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February 13, 2010 10:24:43 PM

Hey guys,

I'm really not really an avid gamer and I'm gearing my setup more towards 3D rendering (CAD/Blender), graphic design/photography (Photoshop/Gimp), and motion graphics/hd video editing (After effects/Premiere). My question is what benefits does a 1GB DDR3 card really have? I was planning to purchase a Geforce 9800 card because of their $100+ price tag but I'm torn between XFX and EVGA. Btw, my specs are on my signature.

EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16

Pros:
- 2 year warranty
- 1 GB DDR3 memory

Cons:
- It's a long video card (I have a Coolermaster Wavemaster case)
- Wattage hog (6-pin connector)

XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16

Pros:
- Lifetime warranty
- Not really a watt hog (I read there's a version of this card that doesn't need a 6-pin power connector)

Cons:
- Overheating/fan issues (I read some of the Newegg feedbacks)

Anyone have any experience w/ these cards? Suggestions are welcomed! Thanks guys!
February 13, 2010 10:56:09 PM

I'm going the Nvidia route for now due to me having a Nvidia mobo. Plus, I'm dual-booting Ubuntu & Windows. I read somewhere that newer ATI cards have driver issues w/ Ubuntu.
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February 13, 2010 11:06:57 PM

I have had too many performance issues with ATI cards in the Past.
I am also looking for an Nvidia Card.
What is the best mid range Nvidia Card for around $200?













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February 13, 2010 11:24:52 PM

Really? Performance issues? GPU's performance change more than anything else, that's the last thing that the past should be looked at for.
ATI is kill of the hill in power-consumption, feature set, and most of all - performance right now.
I have an ATI card & run OpenSuSE/Ubuntu/Windows Vista triple-boot, not a single driver issue.
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February 19, 2010 7:51:33 PM

Well its good to hear that ATI got their act together.
At this point im also having issues with my Nvidia Geforce Go 7900 GS in my laptop, it begins to overheat and i get horizontal lines across my screen.










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