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Which of the three should i pick ? 7600 GT / 7900 GT / 8600

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April 22, 2007 10:25:27 AM

7600 GT / 7900 GT / 8600 GT ?

this would be for dx9 games... and oblivion.... which one would be the best /

8600 GT only not gts.

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April 22, 2007 10:47:25 AM

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7600 GT / 7900 GT / 8600 GT ?
this would be for dx9 games... and oblivion.... which one would be the best /
8600 GT only not gts.


None !!!
Well i own a 6800gt (which is starting to suck at the new games)and it works fine with oblivion but not at highest settings off coarse, but i wouldnt get any off them, if you want to buy a new card just wait a little while and get 1 of the new r600's which also give you dirx 10, which is what im doing.
April 22, 2007 11:02:52 AM

wait for the r600 launch. at the very worst, it should bring down the prices of the 8800s. get the gts.
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April 22, 2007 11:58:16 AM

X1950 pro or 8600GT would be better than the 7900GT for Oblivion. But in other games the 8600GT will be behind. So I say skip all three of them and buy the X1950 pro. Especially based on prices in the USA. Otherwise sticking with just NVidia, compare the price of the 7900GS like was mentioned to the 7900GT. If it's alot cheaper grab the 7900GS. If all you play is Oblivion, then the 8600GT > 7900GS.
April 22, 2007 12:12:47 PM

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X1950 pro or 8600GT would be better than the 7900GT for Oblivion. But in other games the 8600GT will be behind. So I say skip all three of them and buy the X1950 pro. Especially based on prices in the USA. Otherwise sticking with just NVidia, compare the price of the 7900GS like was mentioned to the 7900GT. If it's alot cheaper grab the 7900GS. If all you play is Oblivion, then the 8600GT > 7900GS.

Agree with Paul.

You might also want to wait for the R600 launch, as low, mid, and top end cards should be all released at same time.
April 22, 2007 12:22:12 PM

mpilchfamily wrote:
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If you must have a new card now and don't want to wait for the R600 to come so that prices on Nvidia cards drop then get yourself a nice midrange card like the 7900GS.


I agree with mpilchfamily on this one. The 7900gs is cheaper than the x1950 pro, which is why I bought one. It has enough power to get you through until the R600 comes out. I've heard rumors that the R600 won't come out until June now, which would be a major bummer.
April 22, 2007 12:35:45 PM

i'd go wiht the above poster, x1950pro FTW, lol, cheaper too, but it may benifit if you got the dx 10 card (8600gt)
a b U Graphics card
April 22, 2007 12:38:10 PM

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The 7900gs is cheaper than the x1950 pro, which is why I bought one.


Prices always change and I guess it depends where you live.

On Newegg, there are 4- X1950 pro's that come to $130, $135, $135, and $140 after $20-30 rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Which is about the same as the 7900GS:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Both are great cards for that price, especially compared to the $170 8600GT.
April 22, 2007 12:51:30 PM

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If you must have a new card now and don't want to wait for the R600 to come so that prices on Nvidia cards drop then get yourself a nice midrange card like the 7900GS.


That's good advice there - the 7900GS is a decent performer and is at a very good price point (also overclocks well).
April 22, 2007 2:17:19 PM

thats there problem there... i learn more and more everyday here at the forums.... and it seems that dx9 cards outclasses dx10 on dx9 games...

all i want is a card... that would play these games at HIGHEST settings with just 1280 x 1024.. no need for higher res.

Diablo 2
starcraft
warcraft and WoW
FF11
Sims 1 and 2
All Heroes of might and magic....
Oblivion...

i think.. thats about it...

any ideas ?i might go with the 8800 gts (320 mb) since ive got some extra cash due to the intel price cuts....

but if the 8800 gts cant play those LOW end dx 9 games... then i might get a lower card...
April 22, 2007 2:46:42 PM

I don't know why you think the 8800gts won't play low end dx9 games. It absolutely will. I have played diablo 1 on my 8800 and regularly play diablo2. All though my wife would shoot me if she knew I bought a card like that and play games like that! If you can afford an 8800 then definitely do it. It will play everything. And the 320 version would be plenty for 1280x1024 res.
April 22, 2007 11:57:46 PM

i just saw an MSI 8600 GT here and its really really cheap since its dx 10.... its cheaper than a 7900 GT....

will a 8600 gt play oblivion at HIGHEST SETTINGS but with only a reso of 1280 x 1024 ?

if it can.... I WILL BUY IT NOW... hahah

btw... ima buy the 6600 after work..

thx alot though !
a b U Graphics card
April 23, 2007 12:12:41 AM

The plain GF8600GT isn't anywhere near the GF7900GT, heck the GF8600GTS is only as fast in a game like Oblivion, in the other titles it'll get smoked by a GF7900GT, let alone the lowely GF8600GT.

For the titles you're looking at the X1950Pro will top all of those choices and it's the same price as the GF7900GS on NewEgg. For the price of a GF7900GT or GF8600GTS you could get an X1950XT or better yet spend a tiny bit more for the 8800GTS-320.

Unless you can find a GF8600-GTS for about the same price as an X1950Pro, then there's no contest overall. Right now it's about a $60+ premium for the GF8600GTS, which is too much IMO, especially if you're not looking to DX10.

For the price of a GF8600GTS spend the little more and the GF8800GTS-320, for the price of the GF8600GT spend the the money on the X1950Pro.
April 23, 2007 12:36:17 AM

hwoah, so it means that the 7900 GT is better than 8600 GT ?
April 23, 2007 12:38:12 AM

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i just saw an MSI 8600 GT here and its really really cheap since its dx 10.... its cheaper than a 7900 GT....

will a 8600 gt play oblivion at HIGHEST SETTINGS but with only a reso of 1280 x 1024 ?

if it can.... I WILL BUY IT NOW... hahah

btw... ima buy the 6600 after work..

thx alot though !
You'll need an 8800GTS or better to really play Oblivion at the maximum quality at a resolution of 1280x1024 or higher.
a b U Graphics card
April 23, 2007 12:48:33 AM

The GF7900GT destroys the GF8600GT in every game, with the only exception being trading blows in Oblivion because it's the only game where nV truely blows in the Foliage department on the GF7 generation, heck the X1650XT could beat a GF7900GT, even the X1650Pro beats it sometimes in the Foliage.

But where the GF7900GT will trade blows with the GF8600GT in Oblivion, the GF8600GT will get destroyed in most other games. And the X1950Pro will beat the GF8600GT in all of them because it doesn't have that X1650 weakness.
a b U Graphics card
April 23, 2007 12:49:49 AM

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You'll need an 8800GTS or better to really play Oblivion at the maximum quality at a resolution of 1280x1024 or higher.


Agreed, if he's even considering spending the kinda money involved in a GF7900GT or GF8600GTS, then bit the bullet and get the GF8800GTS-320.
April 23, 2007 12:55:05 AM

Depends on your budget. If you only have $120, then 7600GT is your only answer. If you have more money to spend, then 7900 or higher is the way to go. Check benchmarks, and try to get the most bang for your buck. Also consider your prejudices. I personally won't buy another ATI card unless it is much better AND cheaper, due to bad experiences in the past. Also, don't forget about your power requirements. The better cards require a lot more juice, while the 7600 doesn't even require an extra power connector.
April 23, 2007 12:58:22 AM

im actually, contemplating on that, coz if im gonna buy 8600, might as well get the 8800 gts 320mb... should i wait a lil more time ? or buy it now ?
a b U Graphics card
April 23, 2007 1:10:17 AM

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Depends on your budget. If you only have $120, then 7600GT is your only answer.


Actually the GF7900GT and X1950Pro both sell now for $130, the GF7600GT can be had for cheaper than $120, but your example would be a terrible waste, where better cards are worth the $10 more. The GF7600Gt is not a good consideration for future gaming. It was a great deal, but now for a long term build it's too weak.

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im actually, contemplating on that, coz if im gonna buy 8600, might as well get the 8800 gts 320mb... should i wait a lil more time ? or buy it now ?


Well the GTS-320 will not come down in price much until there is something serious in the market to challenge it, which could be a few weeks. The GF8600 may come down in price over the next week or so if sales are underwhelming and nV et al realize their price points are too high. However in order for that to happen the BestBuy/CompUSA sheep have to also be wise enough to not just replace their GF7800GT with a GF8600GT just because of the DX10 label on the box.

I'd say you're less likely to regret a GF8800GTS-320 purchase than you are to regret a GF8600 purchase at this point in time. Of course, waiting until at least tuesday to see if there are any R600 leaks makes sense, but I wouldn't wait much beyond that unless some concrete delivery, performance and price info comes forth.

Check around I doubt anyone else would argue with waiting until Tuesday, but unless we start seeing those GF8600GTS prices come down more, I'd say your clear choice is the GTS-320 baring some fantastic news out of the desert.

I would ensure however that your PSU is worthy, because while te GTS-320 isn't a terrible power hog, it doesn't sip power either.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/geforce8...
April 23, 2007 1:14:42 AM

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I don't know why you think the 8800gts won't play low end dx9 games. It absolutely will. I have played diablo 1 on my 8800 and regularly play diablo2. All though my wife would shoot me if she knew I bought a card like that and play games like that! If you can afford an 8800 then definitely do it. It will play everything. And the 320 version would be plenty for 1280x1024 res.


So true.

Diablo 1 ??? Wow, haven't touched that since 2002.
8O

Just wanted to mention there's a great mod for Diablo2 called Valhalla, you guys should definitely try it. The Ancestral Recall mod is also excellent.

For the card - the x1950pro is a great choice for these games but won't do so well in new games 2 years from now. Get the 8800 GTS if you can afford it. Waiting for R600 is a smart move too, even if you end up with the 8800 anyway.
April 23, 2007 7:43:40 AM

i actually like ancestral recall but the eastern sun is the best (personal preference)... x1950 pro better than 8600 GT ? really ?
April 24, 2007 8:34:04 PM

I just got a 8600GT and its performance range is between a 7600GT and a 7900GT, in DX10 games the 7900GT will outperform it in also all games but has maybe you know couples of current DX9 games will have a patch to be able to play it in DX10 content, will you regret it if you get a 7900GT ?
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