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Hi-Res Quiet Card

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Thunder, 8 Jul 2006.

  1. Thunder

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    I'm thinking of upgrading to either a 20" or 24" widescreen display so need a card that is capable of running games in 1680 or higher at good framerates. I don't really want to spend more than 200 quid. From reading some threads here either 7900GT or X1800XT would be good candidates. What are these cards like for heat and noise as I would like it to be quiet too or is that too much to ask?
     
  2. subxero

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    Possibly a 7900GT would be your best friend because of heat and noise :)
    Not a bad performer either :)
     
  3. King_Boru

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    Try the X1900GTO, think these can be had around the £200 mark.
     
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  4. Xez

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    Both the 7900GT and X1800XT coolers are pretty noisey :p
     
  5. Raikiri

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    GX-044-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO)
    £139.95 £139.95
    HS-024-ZA Zalman VF900-LED Quiet Copper VGA Cooler (HS-024-ZA)
    £22.95 £22.95
    Subtotal £162.90
    VAT £28.51
    Total £191.41

    :)
     
  6. PinkFloyd

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    ^^ that would work

    or alternatively use a 7900gt instead of the X1800XT ;)
     
  7. Raikiri

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    Costs more, slightly slower and doesnt support AA+HDR or software voltage control... as the x1800xt will have the zalman the only upside is lower power consumption.
     
  8. TaKeN

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    Get the X1800 XT tbh, great card when i had one, and it will do everything you want :)

    EDIT : Arnt quite a few 7900 GT's dying at the moment ?
     
  9. dale1uk

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    The x1900gto performs worse than the x1800xt and costs more.
     
  10. PinkFloyd

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    7900gt

    smaller (fits in small cases better), much cooler, better drivers.



    but yeh.... no AA + HDR does indeed suck.....
     
  11. Thunder

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    Thanks for the info everybody!
     
  12. Thunder

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    What do you mean it hasn't got AA + HDR. Does that mean it can't process both at the same time?
     
  13. Final8y

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    Yes
     
  14. man_from_uncle

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    Well it means it can't do AA and SM3.0 HDR, as seen in Oblivion, at the same time. I think they can do both for every other game that uses both. And the 7900gts overclock extremely well. With a Zalman and a volt mod you can get 7900gtx speeds (though obviously with less vram).
     
  15. Cyber-Mav

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    only thing x1800xt has over the 7900gt is the reliability.

    if nvidia managed to sort out thier cards so that they don;t keep dying then 7900gt would be my primary choice.
     
  16. Meatball

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    I'm upgrading to a 7900GT from a X850XT PE with VF900 (running 100%) is the 7900GT louder and hotter?
     
  17. sunlitsix

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    it can do 16bit HDR + AA, but not 32bit HDR + AA
     
  18. Thunder

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    Why can't it be straightforward eh :)

    Anybody know the length of these X1800XTs?
     
  19. locutus12

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    372 feet and 9 inches if mines anything to go by.
     
  20. Thunder

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    :eek: thats a big one :D