Well it looks like my 7950 gx2 has fallen through, and I have just sold my 7600gt. So I'm looking for a new video card and was hoping for suggestions. I'd like to stay away from ATI, and am looking for the best bang for the buck. Thanks for any help!
Exactly if you own a card like me at the time I paid $615.00 Can why would you run things at 1024 x 768 no AA no AF ? I mean come on lets crank up the res and eye candy and talk real performance like HDR and AA enabled ... oh wait the 7950's cant run HDR and AA ...
The res you run at depends on your eyesight and the capability of your monitor. I hate games at anything over 1024. I can't read the symbology on the HUDs. As for cranking the AA and AF to the max I personally don't like the effect it gives, the graphics look blurry.
The GX2 has a memory bandwidth of 76.8 GB/sec vs 64 GB/sec on the 8800 GTS due to its SLI config. Pixel fill rates are the same at 24 Billion per second. The 8800 GTS wins out on computational power since it has 96 vertex shaders vs only 16 on the GX2 which is what lets you max AA or AF if that's what you're into.
As for paying $615 for a card thats selling for $380 a few months later...
Well PT Barnum summed it up.
I like the 8800 GTS and will probably buy one when the -640 breaks $300 later this spring. Or I might wait until they start clearing inventory next fall and pick one up for $250.
Cheapest I seen was $399.00 US plus taxes and I would think shipping .. And the fact is anybody that buys anything in computers will always get the same thing cheaper 3 months later , its the way it works difference is I have had the pleasusre of using it for 3 months :0)
I explained my rationale in the above post. It is based on raw processing capability of the card which comes directly off the nvidia web site.
Since I got ****ed by the BS benchmarks on 3dMark and ATI rhetoric I looked at how the benchies are constructed and compared various results. I concluded the benchmarks can not be trusted since drivers are optimised to play to them. All I use is raw performance ratings now. Those ratings, posted by nvidia, say the 7950GX2 has some superior capabilities (memory bandwidth specifically).
If you want to use tainted benchmarks go right ahead. Everyone is entitled to perform their own technical assessment of new products or accept published data. Don't assume that everyone will value the performance criteria and operational parameters that you value though.
The 7950GX2 can pull textures out of memory faster than the 8800 GTS can. That gives it an advantage in some situations. The 8800 GTS can blow the 7950GX2 away processing vertexes which makes it better at very high AA/AF settings.