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Gonna by a new Graphics Card, dont know what yet.

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September 11, 2006 7:59:25 PM

Hi, need some tips for buying graphicscard.
Im building a new gaming machine now..
I dont want to spend very much money (x1900xtx style) so im looking at a cheap Gforce card instead.
:wink:

Gainward GeForce 7900GS 512MB,1,4ns DDR3 ,PCI-Express, "BP7900GS-512-TV-DD"
(or this one instead, they dont have 512mb version in stock)
XFX GeForce 7900GS 480M Xtreme 256MB GDDR3, PCI-Express, 480/1400Mhz, 2xDVI
Dont know if the difference 512/256 is that big?

or

Gainward GeForce 7900GT 512MB,1,2ns DDR3 ,PCI-Express, "BP7900GT-512-GS-TV-DD" (Or maybe wait for 7950GT)


GT versions are around 100$ more..
September 11, 2006 8:07:13 PM

System specs? Budget?
September 11, 2006 8:07:25 PM

I'm guessing your not in the U.S. (U.K.?) if you're looking at Gainward. Don't waste your money a 512MB version of the 7900GS. 512MB cards are still more of a marketing trick and the 256MB version will work just fine. Ditto with the 7900GT cards as well.

What do you plan to do with this system?
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September 11, 2006 8:11:53 PM

Specs:

Asus Pw5 Deluxe
E6600
Ram (not sure yet)

Budget:
From 1500->2000$ (I calculated it from norwegian prices, so dont know if that matches prices in USA, but I think it will be around there somewhere)

Im building this system for gaming :) 
September 11, 2006 8:17:08 PM

OK, GPU budget?
September 11, 2006 8:26:32 PM

310$ - 450$ maybe..
September 11, 2006 9:16:19 PM

Go with the XFX. I'm gona purchase one myself. Check the following reviews on this gem:

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/384/11/
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/nvidia_geforce_7900...
http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle.aspx?page=8&arti...
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2827&p=6
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=958

The XFX comes in at 480 (overclocked from stock 450) and it performs almost as good as the 7900GT.

I do not know if you overclock or not but pay particular attention to the first link. They managed a stable overclock of 615/824 (up from 480/700). Now thats amazing! This is all via air cooling! With this overclock, it kills a 7900GT, x1900GT and performs very close to a ATI X1800XT.

For the price you can't go wrong. Out of the box, the XFX is very, very close to a 7900GT. Only loosing out by 3-5 frames.

Also, the 7900GS consumes less power than the 7900GT and also has a more quiet fan too.

You just can't go wrong. Right, time too order this beauty...
September 11, 2006 10:48:38 PM

Quote:
Go with the XFX. I'm gona purchase one myself. Check the following reviews on this gem:

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/384/11/
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/nvidia_geforce_7900...
http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle.aspx?page=8&arti...
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2827&p=6
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=958

The XFX comes in at 480 (overclocked from stock 450) and it performs almost as good as the 7900GT.

I do not know if you overclock or not but pay particular attention to the first link. They managed a stable overclock of 615/824 (up from 480/700). Now thats amazing! This is all via air cooling! With this overclock, it kills a 7900GT, x1900GT and performs very close to a ATI X1800XT.

For the price you can't go wrong. Out of the box, the XFX is very, very close to a 7900GT. Only loosing out by 3-5 frames.

Also, the 7900GS consumes less power than the 7900GT and also has a more quiet fan too.

You just can't go wrong. Right, time too order this beauty...


Oh, so. Which one?
XFX GeForce 7900GT 470M Lite 256MB GDDR3 , PCI-Express, 470/1370Mhz, 2xDVI
or
234623 XFX GeForce 7900GT 470M Xtreme 256MB GDDR3, PCI-Express, 470/1370Mhz, VIVO

or maybe the cheapest one: XFX GeForce 7900GS 480M Xtreme 256MB GDDR3, PCI-Express, 480/1400Mhz, 2xDVI
September 11, 2006 11:05:44 PM

I would strongly consider an X1900XT with that price range.
September 11, 2006 11:35:42 PM

Please post a link to the site which you're going to purchase it from. That way, we can browse the site, see what selection they have, and help you choose the best option ON THAT SITE.

Quote:
I would strongly consider an X1900XT with that price range.


The OP is in the UK, where you can't get an X1900XT for that price.
September 11, 2006 11:40:56 PM

I have a quick note on 7900GT cards: When they first came out, there were a lot of overheating issues with the eVGA and XFX factory overclocked cards. My best guess is that the problems were caused by inadequate cooling, especially for the VRAM (some cards didn't have cooling for all the memory modules), and the fact that these companies were putting some pretty high overclocks on teh cards on the factory. This problem might also occur with the 7900GS, as I've seen that most of them use the (inadequate) reference cooler.

Because of that, I wouldn't purchase a 7900GS/GT without cooling on ALL the memory modules.
September 12, 2006 2:48:30 AM

eVGA has pretty much fixed their memory problem, IIRC. I don't know about XFX.
September 12, 2006 4:31:44 AM

The lower clock/memory speeds on the GS's would prevent such errors, hypothetically.
September 12, 2006 10:22:33 AM

Quote:
Oh, so. Which one?
XFX GeForce 7900GT 470M Lite 256MB GDDR3 , PCI-Express, 470/1370Mhz, 2xDVI
or
234623 XFX GeForce 7900GT 470M Xtreme 256MB GDDR3, PCI-Express, 470/1370Mhz, VIVO

or maybe the cheapest one: XFX GeForce 7900GS 480M Xtreme 256MB GDDR3, PCI-Express, 480/1400Mhz, 2xDVI


The XFX GeForce 7900GS 480M Xtreme 256MB.

Also, the majority of the reviews are based on the XFX 7900GS 480M Xtreme and none of them report any cooling problems what so ever. Even when these cards are overclocked, the cooler on board still does a fine job.

This is the reason why I got this ahead of a 7900GT. It performs near enough the same, cost a fraction of the price, AND does NOT have cooling or artifact problems of the 7900GT.

Also, in the UK a good X1900XT is like £230. I got the XFX 7900GS 480 Xtreme for £155. But you should not compare these cards as the X1900XT is more of a high end card wheras the 7900GS is a mid solution.

Please read the reviews I provided earlier on. The 7900GS do not have the problems of the 7900GT.
September 12, 2006 11:45:26 AM

Quote:
Please post a link to the site which you're going to purchase it from. That way, we can browse the site, see what selection they have, and help you choose the best option ON THAT SITE.

I would strongly consider an X1900XT with that price range.


The OP is in the UK, where you can't get an X1900XT for that price.

Ok, but the store is in norwegian. Il directlink to the Grapichscard ordered by price.
The first plan was to go for x1900xt but its out of stock! :( 

Names are international so it shouldnt be that hard to understand. If you need translation of something just reply :) 
http://www.pcutstyr.no/main.php3?SO=PRICE&QSID=11579938...
September 12, 2006 4:49:29 PM

Quote:
Please post a link to the site which you're going to purchase it from. That way, we can browse the site, see what selection they have, and help you choose the best option ON THAT SITE.

I would strongly consider an X1900XT with that price range.


The OP is in the UK, where you can't get an X1900XT for that price.
First off, I didn't say the OP was in the UK. I just noted that they were not in the U.S. and inquired about the U.K.

Second, you can get an X1900XT in the U.K. for £176.24 Including VAT at Overclockers UK which works out to about $330 U.S. dollars.

The OP posted his budget between 310$ - 450$ which doesn't necearilly mean U.S. dollars. However, 450 Norway Kroners equals about $68.00 U.S. dollars right now. 450 Kroners isn't enough to purchase any of the cards the OP listed so I went out on a limb and figured he might have posted his budget numbers in U.S. currency figures to make things easier for us.

To the OP, I still say you should strongly consider the X1900XT. Wait for it. The site you linked shows 3 X1900XTs in the 256MB flavor. Toss them an e-mail and find out the lead times on those cards. The pricing on those cards puts them right in your budget (if you posted your budget in U.S. dollars) and should be the only cards you should be considering as an X1900XT will wipe the floor with 7900GSs and 7900GTs.
September 12, 2006 5:05:26 PM

Quote:
Please post a link to the site which you're going to purchase it from. That way, we can browse the site, see what selection they have, and help you choose the best option ON THAT SITE.

I would strongly consider an X1900XT with that price range.


The OP is in the UK, where you can't get an X1900XT for that price.
First off, I didn't say the OP was in the UK. I just noted that they were not in the U.S. and inquired about the U.K.

Second, you can get an X1900XT in the U.K. for £176.24 Including VAT at Overclockers UK which works out to about $330 U.S. dollars.

The OP posted his budget between 310$ - 450$ which doesn't necearilly mean U.S. dollars. However, 450 Norway Kroners equals about $68.00 U.S. dollars right now. 450 Kroners isn't enough to purchase any of the cards the OP listed so I went out on a limb and figured he might have posted his budget numbers in U.S. currency figures to make things easier for us.

To the OP, I still say you should strongly consider the X1900XT. Wait for it. The site you linked shows 3 X1900XTs in the 256MB flavor. Toss them an e-mail and find out the lead times on those cards. The pricing on those cards puts them right in your budget (if you posted your budget in U.S. dollars) and should be the only cards you should be considering as an X1900XT will wipe the floor with 7900GSs and 7900GTs.

I see they have powercolor z1900xt 256mb, uhm is the difference between x1900xt 256 and 512mb that high so its worth the extra bucks and waitingtime?
September 12, 2006 6:49:13 PM

No its not worth it to go with the 512MB version. Wait for the 256MB version to come in stock and get one of them.
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