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July 11, 2007 9:44:07 PM

Hello! I`m new here and this is my first "post". I`m upgrading from my Nvidia 6600 GT 256Mb AGP (Gainward) graphic card, and my options are:

ATI Radeon X1950 Pro 512Mb AGP and
Nvidia 7900GS Gainward Bliss, Golden Sample, Special Edition 512Mb

I`ve read amazing reviews from both this cards. As the price from this cards here is quite the same,i wonder wich one is the best and will perform better in my system. Does anyone have one of this cards, or have ever tried them? If yes, any advice would be welcome! I have a P4 2.8Ghz Prescott ,Asus P4P800 Motherboard AGP S478 and 1Gb Memory Ram from Kingston. I now that Windows Vista is here and DirectX 10, and the best should be the upgrade from all the system to PCI Express, but for me is unafordable at the moment. Maybe next year. So i look for a graphic card that can still hold for one year more, at least!! This cards here cost around 170 Euros.


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July 12, 2007 3:17:33 PM

they are both very good cards, and trade blows depending on the games you play. so pick which ever is the cheapest.

I have the x1950 pro and its been great for me.
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July 12, 2007 8:08:25 PM

blade85 said:
they are both very good cards, and trade blows depending on the games you play. so pick which ever is the cheapest.


word.
July 12, 2007 9:07:41 PM

I have a 7900gs and I heard it overclocks way better than a x1950. My clocks are running at 560/1610, higher than the original 450/1380, with no heat issues.
July 12, 2007 11:10:31 PM

Hi guys! First i want to thank you all for the help in choosing my new graphic card. And i dicided to go for the X1950Pro. Hope it will perform well! I`m more a fan of RPG`s so that`s why i dicided for this card. It looks to do better than the 7900GS. But i`m sure it`s also a great card.
But something have called my attention about this card. It says that it requires for full performance a PSU with minimun 450watts, wich i have. I have 550watts. But it says the PSU should have in the 12volt rail a minimum of 30Amps. Well,my have only 18Amps,and all the PSU`s i`ve seen in all the shops, none of them have. The maximum i`ve found was 28Amps, and it costs over 250Euros!!!!!! Is it realy vital to this card to have such a PSU? Would i have any problems in running my games and aplications? Would really need a help with this! I`m not an expert in this subjects. Help please!!!!
Thank you everyone, once more for your help to my questions.


July 13, 2007 12:38:46 AM

You will need 25-30 amps on the +12V rail... 18 won't cut it. I am suprised though that you're having trouble finding the right PSU for a reasonable price.
July 13, 2007 12:43:09 AM

What country would it be shipped to???
July 13, 2007 12:48:31 AM

england *twisted*
July 13, 2007 5:52:30 AM

ouch
July 13, 2007 6:24:17 AM

The 30 Amps on the 12V rail is what the PSU's total should be; not the Amps on a single rail.
Usually, the 12V rail is split into several, lower Amp, rails. Check the PSU label.
BTW, you won't find a PSU with 30Amps on a single rail, because of the ATX standard, which limits a rail to 20 (I think) A.
I think that the 550W PSU will be OK.
What particular model you have?
July 13, 2007 9:15:19 AM

Hi once more. Thank you all again for the help. My PSU is a F.S.P Fortron. And the specs are:

AC input 100-240v 10A, 50-60Hz
Max output 550 Watts
DC Output: +3.3v - 27.0A
+5v - 29.0A
+12v CPU - 18A
+12v 1/0 - 18.0A
+5sb - 29.0A
-5v - 0.3A
-12v - 0.8A
(+3.3v & +5v = 150Watts Max )
(+3.3 & +12v = 528Watts Max )

This are the specs from my PSU. Hope this will help. And by the way, i have a P4 2.8Ghz, with 1Gb ram, which i`m upgrading to 2Gb Ram. This should be OK To run the games without problems, right? I now run most of the games with very acceptable settings, should be just fine for this card i think?
And i`m living in Austria, but `m portuguese. Thats why my english is not so perfect!! Sorry for that!
July 13, 2007 12:22:24 PM

that should be fine, you have 2 +12V rails and it will do the job...i hope lol :p 
July 13, 2007 12:23:45 PM

PaCanc said:

BTW, you won't find a PSU with 30Amps on a single rail, because of the ATX standard, which limits a rail to 20 (I think) A.


to an extent that is true...but there are psu's that have a high single +12V rail. Thake pc power & cooling, some of their psu's have a single 60amp +12v rail :na: 
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