I've decided (more like financially forced :roll: ) to get one last big upgrade for my socket 754 AGP system. From what I've read across the forum is that the ATI boards in the AGP realm are better than the nVidia offerings of the 6600 series and so on except for the coveted 7800.
I've whittled it down to a few cards:
ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT 100-714200 Radeon X800XT 256MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
eVGA 256-A8-N506-AX Geforce 7800GS CO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
All cards are available through newegg.com The 7800 has a $15 mail in rebate which I will fill out and send in. So the 7800GS is 265 in the end, $5 cheaper than the AIW. The reason I picked out the AIW is because I have an LCD TV I already hook up to my computer via DVI cable. I tried finding a good dual DVI AGP card, but they do not exist. I run a dual monitor setup and have a 9800PRO and a crappy 9500 SE or something just for the DVI link so I can hook up the TV and my second monitor to it. So I need some help figuring out what card to buy, and also, I am replacing my secondary monitor which is a CRT, and can't decide between the VX922 and the 2025VX or whatever that Tom's just reviewed. I already run one VX922, and no, once I went dual monitors, I'm never going back.
When I was limited to AGP, I wanted the best card I could get, regardless of price. The 7800GS was what I chose. Nearly every one of these cards overclock 100+ Mhz right out of the box, and support sm3.0, etc.
If history tells out it's tale here, you'll listen to one of the seven or so dorks posting under me, and you'll buy an X800/X850 series card, because they pwn nVidia always :roll:
Do some research, and dont listen to ravenous fanbois, it's not in your best intrest. Read reviews, look at benchmark scores, and always, always remember the overclock potential of each card you consider buying.
The overclock decides the winner in the end, and I'll pit my 7800GS against any of the X800/X850 series fag owners any time of the day.
Now I'm all worked up again....fucking fags, suck my fuckin fuck :roll:
But not to dissapoint my esteemed colleague Mr. Geneticweapon, I will point out that you can get a Radeon X800 XL... which offers about 90% of the performance of the 7800 GS***... for as little as $139 from Ati.com. All you'd be missing is the SM 3.0 functionality, realistically that means no OpenHDR EXR, which is a nice feature.
But only you know if that's worth the $140 extra or so.