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You should save up a little bit more and get an 8800GTS 320MB

thanks for the suggestion but it did not answer my question
 

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ati2600xt 800/2200 for $175(cdn) or XFX GeForce 8600GTS 730/2260 for $245(cdn)

i wanna know which one will yeild the best proformance for my dollar
 

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Well I think the gts is a little better in dx9 and the 2600 is a little better in dx10(but still not playable). I saw a review that said the 2600xt 512gddr3 model was the sweet spot for the 2600 line up since gddr4 offers no performance gains on a 128bit bus. that would be a little cheaper

and since this is a OC forum the 2600 may overclock better since its a 65nm core vs 80nm for the gts. also cosider the 8600 gt can be Oced pretty easily to near gts speeds

and of course theres the drivers, brand new and unoptimized in Ati's case.

I think If you can get together another $50 the 8800gts320 is the best bang for buck gaming video card out there having vitually no difference in performance from the 8800gts640. It was just on sale for $298 at ncix.

and aslo you could wait for the 2600 gemini cards to show up as they might actually share the same 512bit bus as the 2900xt with 2 65nm cores

I guess Id say go with the 2600xt if you had to get 1 right now but only because I like to gamble and bet ATI can come through with driver improvements
 

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The ATi Radeon X2600 XT Is way better than the 8600GTS has GDDR4
 
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if you're running Windows XP, i would get neither. Radeon X1950 Pro will give you the most bang for your buck.

thanks for the suggestion but it did not answer my question
 

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The ATi Radeon X2600 XT Is way better than the 8600GTS has GDDR4

..uhh did you catch this->
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gddr4 offers no performance gains on a 128bit bus.


If the cards are close in specs, I would go for the ATi, as mentioned, 65nm FTW..little less power, better OC potential..and from my experience, ATi gpu's are just a little 'stronger' when all of the eye candy is turned on.

Q 4 u-> are the 2600's Crossfire capable?
 

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..uhh did you catch this->

Q 4 u-> are the 2600's Crossfire capable?

yes
and no ddr4 dont offer no proformance on 128bit bus
 

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damn..thats a 'rough' review...Oouch ATi ! *** is up with the unsupported OC tools?..

I think I rescind my initial choice..


8600gts or X1950XT, maybe..?
 

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While it is true that the HD2600XT looks better on paper (higher core clock, GDDR4, etc.)
I think the reason why 8600GTS outperforms HD2600XT is because it has much higher texture fill rate. 8600GTS has 16 TMU, HD2600XT has only 8
 

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