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hey all i have an x800gto that oc's well but i want to run hdr and a little eye candy. my budget is about $170 so im looking at x1800gto, x1800gto2, and the x1900gt. which of these is the best value, especially if any of them allow to unlock pipes or have an easy mod.
 

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The HIS X1900GT is a beast of an overclocker.
 

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yeah, wax shop had one for sale and i missed it. do any of the gto versions unlock?
 

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I don't know about unlocking pipes on the x1800gto's, but the GTO's are about the same price as the X1900GT, which like I said, overclocks like crazy and would probably do just as well as a stock X1900XT or XTX.
 
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im looking at open box items as i have had good luck with them. newegg has an x1800gto2 for a good price, and yes i do care about the $30 diff.<br><br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814102027R" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814102027R</a>
 

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X1800GTO2. Unlocks to X1800XT 512MB.
 

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I think you should go with<br><br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814161029" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161029</a><br><br>
It's about $30 more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I think it would do a lot better than the X1800GTO though, because of the much faster (1300 to 1000mhz) ram and faster core speeds. It also has a better heatsink.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">X1800GTO2. Unlocks to X1800XT 512MB.</div>
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What are you unlocking, they both have 16 pipes.
 

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A X1800XT 512MB (read: X1800GTO2 unlocked) would beat a X1900GT though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A X1800XT 512MB (read: X1800GTO2 unlocked) would beat a X1900GT though.</div>
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Why, what are you unlocking?
 

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how is the cooler on these? i dont really want to buy a new one and i REALLY dont want it to be too loud.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">how is the cooler on these? i dont really want to buy a new one and i REALLY dont want it to be too loud.</div>
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At 100% the fan on my X1900XT is very loud, but once my computer is idleing, the fan noise isn't bad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I don't know how loud the HIS X1900GT cooler is, but the dual slot X18/900XT/XTX coolers are known to be loud.
 

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thank you, i thought id heard that, what about the single slot cooler on the gto?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Why, what are you unlocking?</div>
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The pipes. To a XT.<br><br>
They may have pre-unlocked them, I know a few people got stock unlocked ones. So all you would have to do is OC and you have an XT. Up volts through software if you want.
 

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Get the 7900GS <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814186003" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814186003</a><br>
You can unlock 4 pipes.
 

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im looking to go ati, unless nvidia had a hands down price and performance winner which they dont seem to. also hoping to stay under $170.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The pipes. To a XT.<br><br>
They may have pre-unlocked them, I know a few people got stock unlocked ones. So all you would have to do is OC and you have an XT. Up volts through software if you want.</div>
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The X1800GTO2 has 16 pipelines open, core/mem at 500/1000. The X1800XT with 512mb of ram has 16 pipelines, core/mem at 625/1500. The X1800GTO has 12 pipelines, core/mem at 500/1000. With the only X1800XT 512mb on newegg being over $500, and the X1800GTO's at $165. The X1900GT is $195 with 12 pipelines, core/mem at 500+/1300. I think the best deal out now for ATI is the <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814161029" target="_blank">HIS X1900GT</a>
 

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im looking at open box, so it is $139 for the gto and $169 gor the gto2. sounds lame but i dont want to spend $200 for the gt. i may wait for a while if i need to.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">im looking at open box, so it is $139 for the gto and $169 gor the gto2. sounds lame but i dont want to spend $200 for the gt. i may wait for a while if i need to.</div>
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Prices could fall. Between those, buying the X1800GTO and a great aftermarket cooler so you can unlock the pipelines and overclock it a lot might be your best move.
 

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yeah, it seems like people were having problems with the x1800gto2 and im really looking to upgrade just a bit so i can get better eye candy. at $140 the gto wont cost much to upgrade. thanks.
 
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