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June 29, 2007 6:15:03 AM

Hi, I've been thinking for a while on upgrading my trusty Samsung 753DF for a LCD. Originally, i was thinking of the VX922, but recently I've become addicted to the idea of 22" wide screens (played with an acer one at my mother's office) So, I've changed my choice to a VX2255wmb. my question, I currently have a 256MB X800XT AGP video card, and i think it's a bit underpowered for smooth gaming at 1650x1080. What is a good choice for this particular resolution? I thought 'bout an 8800GTS 320MB but i've been lead to understand that at 1600x1200 they run out of gas... so i consiered a Radeon X1950 PRO and a X1950XT because of the low price (hovering $200 vs. ~$300 for the GTS), but I don't know if i should buy a 256MB or a 512MB version.
So what is more fitting?
->X1950PRO 512MB
->X1950XT 256MB

or between the higer end a 8800GTS 320MB vs. X1959XT 512MB?

Also, I currently have a CoolerMaster RealPower 550W power supply, is it enough to run any of those video cards(can it run them all) ?

Thanks
June 29, 2007 3:18:25 PM

The PSU is enough. If the 256 version is with faster GDDR3 memory buy it. If the are running the same memory speeds go for the 512MB. After all @1600x1200 the textures are pretty big.
June 30, 2007 1:52:46 AM

So, if both X1950's are with GDDR-3, you'd go for the PRO at 512MB over the XT with 256MB?
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June 30, 2007 3:18:00 AM

from what i have read on other posts, you should definitely go for the larger ram. The higher the res the more memory is needed for the textures.
June 30, 2007 8:47:15 AM

Agreed, and you can o/c the PRO. DX10 won't be useful for a while. The mid and low range stuff 8600/2600 just don't cut it.

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June 30, 2007 10:34:34 AM

Go with the 8800 GTS 640 cuz if you like lots of eye candie then your going to need more Vram cuz those textures have to be stored somewhere. When you force a game thats designed for lot s of Vram like Oblivion if you have less than 400 which is optimal for that game it going to shutter. My G-card even has trouble with that game.
June 30, 2007 12:27:16 PM

Thanks guys, I'll look for the highest framebuffer I can buy. :lol: 
June 30, 2007 1:26:32 PM

It depends on your budget.

The X1950XT is only 150 bucks at Newegg after MIR. Best bang for the buck. I have the Sapphire X1950XT with 256 MB of Ram on a 22" widescreen and it plays Neverwinter Nights 2 with most of the settings on. I really like it.

If you have a little bigger budget than go with the 8800GTS 256MB. Zipzoomfly has the PNY version for $280.

I wouldn't bother with 512MB of memory unless you were a resolution of 1920x1200 or higher.
June 30, 2007 1:37:47 PM

that's the other problem, i only have access to buy from amazon, for i don't havr american credit cards...

thanks
July 1, 2007 6:00:27 AM

To give a better perspective, I tend to play a lot, and one of the main games is World of Warcraft. I currently run on a Gigabyte Radeon X800XT 256MB. I know 512 is better for 1680x1050, so i checked out both the Pro an the XT. Which one is better suited for the job? Is a X1950XT 256MB a poor performer at the mentioned resolution ok is it enough?
July 1, 2007 7:27:26 AM

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Hi, I've been thinking for a while on upgrading my trusty Samsung 753DF for a LCD. Originally, i was thinking of the VX922, but recently I've become addicted to the idea of 22" wide screens (played with an acer one at my mother's office) So, I've changed my choice to a VX2255wmb. my question, I currently have a 256MB X800XT AGP video card, and i think it's a bit underpowered for smooth gaming at 1650x1080. What is a good choice for this particular resolution? I thought 'bout an 8800GTS 320MB but i've been lead to understand that at 1600x1200 they run out of gas... so i consiered a Radeon X1950 PRO and a X1950XT because of the low price (hovering $200 vs. ~$300 for the GTS), but I don't know if i should buy a 256MB or a 512MB version.
So what is more fitting?
->X1950PRO 512MB
->X1950XT 256MB

or between the higer end a 8800GTS 320MB vs. X1959XT 512MB?

Also, I currently have a CoolerMaster RealPower 550W power supply, is it enough to run any of those video cards(can it run them all) ?

Thanks


XT will eat the Pro the breakfast. They put big frame buffers on lower end cards because it sells better, not because it helps them. Pure marketing.

Even the 512MB XT doesn't outperform the 256MB card in some games, even at higher res.

I have a 320MB GTS on a 22" Viewsonic X series running WoW. Runs awesome at 1680x1050 with 16X AF / 16X AA and Transparent Supersampling.
July 1, 2007 8:40:40 AM

8800 gts 640mb the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 1, 2007 9:08:35 AM

Go for the 512MB, it makes all the difference. Just don't want you to make the same mistake I did. Most newer games are coded for 512MB cards, and those who have 256MB cards will suffer 1280x1024 and more so at 1650x1050. At your 1680x1050 you shouldn't even be considering a 256MB card.
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