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Old 08-31-2007, 05:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i am upgrading my gfx card and i dont know what i should buy, so far im looking at the raedon hd 2600xt 512 oc. is this a good price/performance card or is there a cheaper nvidia/dx9 card that performs better?

iFocus - HIS HD 2600XT IceQ Turbo 512MB GDDR3 PCIe

NOTE: the websites in nz$ so its hellava lot more expensive.
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According to the reviews that I saw, 8600GT performs better when your run AA

Here are the reviews

[H] Enthusiast - ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
AMD's Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 graphics processors - The Tech Report - Page 1
Radeon HD 2600 Performance Preview
AnandTech: More Mainstream DX10: AMD's 2400 and 2600 Series
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i havnt had time to look at all the reveiws but just a quick skim and it looks like theyre comparing the 256mb NON o/c version ill look better tommorow when i have time, thx for the links
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First of all the extra video memory doesn't many any difference in terms of performance

The GDDR4 version have 800/2200 speed at stock

HIS HD2600XT has 830/1920, this means that it has higher clock speed but slower memory than HD2600XT (GDDR4)

The one that was tested in the reviews is the HD2600XT GDDR4 version
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Get yourself an x1950PRO. It will perform a lot faster. If you're concerned about DX10, forget the mid-range cards, you're better off with a high-end DX9 card. They're about the same price.

Take a look at this, it'll be usefyl in your decision-making: VGA Charts 2007 | Tom's Hardware
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i would get an x1950 pro but it costs just over $100 more than my price range

edit: lol i just found website that sells the 8600gt for 160NZ$ OC Zone(NZ) Limited
or the oc version for 212NZ$ http://www.xfxforce.com/web/product/...tionId=1062901
what would you get?
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you're not looking in the right places, you need to find an online retailer that has prices up to date. an x1950PRO should be no more than $20 more than an inferior 8600GT... Forget the mid-range of this generation of graphics cards, IT'S GARBAGE. The 8600GT is a 7600GT in performance that can run DX10, it's not a good value at all, don't even consider it, the 2600XT is apparently worse...

Sapphire even has a 1950PRO selling for $157 canadian dollars!! The cheapest 8600GT that I could find (without mail-in-rebate) was $176!!!

I don't see why this same price ratio wouldn't translate to your New Zealand dollars
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i dont know why the prices in this countrty are so screwed up but i have ordered a 8600 gt fatal1ty for half the price of the x1950.
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