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One of the departments I support at my office is looking to upgrade their graphics cards to handle the AutoCAD 07 and other GIS software (fancy software they use for something or other, all I know it does rendering). We ordered 10 8800GTXs only to realize they won't fit into our Gateways due to the Gateway's deign of being a BTX case.

Anyway, I need to find time a card that will be overkill for what they need so I don't have to listen to them complain for at least a couple years. So my choices are limited due to the design of the case we're using. replacement of the case isn't an option because these are brand new.

My dilemma is which card is better, the 8600gt or the 7950 gt? the 8600 has a faster CPU and RAM but a 128-bit interface while the 7950 is a tad slower on CPU and RAM but has a 256-bit interface (and for the most part more RAM). Does the 8 series architecture warrant a smaller memory interface to get the same performance results? We aren't running vista and DX10 isn't a concern.

Or am I barking up the wrong tree on graphics cards and switch to something geared more towards business?

Also a side question, what's the difference between stream processors and pipelines?
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Originally Posted by TheOriginalGiga View Post
One of the departments I support at my office is looking to upgrade their graphics cards to handle the AutoCAD 07 and other GIS software (fancy software they use for something or other, all I know it does rendering). We ordered 10 8800GTXs only to realize they won't fit into our Gateways due to the Gateway's deign of being a BTX case.

Anyway, I need to find time a card that will be overkill for what they need so I don't have to listen to them complain for at least a couple years. So my choices are limited due to the design of the case we're using. replacement of the case isn't an option because these are brand new.

My dilemma is which card is better, the 8600gt or the 7950 gt? the 8600 has a faster CPU and RAM but a 128-bit interface while the 7950 is a tad slower on CPU and RAM but has a 256-bit interface (and for the most part more RAM). Does the 8 series architecture warrant a smaller memory interface to get the same performance results? We aren't running vista and DX10 isn't a concern.

Or am I barking up the wrong tree on graphics cards and switch to something geared more towards business?

Also a side question, what's the difference between stream processors and pipelines?
The 7950GT is outright stronger then the 8600GT. It has more pipelines. Think of pipelines as lanes on a highway, the more you have, the more you can push through.
    
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7950 ftw
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The 7950GT is outright stronger then the 8600GT. It has more pipelines. Think of pipelines as lanes on a highway, the more you have, the more you can push through.
but not DX10 supported. If he doesn't want to play DX10 games (not alot) than get the 7950GT
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but not DX10 supported. If he doesn't want to play DX10 games (not alot) than get the 7950GT
Of course it does not support DirectX10 but that is a non-issue because he does not need it, have vista, and is not gaming
    
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the 8600GT is pretty much a dx10 7600GT. i would go with the 7950GT for sure.
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Of course it does not support DirectX10 but that is a non-issue because he does not need it, have vista, and is not gaming
O well get the 7950GT. Well yoru at it get the GeForce 7950 GX2
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Of course it does not support DirectX10 but that is a non-issue because he does not need it, have vista, and is not gaming
I could see it now, our whole levee inspection team playing Halo 2 haha
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yeah the 7950 is the better card
    
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the 8600GT is pretty much a dx10 7600GT.
not from this benchmark

http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=637&p=1
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