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Best 200$ Video Card(s)

By F1N3ST
Sep 25, 2006
  1. Ok, i have a dilema, i am deciding between 4 card(s) 2 of my options involve crossfire or SLI.

    (2) Crossfire Overclocked X1600PRO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102019

    (2) Crossfire Overclocked X1600XT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102657

    (2) SLI XFX 6800XT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150152

    (1) XFX 7900GS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150184

    (1) X1900GT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102022

    I dont want the future option for SLI or Crossfire if i get the 7900GS or X1900GT, so please dont use that in your reasoning of why i should get one of those cards.
     
  2. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    I'd have to say get the 2 6800s in SLI. Its probably better than a 7900GS and definately better than a X1900GT.
     
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    X1900GT beats a 7900GS :p , but the 6800XT's hvae 8 pixelpipelines only. I see many benchmarks proving me right, the X1900GT>7900GS. And it only has 128mb...
     
  4. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    I added 2 X1600XT's in crossfire, which will be probably what ill get.
     
  5. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    Bump, second opinion mb?
     
  6. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Yea.. go with that. They should be good.
     
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I don't know, but X1600 series cards aren't very good. Probably, you can strech your budget a little, and get a X1900XT, and it should beat two X1600's.
     
  8. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    X1600 475mhz core clock isnt that bad IMO, or is there something about them,
     
  9. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    they have only four real pixel pipelines, and I think that the rest are shader units, or something like that. They do NOT have 12 real pipelines.
     
  10. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    Idk, but i am pretty sure there are 12....
     
  11. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

  12. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    Ok, X1600XT crossfire.....Sucks, i found some benchmarks, and they show the 7900GT to be playable in FEAR at 1600x1200 4xAA 16xAF, so im getting the X1900GT because its like 7900GT=X1900GT
     
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

  14. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

  15. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Boy, I don't know. The Gigabyte card looks better to me. Better cooling and better bundled games (Quake 4 and Serious Sam). Leadtek has Serious Sam and something called SpellForce 2? I would feel more comfortable with GB card, better name.
     
  16. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Leadtek has been around for what seems like FOREVER Nick. I would buy a leadtek over a gigabyte, but gigabyte has been around for a long time too. Gigabyte may have been around for longer, but Leadtek have been doign videocards from back in the geforce 2 days, maybe before.. I wasnt into computers before then (at age 12..)
     
  17. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    Im not buying either! I just stated that it was cheap.
     
  18. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    SpellForce 2 is actually a great game... not some cheapie game that was made in Bangladesh or something.
     
  19. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    Lol, im not gettin either of those cards tho.
     
  20. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Then what are you going to get?
     
  21. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 596

    Ummm, X1900GT, because of equal performance to the 7950GT for 70$ less. And im gettin a ATI chipset MoBo, because i heard it helps performance.
     
  22. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Good choice :) Enjoy :grinthumb:
     
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