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Which should I get? I like the picture quality and performance of ATI cards with CS:S, but overall which is best? I have a budget of around 300 dollars with tax.

I'm looking at this,

x1950 PRO
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...anufacture=HIS

Or x1900GT

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=SAPPHIRE

Or X1900 GT

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=SAPPHIRE


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Get the x1950pro. Faster and just plain better. Also, if I'm not mistaken, the 1950 is meant to replace the 1900s. Only thing is that they don't OC very good from what I've heard. The x1950pro is the best ATI card you can get at the sub $300 range.
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Get the x1950pro. Faster and just plain better. Also, if I'm not mistaken, the 1950 is meant to replace the 1900s. Only thing is that they don't OC very good from what I've heard. The x1950pro is the best card you can get at the sub $300 range.
So it'd be better than say a 7900 GT KO?

The x1950 is the card I wanted, and the cooler is massive which is a big plus.
    
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The X1950PRO and the 7900GT (the 512MB version) are rather close with the ATI card having a small lead. The 7900 overclocks better and can match an overclocked 1950. Still, the 1950 is a very good buy money wise in my opinion. Either one will do good, so it really comes down to preference.
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The X1950PRO and the 7900GT (the 512MB version) are rather close with the ATI card having a small lead. The 7900 overclocks better and can match an overclocked 1950. Still, the 1950 is a very good buy money wise in my opinion.
Thanks melcar

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The X1950 Pro isn't a good OC'er right now because it has next to no software support. Its still a great card though!
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Wait...The specs say it's only 12 pixel pipelines? Is that right?

Model Name HIS X1950Pro IceQ3 Turbo Dual DL-DVI VIVO 256MB PCIe
Chipset Radeon X1950 PCIe Series
ASIC RV570
Pixel Pipelines 12
Vertex Engines 8
Manu. Process (Micron)
    
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It would be worth getting the x1950 just because of the cooler. the iceq3 coolers are amazing.
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Wait...The specs say it's only 12 pixel pipelines? Is that right?

Model Name HIS X1950Pro IceQ3 Turbo Dual DL-DVI VIVO 256MB PCIe
Chipset Radeon X1950 PCIe Series
ASIC RV570
Pixel Pipelines 12
Vertex Engines 8
Manu. Process (Micron)

It has 36 pixel shaders.
This is a rather accurate ranking list of current cards:
http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...kings-2-a.html
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If you're into OC'ing, I'd say get the X1900GT with this cooler, it means that it's the older Rev.1 with voltages you can change with just plain softwares. I achieved well over 700Mhz with my X1900GT. I still don't like ATi drivers though, they always seem a bit glitchy to me and I had a fresh install of Windows. And the 7900GT is more or less equal to the X1900GT in terms of gaming performance when both are at stock speeds, only you can achieve higher percentage of overclock with the 7900GT than the X1900GT, meaning that it'll be faster after overclock, and in my own experience the 7900GT does exactly that. I wouldn't get anything lower than a X1900XT when it comes to ATi cards, just to make up for the drivers.
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