Best DirectX 10 GFX card for the $$ (I'm budgeting, keep in mind)

By MMDominator88
Jun 23, 2007
  1. so as far as I know, there are the GeForce 8 series with the 8500 GT being the least $$ for DX10 for NVIDIA, but I'm not up to date on the ATI-based DX10 GFX cards...any advice would be greatly appreciated
  2. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    There is only one ATI/AMD DX10 videocard, and that is the X2900XT, about on par with the 8800GTS 640. It costs $410.

    The best bang for your buck (i.e. the most FPS per dollar) of all the DX10 cards is the 8800GTS 320. It can be had for under $300 yet delivers similar performance to the 8800GTS 320, because it is the exact same card just with 1/2 the memory.

    If you can go DX9, one of the best bang for your buck cards which costs much less is the 7900GS. It costs about $140, and performs incredibly for that price point. Just making the point known ;)
  3. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    Yeah it does.

    The only ATi DX10 car is the 2900 XT and it costs way to much. If you need DX10 I would recommend the GeForce 8600 GT.
  4. MMDominator88

    MMDominator88 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 119

    I had read many things before deciding on building a (I still haven't actually built it, but those are the parts) and I was contemplating whether sticking with DX9 and getting the 7900GS or going on up to DX10, yet I think the prices (200+) are a little high for my wallet :eek: !!
  5. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Stick with DX9. Get a 7900GS. You won't be disappointed. Games will support DX9 for at least another year... hell even today there are games that support DX8.
  6. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    If you want a DX10 Video Card for a good price, I would suggest the GeForce 8600-Series. It's cheap and DX10 :D ! Just make sure you have the correct power in your power supply unit to run it/any other video cards.
  8. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    I know, I have one that's why I made the post before your's. Compare:
    8400GS: 64bit interface $70.00
    8500GT: 128bit interface $75.00 (at newegg / rebate)

    I have the 8600GT XXX
    8600 is 2x + the 8500
    8500 is 2x the 8400
  9. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    You can wait on DX10. Period. DX9 is still prevalent, DX10 hasn't even crested the lip of the market. No games really make full use of it, although some make limited use of it's techniques.

    Given a few months, the price tag on DX10 will drop considerably as they are bought in greater number, and as DX10 games come into higher demand.
  10. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    The 8600 has one advantage over 8800: Hardware-assisted video decoding (well, more so than 8800). If you have 8600 and Vista, you'll notice it when watching high-definition video.
  11. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    What's a X1900GT? Never heard of it.

    You can get a 8600GT for $130.00
  12. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Sorry, I hadn't looked at the 8600's price tag.

    X1900 is certain, but it might not be GT, I could have the suffix wrong.
  13. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    X1900XT maybe?

    Anyway... you don't need DX10. thebaronjocelin makes a good point. No games make full use of it, and few make any use at all. And DX10 isn't going to be a massive visual improvement over DX9. If you look at a DX8 game released in say... 2003-2004 and a DX9 game released the same time, you will notice that the visuals on the DX9 aren't mind-bogglingly better than the DX8. It will be the same with DX10.
  14. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    I agree. I just got my system though with Vista Home Premium within the last 6 months and that was the main reason I went with the 8600. Otherwise I would of went with the 7900GS for the same $130.00. It's not that I'm partial to Nvidia but the Ati's were a concern for me because of their power consumption. The X1900XT is probably better but upgrading my psu wouldn't of justified the cost ($140.00).
  15. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Having one myself I can tell you I've had very few power issues. The amperage was of slight concern on purchase, but I did some research and it works just fine on my 520W. Although, lots of people out there don't have the wiggle room of 520W (you probably have more).

    EDIT: I checked my Newegg (Once you know...) invoice and it's a certified X1900GT.
    Here's the line from the invoice:
    SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO Video Card - Retail
    And as far as I'm concerned, it was a steal at $156.12.
  16. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Get an X1950GT 512MB for 125$ at newegg, o btw im back!
  17. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Well, now you can. You couldn't last Christmas.
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