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Donkeymostly11
08-17-06, 02:23 PM
Hi im new to this forum and upgrading my 32 mb graphics card :)))
Well im not sure if its better to get the 7 series or more memory.

Also im trying to work out which one i get more for my money with and also which ones gonna last longer when it comes to meeting game requirements.

i was quite keen on getting;

ASUS N6800/TD/512M Geforce 6800 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X TVO DVI VGA
114.99

but then i could get

Asus 7600GS SILENT 512MB DDR2 PCI-E
77.40

so there both from asus and 512 mb but ones 7 series and cheaper so thats confusing me, also the 6 series one got lots of good review (on ebuyer) but this one has none.

so the cards im stuck between are

Point Of View GeForce 7600GS 512mb DDR2 800MHz PCI-E
110.44

Asus 7600GS SILENT 512MB DDR2 PCI-E
77.40

ASUS N6800/TD/512M Geforce 6800 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X TVO DVI VGA
114.99

Leadtek WinFast GeForce 7600 GT 256MB DDR3 PCI-E + Dual DVI
103.83

Leadtek WinFast GeForce 7600 GT Extreme 590MHz 256MB DDR3 PCI-E SLI Ready
117.43

i really need to know by getting the 7 series what difference it makes, and any recommendations.

Probably quite hard to compare all those cards but any advice would really help me im sure :) thanks

Lazaredz
08-17-06, 02:49 PM
Ummm ... you list AGP and PCI cards there. What does your motherboard support?

Donkeymostly11
08-17-06, 03:16 PM
oh i didn't know that, its a asus a8n and says stuff about PCI, so i guess PCI.
im thinking the

Asus 7600GS SILENT 512MB DDR2 PCI-E
77.40

is probably the best i dont want sli so the last one i wont buy.

Glad i posted, cause i had no idea about PCI and AGP oops
thanks :) now which one?

ATOJAR
08-17-06, 03:23 PM
If i where you i would go for the 7600 GT Extreme, i think its the fastes out of the lot, depends on what you can afford.

AGP cards are only x8 speed where as PCI-E are x16.

Lazaredz
08-17-06, 03:42 PM
Out of those cards listed, I would take:

Leadtek WinFast GeForce 7600 GT 256MB DDR3 PCI-E + Dual DVI
103.83


If you could provide a spending limit we might be able to find a better suited card for you.

Schugy
08-17-06, 04:01 PM
AGP cards are only x8 speed where as PCI-E are x16.

PCI-E is full duplex which means that there's 8x up and 8x down -20% overhead.
There's also higher clockspeed.

AGP often uses about 1/8 up and 7/8 down.

Donkeymostly11
08-17-06, 04:36 PM
I only want to spend up to 120 but i guess if its worth it 150 max.
So please do suggest other cards, thanks.

Daneel Olivaw
08-17-06, 05:55 PM
Hi Mostly a Donkey,

First off. There are 3 current video card connectors found on motherboards, PCI-E, AGP and PCI. PCI is an older standard and everyone just ignores it over here since newer video cards (such as the 6 or 7 nv series) are rarely, if ever, made to support it.

PCI-E is the newer standard, and replaces AGP. Your A8N motherboard most likely supports it.

Now, on to the cards:

ASUS N6800/TD/512M Geforce 6800 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X TVO DVI VGA
114.99This is AGP, I don't think your A8N has AGP.

Asus 7600GS SILENT 512MB DDR2 PCI-E
77.40
Good choice, and the price is right. 512mb is a bit of overkill as this midrange card will see no benefit from 256mb.

so there both from asus and 512 mb but ones 7 series and cheaper so thats confusing me, also the 6 series one got lots of good review (on ebuyer) but this one has none.
A 6800 has 12 pipelines (processing units)
A 7600gs has 12 improved pipelines, in some cases they're twice as efficient as the 6 series.
The clocks are similar on both, but the 6800 has a wider memory bus. That makes a difference when using Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic filtering. Otherwise, not really. I'd still take the 7600GS over the 6800.

Point Of View GeForce 7600GS 512mb DDR2 800MHz PCI-E
110.44

Asus 7600GS SILENT 512MB DDR2 PCI-E
77.40

2 similar cards... they're ok.

ASUS N6800/TD/512M Geforce 6800 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X TVO DVI VGA
114.99
AGP...

Leadtek WinFast GeForce 7600 GT 256MB DDR3 PCI-E + Dual DVI
103.83Nice card! This is pretty much what I have. The clocks are way higher than a 7600GS so this card is anywhere between 25% faster to 50% than a 7600GS, and it completely murders the geforce 6 series. This is what I recommend.


Leadtek WinFast GeForce 7600 GT Extreme 590MHz 256MB DDR3 PCI-E SLI Ready
117.43
No real advantage over the previous 7600GT. Slightly faster clocks, but nowhere near enough to notice.

Donkeymostly11
08-17-06, 07:05 PM
Brilliant thanks daneel.

I think i'll be going with your suggestion you seem to know what your talking about

:D

Daneel Olivaw
08-17-06, 07:59 PM
Brilliant thanks daneel.

I think i'll be going with your suggestion you seem to know what your talking about

:DI know no more than the rest of the folk here, I just took the time to answer your actual question. Also, all Nv PCI-E cards can do SLI. Not just when it says so on the box. Though you do need 2 cards of the same type, and an SLI motherboard.