Well I managed to destroy my ATI Radeon 1800XL while trying to install a hint sinq that didn't work. I am very aggravated with cards that just CANT cool themselves. I want a card that is comparable to the ATI Radeon 1800XL in performance and price... AND WILL NOT OVERHEAT! I want to be able to count on booting up my computer and having it work. So if anyone can find a good card that can match (or almost match) my previous card and will operate successfully without overheating OUT OF THE BOX... PLEASE suggest it. Please remember that it needs to be PCIE and work with windows XP. THANKS!
If you have a big enough PSU I would reccomend this. Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP Video Card - Retail Great for its price. And it out performs you old X1800. As long as you dont overclock it, it shouldnt overheat.
Preferably under $400 but a little over if need be.
WOW! Are you sure that card is better!? I paid almost $400 for the X1800XL!!!
Yes, much better, check out these charts. Its a bargain too. I know how you feel...I paid $500 for my AGP X800 XT around 2 years back. I feel so stupid now.
OMFG!!! Where am I?!?
4th June 2007
Go with either the GeForce 7950, from XFX or BFG, or if you plan to run Vista, go with a GeForce 8500 or 8600, both are under $400 and have the DirectX 10.
Frick no am I going to run Vitsa. I bought this PC as a vista and downgraded to XP. How does the GEForce 7950 compare to the one Steven posted?
rah66jr;3770571Frick no am I going to run Vitsa. I bought this PC as a vista and downgraded to XP. How does the GEForce 7950 compare to the one Steven posted?
Its memory speed is 400Mhz slower and core 100Mhz slower than the X1950XT, but has more pipelines, And has a slightly bigger price tag. Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N636-AR GeForce 7950GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail There almost exactly even in the tomshardware chart..the one in the tomshardware chart though is the 512MB version of the 7950GT..it doesn't have the 256MB version up for comparison. VGA Charts 2007 | Tom's Hardware Overall I would still reccomend the X1950XT.
So which do you think would run cooler?