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7950GT waste do to dx10?

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May 24, 2008 4:09:20 PM

I'm a gamer I always like to go out and buy and play the latest and coolest games. Anyways back in July of 2007 not too long ago spent like $265 (July 07') on this video card (Nivida 7950 GT). Now dx10 games are just around the conner and this card is a dx9 ONLY card dose that mean I have to coff up anther $250-$300 for anther good gaming card for dx10 games or will the new games support both dx9/dx10 for backwards comparability? Are there games coming out that going be dx 10 only anytime soon?

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a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2008 4:12:23 PM

I doubt there will be any DX10 only games for a while. But truthfully, the 7950GT does a horrible job in many new titles. Not because it's a DX9 card, but because of it's architecture and weakness in shader heavy games. The GF7 series isn't aging well as many of us expected after seeing Oblivion, NFS Carbon, etc. The X1950 pro that was slower in most old games can beat the 7950GT by a lot in many newer games. And a $100 8800GS offers twice the performance of the 7950GT in some of the new big titles.

Try Crysis or UT3 on your card. Even COD4.
UT3: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3128&p=4

Another example. The X1950 pro and 7900GT were equals trading blows in older games. Look at COD4:
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/call_of_duty_4_demo...




May 24, 2008 4:18:37 PM

thx, yea i hear yea the UT3 demo was little lagy at times. I did not do research on this card before I bought it, learned my lesson. About the time games go dx10 only hopefully I should have the money for a new video card which i will RESEARCH this time before buying :) .

P.S. this card runs COD4 fine at 1280x1024 Filter:trilinear 4xAA (dose not run grate compare to high end cards but I get no lag with graphics or long loading times for maps)
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a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2008 4:24:10 PM

It happens to all of us. The 8800GTS 320MB was just $88 shipped no rebate. I paid $270 for mine when it was released. Now the 8800GS for $100 AR is better than anything you could have bought back in the pre GF8800 days. Had you bought a X1900XT, you'd be far better off in some of the new titles, but even the best of those gets beat by a $100 card today.
a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2008 4:29:44 PM

liljone said:
I'm a gamer I always like to go out and buy and play the latest and coolest games. Anyways back in July of 2007 not too long ago spent like $265 (July 07') on this video card (Nivida 7950 GT). Now dx10 games are just around the conner and this card is a dx9 ONLY card dose that mean I have to coff up anther $250-$300 for anther good gaming card for dx10 games or will the new games support both dx9/dx10 for backwards comparability? Are there games coming out that going be dx 10 only anytime soon?



Unfortunately, there were better choices for the money even in July 07.
If you want to play the newest games with eye candy, you might as well face the enivitable and cough up the cash for a new card about every year or so. But, yeah....get a lot of opinions and do more research!
May 24, 2008 4:31:27 PM

pauldh said:
It happens to all of us. The 8800GTS 320MB was just $88 shipped no rebate. I paid $270 for mine when it was released. Now the 8800GS for $100 AR is better than anything you could have bought back in the pre GF8800 days. Had you bought a X1900XT, you'd be far better off in some of the new titles, but even the best of those gets beat by a $100 card today.


yup PC prices ftl one day your system $2,000+ 1 year later same hardware only worth $500 or less
May 24, 2008 4:35:19 PM

jitpublisher said:
Unfortunately, there were better choices for the money even in July 07.
If you want to play the newest games with eye candy, you might as well face the enivitable and cough up the cash for a new card about every year or so. But, yeah....get a lot of opinions and do more research!
yup thx I learned my lesson the hard way :D 
a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2008 6:10:05 PM

One reason I know some guys have mentioned it, but don't spend more than say 150 on a gfx card. That way when you upgrade in 1.5 to 2 years, you can sell the old card and get a better one and it does not hurt as bad. In my opinion, unless you are made of money, do not buy on the bleeding edge of tech. I'm an Apple certified tech and have been using/building windows pc's nearly 10 years. There is always something coming out. Myself, I'm running an Athlon 5200 x2, 2gb of ram, plan to upgrade to either an 8800gs or 9600gso, same card basically. Won't be the quickest system, but some better ram later and I can OC to get another year out of it anway. And with the fact it's dual core, it'll last probably a couple years at least. Plus I do have an SLI board, so if I want to SLI later when say another 8800gs/9600gso would come along cheap, could always toss that in as well. You can spend 5000+ on a system today, give it 1-2 years, that system may not be worth half what you paid.
May 25, 2008 2:04:29 AM

ohiou_grad_06 said:
One reason I know some guys have mentioned it, but don't spend more than say 150 on a gfx card. That way when you upgrade in 1.5 to 2 years, you can sell the old card and get a better one and it does not hurt as bad. In my opinion, unless you are made of money, do not buy on the bleeding edge of tech. I'm an Apple certified tech and have been using/building windows pc's nearly 10 years. There is always something coming out. Myself, I'm running an Athlon 5200 x2, 2gb of ram, plan to upgrade to either an 8800gs or 9600gso, same card basically. Won't be the quickest system, but some better ram later and I can OC to get another year out of it anway. And with the fact it's dual core, it'll last probably a couple years at least. Plus I do have an SLI board, so if I want to SLI later when say another 8800gs/9600gso would come along cheap, could always toss that in as well. You can spend 5000+ on a system today, give it 1-2 years, that system may not be worth half what you paid.


some good words my man. I still have my 40GB IDE HD I payed $300 for back in 2000 still works but refuse to thou out a HD i payed $300 for, obsolete or not! lol
May 25, 2008 2:34:41 AM

I paid 333$ for my MSI NX8800gt...And now im itching to get another 300$ Vid card next month..lol

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