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Upgrading Agp Video Card


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#1 nforce

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 05:22 PM

Ok, I know i've posted something like this before, but now its almost christmas and I'm ready to buy a new-ish video card. I'm still using agp for a couple more years until dx10 and those cards get cheaper. In the mean time, I want a new card. So far, I've narrowed it down to a few... (trying to keep it below $150 so i'm not even really considering the 7800)

xfx 6800xt - I've been looking at this for a while. Only 8 pipes, but a good oc-er, gddr3, 256bit mem and it looks way cool

7600 - 12 pipes, but only gddr2 and 128bit mem. (Is it still better than the 6800)

radeon x850 - really good reviews, 12 pipes (4 more usually unlockable), 256bit gddr3 ram. (the only reason i dont like this one as much as the other 2 is because of the lack of shader model 3... I like my eye candy)(if this would be MUCH better than any other and you dont think i will see a difference in the shading, tell me.)

and finally, x1600/1650 - was seriously considering this because it looks like it has the best of all the cards i was considering, but on some sites, they called this card a joke, and were telling how horrible it was.



If anyone knows of a better card < $150, please tell

I have also already been to vga charts and saw benchmarks and stuff, but a lot of those arent realistic and are comparing agp right next to pci-e and stuff.

Please someone tell me their personal preference. I'm dying of undecidedness.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 11:08 PM

It's kind of a toss up. But I'd go with one of these cards. If you can find a X1650 XT ( The XT is way better then then PRO 12 piep difference ) in AGP I'd think you should go with that, as it also allows HDR lighting and Anit-Asling+ Anistrophic filtering at the smae time. But ifd not, as I'm pretty sure it's hard to find, and if it's under 150$, go with the 6800 as it would probably be your best bet.

X850's a little noisy I think as well.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 11:32 PM

Well, I looked... my main stores are usually ebay or newegg and I could only find the x1650 pro... but it looks really nice...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814102056

but I checked on tomshardware.com interactive vga charts and it showed the 6800 still beating it... in fact, the 6800 even beat out the 7600 in those tests... but it was kinda mixing agp, pcie, sli and stuff so I dont know how accurate it would be for this.

Still undecided... just trying to find the best agp card under $150

Why cant the vid card companies just go in order... i mean, 6800 beating a 7600?

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 11:54 AM

For $100 to $150 range: http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib....6/sortby=priceD

Video card comparator: http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html

Best video cards for your money: http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/10/31/the...for_your_money/
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Posted 29 November 2006 - 06:48 PM

Ok, I know this topic is kinda outdated now, but I didn't want to start a new one.

I'm getting a video card from a friend, It's not the very best, but hes giving me such a good price, i couldn't resist ;)

Its a bfg geforce 6800 oc.
I know there is the possibility of unlocking some pipelines and stuff with rivatuner.
I was wondering if this is a good card in your opinion to run newer games at hight \ mostly high settings and how much of a performance boost it will be compared to my 9600xt.
Thanks.

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:34 PM

Off the top of my head, I don't know exacltly. Depends on the game. Some cards do stuff better then others, take the X700 for example, it was meant to kinda' battle the 6600GT, but it failed to do that, the 6600GT beat it out in everything execpt games that were demanding on the vertex pipelines were the X700 had a much biger advantage.

The 6800OC will be a big improvement, I could be wrong, but atleast double if your CPU isn't bottlenecking it.
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