First off, IIRC there was no such thing as a 9700XT (let alone a HIS iceQ3 one) and if there was it would've been an AGP card and not a PCI-E. Or were you talking about an X1900XT?
Edited to hide my stupidity!
I guess I could save the money and just get another 7900gt, but as was mentioned above.... the ATI does better with the games I like to play.
I also wanted to buy locally. This is my last weekend off before football season starts, and I'm a full-time high school coach. I intend to game all weekend and then probably only get to play once a week at best.
About buying local.... the 1900xt and the 1900xtx are the exact same price. So that is a no brainer.
I have ordered from NewEgg, and have always been satisfied, but they show the same price for the 1900xtx that I can get locally. BTW, mail-in rebates suck for me. I never get them mailed in.
They price higher and charge more for shipping in many cases. *Shrug* I really used ot like them but lately I can't justify the premium they want. Love the interface though (I go there find what I want and price it elsewhere )
MSI's base price is jacked up anyway. ATI must've recently cut the X1900 series pricing this week anyway as they are all adjusting down from as high as $550 to the $300-$350 range.
As always, use your favorite pricing engine and shop around. I ordered a ATI X1900XT from CompUPlus. Since I'm in So.CA, NewEgg charges me sales tax (7.75%) though when I do order from them, it does get here fast since they're not far.
I'm generally ATI-nVidia agnostic... but I might have gone with the 7900GT if it hadn't been for all the complaints about various compatibility and early chipset issues. OTOH, I did want to try out the Avivo stuff but I'm not looking forward to any heat & noise the ATI card produces.
I will probably eBay my BFG 6800 Ultra AGP soon. :wink:
That depends too grape. Most who complain about noise manually adjust the fan speed, and I wont lie, an X1800XT @ 100% fan speed is something very noticable. Then again so is a 7900GT. However when I let my fan speed to be driver controlled (temperature dependent) I hardly (if ever) noticed it. Same for the 7900GT, my close friend greg has one, and it wasnt audible over a couple 80mm case fans.
However the dual slot exhaust solution is something I definetly considered.
I didnt need the PCI slot directly below my PCI-E slot, so I didnt mind.
But if your the person who has a sound card, video capture card etc....its always something to put in perspective with a single slot solution.
I couldn't decide, so I bought both. Since I was getting them locally anyway, I found the eVGA 7900gt ($300) and the ATI x1900xt ($350) both at Fry's. I thought about getting the 7900gt and being done with it, but then I found that they had the 1900xt for about the same price I could get it for online.
I first tried the 7900gt, man that thing rocks. I was able to turn the graphics way up on Oblivion and barely a stutter when outside. So I used it all last night and got in about four hours of playing time. I like that thing.
Then I tried out the 1900xt. I won't go into too much detail on the ATI, but the 7900gt is going back tomorrow.
Thanks for all the help though. Y'all really gave me some good insight and some things to look for. I haven't noticed the fan too often on the ATI. It is definately a keeper.