Is this graphics card any good

  sueandco 08:08 10 May 2006

Further to my previous post (thank you to those who replied)we are considering two machines. They are similar except for the graphics cards. One has a 256Mb Radeon X850pro PCI-E and the other 256Mb Radeon X300 PCI-E. Logically you would think the higher the number the better the card but I know that might not be the case. It would be used for gaming (latest releases) and needs to be a little bit future proof.

OPinions please.



  kiddgame2000 08:47 10 May 2006

I wouldn't recommend either of them for future proofing but they might stand up ok at the minute.

I have a 6600gt PCI-Express and i would recommend it to anyone as the bare minimum to aim for. Even it is quite dated and struggles with games like oblivion but as for everything else i am still happy with its performance.

A 7600gt is an excellent card and definatly the budget card to aim for at the minute or for around £200 you can get a 7900gt.

  Totally-braindead 08:57 10 May 2006

Tests so you can compare click here the X300 is a waste of space you'll not be able to play the new games on that you'll see on the charts what I mean.

  keef66 13:23 10 May 2006

click here

for a database which compares graphics chips.

X300 is a miserably poor card. X850 is quite fast with current games, but doesn't do shader 3 which is important for future games.

ATI's shader 3 cards are the x1300, x1600, x1800 x1900 series. Only the x1900's will meet your needs.

Nvidia cards have been shader 3 capable since the 6 series (6200, 6600, 6800 etc) but the 7 series is even newer and better. I'd go with Kiddgame's suggestions depending on your budget

  sueandco 22:27 13 May 2006

Thanks for the replies so far.

i have now been offered a choice of :-
512MB ATI radeon X800 GTO PCI-E


XFX 7800GT 256MB DDR 3 dual DVi VIVO PCI-E

I thought the 7800 would be better than the X800 but have now been told that the 512Mb is better than the 256MB??

Any advice



  De Marcus™ 22:37 13 May 2006

The 7800gt outperforms the x800 by a long shot.

  Totally-braindead 22:42 13 May 2006

I think the 7800GT is a faster card than the X800 standard. The one you mention having more memory will make very little difference in my opinion, not sure if the GTO card is better than the other versions I could find but even if it is I think its unlikely it would come even close to the 7800.
If someone knows better and can post any links to it I would be grateful.
sueandco you can compare the cards here but the GTO version of the X800 is not listed yet but at least 2 other X800s are 256mb and 512mb.
click here

  Mr Mistoffelees 22:52 13 May 2006

For around the same price as an 7800gt you could get an 7900gt, a good deal faster and supporting the latest standards.

  007al 22:59 13 May 2006

The X800GTO is around £116 with 512 RAM.That amount of memory will only benefit a large screen.You wouldnt notice the difference between 512MB and 256MB on a 17" or 19" monitor.
The 7800 is easily the better option.
Im surprised you`ve been offered the two cards which are almost £100 difference

  DrScott 12:54 14 May 2006

It's not size of memory the counts, but the speed of it and the bandwidth.

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