Hi, I am upgrading my current 6800GT AGP and I was considering going for the 7600GT but I dont know if it is a worth while upgrade.
I have the following:
Asrock Dual SATAII MB (Supports both AGP and PCIX)
2gb of RAM
19" LCD Panel 1024x1280
My rig is mostly used for gaming. Max resolution on the panel is 1024x1280 so I dont know how powerful a card I need for this native resolution. I dont want to spend too much but also also want to be able to play games with decent settings.
1280x1024 is not such a demanding reaolution by today's standards but if you get a powerful GPU you can shift your focus to AA, AF, HDR and all the other eye-candy. I agree with the others, don't buy the 7600GT the difference will be negligible. If you want higher frame rates from what you get now and/or playable frame rates in the latest titles and/or increased visual quality go for the 7900GT or the X1800XT (my personal preference between the two)
Thanks for the advice everyone, guess the way to go is ATI. Where I live only the following ATI cards are available. Please advize whats best and if Gcube?? is a good brand....
GECUBE RADEON X1900GT 256MB 256-BIT DDR3 PCI-EXPRESS X 16 , DUAL DVI-I , AVIVO , FEATURES 512-BIT INTERNAL RING BUS MEMORY CONTROLLER , ATI AVIVO TECHNOLOGY , SUPPORT DIREXT X 9.0C SHADER MODE 3 & OPEN GL , CORE CLOCK 575MHZ , MEMORY CLOCK 1,200MHZ , 36 PIXEL SHADER PROCESSORS , ACCESSORIES : S-VIDEO TO AV CABLE , DVI TO VGA ADAPTER , HDTV CABLE , SOFTWARE : POWER DVD , 3D GAMES , CROSSFIRE READY
GECUBE RADEON X1800GTO 256MB 256-BIT DDR3 PCI-EXPRESS X 16 , DUAL DVI-I , AVIVO , FEATURES 512-BIT INTERNAL RING BUS MEMORY CONTROLLER , ATI AVIVO TECHNOLOGY , SUPPORT DIREXT X 9.0C SHADER MODE 3 & OPEN GL , CORE CLOCK 500MHZ , MEMORY CLOCK 1,000MHZ , 12 PIXEL PIPELINES , ACCESSORIES : S-VIDEO TO AV CABLE , DVI TO VGA ADAPTER , HDTV CABLE , SOFTWARE : POWER DVD , 3D GAMES
Once again, it boils down to which games you play. According to Gecube's website, they've starting shipping X1900GTs so we should start seeing them show up pretty soon and Sapphire has already spruced up their site to show the new card as well. Including a much better looking pixie this time, I might add. That other one got manhandled with the ugly stick something fierce. Personally, I prefer my pixies with hair though.
I'm sure the other card makers are following suit. It won't be long before more in-depth reviews become available.