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K, first of all he said that he doesnt care about specs. Yes, the 9800 is older but is a great card. I have both cards and quiet frankly, I dont see any difference playing doom 3, prince of perisa, or half life2. Mind you I have about 52 "newer" pc games that just came out within the last year and I have not had any issues playing them on my 9800 pro. And thats one step under the XT. Yes, I am currently using my X1600 in my gaming rig but thats because of the specs. If money is an issue, the 9800XT is an excellent chioce. If you want to OC the card I suggest getting a Zalman ZM80C-HP cooler with the optional fan. If you have the extra bucks, go with the x1600. This is my opinion according to your question.
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Originally Posted by badillo69
K, first of all he said that he doesnt care about specs. Yes, the 9800 is older but is a great card. I have both cards and quiet frankly, I dont see any difference playing doom 3, prince of perisa, or half life2. Mind you I have about 52 "newer" pc games that just came out within the last year and I have not had any issues playing them on my 9800 pro. And thats one step under the XT. Yes, I am currently using my X1600 in my gaming rig but thats because of the specs. If money is an issue, the 9800XT is an excellent chioce. If you want to OC the card I suggest getting a Zalman ZM80C-HP cooler with the optional fan. If you have the extra bucks, go with the x1600. This is my opinion according to your question.
I know he said he doesnt care about specs but you cant be very informative if you dont tell the guy what the X1600 is capable of so he wont be able to make a very good comparison between the two otherwise.
post #13 of 25
trust me go for x1600. you have HDR, SM3, H264 decoding and probably is a better performer. BUT!!!!! I would reccomend if you want that for an extra 40 pounds oir 30 you can get a 6800GS and these are VERY powerful compared to the x1600 BUT!!! will not support HDR or H264
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I have to agree with you there when it comes to the technology of the X1600 cards and yeah the 6800gs is a good card also but doenst have sm3 or HD filtering
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I have to agree with you there when it comes to the technology of the X1600 cards and yeah the 6800gs is a good card also but doenst have sm3 or HD filtering
The whole 6XXX series supports sm3.0 and consequently support sm3.0 based HDR as well.
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The whole 6XXX series supports sm3.0 and consequently support sm3.0 based HDR as well.
YES but the X1600 SERIES is built to deal with it better as its optimized for sm3
post #17 of 25
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I have to agree with you there when it comes to the technology of the X1600 cards and yeah the 6800gs is a good card also but doenst have sm3 or HD filtering
Nvidia cards have supported SM3.0 since the 6800GT, all the 6 series support it, from the 6200 to the 6800 Ultra, and also the 7 series.
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Nvidia cards have supported SM3.0 since the 6800GT, all the 6 series support it, from the 6200 to the 6800 Ultra, and also the 7 series.
Yes i know this lol..i just put it across in the worng way.
post #19 of 25
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thankss for the replies.. it looks like the differences, for my own needs arent huge, and unimportant for the time being, so ive opted for the 9800XT...

im getting the 9800XT for 75 CAD (im in canada), and the X1600 i was able to get for 200 flat..

im just not keen on getting the higher end card cuz i wanna save that for a total system upgrade in the future...

also, i heard theres spozed to be some major changes in video card & game design once DirectX 10 rolls out?? is that happening anytime soon ??
post #20 of 25
Well, theres another set of nVidia cards coming out soon to rival the new ATi X1900s based on the codenamed G71 Chip. These will be 7900GT/GTXs, but, like the X1900s, they WONT support DX10. It's the cards coming out after the 7900s that will (nVidia will probably call it the 8 series, or G80). Word seems to be pointing that these new cards will arrive late in the year, with the arrival of Windows Vista. Vista runs all its visuals in DX10, like the taskbar etc. But you can run it on a non DX10 card, but without the shiney things.

If you want to game RIGHT NOW, go for the 9800XT. Gorgeous card, runs FEAR pretty well. Then save and get a DX10 card later on.
Hope that helps =)
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