Im looking to buy either a 6800GT or 7800GTX (depeneds on how much money i have when i go to buy) and i noticed there are lots of the same GPU's all at different prices but different brands (e.g - XFX, Gainward, GeForce etc...) Now i know they are just different brands but the prices are all different! Which 1 is the best to get? Thanks
Basically, the only thing that is different between the brands is:
- The HSF (Heatsink-Fan) unit
- The amount and type of memory
- The box it comes in.
That's it. All graphics cards (Gainward, Gecube, Sapphire, etc) are based on reference designs from ATi or nVidia, and customized from there. As to which one is better, I would choose whichever one has the best HSF unit. (sounds weird I know, but the better the cooling, the more stable it will be, plus you will be able to overclock the cards more effectively.) I'm not very clued-up on which nVidia reseller uses the best HSF, but for ATi cards I would recommend the HiS IceQ II Radeon series - the cooler on those cards is awesome, and lets you get some serious overclocking done.
Ok thanks but im not looking 2 overclock knowing me id blow the pc up anyway is this good for the price? Does it have a good HSF? http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=11098222571&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=92892 Thanks
That one looks good, however eBuyer say that their stock is overdue - this could mean they may not get that card back in stock, unless they get another delivery. If you don't want to wait, take a look at some alternatives: Gigabyte 7800GTX - Gigabyte is quite a good brand, and this card looks particularly sweet - 430MHz core, 24 pipelines, GDDR3 memory, plus a package of goodies to boot. Point-of-View 7800GT - This one only clocks at 400MHz, but is a good bit cheaper than both of the other cards. No fancy add-ons though.
With very few exceptions, all nVidia cards in the same series will have the same HSF. All 7800GTX I have seen so far have the exact same reference HSF and they just put different stickers on top showing the company logo.
Most nVidia cards in the series will be almost exactly the same, same speeds, same type and quantity of ram, but there are a couple exceptions. The company BFG is known for quality and for stock overclocking their cards, meaning when you buy it, it will be overclocked (stable though) out of the box. Recently, the company XFX started doing the same thing, and last I checked their 7800GTX is even faster than the BFG model.
Leadtek is pretty cheap and decent quality, they had a bad batch of 6800gt's a few month back though. BFG is great if a tad expensive. All their cards have a lifetime warrenty and free year round tech support. Anyway you go you should be happy with a 7800gt
Well, the core speed of the chip is measured in MHz. The faster the core speed, the higher the framerate you can expect whilst playing.
Wah? I think my post disappeared - blasted forum glitches! Anyway, the core speed of a graphics card is measured in MHz - basically, the higher the core speed, the better performance you can expect in games. (Higher framerate, etc.)
Ok so is a 30Mhz difference worth £50 more? What difference would it make?
It's surprising what 30MHz can do to a game. And, like I said, if you get the card with a higher clock speed (Gigabyte 7800GTX), you can expect better performance. If, on the other hand, value is your main priority, I'd say you'd be fine with the Point-of-View 7800GT.