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Best PCI-Express for 250$? 7950GT?

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December 12, 2006 10:48:23 AM

what's the best PCI-E card i can get for $250.... i was looking at the x1950xt, but unfortunately they do not have drivers for that card. What would be equivalent to the x1950xt?

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December 12, 2006 10:51:57 AM

Why wouldn't they have drivers for the X1950 XT? I don't get that the Catalyst drivers support the X1950 XT... The best 7950 GT so far is the Gainward version with 1.2ns memory (Golden Sample). ;) 
December 12, 2006 11:03:50 AM

yeah, i don't understand that neither. The beta for Catylst 6.12 is coming out, but that version still doesn't support the 1950XT. It will support the XTX and the PRO, but the XT. I am definately not the only one in this situation. Ive been searching thouroughly throughout the internet, and every XT user is having the same problem..... So i guess i could wait until they release 6.13. by the time they do that, my card will be outdated.


So, is the 1950GT my best bet?

What's the difference between KO, GTO, GT, and GTX?
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December 12, 2006 11:11:31 AM

Yes the GeForce 7950 GT and those are NVIDIA based cards...
- GeForce 7900 GS - G71 - 20 pipes / 7 vertex - 450/1320MHz
- GeForce 7900 GT - G71 - 24 pipes / 8 vertex - 450/1320MHz
- GeForce 7950 GT - G71 - 24 pipes / 8 vertex - 550/1400MHz
- GeForce 7900 GTO - G71 - 24 pipes / 8 vertex - 650/1320MHz
- GeForce 7900 GTX - G71 - 24 pipes / 8 vertex - 650/1600MHz
However the GT and GTX are now discontinued by NVIDIA... I would go for the 7950 GT, as those can almost all be clocked to 650/1600MHz. ;-)
December 12, 2006 11:23:43 AM

i thought you said the GT was discontued?
December 12, 2006 11:27:21 AM

i thought you said the GT was discontued?
December 12, 2006 11:39:27 AM

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i thought you said the GT was discontued?

Well NVIDIA is no longer making those, the 7900 GT is discontinued and replaced by the better version the 7950 GT.
December 12, 2006 11:40:17 AM

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what's the difference between these two?

Those links are not working for me... Can you just post the product numbers and I will check for you. ;) 
December 12, 2006 11:48:06 AM

so is the 7950GT a better card than the x1950XT?


Or will i be downgrading if i go that route?
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2006 11:53:17 AM

Downgrade.1950xt>7950gt
December 12, 2006 11:54:55 AM



The HIS appears to have a better cooling setup. I've been eyeing the same card myself.

As far as if the 7950GT is a downgrade or not, check out this review:
XFX GeForce 7950 GT Review

While the 7950GT is a good card it seems like the 1950 XT's are a better card in most cases, but unfortunately there aren't many reviews on it right now. :roll:
December 12, 2006 12:01:27 PM

Well pre-overclocked 7950 GT are equal to the X1950 XT... So I would suggest a pre-overclocked or overclock it later. The X1950 XT can't mach an overclocked 7950 GT running at 650/1600MHz.
Gainward BLISS 7950 GT Golden Sample Review
NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT HDCP Compliant Preview
The Gainward is the best 7950 GT as it features 1.2ns memory rated at 1600MHz and can be overclocked to 650/1600MHz easily or as I did to even 675/1800MHz. :-)
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2006 12:18:11 PM

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The X1950 XT can't mach an overclocked 7950 GT running at 650/1600MHz.

Where do you get that info? Link? The X1950XT should have no problem matching a 7900GTX, never mind the slower 7950GT. Plus if we want to talk max OC, there are X1950XT's already out there that are running 700 core/ 2000MHz DDR.
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2006 12:23:23 PM

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Well pre-overclocked 7950 GT are equal to the X1950 XT... So I would suggest a pre-overclocked or overclock it later. The X1950 XT can't mach an overclocked 7950 GT running at 650/1600MHz.
Gainward BLISS 7950 GT Golden Sample Review
NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT HDCP Compliant Preview
The Gainward is the best 7950 GT as it features 1.2ns memory rated at 1600MHz and can be overclocked to 650/1600MHz easily or as I did to even 675/1800MHz. :-)
One problem tho,a 1900xt 256mb is on par with an oceed 7950,BUT a 1950xt>1900xt,so the 1950 is the way to go Just going by your own posty :http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTE3MSwz...
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2006 12:37:42 PM

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what's the best PCI-E card i can get for $250.... i was looking at the x1950xt, but unfortunately they do not have drivers for that card. What would be equivalent to the x1950xt?

I wouldn't worry about the drivers. Is there a bug with 6.10's and a game you want to play? Same thing happened with the X1950 pro; it took a couple releases. There will be support in 6.13's. If you must have newer, then there are people using a modified version of 6.11 that works. Also, I'd be surprised if someone doesn't modify the 6.12's to work also. Granted, I'd also like to see full support now, but unless 6.10 is not possible for something you play, then I can't see the problem in using those for a month.

Anyway, there is no contest between these two cards. The X1950XT is easily better. You'll need to find a sub $300 7900GTX to match the performance of the X1950XT. Never mind talking IQ. Anyway, I got the HIS iceQ3 X1950XT in the mail yesterday, so it will going in tonight or tomorrow night.

Looks like the X1900XT 256MB has no problem defeating the OC'ed 7950GT's in most games. Now pump up the mem clocks 350MHz to see the X1950XT. Of course, from what we know, it seems looking at the 512MB X1900Xt is also an example of the performance the X1950XT will give.
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/evga_e-geforce_7900...

Both are good cards, I just don't personally see the 7950GT as a good option unless your games are the few it wins, or as long as X1950XT is in the same price range.
December 12, 2006 1:26:53 PM

Well if the 7950 GT is running at 650/1600MHz is runs as the GTX... And the memory timings are much better then the GTX and that is why an overclocked 7950 GT is just slightly faster, lol.
December 12, 2006 1:58:49 PM

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i was looking at the x1950xt, but unfortunately they do not have drivers for that card.


I have the x1950xt. True, the 6.11's don't support the XT but the supplied drivers(6.10) work very well. And the performance of this card is great!! :D  As was mentioned in the Tom's article - the XT is the best card in its price range.
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