My BFG 7900 GS OC Is Fast(er) as Most 8xxx Cards ?
I was going to purchase a new video card ahead of buying the rest of my parts for my new build. I currently own a BFG 7900 GS OC. I was looking to buy a new 8 series. After doing some research, I found that many 8XXX cards were slower or the same in performance as my 7900. There are so many designations, it is hard to keep them straight.
Am I correct in thinking that many of the 8 series cards are not fast at all, and are only designed to offer DirectX performance? Which middle-range card would give me a moderate performance gain over my 7900 GS OC? I am looking to spend around $170. I will be willing to hit the $200 mark. And I have cruised Tom's VGA charts. Oh yeah - I am using and will be using a PCI-E interface with somewhere around an AMD 5600 X2.
I picked up a BFG 7900GT OC to install in my current system before I build my new one. It seems I ran into a more than rare problem with the card; it just "shuts down." It quites sending a signal to the monitor and things go black. The system is still running, but the video goes kaput. There is much speculation on this, but through my research I have discovered that it happens to systems of all kinds regardless of components. I have tinkered with everything, but it still occurs. As a result, I have a new card on order from Newegg. I ordered an 8800GT. I will be returning the 7900 GT.
As for performance, I saw little or no gain on my current system with the 7900 which is a humble AMD 4000+. I really did not expect too, as I am sure the CPU was the lowest common denominator between the two. It will be interesting to compare the performance of the 8800GT. I will be installing that before I gather all the other components for my new build, which will for sure take advantage of the improved potential of the 8800.
I removed the 7900 and installed the 8800. The 8800 is easily faster than the 7900 in my system, which is an AMD 4000+. Without any formal benchmarking, I am confident that the 8800 is at least 20% faster in my system. That leads me to believe the inherent design of the 8800 offloads more graphics processing from the CPU than the 7900. However . . . if pushed with a faster processor, the 7900 could keep up with the 8800 if oc'ed. It would have to work harder, but that is my layman's opinion.
oops - I mixed up my nomenclature. Topic header states "7900 GT" and in my post I state "7900 GS." The card discussed is indeed a GT. I apologize. When discussing computers these days there are so many prefixes, suffixes, middlefeffexs (not a word but what the heck), numbers, etc. that I get easily confused. I am surprised I did not state my card as dual core 64 nvidia x1950.
Sorry for my confusion. Who was that ancient Chinese philosopher . . .Confusion? Or something like that.