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8600gt xxx vs. 7600gt ddr2

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July 26, 2007 4:47:22 PM

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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?

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July 26, 2007 4:56:56 PM

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.

What do you want to use it for?

Just games or for a HTPC or something random?
July 26, 2007 5:58:45 PM

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.
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July 26, 2007 6:09:52 PM

If you want a big upgrade then buy either a X1950Pro or X1950XT, not the nvidia/ati midrange crapfest.

SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

SAP PHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And by the way, just so you get used to it, if you're making a gaming computer the part that you have to spend the most on is the graphics card, not the CPU or motherboard.
July 26, 2007 6:29:37 PM

Will these cards be interchangable with my current slot the 7600gt is in? Sorry to sound like a grand-pa but if you don't know you don't know. :) 

*Wish I would have known that earlier, I have a core2duo 2.4 and a asus p5n-32 deluxe mobo, with 2 gigs of ram.
a c 199 U Graphics card
July 26, 2007 6:32:11 PM

Agree with Emp. Make sure your PSU is a quality model that can handle the load. A GPU upgrade will need the PCIE connector that your 7600GT does not require.
July 26, 2007 6:34:09 PM

Sorry jtt283, can you put that in layman terms. Are you saying if I upgrade to one of the 2 listed cards I will have to buy a connector?
a c 130 U Graphics card
July 26, 2007 6:44:27 PM

jlf2n said:
Sorry jtt283, can you put that in layman terms.

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.
Mactronix
July 26, 2007 6:53:06 PM

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
July 26, 2007 7:14:31 PM

The difference would be huge. Just make sure your PSU can handle it. It's recommended that you have a 450W PSU with 30amps on the +12V rail.
July 26, 2007 7:19:40 PM

Will I still need to go with the extra power hook up w/ the 1950Pro? I have 500w PSU, but its not the best PSU going, a mid tier at best.
July 26, 2007 7:20:16 PM

kaotao is correct on both points.
July 26, 2007 7:27:27 PM

What is the difference betwwen these 2? Is the Radeon worth the extra money?

Radeon
or the
Sapphire
a c 130 U Graphics card
July 26, 2007 7:43:10 PM

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.
Mactronix
July 26, 2007 7:43:55 PM

jlf2n said:
What is the difference betwwen these 2? Is the Radeon worth the extra money?

Radeon
or the
Sapphire



No way. Just get the sapphire.
July 26, 2007 9:52:29 PM

Both are radeon cards, except one is branded ati and the other sapphire, no difference at all.
a c 130 U Graphics card
July 26, 2007 9:58:57 PM

emp said:
Both are radeon cards, except one is branded ati and the other sapphire, no difference at all.

Look a little closer emp the cards may be similar to the point of any diff being virtually irrelevant but the bundles are way diff.
Mactronix
July 26, 2007 11:03:58 PM

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.
a c 130 U Graphics card
July 26, 2007 11:07:21 PM

Well it would take someone really special to start on that one wouldnt it :lol: 
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