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Radeon x1600 pro vs. x1900 GT  

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Which is the better card for the money? Im just looking for a card to tie me over until DX10. I gave up PC gaming for the xbox 360, but came back. I guess PC just suits my tastes more.

Anyway Radeon x1600 pro 512MB I can get for $140 vs. a Radeon x1900Gt 256mb for $250.
post #2 of 16
The 1900 is a hands-down better card.

The 1600pro is only 12 pipes with a 128bit memory interface, while the 1900gt is 12 pipes with 36 shader units and has a 256bit memory controller.

Even though the 1600 has more memory, it's nowhere near as fast as the 1900 for gaming.

I'm not sure if the 1900 is 'bang-for-buck' better, but if you want to play recent games at decent settings then I don't think you'll be happy with the 1600pro.
post #3 of 16
I want something that is Vista proof!
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by FiveMillionWays
I want something that is Vista proof!

There's nothing on the market for you then. Hopefully the first DX10 cards will come out this winter.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by taz291819
There's nothing on the market for you then. Hopefully the first DX10 cards will come out this winter.
Correct me if I'm wrong but Dx10 won't be available with ANY version of XP. You will need vista to use dx10, right?
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Originally Posted by getme
Correct me if I'm wrong but Dx10 won't be available with ANY version of XP. You will need vista to use dx10, right?
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DirectX 10 is available exclusively to Vista, which means that computers that aren't running Vista will not be able to run later applications which require DirectX 10.
there are going to be a lot of low level changes which knocks out direct backwards compatibility with both hardware and software, from my understanding. if you do not have minimally compliant dx10 hardware (unified shaders, etc.), it will NOT be dx10 compatible.

i would personally avoid the x1600 at all costs, unless you were not going to do any decent gaming and required certain low-budget htpc features. it is an overpriced underperformer in my opinion. if you wanted something that plays today's gen of games fairly well in order to tide you over until your vista/dx10 purchase for under the $150 mark, i would suggest looking into the 7600 GT. that card is one of the best performers in the lower to midrange cost category. it definitely beats the pants off your x1600pro..
post #7 of 16
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How good of a card is the x1900, compared to say a 7900gt. Im much more familiar with Nvidia cards. I just saw some sales on the ATI cards which is my I was looking at the x1600 and x1900gt. I already returned the x1600 upon reviews here and at other websites.

Im still sitting on the x1900Gt, I got it at Best Buy for $250(with financing no payments on the BB card) However I'm not opposed to retunring that and going with something else.
post #8 of 16
I've been going back and forth between Nvidia and ATI myself lately. You can hurt your brain reading reviews/ratings on all those choices. I'm looking to replace a ATI X800 XL that's growing tired........

Today, I'd a bought the ATI X1800 XT (512mb) if there had been any in the store(s). Now, I'm thinking I can get the x1900 XT (512mb) for about the same price if I shop around. It gets good reviews except for the part about it sounding like a vacuum cleaner....

Tomorrow, I'll probably change my mind and look for a nvidia 7900....

I briefly thought about the 1900 GT but the reviews were not kind to it when compared to similarly priced cards. One thing I do know is I'm not going to spend $500+/- on any graphics card.

$250 is a good price on a GT.......CompUSA wants $299.00 for theirs.

Good Luck! It's a crap shoot.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
now im leaning towards a 7600gt, half tempted to do them in SLI, an online store has tehm onsale for about $110 after $30 rebate. Looks to be a beefy enough card to hold me over until DX10 cards come out
post #10 of 16
I'd go for a cheaper card, because Vista is on it's way now...

Then buy the best DX10 card in about a year :)
post #11 of 16
I bought the ATI x1900 XT and await delivery. Vista/DX10 aren't delivered yet. Even when they are, when's the first game going to come out that utilizes DX10? 2008? By then it'll be time for a new card anyway.......
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Feralhog
I bought the ATI x1900 XT and await delivery. Vista/DX10 aren't delivered yet. Even when they are, when's the first game going to come out that utilizes DX10? 2008? By then it'll be time for a new card anyway.......

SOrry. Think a little sooner..

Look up Crysis in gamespot dot c0m

Crysis is the first DX10 game and it is coming out in Q4 of 2006. It uses the second Gen of the FarCry Engine which anyone call tell you is very demanding on any GPU..

Just look at the screenshots and see for yourself.. =0
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Lol.... I ended up buying a Core 2 Conroe e6300, Gigabyte ds3(To over clock) and a refurb 7900gt.

I wanted to wait for DX10, but theres still no solid dates on it. Ill be able to ebay my 7900gt when dx10 comes out and use the cash towards a new card.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by taz291819
There's nothing on the market for you then. Hopefully the first DX10 cards will come out this winter.
The card I'm using now runs vista just fine. I'm a beta tester for vista. I just want a nice card that will take advantage of Crysis when it releases.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by TrzVpr
SOrry. Think a little sooner..

Look up Crysis in gamespot dot c0m

Crysis is the first DX10 game and it is coming out in Q4 of 2006. It uses the second Gen of the FarCry Engine which anyone call tell you is very demanding on any GPU..

Just look at the screenshots and see for yourself.. =0
But from what I understand it will play also on DX9 cards (maybe not as good as DX10) ) so its not 100% SX10 only game. The playable demo's at some of the shows where actually running on DX9 vid cards.
post #16 of 16
Okay after doing some reading no card is dx10 compatible. Well I guess I'm in the market for a temporary solution. What would you guys recommend. Im running a dual core p4 4.0 ghz with 1gb of memory. This is my media center hub for all my home theater gear. Advise is appreciated.
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