I read recently the Toms hardware x1900 GT Tale of two cards article. The Sapphire and Powercolor are both factory stocked and so is the Connect 3D model, the card that i am currentlly thinking about getting because of the 100 dollar rebate available via newegg.
But, just when tomshardware made x1900 GT a good buy over the 7900 GT for the popular resolutions of 1024x and 1280x, i found this website read the whole article and their tests proved nvidia's 7900 GT to be the victor even in the 1024 and the 1280 resolution categories in most of the same games tested on toms. I am aware that maybe the different systems they used might have had influence or the settings used, but it seems both sites have used settings players would be interested in.
I have heard about the noise from the 7900GT but the heat problems with the x1900GT, i know that excessive heat can cause loss in performance, please take this into consideration and also if there are any other video card deals underneath the 300 dollar mark that prove to be better than these solutions please feel free to post them.
How does the x1800XT get a higher FPS on 1600x1200 with AA and FSAA enabled then it does on 1280x1024.
Well, a fraction of one frame per second is hardly faster, But reason for it is that It's Still CPU bottlenecked with their test systems (A64 3800+) even at 16x12 4x/16x. It takes HDR or at least HQAF (or probably a faster system like a Conroe) to GPU bottleneck the X1800XT in farcry If their test system was faster, you may have seen the X1800XT pull away at other settings also. But I know my framerates sit around 70fps at 16x12 6xaa/16xaf with a slightly faster system than theirs. Using either HDR or HQAF lowers the fps though but otherwise farcry is a breeze for the X1800XT.
im wondering, is it worth getting 1gb of ram and an x1900xt or 2gbs of ram and an x1800xt?.. i have decided i will get the x1800xt over the x1900gt, so now im just wondering, 1gb and x1900xt or 2gbs and x1800xt