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Worth The Upgrade?


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#1 Raymond42c

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 12:26 PM

Here is my current card:
XFX PVT73PYDJ3 GeForce 7600GS 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card


Here is the good deal I found (at least I think its a good deal):
XFX PVT84GUDF3 GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - for about $150


My question is, am I going to see a $150 difference between the two cards, or any difference at all. Video cards are the one thing that I don't really understand the numbers on. I understand its a newer GPU, but then its less memory on the card (512 v. 256). Is the better GPU a larger advantage over the better memory?


The other thing is that I'll never be able to SLI bridge the first card because its out of production and can't seem to get my hands on one, so for future SLI bridging I might want to get the new card as well. But I can only afford one now, so does anyone think this card will go out of production in less than a year? And yes, bought the first card in may and now I have the money to SLI two together and I can't find another card, go figure huh? :thumbsup:

Thanks in advance for any help and advice!
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 03:26 PM

More that 256MB of memory is a waste on anything other than high-end GPU's. Manufacturers put more memory to make consumers think the graphics card is better than it is. A 8600GTS should give you at least a 30% performance improvement over a 7600GS in gaming. If it's worth $150 is up to you.

SLI isn't usually worth it with midrange cards. Your much better of getting a high-end card.
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 06:40 PM

Thank you. That helps explain a lot. And yeah, the 30% is probably a good upgrade since I have another comp that isn't for gaming that I can through the old 7600 into.

P.S. nice cat.




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