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Originally Posted by BioSniperI know the feeling Doug :(
What would be nice is if (although I know its not something bit normally does) you could perhaps do a mass card round up with similar systems to show those of us that are on older systems just how much of a performance boost newer low end cards have over our older high end cards :)
Originally Posted by rupbertNice review.
Can anyone say where my X800 would fall in terms of performance? is the X19?? range literally twice as powerful?
Originally Posted by Tim SI would say that Radeon X800 is about half the speed of Radeon X1900XT in graphics-limited titles. You're going to see bigger differences than that above 1600x1200, because I believe that Z-buffer was tuned for 1600x1200 in the X800 era, as 24" widescreen displays hadn't really taken off back then. :)
X1950 Pro will play just about every game out there at the moment at 1280x1024 with at least 2xAA, high details and incredibly smooth frame rates. The one exception is probably Oblivion, but that's a pretty hardcore title.
Originally Posted by NatureFEAR is not a graphical intense Title anymore? I always thought it was not biass on GPU's like doom3 & Halfife were/are....
Originally Posted by IanWPowercolor also seem to be making an AGP version of this card.
Story from Inquirer here:- http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35350
The Inq claims the card will retail at around $249, which Google tells me is just over 130ukp at today's rate.
Originally Posted by Tim SThat'll be £130+VAT, so closer to £155. :)
Originally Posted by BioSniper
However unless you REALLY want a DX10 card would it not be wise to wait till the second gen of them where developers are starting to really use the full set of extensions?
Originally Posted by rupbertThat's a good point actually.
Is Crysis the only known confirmed game that will take advantage of DX10?
I'm I right in thinking Alan Wake and Half-Life:Episode 2 might also be?
It would be silly to buy a first generation DX10 card if there is only a couple of games actually using it, oh...does this mean I don't belong on bit-tech anymore? :D
Originally Posted by CthippoI can't speak for Alan Wake, but I'll bet HL2E2 will still be on the Source engine since re-writing it for DX10 would be a major pain in the arse. I don't think you'll see DX10 in HL until HL3 when they release a new engine.
Originally Posted by rupbert
It's alright saying the X1950 gives an average of 59fps at 1280 x 1024 with 8xAA, but as an owner of an X800 who plays the same game at 1024 x 768 with 4xAA how do I know the value/performance of the X1950 as an upgrade?
Originally Posted by Tim Syeah, I wouldn't spend much more than £150-160 on a stop gap though. :)
Originally Posted by IagoI wouldn't either, and I would wait at least two weeks. With luck, the G80 launch will push the prices of 7900s down. A 7900-7950GT, at that price would be a very nice upgrade over rupbert's x800.
On the other hand, if prices of 7900 do come down, I'd even think carefully of getting a 7900GTX. DX10 games are nowhere near (save perhaps, Crysis...and I have yet to see how much "DX10" is in there) and if rupbert's display is 1280 or 1024, a 7900GTX will chew through anything available for another 12-18 months at least.
Originally Posted by rupbertAs you say a £150 7900GT would be a very nice card for the price. I assumed that the GTX version would maybe only offer a 5-10% increase in performance , for a relatively high price hike?
I think I will switch to a widescreen display when more games take advantage of them (without having to hack them).
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