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Nvidia 5900 128 MB Card - Upgrade?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by rlculver, 28 May 2006.

  1. rlculver

    Gangster

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    Hi,

    I have a Gainward Nvidia FX 5900 128 MB Card running on a Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz Processor & 2 GB DDR 400 Memory.

    I was looking at upgrading this year, but decided to wait until next year with Visita and DX10 etc.

    Is it worth upgrading my card to a newer model? I am running a Gigabyte 8KNXP Motherboard and so using AGP 8x. What card would you recommend for good value for money / performance. I would like to run FEAR at good resolutions etc, but do not want to sped 'lots' of money!

    Thanks
     
  2. Cyber-Mav

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    7800gs or higher for agp is recommended.
     
  3. BigDom

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    No point 'waiting for DX10' for now really. It'll be at least 2 years before it becomes anything like essential.

    7800gs is a good AGP choice as mentioned above. If your budget isn't that high the X800 will serve you well too.
     
  4. semi-pro waster

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    How much money are you willing to spend and do you want new or would secondhand do? If new then a 7800gs which are roughly the same as a 6800ultra(Gainward however offer versions based on 78/7900gt cores which are the fastest you will get on AGP and comparable more or less to the PCI-E equivalents).

    If going secondhand then a 6800gt or higher for Nvidia, an X800pro or higher for ATI would be my recommendation.
     
  5. rlculver

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    thanks for the replys.

    Would a Radeon X1600 PRO 512MB AGP be good?

    Would this give my rig a few more years life?
     
  6. foxxx

    Gangster

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    x1600 has some of the problems that your 5900 does, a poorly thought out memory controller for a high end card ,better to get a X800gt/gto/gto16, or 6800gs. bohth feature the more modern 256bit mem bus which makes a good difference, don't be swung by the 512 ram you get with the x1600, only buy anything with an x800/6800 or 7800 in the name. lower=not worth the upgrade that much, still better but just not, whole new grade better
     
  7. rlculver

    Gangster

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    Hi,

    Thanks for comments.

    How about this card then :) - Radeon X800 GTO 256MB AGP

    But, will I get that much more perforamce with this, or should I consider a new PC?

    Thanks

    Robert
     
  8. semi-pro waster

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    The X800GTO should extend the length of time that you can keep your PC acceptable for, if the graphics are the only thing letting your PC down then it makes sense to upgrade them. However if there is more than that wrong with your system then getting a whole new PC might be the better option.

    That is a far better card than the X1600 Pro and considerably better than your existing 5900 :)
     
  9. rlculver

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    Thnaks for reply,

    Here are my System Specs : -

    Intel Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz 800 FSB 512 KB Cache
    Gigabyte 8KNXP Motherboard
    2 GB Dual Channel DDR 400 Memory
    240 SATA (Hardware RAID 0) - Maxtor 9's
    Creative Labs Audigity
    NEC DVD Writer
    Pionner Slot Loading DVD
    Nvidia Geforce FX 5900

    Shall I keep system and just upgrade Graphics Card? Will the system last about another year?

    Thanks

    Robert
     
  10. ajgoodfellow

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    The rest of the system is fine, having an 800fsb P4 and 2GB of ram

    The X800GTO is a good option for the money and substantially faster than the FX5900
     
  11. rlculver

    Gangster

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    Hi,

    Cheers. Thta makes me feel much better now. At least I can hold on now for the new Intel Chips :)

    So how does this card compare to the Nvidia range. What is the equivalent to this from Nvidia ? Geforce FX 7600?

    Thanks

    Robert

    In the end Guys, I will be lead by yourselfs. If you think I should go Nvidia, then I will! Just want FEAR to run better :)
     
  12. ajgoodfellow

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    It's a little slower (although not by much) than the 6800GS

    EDIT: I'd go for the cheapest one out of the two
     
  13. rlculver

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  14. Indy500

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    The PowerColor ATI Radeon X800 GTO 256MB DDR3 TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (GX-050-PC) is cheaper.
     
  15. rlculver

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    Okies,

    But does the Nvidia card have more features. I read something about Shading 3.0!!! or Does the ATI have everything for both windows / gaming use?

    Thanks

    Robert
     
  16. Indy500

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    If SM 3.0 is a big deal to you, get the 6800GS.
     
  17. Turbanation

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    lol FX 5900

    about tim init
     
  18. Indy500

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    In Directx 9 (HL2 anyway), its slower than a Radeon 9550.
     
  19. calnen

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    Not everyone upgrades their system every 6 months dude..