View Full Version : X800gto2 -> X1950pro Worthwhile?

Corporal Hawke
25-03-2009, 09:57 PM

This is my current system:

Athlon 64 X2 4200+
2gb ram
256mb pci-e sapphire x800 gto2 at stock speed with 12 pixel pipelines
480w power supply

I mostly play older games like Oblivion and Dawn of War, plus a few newer games like Crysis and Cod4. I'm also considering buying Dawn of War 2. I've been looking for an upgrade for a long time, and I didn't want to go backwards to gddr2 or 128bit memory buses in order to gain shader model 3. I finally came across the Sapphire x1950pro, which has Gddr3 memory and a 256-bit memory bus. But I was wondering if its a worthwhile upgrade?

X800gto2 Stats:
core clock 400mhz
mem clock 500mhz
12 shaders (sm2b)
256mb gddr3 memory
256bit memory bus

clocks are 580/1400
36 shaders
256mb gddr3 memory
256bit memory bus

Is it worth the upgrade, or should i aim higher?
My budget is only ~$120

Thanks! :D

25-03-2009, 10:18 PM
You'll get double the performance, and the ATI x1950 has SM.3.0 which is great for your current game Oblivion.

But, I reckon, it won't be long before it'll be outdated again.

Prices are falling a bit, so wait as long as you can, and save up for a better card, maybe the 4830 if you want it to last a while, or the 9600GSO


Corporal Hawke
02-04-2009, 03:44 PM
I've settled for the X1900XTX based on this benchmark (http://www.sharkyextreme.com/hardware/videocards/article.php/3211_3723966__1). It shows that the X1900XTX can hold it's own against some of the newer cards out there. Considering that my monitor only goes up to 1440x900, I figure that I should be able to run modern games at an acceptable speed.

It's got 512mb ram and 48 shaders, so I figure it should last a bit longer. I don't plan on moving to dx10 and vista for a long time, so it should suffice until then. Plus it was within budget at only $115 :)