I currently have a 7600gt w/ ddr2. I am looking at a 8600gt XXX as an upgrade as Tiger Direct has them for around $100.00. The more I read the more I am thinking its not worth the upgrade, but then again I have found no specific talk about my two cards in question. The only comparison I can find is between a 7600gt ddr3 and a 8600gt (no xxx). So please, can someone help me make a decision?
I've never even heard of a 7600GT with DDR2, sure it isnt the 7600GS?.
Even so, if you want to upgrade in order to play DX10 games, dont get the 8600GT as it struggles more than a X1950pro in DX9, let alone 10.
Its pretty much a gaming rig only, but still I am not interested in spending over $150, maybe $200 bucks on a card. And yeah its a ddr2 for sure. It will be a year or more before a DX10 game comes out that I would purchase, I am having a good time with Oblivion and LOTRO atm. My 7600gt runs LOTRO perfectly, but OB is a stutter fest.
Ok so i googled your mobo and it says its a sli board which is pcie not agp so what jtt283 is talking about is the 6pin pcie auxillary power connector.Your card can get all the power it needs direct from the pcie slot on the mobo but a card like a 1950xt will need to have the extra power from the extra power connecter.
This is why you need to check your psu before you start looking at these cards to see if you have the power to run them.
You can google the make and model if you know them or take the side of the casw off and look on the sticker on the power supply i would do the second as ther can be no mistakes this way.
You should be looking at the +12volt rail/rails you are looking for at least 25 amps.
Good deal, although the XT looks a little better than the PRO, I don't like they way everyone complains about the loudness of it. So any thoughts on upgrading a 7600gt drr2 to a x1950pro? Is it worth it as far as seeing a diiference? Will I still need to go with the extra power hook up as well w/ the Pro
Go for the saphire card its clocked very slightly higher not enough to make a differance but the thing that swings me is the price and the fact that you get all the cables and connectors you will need included in the price.
I guess you're right, I didn't finish loading the links after I read Ati Radeon and Sapphire Radeon. But bundles aside, Ati tends to greatly overprice their Ati branded cards that are really no different than sapphire ones. And oh please god... don't let a goofball come here and talk about different clocks on each, because the card itself is the same.