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Choosing the best graphics card

By hadoud76
Jun 26, 2006
  1. I have to choose the best graphics card between those.Other cards are out of $$discussion$$.
    ATI X1300 512MB
    Nvidia GeForce 512MB 7300
    P.S:Does it differ between one chip and another both from the same class such as: GeForce 6200 MSI 128MB and GeForce 6200 Tornado 128MB

    Thanks in advance and I wish to be directed to the better graphics card.
     
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    How much can you afford, and, do you you live in the USA??
     
  3. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    I would assume you are looking at PCI-e, right? Also, which model for 7300 are you considering, the 7300GS or 7300GT?
     
  4. hadoud76

    hadoud76 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    No I don't.I live in the Middle East (Beirut) and the 7300 costs here about 73$

    PCI-e yess. And what is the difference between GS and GT?Which is better?Which is better than the ATI chip??
     
  5. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    The GS has higher processor and memory clock speeds but uses a 64bit memory interface and appears to use shared memory. Also has only 4 pixel pipelines. Here is an example (I know you can't order from here):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143050

    The GT has lower processor and memory clock speeds and uses a 128bit memory interface and uses 8 pixel pipes. However, it is more expensive, especially if you get the 512mb model. Here is another example:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130024

    The X1300 seems to split the difference between the two cards listed above. Decent processor and memory clock speed, 128bit memory, though it has only 4 pixel pipes. Falls right in the middle for price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814131011

    IMO the X1300 would be the the best value of the three, but I'm also not sure what you plan to use the card for. The GS seems like a decent card and got decent reviews for gaming, but I've never liked the idea of sharing system memory.
     
  6. hadoud76

    hadoud76 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    Thank you for all of this I appreciate it.I need it for gaming as you should have predicted but all in all with the 8 pixel pipes.
    You told me that GS shares memory from RAM's???How is that???Isn't this supposed to be very very bad?????
     
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    YES, that bad. 64 bit memory is REALLY slow for gaming. If you want better performance, I would look for a 6600GT, ATI X1600PRO, or lastly a X1300PRO.

    The gs uses a technology called turbo cache, (U can google for that), which shares system memory to the graphics card. REALLY useless feature. Why would a 7300GS need 512MB RAM?? Just a marketing feature.

    Stay away from the 7300GS. Anyway, it`s all up to you :)
     
  8. hadoud76

    hadoud76 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 41

    Pm

    I think I will continue this with you in PM, so that we dont flood the forum
     
  9. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Don`t worry about the forum, it has very good capacity on it!
     
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