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nVidia High-End Graphics Cards for Second Hand Buyers

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 1, 2006 5:00 am

Final Thoughts

 

Looking at what you're going to run on we will give you an idea of where you want to be.

 

1024 x 768 - At 1024 x 768 your really have got the pick of the litter. Everything is going to do what you want but the bottom line is anything really above the 7900GS is just going to be throwing money down the drain. With the OC potential available from the 7900GS, it clearly is going to give you excellent performance and give you a good run for your money until we begin to see not only mainstream DX10 cards but DX10 games.

 

1280 x 1024 - The most common resolution amongst most gamers thanks to it being seen on pretty much any 17" and 19" LCD. Depending on what sort of graphics level you want, you're going to be looking A O K with the 7900GS again when overclocked. You want to start mixing it up with some AA and AF we would probably recommend that you venture across to the 7900GT or even the 7950GT if you can pick one up cheap.

 

1600 x 1200 - That resolution for all those stubborn gamers that have their heart set that LCDs are the work of people who never game. If you're running a 19" CRT and above the chances are this is what you game at. This is quite a jump in the resolution from 1280 x 1024 and you want to start looking at the 7950GT and 7900GTX of which both offer 512MB of DDR3. You're going to be able to game at the higher resolution and some slight degrees of AA are possible. If you want to get serious and really turn up the image quality, you want to venture into 7950GX2 land.

 

1680 x 1050 - From a pure pixel push out rate your looking at something that is pretty similar to 1600 x 1200. You're going to again be looking at the 7950GT and 7900GTX for some higher end detail gaming.

 

1920 x 1200 and above Here is where the big boys come out to play, for top single card performance you're not going to want to look past the 7950GX2. If you already own one or a 7900GTX it's time to start shopping for that second one so you can start bumping up that AA and AF image quality. Either that or go buy an 8800GTX launch day.

 

There's a bit of everything for every kind of resolution. The thing is though - you go to forums all around the world and pick up on what people are saying and owners of 24" LCD monitors pumping out 1920 x 1200 are saying how fantastic every game runs at max with their cheap GeForce 7600GT. Well it's clear that they haven't used something as nice as the 7900GTX or 7950GX2.

 

Your wallet is really going to do all the talking but if you're looking at having something for a while now is the time to try and pick up something second hand as chances are, you're going to get a good deal and some pleasant gaming experience for quite a while.

Pine Technology XFX GeForce 7900 GT, (256 MB) PCI Express Graphic Card

 

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