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Budget Video Card Reviews

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August 15, 2006 1:00:34 AM

Does anyone know of some good budget video card reviews that have happened recently? I have only seen one and that was on HardOCP last week.

If anyone has any links, please share them, and if anyone has any firsthand knowledge that would also be appreciated. Any information will be appreciated, except for statements like, "these cards are crap. don't buy them..." thats just not productive for me.
August 15, 2006 2:00:26 AM

Thanks, thats exactly what I was looking for. And is that an SLI connector at the top of that card? My goodness. SLI for the low end... Never thought it would come to pass...
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August 15, 2006 2:01:58 AM

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Thanks, thats exactly what I was looking for. And is that an SLI connector at the top of that card? My goodness. SLI for the low end... Never thought it would come to pass...


The Geforce 7300 GT is SLI ready, so yes.
August 15, 2006 2:49:20 PM

Yep. ANd X1300's/X1600s have always been Xfire ready.

Don't think I'd bother SLIing/Xfiring these cards though. A single 7600 GT or X1800 GTO would put them out of their misery for less $$$.
August 15, 2006 3:21:38 PM

yeah the 7300gs or the x1300 are the best budget cards on the market.
August 15, 2006 7:48:24 PM

Agreed.
August 15, 2006 8:20:40 PM

Go for a mid range card dude! Those low end cards are not worth it.


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August 15, 2006 9:05:16 PM

They are if you don't have 100+ (or even close to that) dollars to spend. 8O The reason I need links is because I need to buy a cheap card that will let me play some of the newer games. My old card at 1fps is just not going to cut it anymore.

On a related note, budget cards have been what I have always had. The FX5200 is my latest one...
August 15, 2006 9:10:47 PM

I just bought an XFX 6800xt. It has a lot of similar features to the 7300gt but the memory interface is 256bit ( the 7300's is 128bit) The clock speed's and pipes are similar and the card was less than a hundred dollars after rebate. It is also SLI compatible although whether there would ever be a good reason to hook two together I am not sure. I am pretty happy with it, I have owned a 6800gt (AGP) 6800gs (AGP ) and now a 6800xt (PCI-E) and have been very happy with them.

What do other people think... 6800xt versus 7300gt... what are the pro's and con's ?
August 15, 2006 9:26:03 PM

Depending on where you live, you could look for the GDDR3 versions of the 7300GT from either Inno3D or Galaxy. These cards appear to overclock to almost match a reference 7600GS according to the reviews I've read. They're more expensive than standard GDDR2 7300GTs, but usually come in cheaper than the reference 7600GSs.

Unfortunately, if you're located in the U.S., good luck finding them.

Instead of looking for the new low-budget cards, you might want to try looking for older mid-high end cards from the ATI X#00 or nVidia 6#00 series. Ebay would be a good place to start. You might get luck and find a decent X800 series card with a 256-Bit memory interface in your price range.
August 15, 2006 9:32:15 PM

For under $100, the X800 GTOs are nice buys, too.
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