Which of these cards you think is better?

OK what I thought may have been the better card looks like it may not be. Neither of these cards are anything amazing, one is new and the other is a few years old.

Old one is a Sapphire X1800GTO


Chipset Manufacturer ATI
GPU Radeon X1800GTO
Core Clock 500MHz
PixelPipelines 12
Memory Clock 1000MHz
Memory Size 256MB
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Type GDDR3
DirectX DirectX 9
OpenGL OpenGL 2.0
TV-Out HDTV/Composite Out
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
Cooler With Fan
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes


Second card I just picked up and thought would be slightly better is a Galaxy Gefore 9500 GT

Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA
GPU GeForce 9500 GT
Core Clock 500MHz
Stream Processors 32
Memory Clock 1600MHz
Memory Size 1GB
Memory Interface 128-bit
Memory Type GDDR2
DirectX DirectX 10
OpenGL OpenGL 2.1
TV-Out HDTV / S-Video / Composite Out
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
SLI Support No
Cooler With Fan
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes
HDCP Ready Yes

I really thought that Galaxy card was going to be slightly better, but the Windows 7 rating for it was a 5.0 graphics and 4.9 gaming. The X1800 was 5.9 graphics 5.5 gaming. I havent tried playing games with either in the current system it is in, a slightly older Core 2 Duo E6700 machine with 4 gigs ram. It's not my main machine so I am not looking for blazing graphics, but I just want to use the best of the 2 possible. The lesser card will be relegated to an even older P4 3.0 Acer machine.

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  1. neither is truly that good but out of those two, the 9500gt is a tad better... i suppose... but IMO i would get a 9600GSO or 9800GT / 4770 or 4850 if you can find them very cheap...

    But yah, a 9500gt is not really considered a gaming card... so... mmhmm
  2. Some other chart I found online gave the 9500GT a 3d rating of 366 and the 1800 a rating of 713, thats a pretty big difference. That link to GPUreview really doesnt seem to tell a whole lot.
  3. This puts them as basically equal;
    This thinks that the 9500GT is slightly better but I think it is based on the DDR3 version;
    Basically neither are particularly good but should be capable for gaming at low resolution with modest settings. If you are into gaming buying a better card would be a good idea. Even a cheap card like the HD4670 is significantly better than either one.
  4. the 9500 I got is the DDR2 version, I just bought it cause it was cheap and anything isbetter than onboard stuff. Neither of these cards will be used for any major gaming, they are both in backup machines. The 8800GTS I have in my main machine plays everything I throw at it, and even that card is quite old now.
  5. the 8800gts is much better than a 9500gt though. just because its a newer gen, the 9500 is still a low end card. whereas the 8800 is a high end card of its generation (and there wasn't a whole lot of improvement between 8 and 9 series cards)

    if you want better performance, unfortunately the 9500 was a bad choice. anything more than a 9800 would yield a nice performance increase. less than that is probably not worth it.
  6. I am not upgrading the 8800 that is staying in my main computer, just trying to figure out which of the other 2 cards will give me the best performance for my other machines. Again these are backup machines, that I was spending very little on. I had the x1800 card already, I needed one more cheap card so I picked up the 9500gt, now just trying to determine which of those 2 are the better card to use.
  7. as you already have it, the 9500 is better. but not by much. if you can, just return the 9500 for a refund.

    if you cant though, it is better than the old GPU.
  8. Well I need 3 cards in total, I just wanted to use the better of the 2 low end cards in the Core 2 machine, then the weakest card in my P4 machine. the 9500 was only $44 after a rebate so its perfect for a backup.
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