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Ok, in the next couple of hours I'm going to order myself a new graphics card.. (my 6600GT is just laughable at the moment).

I figured in most high-res applications, the HD 2900 XT beats the 8800GTS.

So should I get this card? Or what.. it's rather confusing with all these mixed reviews.

Also, there's no option of waiting here (I've done it for 6 months.. delays.)

Opinions welcome, just not biased.
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post #2 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lozza View Post
I figured in most high-res applications, the HD 2900 XT beats the 8800GTS.
You are runing a HP 1702.... a 17" LCD.

Get the 8800GTS... it is quieter, less power consumption in use, and cheaper.
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I would be buying a 22" LCD to go with it - forgot to mention.
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Well, you have a PSU capable of running a 2900XT, so that isn't an issue. Also, the 2900 nearly keeps up with a GTX, which is clearly better than the GTS. Keep in mind that ATI cards always get better with time due to better driver support. However, you may need to open up your case door or something, because those 2900s get pretty dang hot, and I'm not sure how great your case's air flow is.
    
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I find it interesting how the 1950xtx competes very well with the 8800GTS 620MB @ 16x12 res in a recent review about the HD2900XT
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post #6 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
Also, the 2900 nearly keeps up with a GTX, which is clearly better than the GTS.
Every review has it performing on the level of a 8800GTS.
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post #7 of 28
Allow me to amend that since you called me.

It competes nicely with the 8800GTS IN SOME GAMES, at 16x12. (Also it does fairly well at 12x10 in a lot too.)

(PROOF LINK COMING SHORTLY)

EDIT:
FEAR -(http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/432/14/)
PREY -(http://www.guru3d.com/article/Videocards/432/11/)
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post #8 of 28
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Well a bit more power consumption doesn't make much difference to me, and the quietness doesn't either (My PC is already a minature hover craft as it is).

So on terms on performance, are the general thoughts that the card is better than the 8800GTS?
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post #9 of 28
The GTS is cheaper, and better price : performance wise

Hoowever you do know there will be a fairly big bottleneck witht hat CPU right?

But not enough that it will hinder gaming by much.

I advise the GTS over the 2900 but only if you are getting the 640mb version.

And don't flame that 6600GT i loved mine
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post #10 of 28
He is running 1280x1024 on a 17" LCD... get the 8800GTS.


NOTE: You do realize that these cards are PCIe and not AGP?
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