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post #21 of 57
Here's some comparison (not perfect but it's x1950xt (256mb) vs 7950gt (512mb)

It seems the x1950xt beats the 7950gt
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post #22 of 57
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Well, the thing that's getting me now is the Memory Interface. I see a handful of cards that have much better clock and memory speeds, but they only have half of the memory interface. And, since I have no idea what memory interface actually is (since they have the same amount of memory size...), I can't tell if they'd be better or if it would balance.
post #23 of 57
Yeah can be confusing since its various factors such as pixel pipelines, clock speeds amongst other things.

Main thing is to get DDR3 or DDR4 memory rather than DDR2 (usually on budget/mid range cards)
256bit is better but it seems some of the newer generation cards are 128bit and can outperform a 256bit card.

BTW, what are you system specs such as CPU and monitor?
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post #24 of 57
memory interface is how long the bus is 128 or 256 i thk more stuff can be transferd on a longer bus. Thats why the cards with 128 run alot higher mhz to keep up. The evga 7900gs ko is a great card if you got the guts to volt mod it it becomes a real monster.
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7900gs ftw
    
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I'm not really sure about most of the system yet. I know that I'm going with an AMD Anthlon X2 3800+ Brisbane processor, and the motherboard I have picked out is the ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32x. The rest I'm not so sure about, nor will I be until I have the money infront of me and am ready to buy. I have a few choices for everything that I'm considering.

The cards that I was looking at with half the Interface and much better clockspeeds were the nVidia GeForce 8600GTS cards. There are at least a half-dozen that outperform the x1950xt in memory and clock speeds, but as I said, they only have 128MB Memory Interface, as opposed to x1950xt's 256MB.
post #27 of 57
I personally would stay away from ATI myself. I've heard nothing but bad things when it comes from their warranties/customer service. That's just what i've heard. As far as performance, the 1950 is a great card. Back to nvidia, I would go with no one else except eVGA. I have a 7950 GT KO and hands down the best card i've ever owned. The card is clocked @ 560mhz, mem @ 1450mhz w/ 512mb. This card along with my new E6600 runs games flawlessly. Also, I believe with eVGA's warranties, you can modify the heatsink and it will not void the warranty. Whereas, if you modify the BFG cards, they will void warranty if heatsink is messed with.
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post #28 of 57
The X1950XT smokes the 7950GT? And the X1950XT is cheaper, so why dont you just get the X1950XT?
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post #29 of 57
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Yeah, as I said, i've never really been a fan of ATI. The only reason I'm even using one of their cards now is because it came with the computer. (This computer was bought way back in the days when I was a total newb and didn't know Megabits from Megabytes.) As for an example, here is one of the 8600GTS cards. It has much better Memory Clock and System Clock speeds to the x1950xt, but it only has half the Memory Interface.

EVGA GeForce 8600GTS

It doesn't state how many pixel pipelines it has, though. I'll try looking it up on the card's official site. For now, though, someone mind giving me an opinion on it?

EDIT: Found it. The offical site says it has 32 Pixel Pipelines. A hefty number compared to what I've seen today...
post #30 of 57
I have to say 8600GTS
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