The thing is, I can't find the X1800XT anywhere on newegg anymore! The only one there is the 512MB, but it's overpriced for my taste.
Now, I'm divided into several graphics card :
1. MSI GeForce 7900GT ($275)
2. Sapphire X1900GT
3. ATI X1900XT 256MB (when it comes out)
My budget is limited to $300, and buying that mobo is possible with the 7900GT, thanks to its rebate.
But which card is really worth it? The X1900XT is coming out at $280, or so I heard, and the X1900GT is single slot, and not very expensive compared to the others. Even if the X1800XT does come back on newegg, I prefer benefiting of the latest cores, the X1900 or 7900 series.
I'm a good gamer (not a hardcore one, I do have my priorities ) but I'm mostly looking for a card that:
1. Has good / superior clock speeds
2. Has good / latest technology
3. Will last me (on the high/mid end side) for at least a year
4. Will help me go from rendering a scene in 30mn (in 3DS Max 8 with my 5700LE) to at least 1/5th that time.
5. Is under $280 ( under $300 if we push it or I wait a bit.)
As far as number 4 is concerned, it's really my top priority, and I know the FireGL and Quadro cards are the best for the job, but remember, limited budget!
Help me guys!
P.S. My budget is currently limited to $300, but I took a summer job of distributing ads, which should pay around $20 - $30 for what I've done so far. So we can push the budget to $320 if we really have to.
Well, it trades blows with the 7900GT, however it is a little less costly, and in your situation...thats important.
Hmmm.. Good point. I checked Tom's VGA Charts, and the 7900GT is better than the X1900GT in 3d mark 06. In games however, the difference isn't really noticeable. Besides, my CRT supports only up to 1280*1024, so I don't care about 1600*1200 resolutions.
And anyways, THG used the fastest 7900GT, which is priced at $300. So take out 3fps of these results for the cheaper ones I'd get, and you get an x1900gt.
The difference between the x1900gt and the 7900gt isn't that important in games (up to 8fps difference). The X1900 AiW however performs slightly better than the x1900gt, would it be a better buy?