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Hey All,

I may be able to upgrade my graphics card soon and I wanted some advice on these two cards. I know that DX10 will be "out" soon, but I will not be moving to Vista at any point in the foreseeable future, so DX10 isn't as issue for me. I have also decided on ATi, for my own reasons, so Nvida is not an option for me either.

With this in mind, which of the following two cards is the better:
  1. Connect 3D ATI Radeon X1800XT 512MB GDDR3 DVI-I + DVI-I + VIVO
  2. Sapphire ATI Radeon X1900XT 256MB GDDR3 Dual DVI VIVO PCI-E
From the limited research I've done so far, I understand the X1900XT is the faster card, beating the X1800XT in most benchmarks, but I was wondering if the difference in graphics memory (256MB vs 512MB) would make much of a difference in performance between the two cards? Is 512MB of VRAM really worth having and if so, would it be better to get the slower card with the more memory?

This may seem like a silly question to ask, but I'm not quite sure which to go for. As there is only £10.00 (around $19.00 USD) between the two cards (the X1900XT being the more expensive) price isn't really a factor and with the card's be quite similar spec wise, it's the memory difference that stand out most for me.

So do I go for the slower card with 512MB of VRAM or faster card with 256MB?

Thanks for your help!

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I would have to say the 1900 would be the better choice the 512 really doesnt make as much performance diffrence as a more powerful gpu would.
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dont get x1900xt 256, get x1950xt 256, its almost same price
    
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If you have only 512 mb of system ram, or you do a lot of photoshop or video editing and you need a lot of ram go with the x1800xt 512mb. If this is mostly for gaming the x1900xt has a much stronger core and is a better choice
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The x1900xt is going to be faster in almost all games however the 512mb of memory on the x1800xt will allow it to enable some features in games such as Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and Call of Duty 2. In GRAW you can't enable high texture detail without 512mb vram and COD2 automatically detects how much vram you have and sets certain detail options in the command prompt which you cannot change. So for overall gaming ability the x1900xt is the clear winner while in some games it will be forced to sacrifice some of the most advanced graphical options.
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dont get x1900xt 256, get x1950xt 256, its almost same price
You're right, it's only £5.00 (about $9.60 USD) more for the X1950XT 256MB compared to the X1900XT 256MB.

OK, so would a 256MB X1950XT be significantly better than an 512MB X1800XT? Does the 512MB of VRAM the X1800XT has, have any real performance improvement over the 256MB the other two cards have?

Is the X1950XT 256MB the best option out of all three cards?

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If you have only 512 mb of system ram, or you do a lot of photoshop or video editing and you need a lot of ram go with the x1800xt 512mb. If this is mostly for gaming the x1900xt has a much stronger core and is a better choice
This card will be used primarily for 3D gaming and 2D DTP etc .

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You're right, it's only £5.00 (about $9.60 USD) more for the X1950XT 256MB compared to the X1900XT 256MB.

OK, so would a 256MB X1950XT be significantly better than an 512MB X1800XT? Does the 512MB of VRAM the X1800XT has, have any real performance improvement over the 256MB the other two cards have?

Is the X1950XT 256MB the best option out of all three cards?

Thanks! REPs forthcoming.

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The X1950XT beats all the cards you listed
    
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I would personally get the x1950xt. It will allow you to play all games that are currently out at 1280x1024 at maximum settings except for Oblivion which you would probably have to kick down the resolution to 1024x768 for playable framerates in all areas.
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OK, thanks all. That's made my mind up. If I am able to upgrade, which I hope I will be able to, I'll be going for the 256MB X1950XT.

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im glad i could help =]
    
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