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gerhard7

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Can someone please explain how the Nvidia GeForce numberings work. GT / LE etc
Why is the 6600le more expensive than the 7300le when the last is a newer card? (i guess)
For video editing, would the 6600 or the 7300 be better ? (both 256mb)
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Like most things, and with graphics cards, the higher the model number the better the card. The 7300 in theory should be a lot better than the 6600. The reason the price may differ is because one may have a PCI-E (PCI-Express) interface, and the other may have an AGP interface. PCI-E is a newer type of interface for graphics cards and is up to twice as fast as the AGP interface.

Also, the price may be different because that card may be made by a different company. nVidia have different people make thier cards, some are XFX, Leadtek, Point of View. They will all make the same card, but some are better than others.

For example, I bought an nVidia XFX FX5200 for one computer, and later on an nVidia Leadtek FX5200 for another. The XFX one cost about £10 more, and was noticeable better than the Leadtek graphics card. Mostly the numbers for graphics cards are better as they go up.
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Okay, since you didn't provide the brand or the interface, the two cards I am going to compare (the 6600LE and 7300LE) are PCI-E. The 6600LE is made by MSI, the 7300LE is made by Biostar. (The MSI version of the 7300LE didn't have good info on the card.)

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6600LE: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127094

7300LE: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127214

In this case, the 6600LE costs $76.99 and the 7300LE costs $55.99. So why is the 6600LE more expensive than the higher numbered 7300LE?

Well, here are the reasons I can see.

1. The 6600LE has a memory clock speed of 700Mhz, while the 7300LE has a clock speed of only 533Mhz.

2. The 6600LE has 128-bit memory, while the 7300LE has 64-bit memory.

3. The 6600LE is compatible with HDTVs, the 7300LE is not.

4. The 6600LE supports SLI, the 7300LE does not.

Also, about your question regarding what LE or GT mean. LE is a lower-end version of the regular card, and GT is a higher-end version of the regular card.

And on a note to correct a few things SuperSam said...

PCI-E is actually usually less expensive than AGP nowadays.

Higher numbers are not always better. The 6600 is one of the higher-end 6 series cards, while the 7300 is the most basic 7 series card.

Edited by stettybet0, 16 July 2006 - 03:42 PM.

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the numbers are all marketing. there is no science or anything deep about them, it's just what Nvidia wants to name certain cards.

However it would be in their best interest to give you a clue of the performance in relation to other Nvidia cards.

the first number is like the series. "6" is older than "7" "8" is coming next.

the next couple numbers give you a clue as to how this card relates to other cards within the same series in performance. a "6200" is weaker than a "6600." additionally there's leters at the end that... well they're like more numbers. GTX is stronger than GT, GT is stronger than nothing, LE is "light edition" meaning it's a bit weaker than one without the extra letters.

Yea that was a bit rough. More importantly, the 7300 LE is the better buy, but the 6600LE might be a little stronger (or weaker, might have to check some benchmarks if they're available. they're both very low end cards so I'd get the 7300LE regardless. check individual manufacturer specs)

Why is the 6600 LE more expensive? It's an older card, they're not produced anymore so prices just tended to stay the same and seem expensive now. It was also made on an older manufacturing process, the 7 series is down to 90 nm when the that 6600 used 110 nm. So the 7300 is cheaper to produce.

Edited by MNOB07, 16 July 2006 - 03:40 PM.

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Thanks for that guys, makes far more sense now!!
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Can someone please explain how the Nvidia GeForce numberings work. GT / LE etc
Why is the 6600le more expensive than the 7300le when the last is a newer card? (i guess)
For video editing, would the 6600 or the 7300 be better ? (both 256mb)



The 7300gt is the same price or a few dollars more than the 7300le.. Get the 7300GT its a nobrainer..


http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130026

or

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814145130

or

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814125036

or

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127213

any of those are good priced and you should be happy.
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can't get the GT with the new PC system I'm buying.
should i maybe consider ATI ? (another can of numbering worms)
X1300 PCIe pro instead 256MB

I'm looking for the best I can get for the buget I have now and upgrade later when I can afford it.
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can't get the GT with the new PC system I'm buying.
should i maybe consider ATI ? (another can of numbering worms)
X1300 PCIe pro instead 256MB

I'm looking for the best I can get for the buget I have now and upgrade later when I can afford it.



No the x1300pro by ati is actually not a good card. The x1600Pro by ati is a good card for the money though.

You just need to decided how fast of a card you actually need to get by with if you game abit on newer 3d games I would get a card alittle faster than the 7300 series.
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I dunno about the x1300 being a bad card, its good for what it actually is, its not a gaming card its something better than integrated for people that dont play games but need a gfx card the low end cards arent gamers.
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