I'm looking to buy a video card for a new build. I'm not a heavy gamer but would like to play the latest combat games and flight simulator games. I want an energy efficient card, DVI output for an lcd monitor, tv tuning capability (or should I buy a tv tuner card seperately?) I'm not overclocking. Mainstream user. PCI-E No more than $125 or so.
My questions are:
Ati or Nvidia?
DX9 or DX 10?
256 mb or 512 mb?
What brand of card? EVGA, BFG, etc...
What do you think about the 7900GS, 7900GT, 7950 or the 7600GT?
No, but Legionhardware did a good article on the 8600GT on power.
"Overclocking low-end or mid-range graphics cards, as is the case here, there is little to worry about as products such as the GeForce 8600 GT have a very low thermal output to start off with. The power consumption of an 8600 GT graphics card is said to be just 43 watts, while the 8600 GTS uses 71 watts. Compare this to the 225 watts used by the GeForce 8800 GTX and it soon becomes clear that by today’s standards the 8600 GT is a low powered solution."
the 8600GTS only eats 71Watts so if you with the 8600's or the 8500GT you get all the power from the PCI-E slot which is quite nice.
Ok I'm getting closer. I've narrrowed it down to the 8600GT and the 7900GS. Probably the 8600GT because its DX10. Do I need DX10?
EVGA has two 8600GT cards at newegg. One is a plain card and the other is a "superclocked version". Can the plain one be overclocked to be equal to the "superclocked version"? If so what wattage increase would it have?
Also Should I stick to EVGA since I've heard they make good cards?
What manufacturer makes good cards and feature rich cards?
Is 256 mb enough or should I be looking for 512mb?
What does the 7900GS consume for power?
Well if you want low power card as you stated earlier the 8600GT is the way to go. For it also has great DVD decoding and other Media capabilities that the 7900 series doesnt have.
With some good drivers maybe we can see the new DX10 design alot more efficient. 32 shaders is about as strong as the 7900GT*(24+ EIGHT) yet remember those shaders can be Vertex or pixel for (16+16) or (24+ EIGHT)
Right now the 7900GS is the stronger card abit because of the 8600's lack of 256mb Bit bus but as the 7600GT has shown sometimes it doesnt always matter.