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Need help deciding on new Video Card (ATI, cause Mobo is Crossfire)

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by RTW, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. RTW New Member

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    It looks like my old video card is dead, Radeon x1300 256mb.
    Anyways, it looks like it may be time to get a new video card anyways.

    My setup is ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe (3200 Crossfire ready), 2xCorsair XMS 512 MB DDR2, AMD 4200+ 2.2 Ghz, Antec 550w Truepower 2.0, XP Professional (will probably get Vista in the future maybe.)
    I've searched around newegg for some video cards for a price range of about 100-200$ and this is what I've got.


    Sapphire Radeon X1950PRO 512MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102075

    Sapphire Radeon X1950XT 256MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102067

    First, I was wondering how these stack up against each other, and what's the big difference between the 256MB and 512MB. (Newegg doesn't have 512 MB for x1950XT it seems)
    Also, do people have a preference between Sapphire and say HIS IceQ or something like that?
    I was also wondering, how these stack up against the Radeon 2600XT and 2600PRO, which seem to be less expensive (at least the 256 MB XT and 512 PRO, 128 bit.).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102102
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102152

    Keep in mind, I do play games, like Counterstrike and Supreme Commander.
    Thanks for your time.
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    if your going to be playing dx9 games X1950XT 256MB its a better card even if it doesnt have 512mb of mem

    and about the dx10 cards unless you going to get vista I would wait untill they come out with cards that can play the dx10 games as only the higher cards can play them with decent fps with eyecandy
  3. RTW New Member

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    Ok, i'll stick with the x1950's then.

    So the x1950xt is better even though it's 256 MB? Is it worth the 40$ more than the x1950PRO 512mb?
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    I believe the 512 is for higher resolutions on your monitor....if you play 1280 X 1024, 256 is fine. If you play widescreen say 1900 X whatever, you may want the 512 version. Dont take this info to heart but I think I'm in the right ballpark!
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    Nope, Sneeky, the memory is one of the factors, but the X1950XT even WITH 256MB > X1950PRO 512MB. Even at high resolutions the X1950XT will still outperform the X1950PRO, why? The Core, X1950PRO = 36 Shaders, 12 ROPS, X1950XT = 48 Shaders, 16 ROPs. Higher fillrate overall.
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    I'd go with the 512MB simply because it's cheaper and won't be too far behind the x1950xt
    Crunching for Team TPU
  7. RTW New Member

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    Ok, seeing as how it seems the X1950XT is much better. I will go with it.
    Now, which would you guys go with?

    Sapphire Model of X1950XT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102067

    HIS Hightech Model of X1950XT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814161048R&ATT=14-161-048R&CMP=OTC-SortPrice&cm_mmc=OTC-SortPrice-_-Video+Cards-_-HIS-_-14161048R
    (Had to do fricken google search to find this through newegg because it's openbox.

    The HIS is about 10$ more but with the Sapphire rebate, the HIS becomes 30$ more.
    (Also the Sapphire seems to have a 3 year warranty, where as the HIS doesn't seem to have the warranty the newegg website, so I'm not sure what it is.)

    EDIT: I just noticed that since the HIS is openbox, it says that the item is OEM BAREBONE. Does that mean that it does not come with the fan built in buy HIS?
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2007
  8. sneekypeet

    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    sorry for the misinformation of the previous post.

    As for OEM BAREBONE....I believe its the card and stock fan intact, but there is nothing else. Just the Card, no disc , cables , etc.

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