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Im trying to learn more about many aspects of my computer and I am currently building a new one. Im not sure what the difference is between these 7900gt vid cards are. This may be a newb question, but please help me out. I see they are different brands...does it make a difference?

7900gt's

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Im trying to learn more about many aspects of my computer and I am currently building a new one. Im not sure what the difference is between these 7900gt vid cards are. This may be a newb question, but please help me out. I see they are different brands...does it make a difference?

7900gt's

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If they are all from different sites the price differences can be huge. Some sites will charge way too much for a video card while good reputable companies will charge good prices.


If the video cards were all on the same site the difference in price is determined by the core clock speed and the memory clock speed on the video card if they are the same exact series for example.

Another thing that determines the price difference can be the brand name like evga,bfg,xfx,pny,msi, etc.. and the main reason some cost more is because they come more overclocked than the other would. :tazz:
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XFX is my fav for nVidia, they often include Far Cry in the pack and T-Shirts, game controller and heaps of cool stuff, they also OC the gfx card for free. Sapphire is my fav for ATI, they have good bundles and are good priced. ATI don't really come pre-OCed and have very few games, GeCube has none i think. that's a thing, ATI doesn't have a good bundle, if there is a company that offers good games with ATI let me know please.

7900 aren't good, for that money get the X1900XT which is cheaper but has a higher clock and mem speed and 34 more pixelpipelines
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XFX is my fav for nVidia, they often include Far Cry in the pack and T-Shirts, game controller and heaps of cool stuff, they also OC the gfx card for free. Sapphire is my fav for ATI, they have good bundles and are good priced. ATI don't really come pre-OCed and have very few games, GeCube has none i think. that's a thing, ATI doesn't have a good bundle, if there is a company that offers good games with ATI let me know please.

7900 aren't good, for that money get the X1900XT which is cheaper but has a higher clock and mem speed and 34 more pixelpipelines



How is the X1900XT cheaper? I see the 7900GT for $300 and the X1900XT for around $500. Am I reading this wrong?

Oh, and thanks for the help :tazz:
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ah, soz thought you meant 7900GTX, in that case get the X1800XT, better money spent. or the X1800XL.
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ok..thanks again for the help :tazz:
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no probs. you may want to wait until the DX10 and Shader 4 come out first for safety
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That 7900gt is actually a good card for the money range. I would buy it myself. The $299 one by evga when they get them back in stock is perfect.

There is one ati x1800xt for $299 then the rest jump up in price abit to $350 for the 256mb versions. For 512Mb versions it jumps up from there again to around $430 to $510.

You best bet would be to get a 7900gt or a x1800xt. They have one of each for $299 at newegg.
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one very strange thing is X1800XTs have been here in NZ for over 6 months but there still is no sign of the 256Mb X1800XT, where has it gone?
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There wasnt a huge number of them to start with and NZ seems to ge a raw deal for everything PC wise.
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haha, ah, poor NZ, ah well, i guess i'll just wait for the next gfx cards, any news on what they might be?
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Plenty just nothing firm, there was alot of leakage of spoecs round about xbox360 time as ATI developed that core partially using technology developed for this new generation, unified pipeline architecture and DX10 are the big things including GDDR4.
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ya, heard about the specs, it's got specs inline with a X1800XT in speeds and 48 unified pipelines
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