The X850XT will outperform it in almsot anything including Doom 3, and sometimes by alot if FSAA/AF are used. Only the much more expensive mega-clocked 512MB 6800GS can match the X850XT. Check out the games that matter to you: http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/digest3d/index.html
Yeah, I have to agree with oompa. The 7600GT does very well for a 12-pipe 128-bit card. It definately deserves consideration. There aren't any direct comparisons yet, but I still think the X850XT would win or edge it out in more games than not. But, he is correct, the 7600GT>6800GS, so it's gaining on the X850XT at least.
There aren't any $169 7600GT's yet, so until I see the 7600GT clearly holding it's own against the X850XT, the Radeon still gets my vote. If they practically tie, then I could see paying $20 more for the 7600GT's features. But I would not pay more for a slower card just for SM3.0; especially not a midrange card that will struggle with Sm3 eye candy already, never mind in more stressful future titles.
7600 GT rocks, but as for your comparison, Prozac is right, the X850XT will beat the 6800GS easily, and even defeats the 7600GT with FSAA enabled. SO if you can find one for $170, you have found a killed deal, definately don't pass it up.
X850XT all the way, it has 16 pipes compared to the 6800GS's 12, and that does make a huge difference in performance. You shouldn't really need SM 3.0 too much yet. And the 7600GT is probably pretty good, but does anyone have any benchmarks of X850XT vs. 7600GT? Cause if the 7600 is faster get it.
X850XT all the way, it has 16 pipes compared to the 6800GS's 12, and that does make a huge difference in performance.
I could be wrong, but doesn't the 6800gs actually have 16 pipes, with four of them disabled? And if I'm right, what's the odds of unlocking the extra four? And if so, shouldn't the 6800gs then blow the crap out of the x850?