Is this video card any good?

By Benan ยท 71 replies
Sep 15, 2006
  1. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

    I cant find a 6800XT at any aussie shop :(
  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Try a 7600GS, those are both great AGP cards.
  3. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

    Yes, this is the one I was looking at BFGTech Geforce 7600GS OC 512Mb (AGP) $260.00 but thats 512mb

    this one however GIGABYTE N76G256D-RH GF7600GS, 256MB, 128bit, AGP8x, DDRII, DSUB, TVOUT, DVI-I, TWINV $206.80 is 256 MB and cheaper.. which one shall i grab :)
  4. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Or an X850PRO would be better, any 256-bit memory card is great. The 256mb would be better for the money.
  5. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

    Okay we'll see what some other people have too say first.

    Gecube ATI Radeon X850Pro 256Mb DDR3 (PCIE) = $300 +

    Not happening xD
  6. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Hi Benan,
    What to look for is the memory interface and number of pixel pipelines.

    I wouldn't recommend the 6800XT as this is an 8-pipeline (but good 256 bit memory interface), especially if you wish to use any amount of anisotropic filtering or AA (which both help BF2 tremendously).

    I originally recommended the X800GTO as it's a 12-pipeline, 256 bit memory interface card. You can crank the resolution, AF and AA without impacting framerates given this overage. Moreover, many of the Sapphire X800GTO's are 16-pipes vs 12!

    The 7600 is only 128-bit memory interface, but has a full 12-pipelines. This can yield similar performance to an 8-pipe/256-bit card in many cases.. so I'd still say if you're going this route, just go the 8-pipe/256-bit memory 6800 series.

    The X850 Pro is a great choice as it's 256-bit memory, 12-pipelines.. just like the X800GTO. I'd say if you can find an X850 Pro or X800GTO, you'll be golden and be able to crank up all the options in BF2 with great performance.

    On the PSU, I'm unfamiliar with that case- sorry. You might be able to cross-reference your old PSU to see if it's a standard ATX though. If it is, then any standard-ATX replacement should work.
  7. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Sharkfood, read his budget, and they dont ship to australia. So the 7600GS is a good choice. Whats your processor benan btw?
  8. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    I still highly disagree. A 7600GS doesn't play BF2 with maxed settings well at all, nor does the 6600GT we have here. Both also do not have enough power to muster 2xAA or any degree of AF to clean up the muddy BF2 textures.

    And, I'm quite aware of his budget. Australian dollars are roughly per 3/4 US dollar. Sapphire and other OEM brands of X800GTO's are about $115-$125 US in AGP, which puts them at around $150 Aus.. given tax/tariff, should still be under $220 Aus if he can find a non-retail vendor (ie. wholesaler or OEM) in Australia.

    It's just he's quoting prices from sources much like Comp USA here in the US. Who would pay $449 US For a 7600GS? Or $300 for a stick of ram? Nobody.. we buy from wholesalers/oem sellers. What we really need is a good OEM or wholesale source either in Australia or that ships to Australia.
  9. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

    I have done some googling for a shop thats in australia but i cant find one thats cheap..

    I just want a card that plays battlefield 2 and most other games without hassle.

    also i have noticed that there are alot of games coming out with minimum requirements is a 256 gfx card.. so maybe soon enough we will all need to get 512 MB ones, i duno..

    and Finest i have an AMD Sempron 3000+
  10. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

  11. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    That's more like it.. and that price is more along the lines of an OEM/Wholesale seller. I wish there were more Aussies here that might direct you to your equivalent of these resellers!

    And a 9600 series is going backwards as it's only 4-pipelines, 128-bit memory interface. As you can see, this is even lesser than the 7600 or 6800 series from above.

    What is your *total* budget and what do you plan to purchase total? Memory, PSU and AGP Videocard?
  12. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Your processor will hold it back, IMO.
  13. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    I'm kinda leaning a bit towards the processor as well, but it could be close.

    We play BF2 on one of our LAN boxes without any problems on a XP 2800+ with 2 gigs and no performance problems (from the memory and an X800GTO), so it'll really come down to how wimpy the Sempron 3000+ will be compared to the XP 2800+.

    You may indeed want to compromise with a lesser videocard, another gig of ram, and playing with some reduced settings. It will also depend on how you wish to play BF2, since the memory issue becomes bigger if you wish to pilot/drive much. If you're happy being limited to infantry and light vehicle driving, you can probably squeek by... but if you plan to pilot a helicopter or jet... 1 gig, Sempie 3000+ will be a bit difficult.
  14. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

    yea i plan to get anoother 512 MB of ram..

    and Battlefield isnt the only game i wana play i should manage, but, it's my birthday soon :) So i should get around $250

    I wish it was just simple where some one could post a cheap video card to go in my computer :| and also I need a powersupply
  15. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Well, you should then start with a power supply and memory.. then let your left over budget determine what card you will get.

    Realize that after power supply and memory (provided you get 1.5 gig or more), you'll basically be able to play BF2 with *any* videocard, but the choice will determine what resolution and settings you'll be able to muster.

    With BF2, memory is the real big issue.. so even if you have a Core 2 Duo system with SLI videocards, it'll be a stuttery/awkward mess with 1 gig or less on bigger servers and higher game settings.

    But you need a PSU for any real single upgrade.. period. So I'd start with finding a good, decent PSU that will work with your system and budget 512mb or preferrably 1 gig stick of memory (especially if you plan on piloting).. then let your left-over cash decide on the videocard.

    That 9600XT will play BF2.. but you'll be limited to 800x600 with low settings. So your left over budget will just choose how high resolution/settings you'll be able to play.
  16. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

    I don't think i'd have enough money left over..

    Kingston DDR 1GB 400MHZ Value Ram $180.40

    Power Supply 550W Hairong $30.80

    Umm, I dont even if it is a good brand that Power supply. any other suggestions? Because im not gona get a Decent Video card for $50 :p
  17. IBN

    IBN TS Guru Posts: 487

    I can run BF2 on a 6600 AGP 8X with a AMD 2400+ Athlon Processor on MAX settings with my 350 watt 18 amp power supply no problems at all.
  18. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

    Know any one in Aus who sells that card? (not ebay) and how much ram u got?
  19. IBN

    IBN TS Guru Posts: 487


    click my nickame profile to check my system specs. My AMD system outdoes my newer Intel system. Thats because the graphics card is letting it down.

    An Nvidia 6600 or higher should run BF2 on max settings. But make sure your card has 256mb of RAM and your system RAM is ideally 1GB.

    You should find a good cheap Antec PSU to meet your budget.
  20. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

    Gigabyte N66256DP GeForce 6600, 256MB, TV/DVI, AGP8X $195.90

    Is that one im looking for? and is that the right price?

    I also found this
    PALIT Radeon X800GTO 256Mb, "AGP 8X" DDR3, DVI, TV-Out INFO AUD $232.00

    and then this one on a seperate site

    Palit RADEO X800GTO AGP DDR3 256MB 400/490 MHz

    : $205.00

    lil bit of a price dif
  21. IBN

    IBN TS Guru Posts: 487

    Yeah thats the same one that I have. But I would advise you to go for a better card if you could. Can you post you complete system specs?
  22. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128


    AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.8 ghz
    80 GB HDD
    704 MB PC-3200 RAM
    64 MB VIA/S3G Unichrome Pro intergrated gfx card..

    and if you look at the post above i edit it some :p
  23. IBN

    IBN TS Guru Posts: 487

    Like I said dont go no lower than a 6600 Nvidiawise. I dont know the equivilent in the Radeon.

    I would also consider a new PSU also. Look around for a cheap Antec Dual Rail One.
  24. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    The X800GTO Blows away the 6600, because it has 256-bit memory.
  25. Benan

    Benan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 128

    Plenty of Antec, but all over $100 :S i can't afford that.. Can some one just tell me which Video card they recommend where I can play any game out with all settings maxed?
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