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Well I'm torn...I'm ready to upgrade to a new video card, but I can't decide what I want. My current Mobo has an ATI chipset, so it would be more advisable for me to buy an ATI card. But All I've read are mixed reviews on the HD 2900 series cards, I can't really find a definitive review that would tip me towards buy one. Additionally I'm been lead to believe that the HD2900 consume more power, and I'm not sure considering my current setup, if my power supply will provide the necessary juice to run one.

On the other hand, the 8800 series cards run a little less $green, and with the supposed price drop around the corner, I'm tempted to wait and buy one of those. Yet if I buy one, I will be running it on an ATI chipset, which is not supported by Nvidia even though it is proven that it will work.

And finally, I'm planning on upgrading to an a newer socket (AM2 or 775) type Mobo this summer, and since I'm planning that, part of me says that I should just bit the bullet, go Nvidia and when I upgrade make sure I get a board with a matching chipset.

REASON FOR HD 2900
-Current Chipset is ATI
-Some Reviews state it is more powerful than equivalent 8800's
-Within Price Range
-Have a fondness for ATI/AMD

REASONS AGAINST HD 2900
-Some reviews state it is less powerful than the 8800's
-Plan on upgrading Mobo/Processor soon
-Power supply may be insufficient (600 Watt)
-Little more expensive than 8800's
-Generates lots of heat

REASONS FOR 8800
-Reasonable priced
-Proven powerhouse
-Stable platform
-Compatible with possible Mobo upgrade
-Price Drop just around the corner

REASONS AGAINST THE 8800
-Been around for a year
-Currently have an ATI Chipset
-Fond of AMD/ATI
-Nagging feeling that HD 2900 has more potential


So basically, I'm looking for suggestions based on reason...don't post for either one just because you really like one brand or the other, just because I'm an ATI fan doesn't mean I won't switch...I want the biggest bang for my buck. So if you guys can feed me some facts, I'd really appreciate it, because ultimately I'll make my purchase based on cold hard facts.
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8800 FTW!
Why?
Fast, highly overclockable, runs cool, combines HDR and AA (first time in nVidia's history)...
    
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facts coupled with someones knowledge of the product, I don't have that yet
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Mike, if you are currently satisfied with your X1600XT, I would say just save up your money and wait for the DX10 cards to improve. IMO, the DX10 demos that has been released are really crappy, and I do doubt they our current 8-series card can handle it. If I were in your position, I would save, wait, and see where they take DX10 to.
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Your chipset makes no difference with GPU choices unless you plan on going to a dual card solution. ATI chipset doesn't work better with an ATI card.
post #6 of 11
Get 8800 and in july go Conore (C2D) when prices drop.
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Get the HD2900Xt MAn, best graphics card Ft money, and your PSU handles it in great, cuz a sistem with that GFX card only consumes like 420W ( i made the calculations on this web site)

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp
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Originally Posted by Jay1ty0 View Post
Get the HD2900Xt MAn, best graphics card Ft money, and your PSU handles it in great, cuz a sistem with that GFX card only consumes like 420W ( i made the calculations on this web site)

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp
1) It is only mildly faster than the 8800GTS (if that, lots of reports show them basically neck and neck), and more expensive. Not the best card for the money.

2) You can't trust power estimation sites. The PSU would probably handle it, but I don't think it has the 8-Pin PCIe power connector the HD2900XT requires.
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Originally Posted by Namrac View Post
2) You can't trust power estimation sites. The PSU would probably handle it, but I don't think it has the 8-Pin PCIe power connector the HD2900XT requires.
Adaptors can be purchased to upconvert a 6-pin to an 8-pin.
 
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Jay1ty0 dude learn to spell please. And use proper grammar!
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