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7900 GT or X1800XT?

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April 13, 2006 9:46:00 PM

i'm looking at the 256 nVidia or the 512 ATI.

any suggestions?

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April 13, 2006 9:47:25 PM

lol. just realised this had already been done 8O
April 13, 2006 9:47:28 PM

Get the 7900 GT. I am a fanboy of nVidia but that is irrelevant in my opinion nVidia have better drivers, support and cards.
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April 13, 2006 9:52:09 PM

IN my opinion, your fanboyism is quite relevant, as Ati's drivers are just fine, their cards are superior in some cases, and their driver support is superior because they release a new version once a month.

The 7900 GT is a great card too though Cav, but don't buy based on fanboyism. Research the benches in the games you want to play, see which will do a better job for you. Both are great cards.
April 13, 2006 9:56:21 PM

Cleeve, I see clearly where you are coming from, but I have been reading many benchmarks involving both of these graphics cards. To be blunt it is difficult to distinguish the two, different websites will offer different results even on the same benchmarks. These inconsistencies are a problem which I think plague the consumers faith in certain hardware sites. Plus you yourself Cleeve could be subject to "fanboyism" as you put it, as you have a Radeon X1800XL, a shade poorer than the 1800xt, which our respective OP is planning on buying.
April 13, 2006 9:58:49 PM

Look at the benchmarks for the games you are going to play at the resolutions you are going to play.
April 13, 2006 10:01:07 PM

Perhaps I am indeeed subject to fanboyism, however if you read my post you'll see that I advocated EITHER card, not one over the other; the fellow should educate himself with benchmarks and then decide based on that information, not second hand self-admitted fanboy stuff.

My previous card was a 6800 Ultra, which was an excellent card as well. I have sat on both sides of the fence, which is why I have no tolerance for fanboyism. I have had success and minor irritants with both Ati and Nvidia drivers.

Both manufacturers make excellent products in different price categories.
April 13, 2006 10:03:11 PM

what would be the advantage of the 512 ATi over the 256 ATi?
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April 13, 2006 10:15:22 PM

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Cleeve, I see clearly where you are coming from, but I have been reading many benchmarks involving both of these graphics cards. To be blunt it is difficult to distinguish the two, different websites will offer different results even on the same benchmarks.


Because they don't use the latest drivers. Half the reviews are still using early 8x.xx nV drivers and CAT 5.11 drivers. Good reviewers are quite consistent.

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Plus you yourself Cleeve could be subject to "fanboyism" as you put it, as you have a Radeon X1800XL, a shade poorer than the 1800xt, which our respective OP is planning on buying.


Except for Cleeve has owned, and has recommended ATi and nVidia cards, and has Oc'ed his XL to a point where it would be quite competitive with the XT.

As for your driver comments, I say again, who's name do you see more often on this bug list;
http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/digest3d/0206/itogi-video-gallery-bugs.html

Look like they both have issues, and your statements loses credibility there. The driver issue is something from the 90s, it's like basing your current car purchase from perceptions of the MFRs in the 70s. :roll:
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April 13, 2006 10:18:48 PM

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what would be the advantage of the 512 ATi over the 256 ATi?


IMO depends on the premium.

The X1800XT will be able to use the 512MB over the 256MB in a bunch of situations, but if you're only gaming at 1280x1024 or lower, you may rarely if ever have a chance to use that difference (some games make use of large textures like the BF2 info Pauldh posted again the other day), so it really depends.

Personally I say if the 512MB version is anything more than $25 extra don't bother, but at around that price or less, then get it, especially if you game at 16x12 or higher, or plan on doing so in the near future.
April 13, 2006 10:26:20 PM

thx guys u were a big help. i have decided to go for the nVidia 6610XL due to a large price differential.
April 13, 2006 10:28:20 PM

Screw you guys, nVidia and Ati, I am getting a VOODOO 3 2000 PCI 8MB! EIGHT QUID LADS!
April 13, 2006 10:29:15 PM

I've heard some crap things about that 6610XL, namely large amounts of artifacting. Not to mention they are also present in MEDION PCs.
April 13, 2006 10:29:32 PM

Erm. My voodoo has a larger price differentiation than your 6610xl pfff.
April 13, 2006 10:29:53 PM

they the ones u buy from aldi?
April 13, 2006 10:31:20 PM

Yes it is the incredibly crap supermarket in Europe.

April 13, 2006 10:31:25 PM

i AGREE but i have and awesome graphics card that gomes by the name of a AvA B 182MB it pwns
April 13, 2006 10:33:01 PM

Angels and Airwaves Blink-182 Mega-Bytes?
April 13, 2006 10:33:40 PM

Hello? What in the lord's name is an AvA B 182MB? Please elaborate. The closest thing I can see is the AAR 5UX.
April 13, 2006 10:34:43 PM

what about the S41FTW? i hear it poons
April 13, 2006 10:36:06 PM

What about the +44Mb Mark Hoppus GTX

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