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NrGx
05-29-06, 02:28 AM
Hey guys. Wanted to get a decent card (not top of the range) and was looking at something around the $400 mark. Three options:

1) XFX 7900GT (stock)
2) Gainward "Bliss" 7900GT 512MB
3) Powercolor X1900GT

And...only if it offers exceptional performance to the ones mentioned:

4) Powercolor X1900XT

Will probably be pairing this up with an intel 930 D with a P5ND2-SLI motherboard and XMS2 PC6400 1gb ram.

And how far away is the G80?

Thanx in advance.

SLippe
05-29-06, 02:48 AM
Don't go with XFX or BFG for sure. I highly recommend going with eVGA and I think several others here would agree.

Eren
05-29-06, 02:50 AM
Have you considered Leadtek 7900gt.

lee63
05-29-06, 03:10 AM
Don't go with XFX or BFG for sure. I highly recommend going with eVGA and I think several others here would agree.eVGA :D

watever
05-29-06, 03:44 AM
i agree.. evga FTW!!

rflair
05-29-06, 04:43 AM
Don't go with XFX or BFG for sure. I highly recommend going with eVGA and I think several others here would agree.


My card is a BFG and its rock solid. On all forums I'm on EVGA and XFX have the highest failure rate. EVGA has a slightly better warranty then most and with the higher then normal failure rate thank god, BFG's is lifetime also but they don't allow different heatsinks, but I wouldn't be happy with RMAing anything.

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTA2OSwxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

john19055
05-29-06, 05:43 AM
I would go with EVGA but get one of the Signature Series or the new 7900GT KO superclock cards because they have raised the voltage to 1.45v on the 3D and the rest are just 1.2v.

Idoru
05-29-06, 05:51 AM
I have a stock Gainward Bliss, and its borked. Second Gainward card I have bought in last two years - the other being a 6800 Ultra - that was b*ggered straight out the box. The 6800 was fixed via a BIOS flash, but I doubt that is going to fix the 7900... though to be fair, the problems with that card are the same as those being experienced by owners of XFX, BFG and eVGA overclocked cards.

NoWayDude
05-29-06, 02:10 PM
No they are not.I have a 7900GT 512 bliss and it runs without any problems
The only 2 things i can complain are:
1] Noisy.The fan in the cooler is really loud
2] Not mutch OC potential.But the card is running 550/1400 out of the box already, so no complains in there

Idoru
05-29-06, 03:07 PM
Doh - my mistake, mine's a GTX.

NrGx
05-30-06, 12:09 AM
Ok I know this is an Nvidia forum, but what about the Ati's. People have told me that ati's are the kings right now.

Redeemed
05-30-06, 12:55 AM
Ok I know this is an Nvidia forum, but what about the Ati's. People have told me that ati's are the kings right now.

Well, in all reality, the x1900XTX and the 7900GTX are more or less on par with each other. The only place where the XTX would probably perform better than the GTX by a noticable amount would be FEAR, and possibly Oblivion. But only at extremely high resolutions with really high IQ settins. Even then, the difference would not be night and day.

On the same token, I've heard far too many complaints about ATI's drivers. I've seldom heard complaints about nVidia's. I recommend going with a 7900 based card (or which ever card you can afford) as the nVidia drivers seem to be more hassle free.

Then again, I've never used a modern ATI card. So my reference to ATi's drivers is not from experience.

AliceCooper
05-30-06, 03:36 PM
No they are not.I have a 7900GT 512 bliss and it runs without any problems
The only 2 things i can complain are:
1] Noisy.The fan in the cooler is really loud
2] Not mutch OC potential.But the card is running 550/1400 out of the box already, so no complains in there

I have the very same card and it is an excellent performer.

I also agree 100% on the above 2 points.(nana2)

Xion X2
05-30-06, 05:37 PM
Well, in all reality, the x1900XTX and the 7900GTX are more or less on par with each other. The only place where the XTX would probably perform better than the GTX by a noticable amount would be FEAR, and possibly Oblivion.

The 7900GTX outperforms the XTX at 1280 res on FEAR. I've seen this both myself and read it in various reviews (I room w/ a guy who has one and have played his a lot):

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2717&p=7

Oblivion is a slightly different story, although they are still very comparable. On outside places the ATi cards run better; on inside places the Nvidia cards run better. They pretty much balance each other out, though:

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2746

The only reason to go with the ATi card over an Nvidia card would be if you're gaming at extra-high resolutions (1600 or up) and plan on going with a two-card setup, anyway. The Crossfire setup kicks major butt at extra-high resolutions although the SLi's perform quite good.

I would go Nvidia due to their driver support and the fact that their cards run much, much cooler. Expect a sauna inside your case if you go 1900XT or XTX.

NrGx
05-31-06, 01:47 AM
And the X1900GT vs. the 7900GT 512? The X1900GT can do HDR and is the same price. Also, there are reviews...I have no idea of performance on the gainwards.

dvlk80
05-31-06, 03:39 AM
i'm running BFG 7900 GTX too,..it also rock solid,...i love it,..!!! :)

NrGx
06-01-06, 03:19 AM
Sigh, no takers for Ati I take it.

AliceCooper
06-01-06, 06:16 PM
Sigh, no takers for Ati I take it.

TBH I looked at the X1900XT as an alternative to my 7900GT 512mb but several things put me off.

1. Noise of X1900XT.

2. I only game at 1280x1024 because I like my 19" LCD. 7900 way better at 1280 with all eye candy than the ATI card. That gets better at 1600 with all eye candy. Horses for courses!!

(nana2)