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  • 5900xt = ?

    I have built a third computer and would like a inexpensive match for the MSI 5900xt performance.

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  • #2
    Re: 5900xt = ?

    Around a 9800 Pro, IIRC. If you're going anything cheaper than a 6600GT, I'd suggest you stick with ATI's last-generation lineup, meaning the 9550-9800XT.

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    • #3
      Re: 5900xt = ?

      9800 XTs are going cheap right now, I suggest spending the extra as it would be worth it. Other than that, I also suggest the 6600GT over the AtI lineup due to Nvidia having Shader3 compatibility. Even brand new, the 6600GT is going cheap now.
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      • #4
        Re: 5900xt = ?

        Check out the Tom's Hardware VGA charts for relative performance of video cards:

        http://graphics.tomshardware.com/gra...ga_charts.html

        In many tests, especially FarCry, the Ti4200 and Ti4600 beat the 5900xt by such a margin that was embarassing for the newer technology. As for the other cards, check for yourself.

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        • #5
          Re: 5900xt = ?

          Thanks a bunch guys. Need to have a playable backup so when I crash and burn from overclocking I won't get gammer withdraw.

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          • #6
            Re: 5900xt = ?

            How important is buswidth compared to clock speed? for example;
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            <table border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" width="600"> <tbody><tr><td align="left" bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top">GeForce 6600 GT</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top">NV43</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top">128MB</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top">DX 9.0 SM3.0</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top">500</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top">900</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top">128 bit</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#c0c0c0" valign="top">8</td></tr></tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" width="600"> <tbody><tr><td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top"> <table border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" width="600"> <tbody><tr><td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top">Radeon 9800 Pro</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top">R350</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top">128MB</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top">DX 9</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top">380</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top">680</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top">256 bit</td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top">8</td></tr></tbody> </table> </td> <td align="left" bgcolor="#f0f0f0" valign="top">
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            • #7
              Re: 5900xt = ?

              It's pretty important, but as can be seen with the 6600GT and 9800 Pro, much higher memory and core speeds will make up for it. Even though the 9800 Pro has a 256-bit wide bus, it's still marginally slower than a 6600GT.

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