x1800XT or x1900 All In Wonder

Discussion in 'Videocards - AMD Radeon' started by The Kyle, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. fajitasforme7

    fajitasforme7 Ancient Guru

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    dude i dont really like AIW cards just cause they arent really meant for gaming but since this is a high end AIW card i guess its ok but i would go with the x1800xt
     
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    I love my x1800xt. I tested it to see how far it would overclock and stopped when it got to 725 and it still had room to go. I'm not an overclocker, just wanted to see how high it would go. As far as the temps, I was concerned myself at the very high temps, but everywhere I look online, it's completely normal. At the standard oc settings of 625/1500, my video card never gets higher than 80 degrees anyway...
     
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    The games that will require the Ageia Physx engine will require DX10 when the actual games are out, and not just the betas.
     
  4. DayDreamer

    DayDreamer Maha Guru

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    Well, I'd say get the cheaper one because you'd regret it if DX10 comes out in like 6 months. Or get something $100 for the next 6 months or so :)
     

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    Well newegg payed for me to next day air it back and they said my rma is marked for refund immediately, so as soon as they get it tommorow or thursday, the funds will be expedited so they go in right away. Only had to make one phonecall too.

    I'm still trying to decide on a card. I don't want to spend anymore than $250 though.

    The x1800xt, x1900 aiw, and x1900gt all seem to have their ups and downs. They are all within about $10 of each other too...

    I really like the features of the aiw, and I like the idea that newer games might be able to take advantage of all those extra shaders, but in pure raw speed and power, the x1800xt and 1900gt seem to have the edge right now...
     
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  6. Well, in all honesty you aren't going to lose in any situation. They are all competent cards. But I still think the X1900GT's combination of overclocking & shaders is the way to go.

    This is also worth taking a peek at....
    http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=13191
    It appears that they are on to something......
     
  7. The Kyle

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    Sweet, thank you sir.
     
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    How can the x1900GT be overclocked well, if it runs hotter than Hell?
     
  9. lol...news flash....All X1900's are hot. But the X1900GT will OC better due to it having 6 mosfets vs the X1900AIW's 5. And you can fit an after market cooler on the X1900GT. I don't think you can with the X1900AIW because of a different PCB layout.


    And the possibility of unlocking is very interesting.....
     
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    Nah the Zalman fits on the x1900 AIW, But still it runs way to hot, 80 C idle at stock sometimes.
     

  11. If it's idling @ 80C you have not installed it correctly. It's idles cooler than that with the stock cooler......
     
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    I'm talking about the x1900GT.
     
  13. The X1900GT does not idle @ 80C. No card does. Unless the HSF is not correctly attached.....
     
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    Did I say Idle, lol. I meant under full load.
     
  15. Regardless of it's temps with the stock cooler. The X1900GT should prove to be the better OCer because of a couple reasons. It has 6 mosfets (vs. the AIW's 5) the memory is rated a 1.4ns (AIW's is 2ns)

    And the AIW's load temps are about the same as the rest of the X1900 line.......
     

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    Gonna check out some pricing for the x1900gt. It looks like with a decent o/c, you can score ~12,000 in 3dmark05. Pretty impressive.
     
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    Well from all the reviews I've been reading. The consensus is that you should search the net for the cheapest x1800xt 512 and x1900gt and go with that because they perform almost identically. Plus at the resolution that I game at (1280x1024), the x1900gt will sometimes pull ahead by a few fps.

    The cheapest x1800xt 512's I've found are $340 and the cheapest x1900gt I've found is $235.

    Now my question is, do you think I should go with the HIS x1900gt for $235 with only a 1-year warrenty or should I spend the couple extra bucks for the Powercooler x1900gt at $269 for their lifetime warrenty.
     
  18. Personally, I would just go with the cheaper of the 2. Because the more you spend, the less it becomes a deal. And are you going to keep the card for the rest of your life?

    And if you game at only 1280x1024 you don't have enough res to let the extra memory shine anyway.
     
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    This is true. I'll prolly have a DX10 card in a year too.
     

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