The main reason that I'm looking at Gainward is that I get more Mhz for my money without having to overclock it myself.
The issue with the cards that I have mentioned is that the 7900 isn't universally better than the 7600, is this just because the 7900 isn't as overclocked as the 7600, but is still better, or are some factors more important than others whan buying a graphics card. In the past there has only been a couple of cards in my price range so I haven't had to worry about specific speeds of each component.
I looked at BFG and XFX when I was starting out with this and their cards aren't as fast as Gainward's, for a very similar price.
Sorry i missed this earlier. It depends on which models you are comparing against what. first there is a number then there are letters, GS, GT, GTX, then add ATI into the picture and you have XTX, XT, CTO, PRO, and so on. Each version meaning different clock speeds, different memory, more/less pixel pipe lanes, but if they have an identical number, then the main chip is the same. Then you can buy overclocked versions and the list goes on and on. I'm sticking to my last post, if you have a 17" screen or smaller and don't mind not playing medium to lower graphics this card will last you the 12 months. But if you are playing on a larger monitor, and wanting more from your graphics you may need something more powerful.
As for this gainwood, i did a little research and it seems that its only available in europe and autralia, it'd explain why i havn't heard of the manufacture.
Edit: Just noticed thats a dell, do you know if that card is intergraded?
Edited by james_8970, 13 December 2006 - 09:36 PM.