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HIS X1950XT 256MB iceQ 3 Turbo

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a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2006 2:57:28 AM

http://hisdigital.com/html/product_ov.php?id=268&view=y...

Sweet. Wonder how much and how soon?

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November 13, 2006 3:30:49 AM

not soon enough. standard midranged GPU pricing and it would be a nice buy.
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a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2006 10:45:41 AM

XTX core speeds.... not a big deal. Seems like a waste of the Turbo name really. DOubt the GDD3 will run 2.0GHz. Still, if priced right it will be nice to have an option with a non-reference cooler. I figure that cooler and the bundled games are worth $30 anyway.
November 13, 2006 4:43:27 PM

I have the same video card as you now, Paul. Do you think this HIS card is a worthwhile upgrade from our current one?
November 13, 2006 6:49:42 PM

I'd wait, i also have a X1800XT but mines 512mb, if you don't see any lag in fps in your current games there is no reason to get a new graphics card. Especially at this point since all these DX10 cards are coming out and your X1800XT is still a decent card. Patience is a virtue and i'm sure your X1800XT can hold you over
November 13, 2006 7:00:42 PM

Nice card.

Nice cooler too, I wish I had that one.
November 13, 2006 7:05:55 PM

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I'd wait, i also have a X1800XT but mines 512mb, if you don't see any lag in fps in your current games there is no reason to get a new graphics card. Especially at this point since all these DX10 cards are coming out and your X1800XT is still a decent card. Patience is a virtue and i'm sure your X1800XT can hold you over


Indeed. :D 

I was curious, more than anything, as to what others (who also have the X1800XT) thought about the newer generation of video cards.

Does anyone feel that overclocking an X1800XT would be worthwhile in prolonging the usage of the card? :twisted:
November 13, 2006 8:00:25 PM

I don't really plan on overclocking at all since these things run pretty hot to begin with and the gains are marginal. To me when a new game comes out that doesn't allow me to run my resolution at 1680x1050 then i doubt 50mhz on the core and 100mhz on the memory will give me enough fps to make it playable. So in the end it doesn't really benefit me i don't think although i could be wrong. Overclocking my gpu is just scary to think since they already run up to 80C
a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2006 9:29:22 PM

In most games, I don't see enough of a difference to upgrade. Shader heavy titles, the X1900's prove to be better. You can see a 5fps difference comparing the X1900XT 256MB and the X1800XT 512MB in Oblivion Foliage in Firingsquads X1950 pro review...but that 5% difference is almost 20%. So the X1950XT would have a bigger lead over my X1800XT 256MB.

One weird demo benchie that could be a fluke or could be legit is this NFS:Carbon test: Note just how the X1900XTX destroys the X1800XT. And the X1950 pro whoops it too.
http://www.elitebastards.com/cms/index.php?option=com_c...

Anyway, I tried the demo and can do max details 6xaa/16xHQAF at 10x7. But if I try 12x10 max 6x/16xHQ, then I have to turn off motion blur or my frmaerates sit in the 20's. If those eliteb benchmarks hold true, the X1950XT would have no problem doing 12x10 maxed out. Not that I'd spend $270 for this, but it's one example that even my oc'ed X1800XT is not quite doing what I would like from it. (12x10 completetly maxed)

Anyway, yeah OC'in helps. It gives me 5-6 fps in the NFS demo above, which when dealing in the 30's helps alot.
a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2006 9:34:53 PM

Yeah, that's why I typically don't OC the X1800XT unless I need to smooth something out. But it can give you the little needed boost to run more eye candy. If I OC it, I override the default fan speed/temp settings to increase RPM. But at stock speeds/fan settings, in my quiet case, the X1800XT rarely goes above 50% fan speed while gaming. It's pretty quiet. That's the tradeoff and my system is so quiet, I now usually prefer low noise to a few more fps.
December 17, 2006 11:00:39 AM

Hey Paul! How much did that new X1950XT cost ya and from where?
a b U Graphics card
December 17, 2006 11:57:07 AM

$285 shipped from zipzoomfly. Price went up the next time I checked their site (went in my favor for a change)

To be honest, I wanted an 8800GTS. But the cheapest price was $435 AR at the time. If I were buying today, I'd grab this XFX for $390 AR. http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

True it's a big rebate, but it's worth $100 more in my eyes. :cry: 
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