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EVGA e-GeForce 7600GS AGP - Should I get it?

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August 21, 2006 1:15:33 PM

Hey all,

I've had a lot of trouble finding a video card over the past little while, but I think I've finally settled on one: the EVGA e-GeForce 7600GS AGP from the following site:

http://www.cancomputer.com/index.php?sku=4896

Here's my Power Supply info (I don't know anything about PSUs so I just put everything):

Turbolink: ATX-Switching Power Supply
Model No. 400U-420PS
AC Input: 115/230V ~, 7A/4A, 50-60Hz
DC Output: 420W

+3.3V +5V +12V -5V -12V +5VSB
28.0A 32.0A 24.0A 0.3A 0.6A 2.0A

Will this PSU be good enough for the card? If not, do you see any good PSUs on that site?

Finally, do you think that this is the best card in terms of bang for my buck? I really don't want to spend any more than this as even this is over my limit, but I understand that it's amongst the best I can get in this class. Besides, it seems that the shopati.ca X800XL isn't coming back on their site for a while (is this card better? worse?) and I understand that the X1600 isn't worth getting.

Any advice/help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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August 21, 2006 4:56:41 PM

Yes the powersupply is enough for that card.
You're probably on agp so yeh there aren't many choices today.
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August 21, 2006 5:10:13 PM

Yeah, I'm on AGP.

My only other realistic alternative is the Sapphire X1600 - it's a big cheaper (140 instead of 180), but it sounds like it's not worth getting.

I was excited about the X800XL on shopati.ca (Canadian site), but they went out of stock really quickly and I've read reports of them taking a LONG time to ship.

I spent a long time looking at stuff at NCIX.com, but it seems that this is a better deal.

Glad to hear that my PSU will be safe - the way I got into this whole mess was that my last PSU blew and took the video card, 4200Ti, with it (or perhaps the other way around).
August 21, 2006 5:12:30 PM

One other note:

Can anyone who has this card review it for me please? Or does anyone know where to find a review of it, I haven't been able to find many places online - I'm surprised that tomshardware doesn't have anything.
August 21, 2006 5:26:04 PM

naw 7600 GS is a crap buy

you should buy this .. its at the same price range

6800GS AGP for an all TIME LOW @ 168$ @ newegg
besides, its unlockable to 16/6

yes i had mines unlocked and overclocked like a charm but i sold it when it when demands were high =D

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
August 21, 2006 6:15:01 PM

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naw 7600 GS is a crap buy

BS.

The OP is in Canada and cannot order from Newegg. Video card prices in Canada are insane compared to the U.S.

dementia13, the AGP version of the 7600GS is still pretty new to the market. However, since the difference between AGP and PCI-E versions of like cards is usually nil, you can look for reviews on the 7600GS PCI-E version to get a good idea of performance. On average it easily outperforms the X1600Pro except in Oblivion where I've heard the X1600Pro has slight advantage due to it's architecture.
August 21, 2006 6:20:32 PM

Thanks for the comments all, especially Anoobis.

My only other concern is with the manufacturer: E-VGA. They seem to be very new to the market. Do they have a good reputation? Are they reliable?

Also, do you think the card would be good in something like Neverwinter Nights 2 - I understand that game uses pixelshaders 2.1 or something?
August 21, 2006 6:37:57 PM

It's hard to say as I couldn't find any system requirements on the NWN2 site aside from it saying you'll need at least DX9.0c and that cards supporting at least SM 2.0 will be required.

The 7600GS is a SM3.0 compliant card although you may have to turn down image quality settings or resolution for it to work with SM3.0 features like HDR.

eVga isn't new to the market and they make excellent cards that come with lifetime warranties.
August 21, 2006 6:43:29 PM

Quote:
Hey all,

I've had a lot of trouble finding a video card over the past little while, but I think I've finally settled on one: the EVGA e-GeForce 7600GS AGP from the following site:

http://www.cancomputer.com/index.php?sku=4896

Here's my Power Supply info (I don't know anything about PSUs so I just put everything):

Turbolink: ATX-Switching Power Supply
Model No. 400U-420PS
AC Input: 115/230V ~, 7A/4A, 50-60Hz
DC Output: 420W

+3.3V +5V +12V -5V -12V +5VSB
28.0A 32.0A 24.0A 0.3A 0.6A 2.0A

Will this PSU be good enough for the card? If not, do you see any good PSUs on that site?

Finally, do you think that this is the best card in terms of bang for my buck? I really don't want to spend any more than this as even this is over my limit, but I understand that it's amongst the best I can get in this class. Besides, it seems that the shopati.ca X800XL isn't coming back on their site for a while (is this card better? worse?) and I understand that the X1600 isn't worth getting.

Any advice/help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


AGP is actually an acronym to describe the shopping experience of those in the market for a new AGP gpu.

Moderator Edit.

I gotta bite the bullet soon and get a pcix mobo.
August 21, 2006 7:06:17 PM

^ Heh. You got that right.

Okay, thanks again Anoobis. It was the SM3.0 that I was referring to - as long as the card can run it I can play around with the settings to get it going okay.

Does anyone have any other reviews or thoughts?

EDIT:
One more question, the site says the following:
Minimum of a 350 Watt power supply.
(Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 18 Amp Amps.)
An available 4-pin Molex hard drive power dongle


I don't know what a Molex hard drive power dongle is - can anyone help? Does that just mean an extra power plug? (I assume the card's fan uses a lot of power).

Also, I have heard that the card can get really hot - might this hurt its ability to function or might it cause it to malfunction at some point?
August 21, 2006 11:52:45 PM

24a on 12v should hold a 7600GT even. Only required 350w and 18a on 12v. The GT almost doubles the GS.
August 22, 2006 1:10:31 PM

I just found a great deal for this card:
http://search.ncix.com/productdetail2.php?noheader=1&sk...

NCIX has it for 148 after the rebate. After tax and after the rebate it comes to 170 which is a bit more than I'd like, but if it's the best AGP card I can get in that range then I'll go for it.

Anyone have any other thoughts or reviews of the card?

It seems that the PCI-E version is SLi compatable, but that it doesn't have a fan like on the AGP version, it seems to instead just have a massive heatsink covering it. Strange.
August 22, 2006 1:57:32 PM

Dude, the 7600GS is weak.

128-bit memory interface? AHHHHHHHH!!!!!

*BARF*

*DIES*
August 22, 2006 2:34:43 PM

well the 7600gs is not all that great a card,although for the price is not too bad.but i would look for a 6800gs as you will get better performance for the buck.or you can spend a couple hundered more and get the 7800gs which is a kick-a** card for agp.i recommend the 7800gs or the 6800gs.goodluck.

Dahak

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August 22, 2006 6:21:11 PM

When you guys say that the 7600GS is weak, are you comparing it to other cards in this price-range? I understand that it's the best AGP card you can get for under $200, is that not right?

Also, isn't the 6800GS a lot more than the $190 (after tax) I'll be paying for the 7600GS?

Anoobis?

Could you guys suggest a better card in that price range from:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?minorcatid=108&s...

or from:
www.cancomputers.com?

Please let me know!
August 22, 2006 8:51:15 PM

Look you guys, the OP is in Canada. Home of the insanely high VGA prices making it hard to find a good deal.

In the price range the OP is looking at they're limited to X1600Pros, 6800XTs (oh god no) and the 7600GS.

The 7600GS is the best they will find unless they can come across an X800GTO with a 256-bit memory interface gem of a deal.

The other option is to hunt down sellers on eBay willing to ship to Canada in which case I would search for either an AGP 6800GT or an AGP X800XT.
August 23, 2006 1:12:26 PM

I've decided to go with the 7600GS - thanks a lot for the help all!

(I can't wait to get my computer back!)
!