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I want a 7900, but this 8600 is a steal(?) at the 7900's price. (just below 200 USD)
So please tell me if this 8600 GT is any good or better than 7900

I might buy it in August if it's good.
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If your only going to play DX9 Games then get the 7900.The 7900 is way better in DX9 then the 8600GT,But if your interested in DX10 then get the 8600Gt.But to me a 7900 would be good for your PC So 7900 FTW.
 
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I wouldn't recommend the 8600 even if you're interested in DirectX 10, because almost every card, except for the 8800GTX and Ultra, suck horribly at DirectX 10. Get the 7900, seriously, it's so much better for your money.
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post #4 of 31
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Thanks

Anybody know much of their clocks and pixel pipelines?

I would appreciate any further input

EDIT: card must have PCIe power input
I wanna use my PCIe power cables ^^
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I have owned the 7900GT and currently own the 8600GT. The 8600 CREAMS the 7900 in OC'ability and in framerates in my experience. My 7900GT was a stutter-fest in oblivion with no texture mods. My 8600GT runs Oblivion with texture mods and 16xAF smoothly at 30fps, the 7900 was lucky if it could hold 20fps.

Not to mention which Bioshock- which looks to be a totally awesome DX10 game, comes out in just over three weeks. The developers list the 8600 as the recommended system requirement for gpu. I'm sure it will run it at least decently.

The 7900 might have been a better card several months ago but with driver updates and a solid OC the 8600 leaves it in the dust.
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I don't know anything about the 7900, but my 8600 maxes every game I've tried @ 30fps or more, usually in 1280x1024 .

Except for dirt and lost planet, if i want to play those two on max I have to set it to 1024x768, but dirt i still play maxed at 1280x720 @23fps I cant tell the difference. (I think racing games might be less obvious for low fps.) and lost planet i play at 1280x720 but i lower shadows and hdr to med.

Maybe those two games are more demanding because there 360 ports, Or maybe the 8600's maxing days are almost done. I dont know.
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post #7 of 31
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Ok thanks guys.

I say if someone dont show up saying the 7900 has awesome clocks it's screwed

The 8600 seems better than the 7900 to me now, even with its bad DX10 support, but bad support is better than no support
What it all comes down to is playability in games, clocks and pipelines.

How can I find out about the pipelines on the cards?

Repz0rz!
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Originally Posted by RandomGuy View Post
I don't know anything about the 7900, but my 8600 maxes every game I've tried @ 30fps or more, usually in 1280x1024 .
I never really cared about the 8600GT since I had an 8800GTS 640mbjust over a week ago and was forced to sell it due to financial reasons. I bought an 8600 "knowing" it was crappy because it was the cheapest option...

You bet I was surprised to find out that it ran circles around the 7900GT and x1950pro which I used to own. Now I find myself rather upset every time someone claims that the 7900GT, or x1950pro perform better because I have owned both and can say from personal experience that they DO NOT.

This bias against the 8600 series is total bandwagon BS. Period.
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Ok thanks guys.

I say if someone dont show up saying the 7900 has awesome clocks it's screwed

The 8600 seems better than the 7900 to me now, even with its bad DX10 support, but bad support is better than no support
What it all comes down to is playability in games, clocks and pipelines.

How can I find out about the pipelines on the cards?

Repz0rz!


Check here man:
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=513&card2=384
 
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Man thats sweet!

Thanks a lot!

@iandh: some good input there man, appreciate it
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