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    Nutcase Corporal Hawke's Avatar
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    Mar 2009

    Default X800gto2 -> X1950pro Worthwhile?


    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


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    Senior Member Blam's Avatar
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    Default Re: X800gto2 -> X1950pro Worthwhile?

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    But, I reckon, it won't be long before it'll be outdated again.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


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    Nutcase Corporal Hawke's Avatar
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    Default Re: X800gto2 -> X1950pro Worthwhile?

    I've settled for the X1900XTX based on this benchmark. 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

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