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X800 GTO Or X1600 Pro

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August 9, 2006 10:45:06 AM

Hi,

I am currently in the thinking about getting a new graphics card for my agp pc system, i am goin to buy a new mobo, cpu, memory etc at the end of the year but i need a graphics card to tide me over till then to run games like oblivion, unreal 2007 and battlefield 2142, because my 9550 sucks basicaly. So i found those 2, and wandered which was better, the price is like £5 different the specs are,

X1600 Pro 512mb DDR2
X800GTO 256mb DDR3

Thanks for the help just wandering which is better, i would also take overclocking into consideration.

Cheers Will

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August 9, 2006 12:24:21 PM

I'd go with the X800GTO.
August 9, 2006 12:31:27 PM

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I'd go with the X800GTO.


Ok but why is that, does it have a certain feature that stands out from the X1600 Pro??
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August 9, 2006 12:45:50 PM

GTO is faster and will run games faster while x1600 supports a few features that the x800 can't, although I can't remember what they are off the top of my head. Why don't you do some research?
August 9, 2006 12:51:08 PM

I did but i dont quite understand, the GTO is dearer and has ddr3 but the x1600 has 100mhz more core speed but ddr2 memory and shader model 3. I think i will end up goin for the GTO because on the sapphire website it says it has overclocking software on it.
August 9, 2006 2:29:05 PM

The X1600 Pro isn't a true 12 pipeline card. It might have SM3.0, but that's irrelevent when you compare the speeds of the two cards. And you can download free software to overclock any card, so you don't have to stick with whatever comes with the X800GTO.
August 9, 2006 2:48:59 PM

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The X1600 Pro isn't a true 12 pipeline card. It might have SM3.0, but that's irrelevent when you compare the speeds of the two cards. And you can download free software to overclock any card, so you don't have to stick with whatever comes with the X800GTO.


Ok so just a final word the overall impression is that the x800GTO is better for the price?
August 10, 2006 7:16:59 PM

You'll get lower frame rates with that X1600 Pro 512 (my card) but it depends on the rez you want to run, and if you want SM3.0 or not. I had to make your same decision a few months back and went with the Radeon. FPS is less important to me and I don't mind running at 800x600 if the games look nice. Oblivion could be painful but it should run 2142 just fine since it's basically the same engine as BF2 and I play that all the time.
August 15, 2006 2:21:35 AM

I also vote in favor of the X800GTO. It should be faster than the X1600Pro stock, and you can overclock it to achieve about the same performance as an X800XL, which is quite respectable for an AGP system. Either card would hold you over until the end of the year, but for that short a time span you might as well go for the faster of the two and not worry about extra features, pointless as they may be.
August 15, 2006 2:57:55 AM

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You'll get lower frame rates with that X1600 Pro 512 (my card) but it depends on the rez you want to run, and if you want SM3.0 or not. I had to make your same decision a few months back and went with the Radeon. FPS is less important to me and I don't mind running at 800x600 if the games look nice. Oblivion could be painful but it should run 2142 just fine since it's basically the same engine as BF2 and I play that all the time.


wow i hope you went with the radeon if you were choosing between two ati cards, unless you want an ati rage ><
August 15, 2006 2:59:56 AM

in regards to proformance, x800gto is better... also don't worry about sm 3.0 and hdr as the x1600 is not powerful engough to make any sort of diff.. also don't get fooled by the 256 vs 512 becuase on these lower cards it doesn't matter they both are not fast nuff for 512
August 21, 2006 2:27:08 AM

It all depends if you care for extra high performance at extra high resolutions, I will defend the X1600pro here now that I own it, I was dissapointed at first but after upgrading the CPU from P4 2.4 to 2.8 I saw a huge boost in performance, I prefer slightly lower framerates but use S.M. 3 and HDR which IT actually runs well (despite some saying it isn't powerful enough which is quite an innocent statement).

If you don't bother playing at 1024x768 with all effects maxed out and an average of 30 fps, then choose the X1600pro.... if you don't mind taking out some visual effects and having faster framerates choose the X800.

I'm currently playing FEAR and Oblivion with everything maxed out (soft shadows and all) and I'm happy with it, with an average of 30 fps for FEAR and 20-25 outdoors for Oblivion which is enough for me.

People seem to judge the performance only by looking at technical specs but haven't actually seen one (X1600pro) in action, which can lead to misguided advice.
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