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    Default Which Card should I buy from these?

    Hi all, new here and was just wondering if anyone could advise me on which card is the better one to buy as they are all around the same price.

    Gainward BLISS Geforce 7900 GT "Golden Sample" 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail - GeForce 7900 GT Core running at 550MHz+
    - 256MB GDDR3 Extreme Memory running at 1400MHz+

    Leadtek GeForce 7950 GT 512MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail - GeForce 7950 GT core running at 550MHz
    - 512MB GDDR3 Memory running at 1400MHz

    MSI GeForce 7900 GTO SILENT 512MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail - GeForce 7900 GTX Core running at 650MHz
    - 512MB 1.1ns GDDR3 Extreme Memory running at 1320MHz

    It's out of those 3 - The Gainward card was what I was originally going to get and then I saw the Leadtek for just 10 more and I assume the 7950 is better then the 7900 plus it has 512MB GDDR3 as opposed to 256.

    But then while trying to answer the question myself by looking online I came accross the MSI card which apparently from what I have read is identical to the GTX but has slightly slower speed 1600 with the GTX - 1320 with the GTO.

    Now I know next to nothing about all these numbers and speeds but it seemed apparent from what I read that the MSI GTO card was by far the best out of the 3.

    Now I'm confused because I assume the 7950 is an upgrade to the 7900 and the GTO runs at 1320 while the other 2 runs at 1400 plus the GTO is actually the cheaper card of the 3.

    Ok I'm rambling now but I hope you understand what I'm trying to say.

    So basically in your knowledgable opinions which is the better card?

    Thank You for your replies and insights.

    I should also add that I will not be Overclocking the cards.


    Last edited by Boleyn; 10-19-2006 at 11:25 PM.

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    Default Re: Which Card should I buy from these?

    its a shame that you arnt going to overclock, because if you were, then the 7900gto can in nearly all cases clock up to a 7900gtx, which makes it pretty good value for money. you could buy one, make sure it does clock, and flash it with a 7900gtx bios, meaning you got a great card. if your interested, visit http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=17803

    it also has the great cooler of the GTX (i think :)
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    Default Re: Which Card should I buy from these?

    Thanks.

    My reasons for not overclocking are purely down to fear.

    I once had a motherboard where I flashed the bios and completely wrecked it and since then I have never been brave enough to mess with anything out of the box.

    I get it, install it and then leave it as is.

    I would certainly give it a go if I knew 100% that it wasn't going to blow up on me but I'm not that great with comps.

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    Default Re: Which Card should I buy from these?

    Buy the GTO and run it stock. There are almost no real world gains to be seen by overclocking the video card anyways. Maybe 1-5FPS in games, and you're already pushing high framerates as it is. The GTO is the absolute best card for the money right now.
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    Default Re: Which Card should I buy from these?

    Thank You both.

    You got me thinking. I'm planning on getting this board:

    Gigabyte GA_965P_DS3 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

    and had a look on their site and saw various bios flash to download.

    Like I said earlier I fried a board years ago flasing the bios and have stayed away from doing anything like that since but should I? Do I need to?

    Basically if I need to do this maybe I should try overclocking the card too so my question is how safe is it, can it be reversed easily or is it mess up once and thats it - screwed?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Which Card should I buy from these?

    Flashing the motherboard bios is about as safe as it can be now. As long as you follow the directions, it is painless. Plus most new motherboards have bios recovery built in to help if a flash goes bad. Heck, my motherboard has 2 bios chips plus there are 2 other ways to recover it. I am quite sure that board also has a recover feature.
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    Default Re: Which Card should I buy from these?

    Great Thanks - the board does indeed appear to have safety measures - these for example:

    Safe
    Safe is the key feature of GIGABYTE S-series motherboards with the following elements: Excellent hardware design reinforced BIOS protection through GIGABYTE Virtual Dual BIOS Technology and GIGABYTE BIOS Setting Recovery Technology. Unique system software such as Xpress Recovery 2, PC Health Monitor, HDD S.M.A.R.T., and C.O.M. further strengthen the stability and reliability of your PC!

    Virtual Dual BIOS
    BIOS crash free protection with physical BIOS and Xpress BIOS Rescue

    BIOS Settings Recovery
    Recoverable Safe and frequently used CMOS settings


    HDD S.M.A.R.T.
    Hard drive "Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology" support

    C.O.M. (Corporate Online Manager)
    System administration utility for local area network

    Xpress Recovery 2
    Quick system image backup and restore

    PC Health Monitor
    System health monitor via BIOS and EasyTune utility


    So are you saying that if I flash the bios and it goes completely wrong there is a rollback?

    I fried my last one and I doubt you can rollback from that but I assume it means it friable safe?

    Again Thanks

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    Default Re: Which Card should I buy from these?

    YEs. It is as safe as they can make it. Nothing is perfect of course, but I know from experience with my Gigabyte board that I have bios flashed 3 times now and it has gone fine every time.
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    Default Re: Which Card should I buy from these?

    Great - Thanks Mate

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