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Got a x1900 XTX off ebay for $61... going to put it into my HTPC/Gamer/Server... I thought that was a reasonable price given the card.
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I wouldn't of even payed close to that, but if u like it thats all that matters
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Originally Posted by BURNS331 View Post
Got a x1900 XTX off ebay for $61... going to put it into my HTPC/Gamer/Server... I thought that was a reasonable price given the card.
very good price for the card,
i mean, for 60bucks I can only get stuff like HD3650 ddr2 or whatever, and 1950xtx for sure beats it in performance now

there is downside, which it doesn't have the latest standards, so some newer stuff don't run as well, that's only because X series are dx9 cards, but 1950XTX is definately the fastest DX9 desktop video card alive
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Im confused are you saying that its a decent card or not? I read some reviews and the x1950 is much better than the x1900... at least thats what all the reviews said.... its not going to be a heavy gamer card... halo 1, fear, gta san Andreas... so nothing like crisis...thats why i went for the cheap card
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You can use it for Crysis, if you stick to 1024 x 768. You'll get to turn physics, shadows, and post processing up to high as well. I played through it many times with a single X1900 XTX. Also, a single XTX will play Assassin's Creed at 1680 x 1050, almost all settings at maximum. You can definitely play more games than you think with that old card. All Source engine games will run perfectly at almost any resolution. CoD4 runs great as well.

$60 bucks is a great deal. I just payed $75 for my Crossfire Edition. Don't listen to the haters...

BTW, 1950 is the same as 1900, except that it uses faster memory (DDR4 instead of DDR3)

PPS: Get ready for a LOUD video card and very hot (90 C) GPU temps. This is normal, actually.
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Okay, what are some good mods for this card and how far will it over clock safely? Rule of thumb, i know every card is different. Also whats the max temp for it if 90c is common?
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My XTX hates overclocking. ATiTool and riva tuner lead to video driver crashes. Even using the overdrive option in CCC leads to constant crashes. I oc'd the crossfire edition (using overdrive) to the stock XTX speeds 650, 775 and that's how my cards stay stable. Even in single card mode, my particular XTX won't stay stable at 5 MHz higher than stock.

Given these circumstances, I haven't even tried to change the cooler or anything.

Like you said, every card is different.

90 C is pretty much as hot as you will ever see it, during a heavy load.
    
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That is a good card, and I would say keep it even after you get a newer one as it would be good for folding or just used in a backup rig. I love my X1900gt. I tend to keep all my gpus I own, too sentimental I guess.
    
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Sadly you can no longer fold with the x1xxx series cards. Good card for games though. Only just got rid of my 1950XTX and it played all games on max settings fine, except Crysis of course lol. As for overclocking, these XTX's are maxed out as they are so you can't get much more out of them.
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Not a bad deal at all. I don't understand why a lot of people nowadays give the impression that if you don't have an 8800 series/9xxx series Nvidia or 3800 series ATI, that the older cards magically won't work in any new games...?

Also, the change from the 1900 to 1950 was miniscule, and there really isn't a practical performance difference between the two.

For overclocking, I have gotten the best results using ATI Tray Tools (and I like the interface too, with tons of tweaking options--and apparently the newer version has some voltage control options, but I'm a bit too scared to tinker with them just yet without a backup card...lol).
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