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September 25, 2006 2:10:13 AM

Hey guys , this is my first post, so I'm a forum noob =D

Anyway, I've debating on which card I want to get for my new system.
My current setup is:

p5nsli mobo
7600gs sli
e6400 OC @ 2.4 w/ coolermaster 80mm liquid cooling.
shitty 500watt (going to replace with a hiper 580)
Coolermaster Ammo case
1 gig of corsair xms 6400 800

I'm sort of dissapointed with this sli setup. For it to run well I have to OC the cards and they get WAY too hot because of the heatsinks. I have the cash to buy a new gfx card and psu. I was wondering which of these two cards to get. Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion too late that SLI is something you gotta have money for and I'd rather run one big card atm.

1. 7900gt ko 512
2. x1900xtx 512

I hear really good things about the x1900xtx and am curious to how you guys would rate it vs. 7900gt ko. So theres my current position and if you guys could give me any feedback I would appreciate it =)

Btw I probly won't do SLI with a 7900gt because when I have saved up for another card Id get a dx10. 8O

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September 25, 2006 2:26:15 AM

X1900 > 7900

Better yet, get the new X1950XTX.
September 25, 2006 6:35:50 AM

Also, will the x1900xtx be compatible at all with my mobo?
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September 25, 2006 10:26:29 AM

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Also, will the x1900xtx be compatible at all with my mobo?


DONT get the X1900XTX - get the X1900XT. Remmember stay away from XTX! The X1900XT is the EXACT same card for over 150$ less.

Also, u can get 1 X1900XTs with 256mb of RAM for around 450$, wich will give u 512Mb and a lot of performance, and so i think thats the best system possible right now. Or u can get 1 X1900XT 512mb for 300$. I dont have an SLI motherboard so i had to go with the X1900XT 512mb and im very happy, but for someone with SLI 2x X1900XT (256mb) is the way to go, especially if u were going to buy a HORRIBLY overprived X1900XTX or X1950XTX.

Now u dont really need more then 256mb right now as it is only of use if u want to run "Ultra-High" textures instead of "Very-High". But with Vista coming out, if u intend to buy it for 250$ extra then ur going to want 512mb for future games like Crysis, and in all its usually a better idea to get 512mb of Video RAM right now for a high-end card, even though 512mb cards have only exsisted for a year and a half.
So, in any case i dont think that theres a reason to buy 2x X1900XT (512Mb).


About Nvidia - The 7950 GT is the ONLY card u should be looking at right now, unless u buy 2x 7900 GT AND u can volt mod, wich is very easy.
Now, the 7950 GT is a 7800 GTX (512mb) on the 90nm so its the same as stock, but it can overclock much higher, and its a lot cheaper still. You can get the 7950 GT for around 300$, but its NOT worth it, because the X1900XT is a lot better for the same price or lower.

It goes like this:
7900 GT + X = 7950 GT
7950 GT + X = X1900 XT


So, of course ATI is the clear winner now, not only by price/performance but because of the R580's (the X1900 series card's core) flexible design, ATI had much more freedom to incorporate and change whatever they wanted on the card to inhance it, while the G70 (the 7900/7800 series card's core) has a much less flexible design, wich only let them change the process from 110nm to 90nm, wich inturn let them up the core clock somewhat, wich is all they did, but since the 7800 cards were so good, they were saved from failure.

The features i mentioned in the X1900 cards include the ability to do HDR+AA and have Fetch4 (wich is the only way u can play Crysis), so as i said before, ATI is the clear winner.
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September 25, 2006 11:22:18 AM

Track, in the USA the XTX has been under $300 after rebate and priced very close to the 512MB XT. So it's a fine choice, depending on where you/he lives and the current price difference. Currently it seems here they are about $50 more than the XT, and $100 more thean the 256MB XT. My money would be on the 256MB XT, but I'm kinda cheap. :) 


OP, X1900XT or XTX would both be better than the 7900GT or 7950GT.
September 25, 2006 1:21:15 PM

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Track, in the USA the XTX has been under $300 after rebate and priced very close to the 512MB XT. So it's a fine choice, depending on where you/he lives and the current price difference. Currently it seems here they are about $50 more than the XT, and $100 more thean the 256MB XT. My money would be on the 256MB XT, but I'm kinda cheap. :) 


OP, X1900XT or XTX would both be better than the 7900GT or 7950GT.


The X1900XT is the same thing as the X1900XTX, so even if the X1900XTX is 10$ more, there is no reason to get it, and if its 50$ ur crazy if u get it.

But yeh, the ATI cards are better now.
September 26, 2006 12:47:37 AM

bump. Anyone have good experiences using ATI on Nforce boards?
September 26, 2006 12:57:23 AM

You won't have problems running an ATI card on an Nvidia mobo. The only time you'll run into problems is trying to run 2 ATI cards in crossfire on an Nvidia mobo or vice versa.

I agree with Paul. Go for the X1900XT. You can find Sapphire X1900XT for $239 on Newegg.
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