

sea2stars wrote:Hah! Good point. You talked me into it. RMA in process.
Good! :) Use the latest official driver (175.16) from NVIDIA's Web site, not the driver from the CD.

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Post by JVM » Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:57 pm

The ECS 8800GT arrived yesterday and today I installed the card. First diasppointment was one of the clips that holds the heat sink to the card fell off in the bag, not a good sign of quality control. I was able to put the clip on.

The next shocker was temperature of this card in my system is around 7C hotter at idle than my ECS 9600GT, which did surprise me. I figured the temperature would be a few degrees Celcius higher, but I was not prepared for 7-8C higher. While idling at around 52C is not a big deal, I do have the central air running all day today because it's around 90F outside. So, I imagine on a pleasantly warm day of perhaps around 75F outside, the 8800GT would idle at a higher temperature than now--I don't run the central air when it's 75F outside, unless it's very humid.

Of course, there are those two little fans included with the Accelero S1, but I am not interested in that scenario.

Bottom line for me at this point is undecided if the card stays.

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Post by Towermax » Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:42 pm

Newegg now lists this as a "deactivated item".

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Post by JVM » Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:45 pm

That is kind of strange. Anyway, I already put back my ECS 9600 GT and will be calling newegg tomorrow to return the 8800GT for refund, minus restocking fee and shipping costs.

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Post by sea2stars » Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:18 pm

Heh. I can work with 7C. At worst I'll put in a 120mm fan at 6V and maybe some ducting.

As for it being a "deactivated item", I've noticed Newegg do that on various items; the last I saw being an OEM Q9300.

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Post by JVM » Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:37 am

But, why would they deactivate an 8800 GT? The card is certainly not outdated, and they do have other brands still available. So, why the ECS model?

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Post by Towermax » Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:57 pm

JVM wrote:But, why would they deactivate an 8800 GT? The card is certainly not outdated, and they do have other brands still available. So, why the ECS model?
Newegg got a special deal from ECS on this item and has sold out.

Or:

This particular item sold poorly and now that they've gotten rid of the inventory via sale prices, they don't want to re-stock it.

Or:

ECS quit making this special model.

Or:

Any of several other market/production-driven reasons.

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