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Looking for opinion Is 7900GTX better that 7800GTX 512

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May 2, 2006 12:14:17 AM

I currently have an EVGA 7800GTX 512mb. I am wondering is the 7900GTX a significantly better card. I am stuck with a single PCI-e slot in my Dell and want to get the absolute most out of it. I can game now with most settings maxed but do get a bit of tearing if I max outt settings on BF2. I am just looking at the current prices and it seems I'd come out almost even if I sold this one and got a 7900GTX. Any thoughts appriciated.
Thanx

Dell
Dim XPS Gen 4
P4 650 3.4G
3072mb PC2 4200 (533mhz)
eVGA 7800GTX 512mb
160G SATA (Windows XP SP2)
SB Audigy2 ZS
CDRWDVD Combo Drive
19" ACER Flat pannel
May 2, 2006 1:06:03 AM

3GB of memory? how random. I am not sure how the memory controller plays with this. I know AMDs memory controller is very affectionante towards matched pair memory ie 2x512 or 2x1024 so that may be holding you back.

I played BF2 on max with AA and AF on 1 7800 GTX 256mb @ 470 core and I got 0 frame rate lag. I am not sure what your deal is. I might have to think a bit harder.
May 2, 2006 1:53:58 AM

It's matched 2x512mb and matched 2x1G. seems to per form quite well. my load times are great and I usually get an average of 70fps. (per FRAPS) I have thought about pulling the 512s to see if performance boosts at all but just haven't done it yet.


Dell
Dim XPS Gen 4
P4 650 3.4G
3072mb PC2 4200 (533mhz)
eVGA 7800GTX 512mb
160G SATA (Windows XP SP2)
SB Audigy2 ZS
CDRWDVD Combo Drive
19" ACER Flat pannel
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May 2, 2006 3:02:54 AM

The 7900GTX is a new and improved GPU with faster memory and it does provide better performances over a 7800GTX, slightly.
You're right about the current prices on the two which are very similar but selling your 7800GTX second hand, you're going to have to drop your price significantly to convince your buyer. If they were going to pay a similar price, they might as well get the new 7900GTX.
The 7800GTX are being replaced by 7900GTX, thats why the prices arent going to drop!

You should keep the 7800GTX, its a very good card. Upgrading to a 7900GTX is not a worth while upgrade for you!!!
May 2, 2006 8:16:24 AM

Slap it on Ebay with a reserve of about $30 below that u need for a 7900GTX, if it doesnt reach it then u have the card still and are not hugely out of pocket if it does sell.
May 2, 2006 9:21:11 AM

Given that the price is about the same for 7800GTX and 7900GTX, would you buy a second hand 7800GTX because it costs $30 less??
On the other hand, pay the extra $30, and you get brand new $7900GTX with improved GPU core, faster memory, newer graphics technology, etc.

Your upgrade should skip a generation or two with the technology develops today!!!
May 2, 2006 7:37:38 PM

one minute what is this guy complaining about?

this bit bothers me

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I can game now with most settings maxed but do get a bit of tearing if I max outt


so that means your fps i higher than your monitor refresh rate thats good so why do you want to upgrade? screen tearing happens when you dont have vsync turned on, vsync makes sure the fps stays below the refresh rate of your monitor.
May 2, 2006 8:28:03 PM

Maybe he is rich....or glued to his computer 24/7 and obsessed with benchmarks charts?

We've all fallen victim to the bar chart syndome and paid $100 more for a tiny bit better bar that would be humanly unnoticable.
May 2, 2006 8:48:15 PM

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I currently have an EVGA 7800GTX 512mb. I am wondering is the 7900GTX a significantly better card. I am stuck with a single PCI-e slot in my Dell and want to get the absolute most out of it. I can game now with most settings maxed but do get a bit of tearing if I max outt settings on BF2. I am just looking at the current prices and it seems I'd come out almost even if I sold this one and got a 7900GTX. Any thoughts appriciated.
Thanx

Dell
Dim XPS Gen 4
P4 650 3.4G
3072mb PC2 4200 (533mhz)
eVGA 7800GTX 512mb
160G SATA (Windows XP SP2)
SB Audigy2 ZS
CDRWDVD Combo Drive
19" ACER Flat pannel


Dont waste money on an upgrade that would make very little difference. As for the tearing, Force Vsync on in your drivers. :wink:
May 2, 2006 8:55:54 PM

Rich?!?! That's funny. (Bxmedic stands for Bronx Paramedic = broke azz medic :lol:  ) No, I just take my gaming seriously. It keeps my stress level down.
Also, I am thinking I might want to unload this XPS before it drops in value too soon and build a silly powerful AMD SLI machine. I was thinking that when I go to build the new one that 512mb 7800GTXs might be hard to come by.
I'm not really a slave to benchmarks. To me, they are all about bragging rights. I just want to game at max settings without a single hiccup or stutter and not one ounce of lag. Is that too much to ask for? :lol:  :lol: 
I bet you're right about the monitor thing though. When my 21" CRT blew out I got this one. I was a little short on $$$ that night so I skimped. This Acer is VGA not DVI and has a 12ms response.
Thanx for all the advice though I think maybe I'll get an after market cooler and OC. I already tried it with the stock cooler and got scary artifacts. Maybe I'll save my $$ for a new monitor.
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