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What version of the 7800gt to get?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by monster_munch, 14 Jan 2006.

  1. monster_munch


    Joined: 26 Dec 2005

    Posts: 351

    Location: Manchester


    Few versions of the 7800gt, and I don't know which one to get. I hope to overclock to the max.

    Have Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case - 450W Smart Power PSU (CA-040-AN) and 2 extra CPU and GFX fans. Should I bother getting extra cooling ?
  2. Dirk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Dec 2005

    Posts: 1,930

    My personal preference on Nvidia board partners is XFX. They seem to get the cream of the GPU crop. When the GTX was apperaring some boards were struggling to reach 490/1300 which the XFX was set to by default. Mine went on to comfortably do 520/1360 with the stock cooler.

    First impressions last so now i only buy XFX. I'm sure other manufacturers produce boards with the same potential. Just look at the pre-clocked speeds to get some idea of the quality of the boards. If you are undecided then maybe go with the company with the best warranty? My XFX GTX had a double lifetime warranty, meaning if you sold it to a friend they would have a lifetime warranty on it too.
  3. Trixxy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,454

    I'd just go for the cheapest.

    my XFX EE (stock 450/1050) auto-clocks to 470/1070. :(

    my Leadtek (stock 400/1000) auto-clocks to 490/1190. :)

    spending more on a pre-clocked version doesn't always mean it'll clock higher than the cheaper ones.
  4. Raikiri


    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,775

    Location: Brighton

    his right, my OCuk value goes to 497 core, 1240 memory stock cooling and volts
  5. dokko


    Joined: 26 Nov 2005

    Posts: 3,789

    Location: Doon the Bay (Newcastle)

    Am in love with my BFG OC 7800GT

    It runs COD2 & Far Cry, maxed out, without being OC'd, with no effect on FPS.
  6. chaparral


    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,672

    Location: Guernsey

    My overclocking results with my 7800gtx cards..

    My BFG 7800gtx stock speed = 460/1300 (overclock to 470/1320)

    My 2 leadteks 7800gtx stock = 430/1200 (overclock to 490/1370 & 495/1390)

    They most likely go a fair bit higher in a cooler system then my very hot sli shuttle system.
  7. chaparral


    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,672

    Location: Guernsey

    Try them same games at 1920x1200 and you soon be looking for something faster..
  8. glitch


    Joined: 8 Nov 2005

    Posts: 4,412

    What do you get in the box with the OcUK card, Raikiri? DVI to VGA convertors and all that jazz?
  9. Col_M


    Joined: 17 Jan 2005

    Posts: 3,755

    Location: London


    Plus the card, manual and a molex>pci-e power adapter ;)
  10. DannyW

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 31 Dec 2005

    Posts: 4,870

    Location: England

    the vivo is nice on them cards too, i have sky tv hooked up to mine :D excellent picture quality.
  11. glitch


    Joined: 8 Nov 2005

    Posts: 4,412

    Cheers, Col.
  12. samat2001


    Joined: 28 Dec 2005

    Posts: 183

    Would you guys say the BFG card is better than the XFX one? (The one clocked at 450mhz in 'this week only' offer) - I can't decide between these two and also the ati 1800 512mb card :(
    Last edited: 15 Jan 2006