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Which one is better (price/performance) 7900GT or 1900XTX?

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  • GeForce 7900GT?
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  • ATI Radeon 1900XTX?
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August 10, 2006 8:09:05 AM

Ok, i have only one question:

I have a 430W PSU and GF6800GS, and i want to buy either 7900GT or 1900XTX, can anyone tell me what PSU to get? Is 550W enough or do i need more.

Oh, and i have AMD 3000+, 160GB hdd, 1gb ddr (if i buy one of these cards it'll probably be 2GB), DVD-RW... so i need PSU to power all of that and one of these cards.

And how much improvement would i gain if i switch from 6800GS to 7900GT (or 1900XTX).

And your suggestions on selecting the card!

Thanks guys, and girls!

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August 10, 2006 9:07:55 AM

550watt will be plenty. no need for more
500 would probably even be sufficient

U should notice quite an improvement over the 6800GS.
the x1900xtx is better than the 7900gt for performance.
however the o/c xfx 7900gt is good value/performance.

I believe the x1950xtx with gddr4 memory will come out august 23rd and will be about the same price as the x1900xtx and the x1900 cards will drop in price

correct me if I'm wrong
August 10, 2006 1:21:30 PM

You should look at the new 600Amp PSUs sold at Wal-Mart.

They offer a lot more juice and are only $10.
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August 10, 2006 1:24:09 PM

X1900XTX spanks the 7900GT. 7900GT is a big improvement from a 6800GS though.
August 10, 2006 2:07:14 PM

You should shop for the 1900XT (can be had for as little as 340 dollars on newegg-maybe even less elsewhere), it is cheaper than the 1900XTX but not that much slower (easily OC's to the 1900XTX speeds). For a power supply shop for one that has 30 to 36 amps on the 12v rail(s). Do not shop wattage as that number includes the 3.3 and 5 volt rails which are not as important.
August 10, 2006 2:42:26 PM

Quote:
Ok, i have only one question:

I have a 430W PSU and GF6800GS, and i want to buy either 7900GT or 1900XTX, can anyone tell me what PSU to get? Is 550W enough or do i need more.

Oh, and i have AMD 3000+, 160GB hdd, 1gb ddr (if i buy one of these cards it'll probably be 2GB), DVD-RW... so i need PSU to power all of that and one of these cards.

And how much improvement would i gain if i switch from 6800GS to 7900GT (or 1900XTX).

And your suggestions on selecting the card!

Thanks guys, and girls!


Well a 7900GT only requires a 400w PSU. IF that is the Thermaltake TR2 (like I have) I bet it would run a 7900GT just fine (depending on the rest of your rig)

AS far as price performance goes, the 7900GT is the best, it can be found on newegg for as little as $240 after MIR, and you could possibly use your old PSU. No question the X1900 will perform better, but from a bang for your buck standpoint, 7900GT is hard to beat.
August 10, 2006 2:43:18 PM

A 550 watt PSU will be able to handle what you've shown. You actually need to pay closer attention to the amps than watts or volts in your case.

For example, if you call the tech support for most any major graphic card maker (or scan their site) you'll find that, for a 7900 GTX (which is going to have a slightly higher energy requirement than your cards - with the exception of the 1900XTX models), they require a minimum of between 22 - 26amps on the 12v rails. Since the 12v rails feed most of your major components (i.e. cpu, pcie slot cards, floppy drive, sata connectors, anything using the 4-pin molex connectors, etc.) you'll want to make certain to have a good accounting of amps on the 12v rails for the draw.

Also, don't use a 20 pin ATX connector on a motherboard that has a 24 pin power connector. The new 24 pin connector added one line apiece for ground, 3.3, 5, and 12 volts. They're extra lines to provide more current to the rails. you can plug a 20 pin cable into a 24 pin motherboard and it will work just fine. At least, it will for a while.

If you are concerned with your PSUs efficiency then make certain it has PFC. Power Factor Correction - protects against things like voltage fluctuations and electrical irregularities that can affect the efficiency of your power supply. There are three types of PFC: active, passive, and non-PFC. Active PFC provides the best protection, while non-PFC provides the worst. In the European Union, it is now a requirement that ALL PSU makers include PFC in their units.

Here are some articles done on reviews of midrange and highend PSU that can give you some idea about their stability and performance. They can help you decide what PSU to get - at the very least, teach you some things about high wattage PSUs - which are more stable and why.

Midrange
http://techreport.com/reviews/2004q4/psus/index.x?pg=1
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/other/display/atx-psu4...

Highend
http://www.bytesizedreviews.com/?rev_id=302

Really Highend
http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=574


Here are some PSUs which put out around what you are looking for. They've all got Active PFC, multiple rails and good amps:

SeaSonic S12-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply ($129)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
dual 12v rail with good amps (17, 16 amps), excellent rep, Active PFC


Thermaltake W0057RU-01 PurePower TWV ATX 12V 2.0 500W ($129)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
dual 12v rail with good amps (18 amps per rail), excellent rep, Active PFC


ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W ($105)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
dual 12v rail with STRONG amps (22amps per rail), excellent rep, Active PFC

XCLIO X14S4P3 500W ATX 500W ($95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
triple 12v rails (18, 18, 16 amps), modular, Active PFC, Good Rep

ENERMAX Noisetaker II EG495P-VE ATX12V 485W ($90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
dual 12v rails, strong amps (22 per rail), excellent rep, Active PFC

FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX500-A, 2.0 version, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 500W ($90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
dual 12v rails, amps are ok (15 amps per rail), excellent rep, Passive PFC

SILVERSTONE SST-ST50EF ATX12V 500W ($89)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
dual 12v rails, strong amps (18 per rail), excellent rep, Active PFC

COOLMAX CP-500T EPS12V 500W ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Great buy for the price because it has dual 12v rails with strong amps (18 per rail). It has the added bonus most in this price range do not with Active PFC. (This unit is only being shown if you are really cheap...)
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