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X800GTO V X1600 XT

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by poggy, 23 May 2006.

  1. poggy

    Gangster

    Joined: 21 Mar 2005

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    Hey all I'm building a mid range gamming PC for my bro and I'm thinking on one of the following cards:

    HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo GPU PCI-e - I've got a X850XTPE and I love it

    OR

    Sapphire X1600 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-114-SP)

    I was just wondering how these two card compare, which one would be better to play the latest games such as Oblivion etc?

    Thanks in advance guys
     
  2. Mr Mister

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    I think pretty much all the HIS x800 gto's have got the r480 core which unlock and clock to an x850xt so id personally go for that, altho not sure how good the x1600 is.

    The x1600 will have SM3 support though which the x800 doesnt. It wouldnt bother me but might you.
     
  3. poggy

    Gangster

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    Thanks for the reply mate.

    Well I've been out the game for a year so this will sound stupid what's SM3 support?

    Both cards are about £100 so there not too bad, the HIS is second hand and has been flashed to 16 pipes.
     
  4. mc_bob

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    Id go for the x800, fantastic cards.
    Overclock like hell and after their unlock to 16 pipes :p
    Mines currently on RMA where I think the core screwed over.


    MC_Bob
     
  5. mc_bob

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    You can get a brand new HIS here for 110 and you get an RMA service, which is nice.
    You cant RMA straight back to HIS, has to be through a retailer.
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_X800___X850_Series_407.html

    MC_Bob
     
  6. poggy

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    Cheers mc_bob, I think I'll go with the HIS card

    Thanks for the info
     
  7. Mr Mister

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    SM3 is a feature used in some games which just makes water look more like water in basic terms. It offers no performance difference but it can make some things look a bit nicer. But i would definately go for the His x800 gto and clock it.
     
  8. nbkpsycho

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    HIS X800 GTO Is a brilliant card ;)

    it will stomp all over the X1600XT when flashed to X850 XT PE Speeds
     
  9. Mul

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Aug 2004

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    X800GTO for sure :)

    Keep in mind the 7600GT is available in places for as low as £117, and it's faster than both cards at stock speeds and is faster still when overclocked. Also has the benefits of SM3 and SLI (not sure how important SLI is for you)

    Mul
     
  10. poggy

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    Thanks for all your replys guys
     
  11. The Deuce

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    x1600xt is sli/crossfire compliant also ;)
     
  12. Behemoth

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    X800 GTO mate :)

    Good price good card :)

    Or go the 7600 route, a fraction more expensive than the x800, but a better all round performer in the long run :)
     
  13. Street

    Sgarrista

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    I had to make the same choice in the week... Decided on the X800GTO over the X1600 in the end. Seemed like the better choice. It might lack SM3 but it seemed to have more power:)
     
  14. The Deuce

    Wise Guy

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    i had same decision also but plumped for the X1600xt, love it and not half as bad as people make out ;)
     
  15. Humate

    Hitman

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    when flashed? it can be flashed like the sapphire x800 gto2 to unlock pipelines or something?
     
  16. Humate

    Hitman

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    sorry moved to another thread
     
    Last edited: 24 May 2006