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Need advice thinking of a XFX 7800GS is it a ok card to get?

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August 4, 2006 3:15:56 PM

Hi guys.

Im in the market for a new card.

Im still running a AGP platform. Thinking of changing to PCI-E late next year or following year. Im only using a FX5900 at the moment so you can see why im in the market for a new card.

The only manufactures i can get is XFX, Gigabyte, Leadtek, Gainward and Asus.

I was thinking of getting an XFX 7800GS AGP 256Mb (PVT70KUAF).

I spoke to a guy at a computer shop, and he said he has had problems with XFX cards, he said that he had returned cards with heating problems and all sorts of problems.

Is this true? Does XFX cards give trouble?

Will this be an ok card to get?
Has anyone used this card?

Should I maybe go for a 6800?
Was also thinking of getting the Gainward Bliss 6800GS 512Mb AGP (GW7753)


Thanks
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August 4, 2006 3:29:05 PM

7800GS is a good card. But tell us your system specs, so we can tell if it's a good fit for you.
August 4, 2006 3:36:51 PM

Wow im running an old machine.

Its a 2.8 Pentium 4, still 478.
1Gb RAM
80 Gig HD
On a Pentium board.

Thats is another question, can the old 478 2.8 keep up with a newer card?
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August 4, 2006 3:59:16 PM

do NOT get 7800gs

get a 6800gs instead

it is a lot cheaper and there is only a few fps diffrence in performance

or you get a second hand x800xl fairly cheap
August 4, 2006 6:58:26 PM

ATI.com has X800XL's for $119.
August 4, 2006 7:09:32 PM

7800GS is an overkill for your system.

6800GS is good choice, and the X800XL is also good choice.

X800XL > 6800GS.
August 5, 2006 4:05:23 PM

Well I have owned mine for about a month now and have had no problems what so ever. Heat stays around 38c at idle and can o as high as 48c during heavy use such as benchmarking or gaming. the card runs very stable and I am very satisfied. my specs and benchmarks are listed below.
August 5, 2006 4:29:58 PM

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Wow im running an old machine.

Its a 2.8 Pentium 4, still 478.
1Gb RAM
80 Gig HD
On a Pentium board.

Thats is another question, can the old 478 2.8 keep up with a newer card?


Does your P4 have the 533 or 800MHz bus? I'd get the X800XL; don't spend over $150 on AGP as it is all but dead now. If your P4 is the 800MHz FSB, then it won't bottleneck the X800XL; overclock the CPU and grahpics card to get a couple extra FPS in games.
August 5, 2006 4:49:51 PM

depending on the 7800gs you get,you may be able to unlock the other four pixel pipe lines for a total of 24.so do some more reading as i can't remember which one it is but i do know it has the 7900 chip.goodluck.

Dahak


EVGA NF4 SLIREADY MB
EVGA 7800GT
WD 300GIG HD
ATHLON 4400+DUALCORE
520WATT PSU
2X1GIG SAMSUNG DDR400
EXTREME 19IN.MONITOR
August 5, 2006 6:11:00 PM

Quote:
depending on the 7800gs you get,you may be able to unlock the other four pixel pipe lines for a total of 24.so do some more reading as i can't remember which one it is but i do know it has the 7900 chip.goodluck.

Dahak


EVGA NF4 SLIREADY MB
EVGA 7800GT
WD 300GIG HD
ATHLON 4400+DUALCORE
520WATT PSU
2X1GIG SAMSUNG DDR400
EXTREME 19IN.MONITOR


None of the 7800GSs are unlockable. There are the ones made by Gainward, which are essentially a 7800GT and a 7900GT bridged to AGP. If I'm not mistaken, the 7900GT one is called the 7800GS+, but I'm not sure what the 7800GT one is calledl.
August 5, 2006 6:46:34 PM

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7800GS is an overkill for your system.

6800GS is good choice, and the X800XL is also good choice.

X800XL > 6800GS.
What are you talking about? His Pentium 4 won't bottleneck a 7800GS.
August 5, 2006 7:07:52 PM

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Does your P4 have the 533 or 800MHz bus? I'd get the X800XL; don't spend over $150 on AGP as it is all but dead now. If your P4 is the 800MHz FSB, then it won't bottleneck the X800XL; overclock the CPU and grahpics card to get a couple extra FPS in games.


This is an excelent question. I have a P4 2.8C with 800fsb and HT on socket 478 and it is still a pretty fast setup considering how old it is. It is also a great overclocker if you are into that sort of thing. I have mine running at 3.5GHz on stock voltage with a Zalman 7000 Al-Cu.
August 5, 2006 7:39:00 PM

Quote:
7800GS is an overkill for your system.

6800GS is good choice, and the X800XL is also good choice.

X800XL > 6800GS.
What are you talking about? His Pentium 4 won't bottleneck a 7800GS.

lol everybody knows how bad the P4 is in gaming. i think that the p4 is a big bottleneck to such a card. he should get the x1600pro it is agp, 12 pixel piplines, 500mhz core and cost equal to a 6800GS which has less performance.
August 5, 2006 8:57:56 PM

the x1600pro isnt better than the 6800gs. i checked the vga charts here and the vanilla 6800 is more equal to the x1600pro. but i do agree about the processor bottleneck.
August 5, 2006 10:02:44 PM

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depending on the 7800gs you get,you may be able to unlock the other four pixel pipe lines for a total of 24.so do some more reading as i can't remember which one it is but i do know it has the 7900 chip.goodluck.


Yeah I tried unlocking the other couple but they wouldn't turn on for some reason. I dunno maybe I was doing something wrong. I instead just pumped up the GPU to 505Mhz and the RAM to 1440MHz. Gave me quite a significant fps boost.
August 6, 2006 3:50:05 AM

The 7800GS is the best AGP card you can get. I have one, and it performs as expected(no let downs like the X800 series).

I can show you game benchmark scores, 3dmark scores, etc...., just ask.
August 6, 2006 11:25:22 AM

Just want to say thanks to everyone that has replied.

The P4 i have has an 800 bus.

It looks to me that the best bet would be the Gainward 6800GS 512. It is abit cheaper.

And im worried about the bottleneck cause by the procceser

Would i can that much more performance out of the XFX 7800Gs 256 over the 6800GS?
August 7, 2006 9:07:34 AM

I have heard other users in this fourm having artifacts with that card I currently have the bfg 7800gs, its doing the job well. Maybe save the money for a new system and hopfully by winter gaming season you are ready to jump like a rabbit.
August 8, 2006 12:33:20 AM

Um I am kinda curious... I am noticeing alot of you are saying that the 7800GS has a 20 Pixel Pipeline. According to all the sites i have been to and even looking at my own XFX 7800GS (see specs below) all 7800GS's have a 16 Pixel Pipeline not a 20.
August 8, 2006 1:30:34 PM

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7800GS is an overkill for your system.


Crap. New games will suck up all the power your graphics card can provide and more... a 2.8GHz P4 can handle much more GPU power than a 7800GS can give it.

As for the XFX card, it's fine.
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