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.