Graphics Cards

  kwertyuk 00:10 25 Jul 2006

Obviously the Nvidia 7 series is using higher technology than the 6 series and the ATI X1000 series is the same compared to the X800 series.

Does anyone know what is likely to be better between a High-End card from an older series and a Low-End card from a new series.

Such as an Nvidia 6800 compared to a 7600
or an ATI X850 and an X1600


  vinnyT 15:17 25 Jul 2006

Ok, the ati x850 cards ARE vastly superior to the x1600, as the x850 (PE, XL, et al) were top of the range, whereas the x1600 is the middle (and has the scathing reviews from both jounalists and gamers to prove it). However there is a but, Ati's cards did not start supporting SM3 (which most of the newer games make use of) until the x1000 range, the x850 will still play the games, just without sm3 support.

With nvidia, the 7600 is better than the 6800 (according to the reviews), both have sm3 support.

Basically, it is down to the x850 or the 7600, with the sm3 support in my view the 7600 would just edge out the x850, if I had to choose. But if you can get a great deal on the x850 (esp the pe, great oclocker) you will not be sorry, just remember that it is getting on now and will show it's age faster than the 7600.

I realise that I have prob muddied the decision making process even more, but I hope this helps.

  kwertyuk 17:47 25 Jul 2006

Cheers, one more thing

- can u like list the model codes (i.e. PE, XL, etc) in terms of their ability. Im not really sure which is good :)

  kwertyuk 17:50 25 Jul 2006

- GTO was another model i saw - cheers

  Totally-braindead 17:50 25 Jul 2006

For a site to compare them click here but the very latest cards may not be listed yet. On Toms Hardware you can also review individual cards and they benchmark them click here

  vinnyT 14:25 27 Jul 2006

If you get a gto, get the gto2 (as this was a superb card, and a great oc'er).

The order I would go for is, PE, GTO2, XL.

Hope this helps.

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