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7900gs vs. 8600gt which one to buy?

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November 11, 2007 11:22:00 PM

Emergency help fpr buying 7900gs or 8600gt..Tomorrow i will buy a graphic card and need an urgent help...
i play mostly race games,double agent and strategy games world in conflict...i don't play such action games oblivion and bioshock...So which card should i choose???

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November 11, 2007 11:31:11 PM

Honestly? You can't compare 7900GS to 8600GT, maybe to a 8600GTS. I'd say ideally get a X1950 Pro or 8600GTS, however if that's not possible then a 7900GS.
November 11, 2007 11:41:20 PM

7900GS has better performance...but it lacks dx10 compatibility. So what's more important to you, performance or dx10?
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November 11, 2007 11:50:20 PM

Paper DX10 anyway, that card is not much better than a 7600GT, so not enough raw power to do DX10. On the other hand, the 7900GS is not only faster on stock, but can it's known to have a unbelievably good OC'ing chip, it's not unheard of to get 650 on the GPU (450 is stock)
November 12, 2007 12:21:09 AM

emp said:
Paper DX10 anyway, that card is not much better than a 7600GT, so not enough raw power to do DX10. On the other hand, the 7900GS is not only faster on stock, but can it's known to have a unbelievably good OC'ing chip, it's not unheard of to get 650 on the GPU (450 is stock)


Thank yu very much for your suggestion...i guess i will buy 7900gs and then after 1-2 years i can buy a new card with the new system...I'm writing from Turkey and 7900gs has a good price nowadays here about 110$ and that's why i'm thinking of it.. Also finding x1950 pro or x1950xt is too difficult in Turkey nowadays..
November 12, 2007 12:24:03 AM

I have a 7900GS now, and it's awesome. I managed to get 595Mhz on the core and 900Mhz on the memory using a Zalman VF-900 for the cooler, and got no artifacts in an ATI Tool artifact scan. It was stable about about 585Mhz core and 885Mhz memory without the VF-900, but the temps were about 20c higher, almost touching 70c at some points. I then volt-modded the card with the 1.4v V-Core mod and have boosted the core up to 690Mhz completely stable. I can run any Source engine game(HL2 EP2 most recently) at high on 1280x1024 and can run Oblivion at good settings(with 2xAA, no long distance objects) at 1280x1024.
November 12, 2007 12:26:04 AM

My 7900GS came with 500 stock and it was not pre-overclocked (it came as 500core/690mem).

I've been slowly increasing the clocks. right now I am at 559/726. My stress test has been running the crysis demo. I think it can go higher too, but even then this is a decent overclock. The 128bit memory interface is what kills the 8600 series.

BTW I am using stock cooler, if you were to use a 3rd party cooler like grave did, you will see good overclocks.
November 13, 2007 6:06:09 AM

I have a 7600 GT card.Is it worth while to buy a 8600 GT for me?
November 13, 2007 6:20:19 AM

Laserjet said:
I have a 7600 GT card.Is it worth while to buy a 8600 GT for me?


No. DX10 isn't an option and 5% performance increase isn't worth what you'd spend.

7600 GT is a great card. I had one for a long time.
November 14, 2007 1:54:52 PM

Thanks Ananan for the advice.Greatly appreciate it.
November 14, 2007 3:19:04 PM

If you really really want to upgrade now, and you can find an 8800GT for a decent price (low $200's), by all means do that. If not, then stick with what you have and wait until the price of the 8800GT is lower. At that point, you get a performance increase AND DX10 support.
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