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What card for 1680 x 1050 widescreen

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by AaronW, 12 Apr 2006.

  1. AaronW


    Joined: 24 Mar 2006

    Posts: 123

    I still can't decide what card I should go for.

    Would any of these cards below struggle to run at 1680 x 1050 on my new NEC widescreen?

    x800, x1800, x1900, 7600GT, 7800GT or a 7900GT.

    I am running a 6600GT PCI-E at the moment with a 3700+ AMD, 1.5 GB mem with 350psu.

    Will I notice a big change from a 6600GT to a 7600GT? Some games I run at the moment stick a bit running 1680 x 1050. I mainly play HL2, CS Source.

    Wonder if I should get a lower end card and keep the rest for a better PSU or a dual core CPU. Or should I just go a higher end GPU.........

    What would you do? Thanks for your help.
  2. pinkacidbootson


    Joined: 9 Mar 2006

    Posts: 4,001

    Location: Rhone-Alpes, France

    Well with a 7900gt you will see a big increase in performance in most games, and you probably wont need a new PSU.
    An x1800xt 512mb might be slightly better at that resolution, but then you will need a better PSU.
  3. vanandjuanunited


    Joined: 20 Oct 2005

    Posts: 5,630

    Depending on make of psu you may be fine. I have a hyper 350 which runs an opty 165 @ 2.45 2 gig memory. 200 gig HDD 2 optical drives and a x1800xt
  4. AaronW


    Joined: 24 Mar 2006

    Posts: 123

    Thanks for the info. I take it you say that the x1800 512mb will be better than the 7900gt because the x1800 has more memory or is it better at that res?
  5. squiffy


    Joined: 17 Mar 2006

    Posts: 9,155

    Apperently ATI's don't suffer so much at higher resolutions, especially if you enable AA & AF. I try to run at 1680x1050 if the game supports it.
  6. Mercutio


    Joined: 11 Jun 2003

    Posts: 5,005

    Location: Sheffield, UK

    Aye for the moment the way the cards line up seems to be:

    1) 7900GTx
    1) 1900XT
    3) 1800XT
    4) 7900GT
    5) 7800GTx
    6) 7800GT

    Give or take a few benchies that favour one or the other card.

    Obviously the amount of ram makes a fairly big difference at high resolutions. Not sure where the X1800XT 256 sits on that list and the 512MB versions of the Nvidia cards will likely re-order things somewhat but are dis-proportionally expensive (over £100 difference for nvidia around £30 for ATI).

    If your playing oblivion, HL2:source based games or COD2 the ATI cards come out quite a bit on top. For Doom/quake engine games the nvidia cards seem stronger.

    Note: The above are my views from reading around and my own experience, not is meant as fanboy statements :)
  7. man_from_uncle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,350

    I think you're ordering is about right. There's not enough in the top two for me to order them either way, and I think the X1800XT256 is probably still a nat ahead of the 7900gt and 7800gtx, though the 7900gt overclocks like a man possessed and is probably the best 256mb card in terms of untapped potential.

    The card of choice for the non-extreme overclocker who wants value for money, is probably the X1800XT512.