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6600GT 256Mb upgrade to a Gainward 7800GS+ golden sample

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a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2006 12:49:39 PM


Please help,

I'm currently running a P4 3.0Ghz Presscot, 6600gt 256Mb AGP, 2Gb DDR400, 74Gb Raptor, 500W Antec. I want more performance but don't have the budget to go PCIE. Do you think an upgrade to the Gainward 7800GS+ golden sample 512Mb (effectivly a 7900GT) would be worth the money?I play games like Doom3 and Quake4 in 1280x1024 but am struggling when using anti aliasing etc. It would be nice to go to a higher resolution as well but the 6600gt starts to suffer.

Any help would be very much appreciated.
November 14, 2006 1:20:11 PM

Gainward's 7800 GS+ would make a big difference.

You also might want to wait for the X1950 PRO agp version, coming out soon. Might be a bit cheaper than Gainward's 7800 GS+, but should have about the same performance if not more.
November 14, 2006 1:20:27 PM

Id stay away from that card until we know if any AGP 8x00 solutions will be offered.

It would be crappy if you dropped $400 and then in a month or two, Nvidia releases a 8600GT AGP version that blows the 7800gs+ away at 1/2 the cost.
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a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2006 1:48:22 PM

Thanks guys,
I want a card before Christmas though. The X1950 Pro sounds good but only has 256Mb, I want to be able to play games like Crysis when it comes out althouh it's optimised for DX10 cards it should still run very well on a Gainward 7800GS+ 512Mb. The extra RAM would probably be very beneficial. Also in a dilema weather to wait and get a PS3. (oops! sorry don't bite). Any other suggestions anyone?
November 14, 2006 1:52:30 PM

In most titles, the amount of RAM isn't as important as other factors, like RAM speed. It's overrated.

But it remains to be seen if 512mb will make a big difference in Crysis, as it isn't released yet.

Other suggestions? Get a Wii!
a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2006 11:07:02 AM

I think Nintendo are for kids, PS3 anyday.

Still pondering about this gainward Bliss 7800gs+ though. It should last me a couple of years at which point I'll have to buy a whole new system.
a b U Graphics card
November 17, 2006 11:06:12 AM

Can anyone else help me. PCIE is out of the question at the moment my only option is to buy a Gainward Bliss 7800GS+ 512Mb AGP (7900GT Core) or an ATI X1950Pro 256Mb AGP. Can we take a vote which everyone else would choose from the 2 cards above?

November 17, 2006 11:53:36 AM

You need to wait for a dx10 offering if you want it to last you a few years.
a b U Graphics card
November 17, 2006 1:24:24 PM

Good point, but does anyone know if AGP will still be supported on DX10. I would be very surprised. I want a card before Christmas is poss.

Any other votes?
November 17, 2006 1:32:53 PM

I think Nintendo are for kids, PS3 anyday.

And the PS3 is for grumpy old men. I'd rather be a kid. :p 
a b U Graphics card
November 17, 2006 1:48:40 PM

Hey (PS3) it's just my opinion, I don't expect everyone to agree with me.

Going back to my original point which card would you buy the Gainward 7800GS+ AGP or the X1950Pro AGP? Votes please. I know I should go PCIe but can't afford it.