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    What does the X850XT perform like?

    I know its a pretty nice card, but what does it perform like. Well, whats its Nvidia equivalent, I know Nvidia well.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102483
    And is that just a really good deal or its actual value?
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    It's about the same as a 6800 Ultra.

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    Yep. Jeez that's cheap.

    $154 (w/rebate) here though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102688
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    Ive been looking for paths to take on a new compy. I was planning on getting a 6800 Ultra, but if this is its equivalent, I might nab one of these instead. They look cool

    Does anyone know how well these overclock? I dont want to end up with another card that overclocks like my 9800. 50 MHz overclock on my 9800 means +1 FPS

    And also, does it support everything today, like HDR lighting? Will Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion not have anything graphically disabled?

    Also does the 7600 beat it? Basically, whats the best deal for about 200 dollars, give or take 50.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerson98
    Ive been looking for paths to take on a new compy. I was planning on getting a 6800 Ultra, but if this is its equivalent, I might nab one of these instead. They look cool

    Does anyone know how well these overclock? I dont want to end up with another card that overclocks like my 9800. 50 MHz overclock on my 9800 means +1 FPS
    If that's the case then you are heavily CPU-limited.

    The X850XT aren't amazing overclockers, TBH. I think about 550-575MHz core is common.

    And also, does it support everything today, like HDR lighting? Will Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion not have anything graphically disabled?
    It doesn't support Shader Model 3.0, which is used by a few of modern games for HDR (Oblivion included). Plus it won't support the Havok FX physics extensions.

    Also does the 7600 beat it?
    Not quite, but it's close. Personally I'd go with the 7600GT since you'll get quite a bit of O/C headroom out of it, it supports SM3.0 and you can use two in SLI quite easily.
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    7600 GT is perfectly in my price range. Looks good, if it overclocks well that leaves headroom. Its gonna be awhile till I upgrade so prices for better cards will have dropped around there. Thanks for the help
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuFu
    Not quite, but it's close. Personally I'd go with the 7600GT since you'll get quite a bit of O/C headroom out of it, it supports SM3.0 and you can use two in SLI quite easily.
    You see MuFu's been sick lately, the part of his brain where the ATi information and fanboism is stored has been damaged irreparably.

    And also, does it support everything today, like HDR lighting? Will Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion not have anything graphically disabled?
    Oblivion still looks great without HDR or Bloom. They both are performance hogs and if you can stand to be without them, then your game will be much smoother. But I would recomend an nVidia card if you are interested in playing Oblivion well. Not to say that ATi cards don't play the game well, but nVidia has stepped up and released drivers specifically for the game, and I doubt this will be the last driver with Oblivion optimizations. Considering physics processing is going to be added to the drivers for SLI configurations in the near future (maybe they already have in the 84.25 for Oblivion...?) you can't really go wrong with nVidia right now. You can't go wrong with ATi's high-end cards either, but in my eyes the x1k line has differentiated itself somewhat from strictly games performance to HTPC and encoding uses. nVidia still seems to be all about gaming and their performance is showing it lately at almost all price segments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrathchild_67
    You see MuFu's been sick lately, the part of his brain where the ATi information and fanboism is stored has been damaged irreparably.
    Haha, ain't that the truth. This is my third nV card in a row now.

    TBH though, I've been lucky recently with freebies - would still go for an R580 if I were buying.

    Doesn't bloom still work in Oblivion with SM2.0 cards? I know the X8x0s don't support FP blending, so HDR is out of the question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuFu
    Doesn't bloom still work in Oblivion with SM2.0 cards? I know the X8x0s don't support FP blending, so HDR is out of the question.
    Yeah bloom works on SM2.0 cards, but the performance hit is nearly as bad as HDR is on SM3.0 cards. The only benefit to using bloom is still being able to use antialiasing.
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    I can run bloom on my 9800, I see the difference, but I dont care for it. Ive seen HDR on my brothers 6800 GT and it looks great.

    Good thing is with Nvidia, as soon as I get enough money, I just get another card and SLI it. Ive sorta made my choice, instead of trying to save money by crippling my computer. Just save and get whats good...So far I have..
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    if you want full performance you might want an msi board, i have the a8n-sli and i like it a lot, but from what ive seen its not quite as fast as others. im not sure if anyone could really tell real-world though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by krupted
    if you want full performance you might want an msi board, i have the a8n-sli and i like it a lot, but from what ive seen its not quite as fast as others. im not sure if anyone could really tell real-world though...
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    The one on the A8N-SLI is especially whiny. I replaced mine straight away.
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    I already have a chipset fan that I used to replace this mobos loud one. I can switch it back and use the one I ordered with no problem.
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