New Nvidida GeForce 7900 Series

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New Nvidida GeForce 7900 Series

Postby loudnobnoxious » Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:08 am

http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/326/

I can't believe how affordable they are!

What do you think?
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Postby Big Mack » Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:27 am

I think it's a technological advance that isn't worth buying right away. If you don't have a monitor that will support it, why bother to have such high resolution and frame times available? There comes a point where advancing is simply being done because it can be. If you truly need 512MB of dedicated video RAM, and don't plan on shelling out HUGE $$ for a new monitor at the same time, get the Radeon X1800 for $329 and save yourself the cash. It's almost as fast (625 vs 650 MHz), and has plenty of power for mosty any game. If you're an early adopter, though, and you've already shelled out for the superfast response time LCD's, by all means, shell out for this. Or wait 6 months and buy it for $100 less. ;)

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Postby Jakezor » Mon Mar 13, 2006 12:04 pm

For $299 you can get a 7900GT that is as fast or faster than that X1800.

It is all about features at semi-high resolutions now. I'll be glad when I can run 4 or 8x AA and 16x AF at 1600x1200.
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Postby loudnobnoxious » Mon Mar 13, 2006 1:09 pm

I'm not planning on buying one, just up for a discussion. I'm going to wait another year or even longer before I buy anything. I'm not a fan of LCD's but that might change in another year or two. Can't wait to be an established engineer so I can afford what I want with no problem.
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Postby Big Mack » Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:08 pm

Jakezor wrote:For $299 you can get a 7900GT that is as fast or faster than that X1800.

It is all about features at semi-high resolutions now. I'll be glad when I can run 4 or 8x AA and 16x AF at 1600x1200.


Really? Cuz the specs I see for the 7900 GT show a much different story.

Click it for specs. Says the GT is 450MHz core, vs the 625MHz for the X1800. 256MB of 660MHz RAM for the GT, and 512MB of 750MHz for the X1800. Processor is 1.32GHz for the GT, and 1.5 GHz for the X1800. Granted the GT has more shaders (24 vs 16) and texture units (again, 24 vs 16), but I think the speed differentials are more important, unless you do the monitor upgrade, as I said. I'd rather have more/faster RAM and a bit less shaders (but still plenty), especially for $30.

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Postby jlaine » Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:49 pm

Big Mack wrote:Really? Cuz the specs I see for the 7900 GT show a much different story.

Click it for specs. Says the GT is 450MHz core, vs the 625MHz for the X1800. 256MB of 660MHz RAM for the GT, and 512MB of 750MHz for the X1800. Processor is 1.32GHz for the GT, and 1.5 GHz for the X1800. Granted the GT has more shaders (24 vs 16) and texture units (again, 24 vs 16), but I think the speed differentials are more important, unless you do the monitor upgrade, as I said. I'd rather have more/faster RAM and a bit less shaders (but still plenty), especially for $30.

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http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q1/geforce-7600-7900/index.x?pg=1

Just to back up Jakes data, there you go.
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Postby Big Mack » Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:59 pm

jlaine wrote:http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q1/geforce-7600-7900/index.x?pg=1

Just to back up Jakes data, there you go.


Something's fishy with the data, then, because extreme listed the GTO as having 512MB, and your link shows 256. If the X1800 GTO is truly 256, then it's worthwhile to look at the 7900GT. If it is 512, though, the X1800 does have the advantages I listed.

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Postby jlaine » Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:27 pm

Big Mack wrote:Something's fishy with the data, then, because extreme listed the GTO as having 512MB, and your link shows 256. If the X1800 GTO is truly 256, then it's worthwhile to look at the 7900GT. If it is 512, though, the X1800 does have the advantages I listed.

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More ram doesn't guarantee faster speeds... Especially at the same clock speeds... That's a wishy-washy shoot, but even so I think you're mixing up different products of the same line...

I believe you are interchanging the x1800gto and the x1800xt, which is not the same card - the x1800xt is the only x1800 line that has a core clock of 625mhz.
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Postby Big Mack » Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:14 pm

jlaine wrote:More ram doesn't guarantee faster speeds... Especially at the same clock speeds... That's a wishy-washy shoot, but even so I think you're mixing up different products of the same line...

I believe you are interchanging the x1800gto and the x1800xt, which is not the same card - the x1800xt is the only x1800 line that has a core clock of 625mhz.


You're right. I was mixing up the GTO and the XT, but the XT is the one I was referring to. In your link, it says 256, in mine, it says 512. And the $329 price point is exactly the XT price, so I just got the name wrong. In comparing them, I think the $329 XT is a better deal, unless your link is right and the RAM is 256. In that case, then it's kind of a crapshoot. And I wasn't referring to simply having more RAM, but the actual speeds of both the RAM and the on-board processor, which my link shows the XT having the edge. My bad on mixing them up, thanks for catching that, Bubba :)

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Postby Jakezor » Mon Mar 13, 2006 11:56 pm

When you do more work in a given clock cycle, you don't need as fast a core. ;)

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