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January 9, 2007 10:28:09 PM

I just ordered a socket 939 Gigabyte board and an Athlon X2 4800+
I already have the rest of the system ready, however I need a video card and here is my dilema:

At first I had my mind set on ordering a Sapphire ATI RADEON X1950 XT 256MB, but after reading some posts earlier today I see that some people have had problems with this particular card. I'm well aware of what this card is capable of, I just want to know if anyone else has problems with this card? should I risk it? Maybe the same card but a different brand?

Please advise

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January 9, 2007 10:45:33 PM

What are you doing buying socket 939, now?
January 9, 2007 11:19:25 PM

Problems. So do people with nVidia cards. Grab a different brand if your unsure.
One destinct difference is the power draw on Radeon cards. They exceed Geforce by a large margin yet the 1950xt is one of the more powerfull to date.

You need to correspond your PSU with the XT's requirements and add some for leaniance.
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January 9, 2007 11:54:38 PM

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What are you doing buying socket 939, now?


Because i have Socket A now and there's nothing wrong with 939 even though it's being phased out. the AM2 and C2D mobo's are costly and with 939 i can use my 2 gigs of Patriot DDR that i have in now. Cost is the main issue here. I'm saving a lotta money by re-using my ram and going for 939.

To BLACKEN: I have a 600 watt PSU with 2 x 12 volt rails @ 20 Amps each, should be more than sufficient for that card. i just dont wanna get a faulty card.
a c 358 U Graphics card
January 10, 2007 12:19:35 AM

Over the years I have had 3 different Sapphire GPUs, my current one is the X1900XT 512MB, and I have had no problems. The same OEM manufacturer the makes the Sapphire brand cards also makes cards for many other brands like PowerColor, HIS, Diamond, and ATI as well.

Be sure to use ATI official drivers, brandnames have their own "tweaked" drivers, but it's best to go with something release by ATI.
January 10, 2007 12:25:06 AM

Thanks for the info! I'm definitely ordering it now. :D 
a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2007 12:32:53 AM

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What are you doing buying socket 939, now?


Because i have Socket A now and there's nothing wrong with 939 even though it's being phased out. the AM2 and C2D mobo's are costly and with 939 i can use my 2 gigs of Patriot DDR that i have in now. Cost is the main issue here. I'm saving a lotta money by re-using my ram and going for 939.

To BLACKEN: I have a 600 watt PSU with 2 x 12 volt rails @ 20 Amps each, should be more than sufficient for that card. i just dont wanna get a faulty card.

you tellem alanman.

you could go for the x1900gt.
its 150$ or less and a good card.
January 10, 2007 12:44:41 AM

I totally just ordered that card.

I'M SOOOOO EXCITED, I'm finally getting somewhat of a high end machine!!
a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2007 12:48:28 AM

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I totally just ordered that card.

I'M SOOOOO EXCITED, I'm finally getting somewhat of a high end machine!!


the x1900gt is a good card. it is similar to my 6800gt,s in sli 8O
January 10, 2007 1:00:17 AM

Good thing I've mostly heard good things about Sapphire the last couple years or I'd really be worried about my 1950Pro AGP arriving tomorrow. As far as recommendations? If thats the price range you're into then like someone else said go with another brand.
January 10, 2007 3:14:45 AM

8O Actually, what i meant to say was that I ordered the X1950XT!! I was trying for the most performance for $250, and I think I nailed it. 8)

I also can't believe that ATI released the X1950 Pro for AGP. If i was staying with AGP that'd be the ticket, but PCI-express is the soon to be the life for me!
a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2007 3:23:50 AM

you should have no compliants :D 
January 10, 2007 4:04:43 AM

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One destinct difference is the power draw on Radeon cards. They exceed Geforce by a large margin


oh rly??
January 10, 2007 4:38:32 AM

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One destinct difference is the power draw on Radeon cards. They exceed Geforce by a large margin yet the 1950xt is one of the more powerfull to date.

Tell that to the GeForce 8800GTX.
January 10, 2007 3:43:49 PM

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One destinct difference is the power draw on Radeon cards. They exceed Geforce by a large margin yet the 1950xt is one of the more powerfull to date.

Tell that to the GeForce 8800GTX.

In context to Pricing. Unless I'm Filth rich, There's no way in hell I'm droppin $450+ on a video card.
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