ATI X850pro or

By Nick Lee
Jan 6, 2006
  1. Hey,
    I was thinking and I would like your opinion what would be better for gaming.
    This X850pro= 12pipe,520/1080,256bit
    Or maybe this X1600XT 12pipe,600/1400,128bit.

    I would really like yaws help on this. I only ask because I have limited money and I want most performance for my money and since I'm an ATI fan boy I thought that these were the best choices that I could find for $180-$260
    On a side note or as another card would the X800XL 512mb 16pipe be even a better card. Please help. ^_^
  2. LipsOfVenom

    LipsOfVenom TS Rookie Posts: 160

    get that 512 MB one...damn!! i should've bought that...i'm jealous now hehe but um..the no...powercolor is the celeron of video cards and plus its only 128 bit bandwidth...but hot damn...512 MB PCI-E going at 256 bits...smokin...thats a steal
  3. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    OK than i guess i'll get the 512mb.. and it goes with my blue case and led fans.
  4. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    for that mony just spend 25 dollors more for a nvidia 7800gt :slurp:
  5. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    I would but this is the most money I can come up with and Like I said I love ATI more than Nvidia. And my Mobo is made for ATI cards as well so i'll just stick with the Sapphire card.
  6. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    the x1600 isnt to bad ither concidering it has shadder 3 they have a 7800 on sale for 269, im an ati "fan" to but whoever has a better deal ill go for

    the 7800gt
    20 pips
    smart shader 3
    1050 :knock:
  7. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    well between the X1600XT and the X800XL,

    X1600XT +shader 3.0(the real one)
    +High clock speeds
    -Hard to get on ordering other parts .. I need 1 place)
    -Less memory

    +/- Good clock speeds
    +More mem .. by 256 = to 512
    +More fps in games due to mem and 16 pipes
    -No Avaio or new design(1k family)

    +More pipes
    +Higher clock speeds
    +/- Not sure about the shader, I read in a article that their shader 3.0 wasn't real the real 3.0
    -/+ My mobo said that it was desinged for ATI Radeons.
    -Runnin' on parents money so i'm not gonna try to sqeeze the extra money out.

    I think i'll stick with the X800XL card.
    >_> I would love to get the X1900XTX ... ^_^
  8. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    you will not see the difference between 256mb and 512 in a game,
    theres not such thing as degined for ati redions unless you have a crossfire board
    ive never heard of the REAL smart shader 3, i tihnk there all the same

    this is a good card for the price, and it can be overcloekd and unlocked to xtpe speeds

    Are you shore you can push an extra 20 dollors out of your parents because i HIGHLY suggest the 7800gt over the x8xx series
  9. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    I would get the GTO2 and overclock it to XTPE speeds but my mobo cant overclock at all!!!!!!!!!!

    I could try to get the extra 20 bucks but I'll still need a cheaper card in case i cant get the 7800gt

    And what card could give me most fps/performance/gaming for under $260
    ... any of my cards so I dont.... have to overclock (F#%&@ mobo >_<)

    I'll try to get the 7800gt but I wont be able to get any of my parts untill 2 weeks.

    I'm also gettin a AMD 3800+ dual core with a zalman cooler.
  10. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    I was getting the 3800+ x2($322) the zalman cooler($55) And the x800xl($260) that came to $637

    But i'll keep the cpu drop the cooler because my mobo cant overclock cpu bout now that i thought about it and looked i think i can overclock video and since i droped the cooler i'll get the 7800GT.
    3800+ x2/the zalman cooler/X800XL=$637
    3800+ x2/7800GT=$592 Yeah i'll go with this instead.

    Yeah I cant help but to like both now I just wish ATI & Nvidia will get togather and made a card because Nvidia pipes and ATI Shader 3.0 and H.264
  11. Vaerilis

    Vaerilis TS Rookie Posts: 54

    Overclocking a video card has nothing to do with the motherboard. You just raise the clock rates and unlock a few pipelines using the suitable software (like Rivatuner).

    Regarding the shader model 3: It's only supported by Geforce 6 and 7 series cards (6600, 6800, 7800...) and ATI's X1*00 series cards (X1800, X1600...).
  12. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    nice system, that will game good with a 3800+ and 7800gt, if your boards locked then there no sence to get a better cooler, the stock will work fine

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