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    Default 7600 GS vs. X1650/X1600 Pro

    Ok, hopefully the last question related to this subject for a while. Quick and dirty upgrade to an AGP 8x system, which is the better card

    GeForce 7600 GS or
    Radeon X1600 Pro/Radeon X1650 Pro

    and is there that big of a difference between the X1600 and X1650? between the X1600 being 500 mhz core clock and the 1650 being 600 mhz, is that the only real difference, and how much will that affect performance?
    Thanks! I've always been an ATI man, but just looking for the best card period in this range (around $100-ish)
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    Default Re: 7600 GS vs. X1650/X1600 Pro

    Wait and save your money because there might be dx10 for agp coming out but thats just a guess. The 7600gs is much better than the x1600s/50s but its been a while since I did research about those so i might be wrong. Also if you could save up 70 more$ you could get the x1950gt saphire its a preaty nice card. wait for more replies because i night be wronge with the 7600 and x1600. Casecutter, Yawgm0th have very good advice and so do many other people at tweaktown.
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    Default Re: 7600 GS vs. X1650/X1600 Pro

    Save up and get an 8600GT. You'll be thanking yourself in a few month when DX10 titles come out.

    If you must get one now and an 8600GT is too much, the X1650Pro is your best bet.

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    Default Re: 7600 GS vs. X1650/X1600 Pro

    I cannot recommend any 8600 cards since they are horribly overpriced for the poor performance. I don't care what DX10 can offer, they are so neutered they will be too slow to play much on anything more than low settings. They are a terrible bargain.

    X1600's are also very slow. I just put one in my HTPC and the only reason it can play games is that PC has an E6600. X1650 XT is a decent midrange card as is the 7600GS. If you can't wait for the summer and the release of some worthwhile midrange DX10 cards, I'd strongly suggest a 7900GS. They can be had for $130US now and are strong performers. They will stomp the life out of a 8600GT in ANY game.

    8600's are a cash grab by Nvidia to take advantage of a horribly coded and poorly running OS. Vista is not worth te effort and if you gotta have a DX10 card, the 8800's are the only ones worth the $$$.

    If you don't run Vista, don't get a DX10 card. Makes no sense. If you run Vista, wait 3-4 months and some real midrange cards will come out. Me personally, Vista will never in a million years touch my harddrives. There are already hackers cracking DX10 and getting it to run in XP and they are even getting Windows games to run under Linux and UNIX with DX10.

    Everyone preaching DX10 should also remember to tell the person they are suggesting to get a DX10 card that they need to also spend $100+ on a crap OS as well as aDX10 card to even see the benefits of it. That is something NOONE seems to be doing when recommending DX10 hardware.
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    Thumbs up Re: 7600 GS vs. X1650/X1600 Pro

    Well, this system will only be running WinXP, not gonna upgrade OS until I build a new system, and that may take a while. So DX10 isn't really an issue. Main thing is I've tried demos for stuff like FEAR and GR Advanced Warfighter and my video card has problems pushing them at anything but low or medium settings, and still glitchy.
    At the moment I have 1 recommendation for the 7600 GS, and one for the
    X1650 Pro, hmmm.... anyone have any links anywhere for head to head performance testing?
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    Default Re: 7600 GS vs. X1650/X1600 Pro

    The X1650 Pro and XT as well as the 7600GS and GT are all great cards. Honestly, I'd just grab the cheapest one.

    The 8600GT is NOT that overpriced. It can run almost any game at high or medium settings at 1280x960/1280x1024/1440x900. It performs a little worse than a 7900GS or an X1950Pro, but it is priced about the same. It will continue to come down in price, and when DX10 actually hits it will be quite worth it.

    That said, this entire market spectrum (mid-range) is quite overpriced ATM. All of the above cards should be in the $100-$130 region, but instead find themselves going for over $150. When you can get an X1650Pro for under $90, it's hard to justify an 8600 or X1900/7900 card.

    Looking at current retail prices, I'd say even if you don't go with DX10, which is probably a good idea given the price, you should look at getting a used card on eBay or some trading forums. I just grabbed a 7800GT for under $100, for example. That will outperform a 7600/X1650 card by a huge margin, and that's way less than you'll find any of them at retail. I'd almost guarantee it will last longer than it's useful, so being used is hardly a negative.

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    x1650xt FTW! No external power connector needed and will eat the 7600gs in most games (trusted review has a great, err, review on the matter). If your psu can handle it then an x1900 would be nice but yr gonna be limited by yr cpu...

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    Smile Re: 7600 GS vs. X1650/X1600 Pro

    Don't listen to these people, I own a 7600 GS OC and it works great. My current systen is very bad I'v got a AMD sempron +1800 (1.6GHz) ,512 DDR,80 GIG BFG 7600 GS OC 512 MB. With this system i can max out F.E.A.R, battlefield 2142 Battlefield 2,Counter stike source,HL2 and farcray. This card is great and it does this while runing cool. I highly suggest you get this card it totally kills the x1650 BFG > nVidia > ATI

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    Default Re: 7600 GS vs. X1650/X1600 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by jareb426 View Post
    Don't listen to these people.....
    Did you read a single post in this entire old thread? Besides the fact that everyone except the poster before you said the GS is a good card, you go on to suggest a 512MB version? You do realize that slow DDR2 memory from any video card will never make use of 512MB, especially at the lower resolutions that they are geared towards. The 256MB version is plenty. Do us a favor. Next time you decide to register at a forum to respond to a 6 month old question, just don't. Seriously, even if you manage to be right next time, just don't do it.
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