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Ati or Nvid?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by daveydave, 7 May 2006.

  1. daveydave

    Mobster

    Joined: 1 May 2006

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    Location: UK

    Hi just need a show of hands before i look into a new card purchase...i have a saphire ati 9600pro and i just brought GRAW so need to bring my graphics card up to spec...so brand wise whats the peoples choice?? :D
     
  2. kevpuk

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    hhhhhhmmmmmmmm :eek: senses scary thread content impending..... :eek:

    Few more details ? Resolution ? Budget ? I assume we are talking AGP ?
     
  3. daveydave

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    yep agp, budget £100, will sell 9600 so dont know what i'll get for that. i'm res 1240x1280.
    rig specs
    Case: Enermax CS-527 Case Black
    OS: XP Home service pack 2
    CPU: Intel P4 519J (prescott) <<--- I know its one of the half-cut chips intel sold on the cheap to the big pc manufactures..no hyer threading or steaping
    LGA775 sock, 3060MHz, FSB 133, Bus Speed 532....i'm missin one mhz accordin to cpu-z
    MOBO: ASUS P5S800-VM, chipset SIS 661FX, Southbrigde SiS 964
    RAM: 1GB, 2x512, made by Infineon, 200MHz bandwidth
    HardDisks: 1 seagate barracuda (ST3200826A) 200GB & 1 Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 (HDS722525VLAT80) 250GB
    Graphics Card: ATi Radeon 9600 Pro Saphire - Overclocked Using ATi Tool - Core 465MHz and memory 255MHz
    Heatsink- Gigabyte G-Power Pro (GH-PDU21-MF) with arctic silver 5 thermal compound
    WinTv Card - Lol
    Areogate 1 fan controller and a NEC DVD RW
    PSU - Sumvision 400w ATX PSU
    Fans - 2x 80mm akasa sucking in from the back and one the side window and a 120 exhausing from the front. the reason i have the airflow the other way is i seem to get better MOBO and CPU temps this way.
    TEMPS - CPU load 53-59C, idle as low as 44C, MOBO sits between 28 and 32
    extras - blue cathode 12inch, 2x 4inch green
     
  4. kevpuk

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    A little confused by your resolution....1240x1280 ?

    Anyhow, would say that perhaps a nVidia 6800 of some description.....?
     
  5. Phil99

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    ATi vs nVidia is a complete waste of time to try and find a "winner" nowadays, there's virtually nothing between the brands themselves.

    Around the £100 mark on AGP I think you're looking at either a nVidia 6600GT or ATi X800GTO.

    You might find a 6800 for this price but I doubt it unless you buy second hand or find some clearance stock.
     
  6. Zefan

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    DON'T ASK THIS QUESTION - EVER.
     
  7. Zefan

    Don

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    EVER.


    Yes it's worth two posts


    6800gt off ebay or a x800xl should do you good.
     
    Last edited: 7 May 2006
  8. Foehammer2003

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    Reckon you could get up to £40 for your old card, so with a budget of £140 you could get a fairly decent card by my reckoning.

    OcUK GeForce 6600 GT 256MB DDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (AGP) - Retail (GX-036-OK) @ £117.44 inc VAT

    or if ATI then: Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/DVI (AGP) - Retail (GX-122-SP) @ £123.32 inc VAT

    I'd only go for the later... but thats because iv'e only ever had ATI cards... not that there better, but it was my first card. It never let me down so i stuck with ATI with every card since.
     
  9. Stellios

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    Can.....open.....worms.....everywhere

    For me, its has to be Nvidia, but only because ive used them all my life and ive never had a problem and their software is pretty easy to use as im used to it.

    They always seem to return that tiny little bit better performance for the price too.
     
  10. kevpuk

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    Here we go....... :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  11. Darkwave

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    :o :eek: *Ducks and runs for cover with coat over head.* :eek: :o
     
  12. KizZ

    Soldato

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    What he said really.
     
  13. Goksly

    Capodecina

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    would probably be best not to mention another place to buy a gfx card though.... dont ya think?
     
  14. G.O.A.T

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    Joined: 9 Mar 2005

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    Location: Birmingham

    Buy both and throw away the one you like least. :o
     
  15. BurntCarcus

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    Location: Belfast Norn Iron

    You'd bin the ATI ;)
     
  16. pcknight

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    Just get the best card available for the amount of money you have.
     
  17. Punisher161282

    Associate

    Joined: 9 Jan 2006

    Posts: 53

    Location: Scarborough

    I've owned both brands of graphics card and must admit that both companies cards have done me proud. To be honest both have strengths and weaknesses. I tend to choose ATI but thats only because i'm used to them now.
     
  18. SteveOBHave

    Soldato

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    The performance difference and the application of the hardware is going to make little difference and there are pros and cons for both brands. Either way you should be happy with the outcome.

    Try Googleing and read a few 'shootouts', read the reviews of people that have bought them, look for the cheapest price and a deal that happens to be going at the time...

    Just over £100 (£105.69 Including VAT at 17.5%) will get you a Sapphire ATI Radeon X800 GTO 512MB DDR3 TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-118-SP) from OcUK which will give you a fair amount of future proofing...

    Just under £100 (£99.82 Including VAT at 17.5%) will get you a BFG GeForce 7600 GS OC 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-024-BG)
    also from OcUK which gives you the legendary BFG lifetime warranty.

    Streatching just a little further to (£135.07 Including VAT at 17.5%) will get you XFX GeForce 7600 GT 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (PVT73G-UDL3) (GX-078-XF) which is also a brilliant little card.

    Point is, if you look you will find, the info is there and for future reference a thread header should try to be accurate rather than incite a flame war :D
     
  19. Darkwave

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    To be fair, 512MB RAM does jack for cards that slow. It barely does anything for even the newest cards, to be honest. If anyone were to buy a GTO I would definitely recommend the 256MB model instead and have them save a few quid, just me though.
     
  20. kbc

    Wise Guy

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    Location: London

    Your suggestion would mean he'd need a new board. ;)