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Cheapest DX10 video card that can game at 1080p


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I recently got a nice, new 1080p HDTV. Naturally, I want to use it to game. Unfortunately, my old Geforce 6600 can't even come close to handling 1080p resolution (1920×1080). I'm looking to buy the cheapest DX10 video card that can handle gaming at this resolution. Does anyone know what this would be? I was looking at the Geforce 8600GTS 512mb, but I don't know if it will be enough.

Edited by stettybet0, 01 October 2007 - 02:06 PM.

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The cheapest DirectX 10 card is the 8600 but sucks even at tiny resolutions and is not recommended for gaming at all. For plying DirectX 10 games at good frames per seconds I would recommend the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 640mb version.

The GeForce 8800 GTS is the little brother of the 8800 GTX, and both are based on the same Nvidia next-generation DirectX 10 GPU. The 8800 GTS is slightly crippled compared to the GTX, but it will still beat powerhouse cards like the dual-GPU 7950 GX2 in many cases. The biggest downside to the 8800 GTS 640 MB is that its cheaper 320-MB cousin offers very close performance for much less scratch. However, if you plan to play your games at high resolutions of 1600x1200 or above, it's worth the extra money for the 640-MB version.


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Any of the DX10 cards can output this resolution but not at playable frame rates.
I recommend no less then the HD2900pro (preferably 1GB version) or the 8800GTS 640mb version. Your video card needs lots of RAM to output resolutions this high.
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The GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB finally has some strong competition - so strong, in fact, that it beats it in the price segment. The Radeon 2900 PRO is a barely disguised 2900 XT with slightly lowered clock speeds and very similar performance to its faster brother. With a relatively mild overclock, you'll get 2900 XT performance from this card. The only downside is that the 2900 PRO is probably not going to be around for a long time, so get them while they're hot!


So if you can get the Pro, get it soon! :)

Edited by jackflash1991, 01 October 2007 - 03:53 PM.

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So if you can get the Pro, get it soon! :)

:wave: yup, best bang for your buck. I suggest a HIS, they are normally about 10$ more then other brands, but people generally have better luck with them. I one of those people, not sure if I won the lotterly, but my HIS card runs MUCH cooler then other cards like it. Load times never exceed 62-63*C (for me), others are much much higher.
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Edited by james_8970, 01 October 2007 - 04:01 PM.

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Load times never exceed 62-63*C (for me), others are much much higher.
James

Doesn't have anything to do with that wicked case of yours, does it? :)

I also recommend the 1GB HD2900 Pro, it uses GDDR4 too!
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definitely go with the 2900HD PRO over the 8600 series LOL.

2900HD PRO has the best price/performance ratio. The 8800gts 640MB is more money.
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Load times never exceed 62-63*C (for me), others are much much higher.
James

Doesn't have anything to do with that wicked case of yours, does it? :)

I also recommend the 1GB HD2900 Pro, it uses GDDR4 too!

Either HIS's coolers are way better, or I just got lucky. I personally think it's a bit of both, not sure though. Think I might go and water cool it, people are getting 40*C load temps which would leave me HUGE room for overclocking. But my rad is out of stock, so it my CPU and GPU water block.....darn.

Ahhh, since when did the 1GB version have GDDR4 memory :wave:
The XTX was supposed to, but that got delayed indefinably. Thought ATI claimed it servered as no benefit for the price at the moment.

On another note, Crysis open beta is now open, not sure since when.
*James_8970 Runs to download it before it's to late
Thank god I'm done school at 11:30 today.

:) Everyone is in love with the HD2900pro :)

James

Edited by james_8970, 02 October 2007 - 05:52 AM.

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Yes, you don't understand how desperately I WISH this were available in Australia!!!!! Alas, I don't think it will ever be here :)

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102707

The one that I want - I know everyone says "get the HIS version" but my current card is a Sapphire and I'm very happy with it, I think they're a good card also.
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Thanks guys, but my budget is really $200 max right now. So, I think I'm going to go with the EVGA 8600GTS and settle for 720p (1280x720) for now. Then I'll save up, and use Step-Up when the 9 series comes out. (Which hopefully will be within 90 days of me buying the 8600GTS, since that's how long you have to use Step-Up. :))
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If thats you budget I highly recommend a high end DX9 card, no you won't be able to use the step up program but a high end DX9 card will last you out till the end of 2008 when the next round of cards are to be released.
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Do not get any DirectX 10 card lower then an 8800GTS 320mb, It is not worth it. Go with DirectX 9 card rather then a 8600.

PS: You do know that you need Vista to play DirectX 10 game right?

Edited by jackflash1991, 02 October 2007 - 05:22 PM.

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PS: You do know that you need Vista to play DirectX 10 game right?


Of course! What gave you the impression that I didn't have Vista?

Anyways, I don't see why not go with the 8600GTS 512mb, as it will be an upgrade from my current card, the 6600 (not GT) 256mb. And since I can use step-up, it's like I'm putting the money toward a better card, but with the benefit of having a decent card in the meantime. :)
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Oh. I guess I just glanced at your operating system and I saw XP Home SP2 and did not think.

Edited by jackflash1991, 02 October 2007 - 08:03 PM.

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PS: You do know that you need Vista to play DirectX 10 game right?


Of course! What gave you the impression that I didn't have Vista?

Anyways, I don't see why not go with the 8600GTS 512mb, as it will be an upgrade from my current card, the 6600 (not GT) 256mb. And since I can use step-up, it's like I'm putting the money toward a better card, but with the benefit of having a decent card in the meantime. :)

Why not get a 7900 series card? I said no step up program, for one reason, ATI rules the high end sector of DX9 for the price. Ignoring the fact the 7900 series existed, I think it's in your best interest to get a DX9 card, but it's your call. DX10 is no advantage to you with this card, you will not be gaming in DX10 anywhere near the resolutions you want to play at, just thought I ought to give you a heads up on this.
James

Edited by james_8970, 02 October 2007 - 08:07 PM.

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