Hi all. I have a pretty crappy video card, i was going to go out and buy a ATI RADEON X1600 PRO 512MB PCI Express Graphics Card. i was wondering if that is a good idea, or if there is a better one that is under $500 (or around there,no higher). P.S. bye the way are video and graphics cards the same?
17th June 2002
kozak11Hi all. I have a pretty crappy video card, i was going to go out and buy a ATI RADEON X1600 PRO 512MB PCI Express Graphics Card. i was wondering if that is a good idea, or if there is a better one that is under $500 (or around there,no higher). P.S. bye the way are video and graphics cards the same?
Well I tend to opt for NVidia cards myself, but that's a pretty good card -- it's only really a mid-range card, but it should run Oblivion pretty well. According to some reviewers it can be a little... random, but it's OK. And yes, for all intents and purposes they are the same these days.
The Radeon X850 Pro is better than the X1600, and it is $450.
screw all of that stuff....the best single card card on the market is the ATI X1900XTX. according to many benchmarks it outperforms SLI 7800GT by just a little bit. so if you can imagine that power on one card that performs like two for just under 500 go for it! dont believe me? price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102671 check out other ones to on newegg.com, benchmarks: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-x1900xtx.html look for other benchmarks but this is the best don't waste your time with the nvidia 7900GTX cause X1900XTX is about the same specs but X1900XTX is about 100$ cheaper on newegg.com
Id personally go for the nvidia geforce 7900 but its over $500 but i quess the 1600 is fine. and vid and graphics cards are indeed the same things.
7th December 2003
I got an X1900XT for Oblivion and it works just fine (everything on max, with HDR and AA at 1280x1024). The card costs less than 500 euro, but you should perhaps spend some euro more to get another cooling-unit because the original fan is rather loud.
If you buy this card you have to get a quality PSU with at least 30A on the +12V rail (most quality 480W PSUs and some 440W should be ok).
You can always add a crossfire master card at a later stage if you go with the X1900XTX, it looks a great card and I would go for it, specially at that price.