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X1900XT 256MB or 7900GT 256MB or 7900GTO 512MB

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October 9, 2006 2:01:41 AM

hey

which graphics card should i buy?

i've narrowed it down to three

i've been reading the boards here, benchmarks, and, well, whats on sale, and i've come to the conclusion that I don't know what i'm doing

Here's what I got:

SAPPHIRE 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail -- $259.99

eVGA 256-P2-N584-AR Geforce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail -- $275.99

eVGA 512-P2-N573-AR Geforce 7900GTO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail -- $245.99

the Geforce 7900GTO 512MB is on sale
the sale ends this weekend (err.. tonight)
October 9, 2006 2:08:01 AM

The X1900XT would be my pick from those
October 9, 2006 2:10:31 AM

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The X1900XT would be my pick from those


Even though the geforce ones have 24 pixel pipelines?
I've read some of the benchmarks, but aren't the others a little more advanced?
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October 9, 2006 2:12:30 AM

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The X1900XT would be my pick from those

Agree.
October 9, 2006 2:27:13 AM

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The X1900XT would be my pick from those


Even though the geforce ones have 24 pixel pipelines?
I've read some of the benchmarks, but aren't the others a little more advanced?

The Geforce cards have 24 pixel pipelines, but the X1900XT has 48 pixel shaders.
October 9, 2006 2:28:02 AM

I would go with the 7900GTO.. it's the same as a 7900GTX, you can overclock it up to GTX speeds and up.. not to mention flash it so that it is a GTX.
a c 358 U Graphics card
October 9, 2006 2:50:36 AM

I would get the X1900XT 256MB.

Side note:

What the hell is going on with the X1900XT 512MB prices? I bought mine for $320 (and waiting for my $30 mail-in rebate back in August). The lowest price now is $415 over at newegg.
a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2006 3:00:05 AM

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I would go with the 7900GTO.. it's the same as a 7900GTX, you can overclock it up to GTX speeds and up.. not to mention flash it so that it is a GTX.


It's not the same as a 7900GTX, if it were it would be called a 7900GTX. Many people are finding artifacts below 7900GTX speeds.

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Interesting-rea...
a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2006 3:22:26 AM

I think,just a guess,that they must be running out...I got my sapphire 512mb for 297 a month or so ago
October 9, 2006 4:08:34 AM

go for the X1900XT and oc it to xtx speeds
you can't go wrong.
October 9, 2006 4:21:08 PM

X1900XT for sure. If its out of stock(which its most likely not) Then the 7900GTO is the 2nd best pick.
October 9, 2006 6:12:46 PM

anyone know if newegg is going to restock their sapphire 512 x1900xt? i was going to order it when it was 297...BUT THEY RAN OUT!!
October 9, 2006 6:45:01 PM

I had purchased the 7900GTO. Both are close but, for some games the X1900XT is much faster and some games the 7900GTO is faster.

I would say X1900XT if you are planning to keep but, I advise the 7900GTO because of the EVGA's step up program just in cast the DX10 cards are miles faster. They are close enough in price and performance to a point that the step up program is enought to make me go evga.
October 9, 2006 6:48:34 PM

jaguarskx: Zipzoomfly has the MSI X1900XT 512MB for $290.50 after MIR. Newegg is not the place to get this card at the moment.

moltar512: Check this thread here.

Then again, some cards perform better in some games than others, check out various benchmarks and decide from there. But if it's general performance or for Oblivion then for price/performance it's the X1900XT 256MB hands down.
a c 358 U Graphics card
October 10, 2006 12:24:18 AM

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jaguarskx: Zipzoomfly has the MSI X1900XT 512MB for $290.50 after MIR. Newegg is not the place to get this card at the moment.



Thanks, but I already bought mine from newegg for $290 (assuming I get my 430 rebate). I was just commenting that the X1900XT 512MB shot up from $320 to $415.
October 10, 2006 1:00:20 AM

It can reach "UP' to gtx speeds but does it have a GTX core like the GT version does? G71 :wink:
October 10, 2006 1:02:44 AM

x1900xt>7900gt>7900GTO.
THere are too many problems while ppl try to oc the GTO to GTX speeds. If one "TRULEY" wants GTX speeds on will do R&D ang get the 7900gt then mod it! :wink:
October 10, 2006 6:50:49 PM

The 7900GTO still beats the GT at stock speeds kid.
a b U Graphics card
October 10, 2006 9:16:24 PM

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x1900xt>7900gt>7900GTO.
THere are too many problems while ppl try to oc the GTO to GTX speeds. If one "TRULEY" wants GTX speeds on will do R&D ang get the 7900gt then mod it! :wink:


I don't agree with that. The 7900GT is clearly below the GTO at stock speeds, has a worse cooler, and shares the same Burn up issues (or worse) when overclocked. I'd take a GTO over a GT anyday...no question about it.
October 11, 2006 6:57:22 PM

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x1900xt>7900gt>7900GTO.
THere are too many problems while ppl try to oc the GTO to GTX speeds. If one "TRULEY" wants GTX speeds on will do R&D ang get the 7900gt then mod it! :wink:



While you work on that, work on the grammar too. :D 
October 11, 2006 7:40:45 PM

Where does the 512 MB 7950GT fit into this?

Thanks!

Oh, ignore the name. Not an AMD fanboi. Core 2 Duo is my next rig!
a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2006 9:37:58 PM

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Where does the 512 MB 7950GT fit into this?

Thanks!

Oh, ignore the name. Not an AMD fanboi. Core 2 Duo is my next rig!

Above the 7900GT and below the 7900GTO, so X1900XT > 7900GTO > 7950GT > 7900GT > 7900GS.

Check out some games:
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/evga_e-geforce_7900...
October 11, 2006 10:10:48 PM

agreed, and if you look around on all the recent tests there on the squad you will see the 1900xt even beat a 7900gtx... they enable the "high quality" option on Nv cards to stop the texture crawl and bring them up to the level of the ati IQ. Once you do that (which most ppl do once they see that shimmering) then the Nv cards really take a performance hit. (for now... new drivers could fix it... both makers constantly have improvements for perf/IQ w/ each new driver rev)

regardless, get the 1900xt and enjoy. ;) 
a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2006 10:29:13 PM

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hey

which graphics card should i buy?

i've narrowed it down to three

i've been reading the boards here, benchmarks, and, well, whats on sale, and i've come to the conclusion that I don't know what i'm doing

Here's what I got:

SAPPHIRE 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail -- $259.99

eVGA 256-P2-N584-AR Geforce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail -- $275.99

eVGA 512-P2-N573-AR Geforce 7900GTO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail -- $245.99

the Geforce 7900GTO 512MB is on sale
the sale ends this weekend (err.. tonight)


I voted with my wallet for a X1900XT 512.
a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2006 10:38:30 PM

It was the only 7900GTO review I could post to compare to the 7900GT and 7950GT. I have said it many times before, but I welcome the high quality driver settings in FS's tests. I'd like to have some default settings results too. But anyway, I doubt we shall see NV turn off optimizations by default in a new driver.
October 12, 2006 1:54:41 PM

agreed. I very much like FS's take on the testing. TBH I look at them, [H] and Tom's to make sure my take on a given card is solid. (they all sold me on the 1900xt back in Feb.) They all 3 have a different position on how cards should be tested and I like them all. So far that is the only way I have found to get the "full" picture. ;) 

oh, and I was not meaning that they would turn off the optimisations (ati has them too) but that their performance w/ the quality turned on could possibly increase w/ a new driver... sorry for the confusion. :p 
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