6800gt vs 7600gt

I had some heat problems with my old 6800gt, and am getting a new card to replace it. I want to chose between another 6800gt and a EVGA 7600gt that is overclocked. The 7600gt is OC'd from 560/700 to 600/780. Sadly, the 7600gt has only 25 gb/sec vs the 32gb/sec in the 6800gt. I have three questions that I hope to be answered:

1. What is the bandwidth of a graphics card? What does it do? Is it the speed at which the info travels from, card to monitor?

2. 25 gb/sec versus 32 gb/sec. Will it make a difference, considering the speed of the two cards? It is only 7 gb/sec, but is that a big amount? I will be playing TES4:Oblivion and DOOM3; so will it be a factor in playing games?

3. Finally, which is better (for gaming, etc): the 6800gt or the 7600gt?

Thanks, and if you could give me anymore information, it would be greatly appreciated. (Maybe a better card in the $230 price range; PCI-E).

-thedirkus-
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  1. Why the heck would you go from a card that has 16 pixelpipelines to a card that has 12 ? You are going backwards. Want an upgrade, get a 7800 or better.

    An x1800xt is a slightly better card than the 6800gt.... little faster.

    and a little closer to your budget.
  2. Try returning your 6800GT and getting a 7900GT.
  3. The 7600GT is definately better than a 6800GT. Not a big or good upgrade, but clearly better. The cheaper X850XT would probably match or maybe beat the 7600GT more often than not, but you do give up SM3 suport. Above a 7600GT, look at the 7800GT, but if it is priced near the 7900GT and X1800XT 256MB, then go with one of them instead.
  4. my money limit is $230
  5. Save your money. Get a job. Get an advance on your allowance....whatever. Don't get something worse than you already own.

    buy the 7600 GT............
  6. Heat problems? Do you mean you fried the older card and now you need a new one? If that is the case go for the 7600GT.
  7. save till u have 300, and get a 7900gt... its pointless to "upgrade" to a 7600gt... 128 bit interface (6800gt has 256) 12 pipelines (6800gt has 16) just higher clock speeds, if that, i duno specs on card... overclock ur 6800gt to get more life out of it, then when u can afford it get a 7900gt or somthing. theres no point in upgrading to get about 5% perforamcne increase
  8. Yes, but you do mean that the 7600gt is better, even if only by 1 to 5%? That's all I want to know. See, I'm returning the 6800gt because it is a defective model with heat problems. Zipzoomfly is giving me a chance to replace it with any card of equal or lesser value (yeah, I know, what a good deal). The overclocked 7600gt is just the right price, I need it now because I want to be able to use my computer... I don't have time to save, even if I wish I could.

    I just want to confirm that the 7600gt is indeed better than the 6800gt, for gaming or benchmark-wise. Keep in mind that my card will be overclocked to 600/1560. Thanks.
  9. 7600gt is better than 6800gt at stock... so yea, if ur returning it then get the 7600gt... although i dont see what u mean by "heat problems" ur case prob has no airflow or ur room is 100 degrees, also u need to give the card time to "burn in" if uve had it running for 48 hours and temps are still high, then sure exchange it for the cheaper/faster 7600... GL with the return
  10. Quote:
    Zipzoomfly is giving me a chance to replace it with any card of equal or lesser value (yeah, I know, what a good deal).


    Good for you, that is a good deal. $230 exchange huh, yup, I'd go for this one. The 6800GT and GS PCI-e are about equal, and the 7600GT easily beats the 6800GS in reviews I have seen. Check out this review: http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/nvidia_geforce_7600_gt_performance/default.asp
  11. Quote:
    Yes, but you do mean that the 7600gt is better, even if only by 1 to 5%? That's all I want to know. See, I'm returning the 6800gt because it is a defective model with heat problems. Zipzoomfly is giving me a chance to replace it with any card of equal or lesser value (yeah, I know, what a good deal). The overclocked 7600gt is just the right price, I need it now because I want to be able to use my computer... I don't have time to save, even if I wish I could.

    I just want to confirm that the 7600gt is indeed better than the 6800gt, for gaming or benchmark-wise. Keep in mind that my card will be overclocked to 600/1560. Thanks.



    See if they'll give you your money back. Then get another $70 or so and get a 7900GT.
  12. Thank you all very much for the help! I have decided to go with the 7600gt, due to the benchmarks on it. Thank you Pauldh for those!

    For clarification: I have an ASUS en6800gt revision 1.01. They have an extreme heating problem, my card went up to 120 degrees Celcius while playing TES4:Oblivion. The card idles at 77 degrees C. Way too hot. ASUS actually made a new revision addressing the issue (rev. 1.02), but they stopped making the card altogether. The only response I got was to return it. Hence, I can only get an equal value card, and I do not have the time or money to get a better one.

    Thanks again for the help!

    -thedirkus-
  13. You Won't Be Sorry
    The 7600GT is an AWESOME card!!
    Nvidia has pumped the "full path 128 bit studio precision" interface to the max.
    You won't know the difference between a 16 pipe 256 bit card and this 12 pipe 128 bit demon. It Kills!!!
    Rock On!!!

    7600GT: 3DMk '03=12,685
    (ol' 800XL only got 10,365....that's a 16 pipe 256 bit card....)

    (X700Pro, now that was a crippled 128 bit thing...)
  14. Sweet, thanks! I can't wait to check out Doom 3 or Farcry. By the way, here's my rig:

    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego
    1024MB PC3200 RAM
    Nforce 4 mobo
    Maxtor Diamondmax 9plus HD 250gb 7200rpm
    Qmax 450 watt psu
    LG supermulti DVD-RW drive
    New GPU: evga 7600gt @ 600/1560
  15. Great Rig.
    I just got finished playing a round of Far Cry (1.33) and it looks/plays fantastic!
    Standing in the water looking around at paradise.
    SM 3 and Far Cry=Pure Beauty.
    I should mention also that the auto detect will put your settings on 'Very High'.
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