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I want to buy a 850xt but it is SM2 while the 7600GT is SM3...will this prove to be a significant difference in games like BF 2142? 850xt does have 16 Pipelines while 7600 has only 12 pipelines...So..what will it be?
 
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I believe that the 7600GT is faster than the X850XT. Pretty much every benchmark I've seen has agreed with me.

As for SM2 vs SM3, there aren't a ton of games that use it, but it makes a huge difference in games that do use it, picture quality wise.
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SM3 will just improve all the eye candy,such as HDR (dynamic lighting) among other things. But as namrac said, the 7600gt is still better, and a good overclocker aswell, so i think it would be smarter to invest in the 7600gt as aposed to the x850xt.
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What difference does SM3 support make? Will it be necessary to run the newer games?

I'm looking for a new graphics card for my system. Currently, I'm using the onboard graphics (6100), and the performance is abysmal, as expected. I have three upgrade options. The neighbourhood shop has an X700 left over from old stock, 256MB DDR2 version. He's willing to sell it to me for the same price as a 7300GS TC 256MB. There's also a 6500 256MB at the same price. All of them come with full warranty. All are PCI-E

I looked up both GPUs, and the X700 has 6 shaders and 8 pipes, against 4 pipes and 3 shaders for the 7300GS TC. The 6500 also has 256MB onboard memory, not TC. The clocks are also higher. Which one should I go for?
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im not even gonna bother answering, this has been discussed to death in my thread
 
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