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7950GT Vs. 7900GTX

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June 10, 2007 6:59:50 PM

I am getting a new video card for my computer. I am planning on getting either a BFG Tech 7950GT for SLI with my current 7950GT, or I was going to get 2 BFG 7900GTX's for SLI, which is better, and will give the best picture on a 22" monitor. (Don't know which one yet, though.) The difference is about $380 USD. I would get the 7900GTX direct from BFG Tech, as they have it the cheapest. I don't want/need DX10/Vista, so I want a 7 series card.

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June 10, 2007 7:01:07 PM

I think, I would go for 8800gts even if you don't need a DX 10, vista etc...
June 10, 2007 7:06:49 PM

Even you do not want a DirectX10 card,Vista,... you better get a 8800Series card.(Especially GTX) 8)
A single 8800GTX easily destroy every SLI'ed GeForce7 setup.
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June 10, 2007 7:35:26 PM

Its quite possible that 7900's SLi'd is overkill for 22", I'm playing with a 24", and at 1600x1200 in BF2, I'm getting 80fps with everything on full and 4xAA. And thats with just one 7900GTO, (a slow GTX)

I'd vote for the GTS/GTX, depending on funds.
June 10, 2007 7:42:37 PM

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I'd vote for the GTS/GTX, depending on funds.


The GTS is over my budget and overkill for the one that would get me any decent res. (640MB version.) but 2x 7900 GTXs (I'm going to get them one at a time.) will work for me. now i will have 512MB in SLi. The card is about 300$ from the BFG Tech site.

Also, I might at times hook my pc up to a 50" TV Via DVI, so I need the resolution to be good enough for that too.
June 10, 2007 8:22:23 PM

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I'd vote for the GTS/GTX, depending on funds.


The GTS is over my budget and overkill for the one that would get me any decent res. (640MB version.) but 2x 7900 GTXs (I'm going to get them one at a time.) will work for me. now i will have 512MB in SLi. The card is about 300$ from the BFG Tech site.

Also, I might at times hook my pc up to a 50" TV Via DVI, so I need the resolution to be good enough for that too.The 7900GTX is about $300 from the BFG site? Either way, a single 8800GTX would stomp out those 7900GTXs in SLI.
June 10, 2007 8:49:01 PM

The 7950GT is a great card, and can easily be volt-modded to run at 700/1600 (or more) with a Zalman fan and a $6 conductive pen. Newegg has them starting at $179 after rebate.
June 10, 2007 9:11:26 PM

Whats wrong with the 8 series? You can get a 8800Gts 320mb for like $260. And that will kill a 7900GTX with ease...
June 10, 2007 9:15:22 PM

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Whats wrong with the 8 series? You can get a 8800Gts 320mb for like $260. And that will kill a 7900GTX with ease...



The resolutions that I will be at with my new monitor are more then the 320MB version can handle.
June 10, 2007 9:41:45 PM

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Whats wrong with the 8 series? You can get a 8800Gts 320mb for like $260. And that will kill a 7900GTX with ease...



Not kill. In DX9, the 7900GTX and 8800GTS 320mb go head-to-head.
June 10, 2007 9:44:48 PM

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are you sure about that, sometimes too much is made of Vram.

i'm sure alot of people play at high res with 256Mb cards just fine.

what res of monitor are you going to be using, and again, why a 7 series nvidia?



my res. will be 1680 x 1050. I want 7 series becasue I have an nvidia chipset mobo. So I want to be able to use sli.
June 10, 2007 9:53:48 PM

SLi is a waste. By the time you have your 2nd 7900, the money could have been better spent on a better graphics card that would outperform both 7900's.
June 10, 2007 10:14:46 PM

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16 x 10 aint that high res really. i doubt a 320 would struggle at that res due to memory in most if not all games.

what games are you planning on playing that require so much Vram?
Probably none, but he's been fooled into thinking so thanks to the manufacturers.
June 10, 2007 10:58:43 PM

I also do a lot of 3d rendering in 3DS MAX and AutoCAD. The games I am most likely to play are supreme commander, The Jedi knight series, doom 3, flight simulator X, halo CE, and Warcraft.
June 11, 2007 12:27:14 AM

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I also do a lot of 3d rendering in 3DS MAX and AutoCAD. The games I am most likely to play are supreme commander, The Jedi knight series, doom 3, flight simulator X, halo CE, and Warcraft.
You're much better off with an 8800GTS 320MB.
June 11, 2007 12:53:12 AM

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You're much better off with an 8800GTS 320MB.


Over all, right now, my plan is that if NewEgg has the 7950GT in stock when I can afford it. (next week) Then I will buy that and sli it with my current one.

As the performance increase of a 8800 gts 320 mb (or a 7900GTX SLI) is very small compared to the 7950GT SLi. (my source of this is two TG articles. I am comparing the 8800gts scores with an SLied 7950GT's scores.) also it is about 50$ less for the 7950.
June 11, 2007 1:17:03 AM

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You're much better off with an 8800GTS 320MB.


Over all, right now, my plan is that if NewEgg has the 7950GT in stock when I can afford it. (next week) Then I will buy that and sli it with my current one.

As the performance increase of a 8800 gts 320 mb (or a 7900GTX SLI) is very small compared to the 7950GT SLi. (my source of this is two TG articles. I am comparing the 8800gts scores with an SLied 7950GT's scores.) also it is about 50$ less for the 7950.


Yeah, but too bad the 7950GT does not utilize full DX10 capabilities.

Your better off getting a 8800GTS overall.
June 11, 2007 1:37:53 AM

plus, what happens when your 7950 slows down, you can't just stick in another one? but if you got an 8800gts sure, ti would be $50 more for the same performance, but when it slowed down you'd be able to just stick in another one.
June 11, 2007 2:07:02 AM

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You're much better off with an 8800GTS 320MB.


Over all, right now, my plan is that if NewEgg has the 7950GT in stock when I can afford it. (next week) Then I will buy that and sli it with my current one.

As the performance increase of a 8800 gts 320 mb (or a 7900GTX SLI) is very small compared to the 7950GT SLi. (my source of this is two TG articles. I am comparing the 8800gts scores with an SLied 7950GT's scores.) also it is about 50$ less for the 7950.If you played Oblivion, the 7950GTs wouldn't even hold a candle to the 8800s.
June 11, 2007 2:10:24 AM

Well anyhow I don't know why you are so intent on getting a 7 series when the 8 series is a lot better deal, even if it costs a little more. If you absolutely don't want to get a DX10 card, which not only will future proof you for like 2years and give you extra performance for a little more money, then go ahead with the 7950GT. (obtw, if you want to play supreme com at the max settings with the maximum amount of ai, you need at least a quad core cpu.)
June 11, 2007 2:45:19 AM

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16 x 10 aint that high res really. i doubt a 320 would struggle at that res due to memory in most if not all games.

what games are you planning on playing that require so much Vram?


It isn't high res at all. I have a 7900 GT and I get great performance running at 1680x1050 on my 22"
June 11, 2007 10:45:25 PM

Ok, Fine, I'll admit it. I suck at taking others seriously. If I can get the money, I will get a 8800GTS 640MB, So I will trade off with the vram but still get the 8 series proformence. I was kind of skeptical how well 1 8800GTS will preform, compared to SLIed 7950GT's, but if everyone says that it will beat it then that is what I will get. I like the 640 because it is fairly close to what I want for vRAM. (1GB) and it offers the best price/preformence ratio. I just hope it will fit into my case. :) 

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I seem to have done my math incorrectly, and will be able to afford it w/o a problem!
June 11, 2007 10:49:34 PM

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again, why the obsession with ram? i have haerd of only a few games where it might provide a boost to FPS.


Because of the work that I do in AutoCAD and 3D Studio MAX. I found that when I render, especially in 3DS MAX, it gives me better preformence with more RAM.
June 11, 2007 11:03:19 PM

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I like the 640 because it is fairly close to what I want for vRAM. (1GB)


unfortunately sticking 2x 512Mb cards doesnt take your ram upto 1 gig, it stays at 512mb. so yeah, the 8800 640mb card will be faster + more memory overall.
June 11, 2007 11:52:27 PM

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unfortunately sticking 2x 512Mb cards doesnt take your ram upto 1 gig, it stays at 512mb. so yeah, the 8800 640mb card will be faster + more memory overall.


OK, But still, The 640 will preform better then the 320.
June 12, 2007 2:34:17 AM

Hehe now that's the spirit! I do believe that you can get a highly overclocked 320mb 8800Gts for about the same price as the 640mb, but whatever. Getting the 8 series is what counts :) 

Obtw, take a look
http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/06/11/the_best_gaming_...
On the note on the bottom:

In all honesty, even the $250 cheaper 8800 GTS 320mb would probably serve anyone well at resolutions below 1600x1200. But if you've got money to burn, play at high resolutions, and will only settle for the top of the line, this is the card for you.

22in monitor ain't gonna go past 1600x1200...I think.

And the note in the middle:

At $280, this card really brings unheard of performance for the price - it isn't notably slower than its 640mb 8800 GTS cousin, which costs almost $100 more.

...I rest my case... :) 
June 13, 2007 12:30:26 AM

I think that even though I can afford the 640mb version, I will go for the 320 because I don't really need all that high of a resolution. My monitor will only handle 1680 X 1050. And it is 100$ cheaper! (I will get more ram with the leftover cash!)
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