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Which card for £200

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by assadasghar, 2 Jun 2006.

  1. assadasghar

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    Been looking around for a new graphics card, I currently have a X800 GTO @16pp 540/540, and can play most games like Oblivion, 1280X1024 (medium detail) but no HDR!

    So looking to upgrade, really not sure what to get as theres so much in the market!

    Should I go for 7900 GT, if so which brand, as I saw the gigabyte version for £190 or BFG for £193? or... X1900GT(but ive read they dont perform v.well!)
     
  2. Naffa

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    Personally I'd go for a 7900GT with a VF900 and clock it to hell and back. But if you arn't into overclocking then the X1800XT seems to bloody good value at the moment and performs better than the 7900GT at stock.
     
  3. PinkFloyd

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    X1800XT, Oblivion is ATI territory :)
     
  4. senorstealth

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    Wouldn't spend to much with the impending (well sort of :) )release of DX10 would probably go with the 7900gt or a 7800gtx if u can get hold of one second hand
     
  5. LoadsaMoney

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    Yup x1800 XT 256mb, its faster than the 7900 GT,x1900 GT, and plays Oblivion superbly well, and its only £164, and welcome to the forums. :D
     
  6. Energize

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    DX10 isnt until next year.
     
  7. Darkwave

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    And will be near enough useless until half way through next year, so he might as well get a current card. :)
     
  8. assadasghar

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    thats exactky why I'm upgrading, and the fact that Ive sold my X800GTO, really don mind the overclocking, as long as the card performs stably, whats the 7900 GT like with Oblivion, or is that just a rumour, 'ATI terrority'?

    ps. Thanks for the welcome
     
  9. Darkwave

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    Oblivion is actually ATi territory, particularly in outdoors areas.
     
  10. assadasghar

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    apologise for the poor spelling...terrority...meant territory.
     
  11. DBSE_Snake_XE

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    On that note, do you have any idea what ATi cards support SM 3.0?
     
  12. Darkwave

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    The X1800 and X1900 series, and they also have the ability to render SM3.0 HDR and antialiasing at the same time which is, to-date, totally unique to those two series of graphics card.
     
  13. ajgoodfellow

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    AFAIK all X1000 series of cards can render HDR & AA at the same time and support SM3
     
  14. Darkwave

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    Crap, I always forget about the X1600 and X1300 cards for some reason. But yeah, he's right. ^
     
  15. assadasghar

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    So is the X1800 XT is a much better buy over the 7900GT?
     
  16. Energize

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    Last edited: 2 Jun 2006
  17. PinkFloyd

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    Just they dont have the power to do AA + HDR and make it worthwhile ;)
     
  18. Darkwave

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    A very good point, lol. :)
     
  19. ACESHIGH

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    This is the card to get ...

    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 - superb value for money at just £139.95 +VAT