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#1 Bikerdad57

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:35 PM

Hello everyone,
I was given two video cards, a ATI HD5450 and a GeForce 7900GS and wanted to know which of the two cards is better?
Thanks

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#2 Johnny_Gee

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:40 PM

I would say the ATI. It has 2GB of DM, and vga, HDMI, and DVI in. If im looking at the right one, the GeForce only has 2 DVI and 256MB DM
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#3 Nicholas Basso

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:44 PM

For an answer which gives you some comparative basis, a reviews site called "Tom's Hardware" posts a monthly guide to the best video card purchases based upon cost and value. At the end of every one of them is a comparison chart, giving you a comparison of all PCI-E card models (and some older AGP ones) and their comparative tiers of performance.

For this months, see:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-gaming-performance,3042.html
Select Page 7, the Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 08:25 PM

However, to answer the question directly:

The 7900GS is an older-generation video card by nVidia
It was, at the time, relatively high-end, had a 256-bit memory bus (one of the highest memory bus-widths available), only 256 MB of memory (which today is a little low), and supported DirectX 9. Some cards had a 512 MB RAM quantity, but those were rare.

The 5450, in comparison, is a next-to-newest generation budget video card by ATI.
It has a 64-bit memory bus (the smallest available in modern cards today), 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM (mostly a formality, with a 64-bit memory bus the card cannot access the memory fast enough most likely), and supports DirectX 11.
It is generally sold as a HTPC (home theatre PC) card, or as a budget gaming card. It will do some newer games, but not really much. Optimized more for Blu-Ray playback.

My recommendation would be the 5450 if you're looking for Blu-Ray or low-heat (the 5450 will probably put out less heat than the 7900GS).
I would recommend the 7900GS if you're looking for higher-end gaming (even with its lower specs it will outperform the 5450 in every way.)

Make sure both are PCI-Express, while the 7900 should be, it's possible you could have an AGP model. I don't recall if AGP versions of teh 7900 were ever sold.
Make sure also your computer is PCI-Express.

Good luck!

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 04:54 PM

Thanks to everyone for the replies! Looks like I will put the 7900 on my board and the wife gets the 5450. She has the slimline case.




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