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Are you looking for a videocard for your old system, but you dont have more than 100 bucks? Well, read on:

Clearly, the two most powerful video cards that are priced below 100$ is the 7300GT from nvidias side, and the X1600pro from ATI's side. You all are probably alot more familiar with the X1600pro, cause the 7300GT isnt very common, and a rare sight to see someone in this forum with one. The X1300pro is also included in these tests - for those curios about that card.

Anyhoo, these two are up for a fight. Well be looking at performance within benchmarks, OpenGL games, and DirectX games.

Lets start out with the benchmarks.





As we can see, the margin of performance isnt too big, but the X1600pro takes the crown for the 3dmarks.

Lets go over to the OpenGL games, ofcourse which is DOOM 3 and Quake 4!





Wow! After losing the 3dmarks crown, we can see that the greens, AKA nvidia, are as always the king of the hill when it comes to OpenGL. But how does it perform in Quake4?





My god, as we can see, when running without AA and Aniso, we can see that the stock 7300GT owns the overclocked X1600pro in both Doom 3 and quake 4! But! Do not forget to notice that the margin between the cards decreases alot when more eyecandy is set on! What can this mean? Only more benchmarks will tell!

Now, lets go over to the DirectX games. Farcry, and UT2004:









Uh oh. Things arent looking too bright for the 7300GT now. The X1600pro pretty much owns it. And considering that almost all of the games we play today are based on the DirectX engine, we can go over to the conclusion saying:

In conclusion, i would say that these two are pretty close performers. The X1600pro has a performance advantage in mostly everything, except for games on the Doom enginge (OpenGL). The X1600pro is more overclockable, and also gave a larger performance advantage when overclocked, compared to the 7300GT. When at stock speeds however, the performance was alot closer.

So i think that i can safely say that the X1600pro is the better buy, for only 10-15$ more than the 7300GT. Oh! But wait! We shouldnt trust one source too much should we? How about we check out some more benchmarks!!

Source for above review, which BTW came from Techspot.

Right! It was very hard to find proper reviews with pictures, and i find it that very many other reviewer sites have discluded the X1600pro in their benchmarks, and saying that ATI will have problems finding something that can compete against the 7300GT at the same price lvl. ***? kkthx. So, i spent quite some time doing research in text only reviews and forums. I can draw to this conclusion:

The best gamers card for under 100$ is the X1600pro. It costs however 10-15$ more than the 7300GT.
The 7300GT is quite commonly found in passive cooled versions, whereas the X1600pro comes with normal coolers, so the 7300GT is a great option for silent PC folks.
Both the cards have SM3, both support HDR.. bla bla bla.. As most nvidia cards, the 7300GT is a clear king of the hill in OpenGL games like Doom3 and Quake 4.

So, heres an ultimate conclusion:

X1600pro seems to have a slight advantage in performance, and the margin just gets bigger and bigger, when you put on more eyecandy. Which can only mean one thing, in future games, the margin will just become bigger and bigger between the X1600pro and the 7300GT, which conspicuously means that the X1600pro simply is more futureproof, and tackles more eyecandy. In addition, it has ATI's, some say superior, image quality, which i personally never have seen a difference in, but i havent looked really after either . The margin isnt too big, and mostly the margin in the benchmarks between the two overclocked cards at techspot is higher than the one at stock, which is obviously because the X1600pro has recieved a few more mhz on the core and mem.

So, for people who want a very silent PC, or who wants to stay loyal to nvidia, or just plays OpenGL things, the 7300GT is an excellent choice. I would also reccomend it for those who do not wish to take the chance of overclocking.
But, since most of us here do overclock, and do seek to get the most performance we can out of our cash, i would reccomend the X1600pro for those who want top performance, and image quality for under 100 bucks. But be prepared to spend 10-15 bucks more for the X1600pro over the 7300GT.

NOTE: Everything here is written by ME

Hope this helped, comments would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 8
Love the graphs, but did not read that massive wall of text at the end. If there's anything important there, bold the important stuff.

Also, you might possibly expand this to include the 7600GS, which barely makes it under the line.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143054
     
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Love the graphs, but did not read that massive wall of text at the end. If there's anything important there, bold the important stuff.

Also, you might possibly expand this to include the 7600GS, which barely makes it under the line.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143054
Ill look into it, ill wait for prices to drop even more since thats the only 7600GS i see under 100 bucks right now. Will bold things now
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lookin good, why don't any benchmarks use BF2, cause in there, you're not just having to draw a hall way with a few guys with a gun in the bottom right...
In BF2 you have the whole landscape, oceans, trees, the jet-wars going on over your head. I've seen Doom/quake/and UT2004, but i think that a benchmark for BF2 would be good

/\\ thats not saying that you needed to include more benchies, i just want people to make a BF2 benchmark.

I'm surprised the 7300 was able to keep up with the X1600PRO, doesn't the 7300 only have like 4 pipes? i thought it sucked.
    
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I'm surprised the 7300 was able to keep up with the X1600PRO, doesn't the 7300 only have like 4 pipes? i thought it sucked.
It does suck, but an x1600PRO is basically a beefed up x1300XT, speed wise.

x1300 -> x1600PRO is a pathetic upgrade. 7300 -> 7600 is a more awesome upgrade.
     
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If blackfriday counts....circuit city has the 7600gt for 89.99 after rebate. I just bought one, hopefully it'll hold me for a year or 2 with my little 1024x768 resolution until dx10 becomes more mainstream
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If you get the DDR3 version of the 7300GT most can overclock like monsters and absolutely crush the x1600pro. Also the 7300GT has 8 pixel pipelines whereas the x1600pro has 4.
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If you get the DDR3 version of the 7300GT most can overclock like monsters and absolutely crush the x1600pro. Also the 7300GT has 8 pixel pipelines whereas the x1600pro has 4.
thank you, i wondered about the pipelines for quite some time now
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