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LOWTEC
16-11-2005, 09:32 PM
hey first post so please dont flame me if this is in the wrong place just want some advice on some good graphics cards.

have been looking at the radeon X800XL 256mb but before buying that I was wondering what anyone else would0 reccomend, however nothing over $700 please.

cheerz for any help

tweak'e
16-11-2005, 09:33 PM
what sort of system are you putting it into?

LOWTEC
16-11-2005, 09:45 PM
sorry prolly should of stated that - amd 3500+, 2gb ram, gigabyte K8 PCI-E mobo, 450w thermaltake psu... think thts all?

Metla
16-11-2005, 09:54 PM
Radeon X850 XT 256MB PCI Express

memphis
16-11-2005, 10:31 PM
7800GT 256mb PCI Express.

Do a google on it.

www.pricespy.co.nz for prices in NZ.

chiefnz
17-11-2005, 05:16 AM
Radeon X850 XT 256MB PCI Express
I 2nd that motion... good choice and even better value.

cheers

chiefnz

pctek
17-11-2005, 08:11 AM
I 2nd that motion... good choice and even better value.

cheers

chiefnz
I third it.

JJJJJ
17-11-2005, 08:21 AM
Radeon X850 XT 256MB PCI Express

I have been reading that the x850 is no faster than the x800.

JJJJJ
17-11-2005, 08:23 AM
hey first post so please dont flame me if this is in the wrong place just want some advice on some good graphics cards.

have been looking at the radeon X800XL 256mb but before buying that I was wondering what anyone else would0 reccomend, however nothing over $700 please.

cheerz for any help

I have had an x800xl 256 mb for a week now and I reckon it's worth every penny of it's $600++ price

Trev
17-11-2005, 09:26 AM
7800GT 256mb PCI Express.

Do a google on it.

www.pricespy.co.nz for prices in NZ.

Here we go again. I'm an Nvidia man so go for above card. I have a Geforce FX 6800 LE 128mb card. Beautiful is all I can say.

Trevor :)

Metla
17-11-2005, 09:36 AM
I would be happy with any of them.

Hell, Im still happy with my 6600GT.

I reckon another year and a half out of the old girl will be about right.

chiefnz
17-11-2005, 11:39 AM
I have been reading that the x850 is no faster than the x800.
X850 is slightly faster but not by much in terms of MHZ

X800XT PE - Engine clock - 520, Memory clock - 540

Radeon X800 Technology Specifications
 160 million transistors on 0.13 micron low-k fabrication process
 Up to sixteen extreme parallel pixel pipelines
 Six programmable vertex shader pipelines
 256-bit quad-channel GDDR3 memory interface
 AGP 8X support or PCI Express ™ support

X850XT PE - Engine clock - 540, Memory clock – 590

Radeon X850 Technology Specifications
 Over 160 million transistors
 Up to sixteen parallel pixel pipelines
 Six parallel vertex processing engines
 256-bit quad-channel GDDR3 memory interface
 PCI Express® x16 lane native support

Small differences in clock speeds, but I think it's the transisor count and parallel vertex engines that give the X850 the edge.

My 2cents worth

cheers

chiefnz

memphis
17-11-2005, 12:01 PM
In the benchmarks which card wins...

Is it the X800XT PE

Is it the X850XT PE

Is it the X800XL

Or is it the 7800GT that wins the benchmarks out of those cards listed.

Just wondering thats all... :D

Organicpete
17-11-2005, 02:00 PM
I would be happy with any of them.

Hell, Im still happy with my 6600GT.



As my GF2/200 plugs on
I dream of a 6600GT
even a Ti4200 or a GF3 for that matter :D

Pete

LOWTEC
19-11-2005, 03:14 PM
thanks for the help on tht so is it worth the extra money for the x850 xt over the x800 xl?

i think thts my choice now

Mirddes
19-11-2005, 05:50 PM
7800GT for like $650-$750
its from the nvidia 7000 series, which is nvidias latest and greatest
the x850 is ATIs last generation(X000) and is compariable to nvidias 6000 series.
if you want ati youd be best gettign somethign from teh X1000 series.
the highend parts of last generation will high priced for quite some time to come, a quick look on price spy shows that the Nvidia GeForce FX 5950 is still at $707.63, its 2 generations old and would be on par with a low end X1000 series card such as teh X1300, and lowend 7000 series card ( when such cards are released).
currently on the nvidia side the 7800GT is the sweet spot, its cheaper than the high end cards of last generation, while being a fair chunk faster, the 7800GTX is just to pricey to offer that.

price does not always dictate quality.
just my 2c

Elephant
19-11-2005, 06:46 PM
sorry prolly should of stated that - amd 3500+, 2gb ram, gigabyte K8 PCI-E mobo, 450w thermaltake psu... think thts all?

Like getting blood out of stone here once more. Budget is $700. Is that US$ NZ$ AU$ or what? I think they even use $ in Malaya.

Where are you?

Nothing in your profile tells me.

memphis
19-11-2005, 06:56 PM
Today on www.pricespy.co.nz a 7800Gt 256mb DDR3 VIVO PCI E card for NZ $596.24 :D

Do a google on the 7800GT everyone is talking about how good it is.

Nvidia have got a 512mb 7800gt card out now you might want to wait for that and see what price that is.

Run in SLI 2 x 7800GT 512mb DDR3 VIVO PCI E cards,=1024mb=1gb of video card memory. :eek:

Times are good indeed. :D

Question:
You know why cards are going to 512mb DDR3?

Answer:
Yeah to run Windows Vesta (Longhorn)!!!!

LOWTEC
20-11-2005, 01:46 PM
Like getting blood out of stone here once more. Budget is $700. Is that US$ NZ$ AU$ or what? I think they even use $ in Malaya.

Where are you?

Nothing in your profile tells me.

sorry just assumed tht being nz pcworld forums the bulk of the people would be in fact from nz so generally would talk in nz $, like most other nz forums but if tht is not the case to sorry to annoy anyone.

pctek
20-11-2005, 03:28 PM
X8xxx:
http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20050524/vga_charts-02.html#3d_mark_2005

LOWTEC
20-11-2005, 04:48 PM
thanks for tht link was really good think i will go with the 850 xt, still considering the 7800 gt but i really am an ati fan so i duno will continue to research it thanks to anyone tht has posted :thumbs:

memphis
20-11-2005, 06:07 PM
Check out www.overclockers.co.nz about the 7800gt as it beats the ati cards hands down and do a google search on it as well and you will see it is so.

My 1st card was a ti4200 with a AMD 1800XP
My 2nd card was a 9600pro with a AMD 2500 Barton/OC to a 3200 Barton
my 3rd card is a 6800/OC to a Ultra with a AMD 64 3500 939

All cards were good I go for both ati and nvidia cards but now I am starting to go more nvidia as they are better for Linux support wise etc.

But go for Whichever card is doing the best at the time of buying.

You Know 5 min later it will be cheaper,not so good etc. as the other company will bring out something better and thats the way it is.

If you can wait to closer to Chirstmas time as both companys will bring out more of their toys for us to buy to put under our Chirstmas trees. :D

:2cents:

LOWTEC
20-11-2005, 06:23 PM
yea i would wait till nearer to xmas but im gona buy my card in the states next week as they are a fair bit cheaper - $309 usd for 7800 gt, that brings me to another point i have been told that american (or another countrys) computer parts are interchangeable with nz parts(apart from video capturing cards tht is), is this true?

Trev
20-11-2005, 07:17 PM
They are all the same except monitors. You might get a card with differant connections on it and cables to what you would get in NZ ie HDTV socket and cable.

Trevor :)