Videocard on a $160 budget

By linkisspartan
Oct 19, 2007
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. anstro

    anstro Newcomer, in training

  2. linkisspartan

    linkisspartan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 79

  3. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  4. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  5. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,086

    May i ask why is that?
  6. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Because GDDR2 is slower than GDDR3
    GDDR2 is older tech
    GDDR3 is the mainstream
    GDDR4 is the latest (not neccessarly the best in all cases)

    Alot of the new versions of cards that were 256mb GDRR3 are comming out as 512mb GDDR2 so it is better to have 512mb and GDDR3

    What's your take on the situation may I ask?
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    This is the best buy.
  8. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,086

    GDDR4 is enought for the two next-generation games.
  9. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    Rage_3K_Moiz has hit the nail on the head. Go with the X1950Pro.
  10. linkisspartan

    linkisspartan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 79

    Its not dx 10. Besides, i might get the ATI radeon hd 2600 xt instead, it costs like $200. You know, the red card with those vinyl flames on it?
     
  11. Grafficks

    Grafficks Newcomer, in training Posts: 454

    The HD 2600 XT has horrible performance. It's probably one of the worst ones on your list. Just google reviews for it.

    Or, just look at Techspot's own review, comparing a mid-range GeForce 8xxx series card with the HD2600XT.
    http://www.techspot.com/review/66-radeon-hd-2600xt-vs-geforce-8600gts/
    The final recommendation is identical to Rage_3K_Moiz's recommendation.
  12. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    So, none of the cards you have linked will play DX10 games at frame rates greater than 10fps. The 8800GTX only gets 20fps in DX10 games and it costs much more than the 8600. Playable fps start at around 30fps. dig? You need two very high end graphics cards in an SLI or Crossfire setup to reach playable frame rates with a DX10 game. Two 8800 GTS 640 MB or two 8800GTX or two HD2900Pro or two HD2900XT for playable frame rates in DX10 games.
  13. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,086

  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    The X1950PRO offers far better performance than the 8600GT. Stick with it I say.
  15. linkisspartan

    linkisspartan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 79

    How long with dx 9 will be around though? if i buy that x1950 pro ill have it for about 6 months to a year until a buy a more expensive card

    How about the ati radeon hd 2600 xt DDR4? Thats getting pretty good reviews and its pretty cheap too. Im talking about this one - http://achsyd1.achieva.com.au/cgi-bin/estore/VGASAP25626C.html

    The other 2600xt i linked was ddr3. the ddr4 which has significantly higher specs. It has 800 core clock and 2200 memory clock. Thats good, right?
  16. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,086

    DX9 Card is still around, but many people started to buying DX10 card.

    Geforce 8600GTS costs you 100 bones, and it runs on both DX9 and DX10.

    DX9 is for windows xp and older.
    DX10 is for vista only.

    The higher clock speed represent the faster card, if you want to purchase, it is your choice although it should hold you for a next generation.

    May i point it out, Rage ?

    ATI has a terrible heat management.
  17. linkisspartan

    linkisspartan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 79

    hmm....so should i go with the x1950 pro or with the hd 2600xt DDR4( it has 800core and 2200mem). Lemme point out though that the 2600 is gonna cost about 70 or more than the x1950
     
  18. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,383   +205

    This Techspot article agrees with Rage. Although it starts out comparing the Radeon 2600XT and the GeForce 8600GTS, see the last page of the article. It recommends the X1950Pro over both of them. Just some extra info to think about.
  19. linkisspartan

    linkisspartan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 79

    how so? the DDR4 version of the 2600 xt is far superior to the x1950. the one that was compared to the 8600gts was the ddr3 version.
  20. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I'd choose the X1950PRO over any 8600 or HD2600 cards. These new midrange cards are not the best bang for your buck.

    So if I were you, I'd happily stick with the X1950PRO :)

    There's no reason to buy a midrange DX10 card now. They perform horribly at DX10 games (just try to run the upcoming Crysis on a 8600GT or HD2600XT in DX10 mode lol)
  21. Grafficks

    Grafficks Newcomer, in training Posts: 454

    Whenever you need to compare two video cards, go on sites like TH's VGA Charts, or gpureview.com
    They're really good tools.

    HD2600XT vs. X1950PRO, Tom's Hardware VGA Charts 2007
    http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html?modelx=33&model1=858&model2=725&chart=318
    The two cards' ratings are highlighted in blue,
    and you can select the benchmark using the last drop-down menu.


    Radeon HD2600XT vs. Radeon X1950PRO, GPUReview.com
    http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=520&card2=466#


    You're capable of making your own decisions in which product you need.
    These sites are just examples of how you can do your own research to determine what you need.
  22. linkisspartan

    linkisspartan Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 79

    hence, the ati radeon 2600xt is a better performer. Ill still look into the x1950 pro though.
  23. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Then why did you state this?
    "May i ask why is that?"

    Why pretend not to know something when you do?
    Judging by some of your thread-starters you do that without trying.
  24. Grafficks

    Grafficks Newcomer, in training Posts: 454

    Where did you get that from? I'm on the VGA Charts 2007 right now, and scrolling through all the different benchmarks. The X1950PRO beats the HD2600XT (GDDR4 version) in every benchmark.
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.