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Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Pinchy, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. Pinchy New Member

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    Title says it all :D...PCIe card, leaning towards ATi (i know the ASUS P5B Deluxe has crossfire, but im not sure if that means SLi too)

    Looking at an X1950 PRO. 256mb - $300, 512mb - $360 (aussie dollars) (looking at 512mb)

    Ive heard the X1950 have better crossfire, like they are hardware not software or something.

    All suggestions welcomed :)...prices - www.staticice.com.au (gets cheapest prices on all shops in AUS)

    Thanks in advanced!

    CPU (probably e6300 cus its $70 cheaper than e6400 and i figure i can just OC it a little, correct me if im wrong)
    RAM - 2GB G.Skill PC6400 800Mhz 5-5-5-15
    Mobo - asus p5b deluxe
     
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    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    If your mobo is CrossFire it means you need ATi cards m8 ;)
     
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    yep that mobo is crossfire so ATi, it doesn't support SLi...

    Personally I'd wait untill ATi bring out the R600 (not too far off I dont think)

    Even if you don't want the r600 the prices of the other cards will really start to fall when bother nvidia and ati have dx10 cards out
     
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    lol thanks! thought so :D...im new to the whole PCIe/SLi/Crossfire thing :p

    yeah i wanted to orignally wait for the price drops (not to actually buy an R600...too expensive :p)...but im not sure on their release date. I could wait till after Chirstmas for the gfx i guess....but will it be worth it? like will the price drops be significant?
     
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    Midrage will not be out till march or april, the X1950pro is a nice card/ It will last for a while too/
     
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    so you guys reckon X1950PRO is best bang for buck?

    If so, what should i go for, 256 or 512mb?
     
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    x1950 has an nvidia style bridge cable between cards instead of the 'dongle' that x1800/1900/1950xt etc cards have, the best part of this is you no longer need a crossfire master card (which usually cost more, and can be hard to find)
     
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    ahh i see...well thats handy :D

    thanks for that

    so any idea on whether 256mb or 512mb?
     
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    From what I've seen, 512Mb doesn't make too much of a difference, and a bigger increase in price, so I would go with the X1950Pro 256Mb. The Mid-Range DX10 cards will be out March-April area as DaMulta said, and even then, DirectX9 will still be going strong, so it wouldn't really bad to get a DX9 card right now. And later, maybe add another X1950Pro for CrossFire as well. Great card from the reviews I have seen. Wish I could get it, but Wii is in my mind.
     
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    Yeah, but i hear all these new games using all this extra memory...are you sure its not worth the extra $60 AUD? (256 - 300, 512 - 360)

    Cus i dont think im gonna get DX10 for a while, i wanna stay with the x1950 for a while :)
     
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    If your going to stick with it for a while I would suggest spending the extra $60, that is about £25 I think maybe less! So its well worth it imo

    ;)
     
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    Yeah its almost exactly £24. And i just realised that the powercolor ones come with the Accelero cooler as a stock fan! :D...im not sure of the 256mb, but the 512mb does, and thats worth $50 :D Oh and they got a default OC of 600/700 :) I was gonna go ASUS till i noticed all the advantages of Powercolor, and the Powercolor is cheaper :p
     
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    the cheapest i can get a X1900GT is for around $280 (256mb) vs the $300 X1950 PRO (256mb)

    Im not gonna OC that much at the start, and the X1950 PRO does have the advantage of the easier crossfire
     
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    dont ask me, i dont know anything about crossfire, its just something i read :p

    http://xtreview.com/review154.htm

    X1950 PRO wins in every bench ;)

    + the 512mb X1950 PRO is $360 with an Accelero worth $60, so thats basically a $300 512mb card :p
     
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    but it just beats the 1950XTX in FPS and i bet if the XTX was OC it would beat that crossfire
     
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    but the X1950XTX is $800, over double its price ;)
     
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    The GT has voltage software controls for the core and memory, and the Pro doesnt.

    If you arent going to overclock, the Pro is a couple of fps faster as your link shows.

    I'm just adding my input. I almost bought the X1950Pro but was swayed away when I saw the benchmark scores of people who bought them.

    Good luck:toast:
     
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    lmao thanks for all the input, i need the ideas :D...no hard feelings or anything, im just telling you wat i know ;)

    Yeah, see, ill overclock, but i never keep my OC at that level, like ill push it to see how far i can get it, but ill set it back down to default once ive benchmarked it (my theory is that as long as i get no lag, im happy :D) + i dont like changing voltage :p
     
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    the ceapest XTX i found on newegg was ($359.99 after $50.00 Mail-In Rebate)
     
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    yeah prices are a lil ghey over here in australia :p

    and newegg doesnt ship to us :cry:

    EDIT: I just found one for $620
     
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    $620 in us $ thats alot :eek: is that pro DDR4 or 3
     
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