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7950GT 256mb or 8800GTS 320mb or wait for R600?

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April 19, 2007 12:49:53 PM

Hello,
I already have a Leadtech 7950GT 256mb, but I have the opportunity to change it.
Do you think it is worthy to purchase a 8800GTS 320mb now or just wait for R600 :?:
And does anybody know about the exact time of R600 release :|
April 19, 2007 1:06:43 PM

Does the 7950gt play everything you want at decent settings?
April 19, 2007 1:21:39 PM

At 1024x768 and every other thing at high I should say "Yes"
but at 1280x1024 and high details it is not as strong as I have been thought.
You know, generally I don't have any major problem with that,
I just want to make use of my chance of upgrading that I have in near future(I have this chance only in this month) :wink:
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April 19, 2007 1:26:20 PM

Well in general the 8800GTS would be about twice as fast as a 7950GT, give or take some depending on the situation. You could definitely play anything maxed at 1280x1024, if the rest of your system is good enough.

R600 is supposedly being demoed on April 23 so you might want to wait for that.
April 19, 2007 1:35:37 PM

I have an Opteron 165(Dual core 2x1800Mhz) with 2x1Mb DDR400 .
Do you think that's enough for playing any game at 1280x1024 or higher and that I just need to upgarde my Graphic card or my entire system in near future :?
April 19, 2007 1:53:51 PM

You should be able to game at 1280x1024 with that system comfortably for a while yet. I would probably do the 8800GTS in your case. You say you have 1 month to make the decision or thereabouts. The R600 will likely be introduced as high end cards first and then later trickle in mid to low range cards.

Its possible this might happen differently but its nearly always this way with new GPU releases. So if you wait on R600 and I assume price is somewhat of a factor or you'd be talking about the 8800GTX not the GTS, then if ATI introduces only high end cards first then you're still stuck waiting hoping midrange cards hit before your month is up.

In the end its your decision but given that you're limited as to when you would like to upgrade to the GTS I would just do it. It will still play all your games fine for the forseeable future so it won't be a waste either way.
April 19, 2007 2:17:03 PM

I agree with talon. I don't think I would consider a 7950 and if you are considering the 320 gts instead of the 640 (like me) then you probably won't want to drop the coin on the r600. I got the EVGA superclocked 320 and am pretty happy with it. All though I cheaped out because I game at 1600x1200 and do notice some slowdowns. However, I really don't think you'll see that in any current games at your res. As far as future games I don't think anyone really knows.
April 19, 2007 2:33:54 PM

go for the 8800GTS, R600 is being demo'd this month, not shipped, so you may not even be able to actullyget a card, and I know this is AMD, but TSMC still built the core for it this round, and it may turn out to be another x1800XT or x800XT agian that you just cant find.
April 19, 2007 2:41:25 PM

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go for the 8800GTS, R600 is being demo'd this month, not shipped, so you may not even be able to actullyget a card


but why would he want to get one now??? Surely the 7950 will last him out till the r600 is actually available on the market.
April 19, 2007 2:41:57 PM

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I agree with talon. I don't think I would consider a 7950 and if you are considering the 320 gts instead of the 640 (like me) then you probably won't want to drop the coin on the r600. I got the EVGA superclocked 320 and am pretty happy with it. All though I cheaped out because I game at 1600x1200 and do notice some slowdowns. However, I really don't think you'll see that in any current games at your res. As far as future games I don't think anyone really knows.


You just hit the nail on the head, price points, the cards your looking at, 7 and series are going to be much less than the R600, I am not an ATI fan so I am not even considering it, but I assume its a high end card that is going to have a high price point. Kinda of solves your problem unless money is not an issue.
April 19, 2007 2:43:53 PM

Thank you my friends
I think I should get a 8800GTS 320mb as you said
April 19, 2007 2:52:27 PM

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but I assume its a high end card that is going to have a high price point. Kinda of solves your problem unless money is not an issue.


last time i checked it was stated that they would release an entire line up and not just one card.

Personally i would wait 4 more days :p 

4 days wont kill you....but you might kill yourself if u buy the card now and find out in 4 days that ati did infact release an entire line up with better performance at a cheaper price :roll:

ifff they delay it again, then by all means, be my guest and get a 8800 (which is a fantastic card)
April 19, 2007 2:56:22 PM

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but I assume its a high end card that is going to have a high price point. Kinda of solves your problem unless money is not an issue.


last time i checked it was stated that they would release an entire line up and not just one card.

Personally i would wait 4 more days :p 

4 days wont kill you....but you might kill yourself if u buy the card now and find out in 4 days that ati did infact release an entire line up with better performance at a cheaper price :roll:

ifff they delay it again, then by all means, be my guest and get a 8800 (which is a fantastic card)

I thought someone said it was just a demo not a release. i doubt whether its 4 days but if it somehow is then ya, wait.
April 19, 2007 2:57:59 PM

ah yeah fair point...but atleast it will let him know what to expect...rather than shooting in the dark.

plus, his bigger issue as was mentinoed is his cpu..rather than the card.
April 19, 2007 3:35:21 PM

I have heard about opty's potential of OC, but unfortunately I still could not go anything above 1926 Mhz(9x214) with a little raise of voltage (about 0.1) offcourse I had my ram work at 333Mhz and HT at 4x
My MB is Asus A8NE. My RAM is Apacer DDR400(2x1mb)
I think maybe My RAMs are not good Overclockers :( 
April 19, 2007 3:49:33 PM

Ofcourse it does. But when it is not overclocked :?
what do you think is my problem?
with this MB and an AMD Athlon64 3200+ (my previous CPU) and a pair of 512Mb DDR400 Kingstone I have reached 2600 Mhz ,but now I can not go any further :!:
Please excuse me because I know this forum section is for graphic cards
not for OC, but I ask this questions because I can not tell the entire story from first at that forum :oops: 
April 19, 2007 4:19:34 PM

i am pretty certain that even the 7950gt will get a nice boost when he uses a faster cpu (or good overclock). the 8800 needs a fast cpu as well !


even my much slower previous 7800gt got a VERY nice boost from a e6600 (had a 3700+ before the conroe).

try the latest bios version and try overclocking again. it should AT LEAST do 9x 240 wich gives you a nice 400mhz boost. and at that setting you should set your ram at 333 so it runs exacly at 400mhz due to the overclock. give your opty 0.2v extra and your ram also.

good luck!
April 19, 2007 5:39:41 PM

you should be able to OC your current processor to at least 2.4GHz with the stock V-Core...
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but unfortunately I still could not go anything above 1926 Mhz(9x214) with a little raise of voltage (about 0.1) offcourse I had my ram work at 333Mhz and HT at 4x

try 240x9MHz/4xHT/333MHz Memory/Stock V-Core
oh, just a guess...but my mother board will decrease memory timing & voltage automatic when i set the memory at 333MHz & it made my system unstable.
so just make sure that your memory's voltage & timing are set to 400MHz speed's voltage & timing when you switch them to 333MHz :!:
a bit off-topic, but any one know what is the max safe v-core for a socket 939 CPU?
April 19, 2007 5:43:15 PM

Thank you for your advice and do you know what the Max voltage tolerance for this Opty is :roll:
April 19, 2007 7:07:47 PM

Thank you all my friends for your patience and kind responce :D 
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