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7900GT swap to X1800xt?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by FishPolice, 27 May 2006.

  1. FishPolice

    Hitman

    Joined: 22 Aug 2003

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    Location: Northampton

    hmmm..could well be fretting for nothing but I ordered a 7900GT after reading about the simple volt mod in another thread. Now I see all this panic about current 7900 chips and am wondering whether to send the 7900GT straight back unopened and swap it for an X1800xt.
    I know all the arguments for & against ATI/NV so fan boys need not reply lol

    I just want a card that I can run straight from the box without having to test for borked chips etc. What would you do?
     
  2. easyrider

    Caporegime

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    Install the card, stop fretting ,and have a fun playing games.
    Oh and clock it.
     
  3. LoadsaMoney

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    As said above, install it, if it works, then what yer worrying about, if it turns out to be borked, RMA it. :)
     
  4. FishPolice

    Hitman

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    ok fair enough I will stop fretting lol (will make sure I keep all the packaging though).

    -Exactly what tests should I do on the card to make sure it's not a duffer? Would like to find out as early as possible if its a good one or not.

    -Is it possible to test for all problems before I volt mod it or can these chip problems people have been moaning about occur at any clock speed or voltage?
     
  5. easyrider

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    run 3d mark 05 and 06 and play some games.
     
  6. sablabra

    Wise Guy

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    Play BF2, shows it quickly :)
     
  7. FishPolice

    Hitman

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    Location: Northampton

    not got BF2 :/

    In fact the only modern game I have is Oblivion. Not got anything more recent than 2k3 -apart from Far Cry & Doom3 demos [plus I'm skint now until end of June].
    Downloading 3d mark 05 + 06 now so I will have something to test it with. Anything else I can download that will stress the card enough to show up any faults?
     
  8. Vegeta

    Soldato

    Joined: 6 Nov 2004

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    I'd swap my x1800xt for your 7900gt :D - definetly better than a 7900gt if you just want to be playing out of the box.
     
  9. easyrider

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    bet you would!

    lol ;)
     
  10. LoadsaMoney

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    Yeah do the swap with him mate, you can upgrade to an x1800. :D
     
  11. Vegeta

    Soldato

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    It's only because i'm having a hell of a time trying to overclock this, but if he wants a card straight out of the box he should swap with me, wouldnt you agree? :D
     
  12. easyrider

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    yeah right :p
     
  13. easyrider

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    no,
     
  14. FishPolice

    Hitman

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    I am planning to volt mod the card & clock the bejesus out of it thus wiping the floor with your X1800 :D but if its gonna be an RMA job I want it to fail at stock voltages otherwise I can imagine a conversation with OcUK tech support along the lines of:

    "so the artifacting only occurs when you apply conductive paint to the card thus voiding your warranty?"

    "erm...yes"

    "ok. bye. [click]"
     
  15. easyrider

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    lol.

    Just get it ,install it,play it ,test it,clock it,volt mod it,


    And stop worrying about it :D
     
  16. Vegeta

    Soldato

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    I doub tit would wipe the floor with the x1800xt, mines currently over 10K with not much effort with only a 65 increase on the core but over 150 increase on the memory, but thats no where near the limit just the first number I got in my head to try lol.

    http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm05=2038718

    It's 100% stable at this but the card has soo much to go, im running it at 1.325V core - the max you can take these is 1.575 with watercooling i can imagine I could score of 12K with this card, on air i'll be happy with over 11K.

    That scores increase btw to over 10,600 when I change my ram from 2,2,2,5 @ 190fsb to 2.5,3,3,7 at 240fsb but my rams not fully stable at that i'll have to figure out how to overclock my ram properly its some ocz plats.
     
  17. sablabra

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    I can imagine you struggling getting past 12k! :D I can't quite see you getting past 790 or around there on the core, and a little over 900 on memory. The rest of your hardware most be incredible then! :)
     
  18. Vegeta

    Soldato

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    With watercooling i reckon it could be done, cmon some of you users here must have quality ram/chip and a x1800xt on water cooling, tell us what scores your getting! i'm on a crappy cabage opteron 144@2.6ghz, ram at 190fsb and a minute overclock scoring past 10k.
     
  19. PinkFloyd

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    The problems only kick in when you aare doing the volt mods and pushing the hardware past its limits. Haven't seen anyone with issues on an unmodded card.
     
  20. LoadsaMoney

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    Yeah it will wipe the floor with an x1800, only thing they forget to mention is they are on about A VOLT MODDED OVERCLOCKED 7900 GT against a STOCK x1800, which we all know aint fair is it. :D