I am trying to decide what video card to purchase. What I want to be able to do is play some of the more graphic intense games at 1280 x 1024 with the game options turned on to the max or very close to the max. I am looking for a card that is decent for the price (being between $100-150).
I've been looking at different cards on Newegg & can't figure out which one is better. I do realize that it should have GDDR3, but not sure if 8600 Gt is better then x1950 pro or 2600 xt, etc
1950pro is the best for that price range, the main problem is that it doesn't support directx10, but with a 8600 gts or a 2600xt you really can't play directx10 games with good graphic options either. If you can't stand sluggish playing, go for the 1950...
How does a 1950pro smoke a 7900gs? There's barely a 1-2% performance difference between them...Plus the 7900gs can OVERCLOCK like crazy, making it a better buy, at least in my opinion.
You guys need to look at some of the newer games when pushing the GF7's. Sure the OC'ed 7900GS or 7900GT are overall very comparable to the X1950 pro, but there are signs of this changing. We saw Oblivion and NFS: Carbon greatly favoring X1900 over GF7900. And now The X1950 pro, 8600GTS and even HD2600XT are smoking the 7900GS so far in many newer games. (UT3, COD4, HL2 episode 2, TF2, I'm betting Crysis too). The X1950 pro beats the 7900GTX in the UT3 demo. Anyway, Some examples as to why I myself am leary of the GF7's in the future:
There are always games that favor one video card over the other, but that's enough to rule out that both the 7900gs and the 1950pro are good buys. The 1950pro barely beats the 7900gs in most applications, and that's running at stock speed. In my opinion, the 7900gs has more capabilities of playing most games with higher performance if overclocked. That's just my 2 cents.
Is it a few games or a trend? You may want to rethink that if a max overclocked 7900GS offers only half the framerates of a X1950 pro in a new game you want to play.
I'm not knocking the 7900GS for most games, I bought a couple myself. But many new upcoming TWIMTBP titles, the 7900's are getting crushed, OC'ed or not. If Crysis turns out like UT3 and COD4, there will be some unhappy GF7 owners.
Most of the links I posted were without fsaa. You're right, the X1950 pro has generally done better with fsaa, but in some of these new games, even it's performance is too low to really look at with fsaa @ max detail levels.
The HD2900GT didn't really impress too much for the current asking price. I'm thinking it's a bad buy with the HD3850 soon to be released at a similar price. It's basically equal to the X1950 pro in this review, winning at UT3, losing at Episode 2, and being equal in the rest of the gaems.