First post. Wondering if anyone can help me to choose my next graphics card. Having read some of the other threads I'm sure that the very knowledgable people here can offer some advice, hopefully.
I have a 3.0Ghz P4 with 1Gb ram, and a struggling Geforce 5200 128mb AGP card (not the best for playing FEAR).
As my price range is restricted I am forced to choose between the following:
One question though. How will the Video Memory affect the overall preformance, after all its less that the PowerColor Radeon X700 with 256MB of memory? Is the difference between DDRII and GDDR3 that great, considering both they're 128bit?
I had an Asus 9800XT...I got it winter of 04, and really really loved it.
No where near the heat output of the 9800pro 256...and it overclocked from 412/365 -->452/392...
Where I had an X700 (TUL, known as Powercolor) stock @ 425/700 and
got to 436/722 and had all kinds of artifacts.
The X700 is suppose to be the bigger preformer...really, its not.
If you can...go with a 256mg AGP 6600gt....it will kill them both..if not
IMHO...the 9800XT is a better buy...256mb/256bit
X700pro that you listed 128mb/ either 128 or 256..likely 128 though
Genetic: I used benchies brought to you by our friends @ Tom's, you know
the people that host this forum .
PM sometime when you feel like working this out...I still respect you and your knowledge...but sometimes ya gotta know when not to talk.
I CAN PROVIDE MORE LINKS AND BENCHIES IF YOU WOULD LIKE!!
And not to be to sutble but....
P.S. I posted some pics of my FEAR scores...since, I mean, you wanted to see this 7800GT of mine in action. You should pop over and check that out too while your at it.
Hate to burst your bubble, but lookie carefully at those benchmark charts you linked to, as well as the test system details. First off, they are using different driver versions on different platforms. yes, both are using an A64 4000+.
BUT, In the AGP review, the X800XT AGP and the X800 pro AGP, absolutely destroy the PCI-e versions of the same cards in the PCI-e review. So, you can't compare them the way that you did in your long ownage post.
AGP X800 Pro = 4,914
PCI-e X800 pro = 4,652
AGP X800XT = 5,860
PCI-e X800XT = 5,720
AGP X850XTpe = 6,395
PCI-e X850XTpe = 6,211
Seems to be a trend right? Either the AGP platform is faster, or the drivers are. Enough so that we know we can't directly compare the Cat 5.6 9800XT scores to the Cat 5.4 X700 pro scores and pick a winner, right? Sorry, Ownage taken away.
Note that this would be a better card than a plain 6600 as well. In fact I think the 500 MHz 6600 GT will even beat the ATI x700. What do the rest of you think, I've been goofing up a lot lately, did I get it right this time?
Crap! Blackdog beat me by a day. I should have read more careful.