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HighTest
05-10-06, 07:21 PM
I've a limited budget and would like to upgrade to the next generation of cards for a decent performance boost.

What do you think? Upgrade from a 6600GT to a 7600GS and overclock the heck out of it? 7600GT for more than $65.00 more (the 7600GS can be had for $114).

Roadhog
05-10-06, 07:26 PM
go for it!

a12ctic
05-10-06, 07:43 PM
i dont know, it seems like sorta a downstep in my opinion... Only 800mhz ddr2 memory (from 1000 ddr3) 400mhz core (from 500mhz), the only benifit is 12 pipes...

SH64
05-10-06, 07:51 PM
I dont find it much of a worthy upgarde .. if anything at least go for a 7800GS/GT.

snowmanwithahat
05-10-06, 10:42 PM
it seems decent, but if i were you, i'd definetly go for a 7600 GT, not the GS, the 7600 GT outperforms every 6800 GT i've seen to date, and at $180-ish it's a great deal

Prime
05-11-06, 01:18 PM
it seems decent, but if i were you, i'd definetly go for a 7600 GT, not the GS, the 7600 GT outperforms every 6800 GT i've seen to date, and at $180-ish it's a great deal


100% agree...7600GT isn't that much more than the GS, but is MUCH better performer.

sharangad
05-11-06, 02:04 PM
The 7600 GS is barely faster than the 6600 GT. You're best off with the 6600 GT. Even in terms of PureVideo it doesn't really offer much.

Rakeesh
05-11-06, 02:21 PM
I am looking at moving from my 6600GT to a 7900GT, then overclocking the 7900GT. That would offer near tip-top performance without going SLI (which is a waste IMO) for only $290. It is also said to be 5 times as fast as the 6600GT before even doing the voltmod.

Son Goku
05-11-06, 03:44 PM
Like some others have suggested, given you already have a 6600 GT, I'd suggest saving a few more pennies, and get a bit of a better card for an upgrade. You might be happier with the end result :)

mark501
05-12-06, 12:58 AM
7600GS @ stock is not much faster than 6600gt and overclocking is a tossup. You might get a gr8 overclocker or you might get a crappy overclocker.

So get atleast a 7600GT or similar.

HighTest
05-12-06, 11:25 AM
Pulled the trigger. I noticed in a couple of reviews that are SM 3.0 heavy that the 7600GS pulls ahead of the 6600GT due to the SM improvements.

I'm going to test the heck out of the 6600GT while it's still in my hands and then do the same with the GS when it arrives. I'll let you know how it goes.

While not a great increase, I've managed to only spend $42.00 over the sale of the 6600GT for the 7600GS. For the silence, lower power needs and whatnot, I'm happy anyways. The extra performance if noticable will be a bonus.

HighTest
05-12-06, 11:47 AM
While I may wait for some time before I'd try any of these, check out the volt mods that have individuals OC these puppies even further.

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?threadid=180831
http://www.vrforums.com/showthread.php?t=68354

When I'd move up to doing these mods, I'll likely use a spare heatsink/fan combo as well. Hope these two threads are helpful for those that are into modding. Of course they may render the card complete burnt toast, but better on a $100.00 card than something much more expensive.

john19055
05-12-06, 10:17 PM
IMO if you are going to upgrade ,go with at least a 7600GT ,newegg has one for $158.

MadKent
05-13-06, 12:09 AM
I am looking at moving from my 6600GT to a 7900GT, then overclocking the 7900GT.

7900 GT has overclocking issues because of flimsy cooler, for decent OC you'd be better off with 7800 GT (if you can find one) even if the 7800 is more expensive than the 7900.

HighTest
05-17-06, 01:45 AM
Received my 7600GS. So far I'm pretty happy. Not a significant outlay in cash (about $40, after I sold my previous card). Performance is higher than the 6600GT at stock. Not massive, but there is a gain. I'll try some OC'ing later.

The biggest change was titles that use SM 3.0, big boost there, but I understand that there were changes to the core that improved SM 3.0 performance over the Geforce 6 series of GPU's.

Massive difference in noise. This puppy is absolutely silent, this alone was worth the price of admission in my opinion. I think this card would make a killer HTPC add-on. I'll be doing some testing to see if OC'ing will add the HD inverse-telecine feature. nVIDIA had mentioned that the difference between the 7600GT and the 7600GS for the inverse-telecine was a few clocks. Many are getting over a 100Mhz overclock on the core and this may be the solution for the inverse-telecine issue.

Joe Public
05-17-06, 05:04 AM
7900 GT has overclocking issues because of flimsy cooler, for decent OC you'd be better off with 7800 GT (if you can find one) even if the 7800 is more expensive than the 7900.

Why not just get a 7900GT and replace the cooler? Zalman VF900-Cu. :o