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Mid-Range Graphics Card Warfare - AMD vs. nVidia (Q4 2006)

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 27, 2006 5:00 am

Final Thoughts


AMD's Radeon X1650XT performed a little worse then we expected, with the pricing putting it more expensive then the GeForce 7600GT, we thought that it would also translate to a slight bump in performance. Unfortunately it doesn't and really ends up leaving us with somewhat of a sour taste in our mouths. There isn't much reason to go and buy a Radeon X1650XT unless you really don't have much money to spend and you just want to play Company of Heroes - and even then we don't doubt nVidia are far away with a driver to increase performance.


GeForce 7900GS and Radeon X1950PRO -we have always said as an out of the box card, the Radeon X1950PRO is the better card as far as pure 3D performance goes. It is consistently faster thanks to the increased core speed, when compared to the GeForce 7900GS. Why nVidia haven't increased the default core is beyond us (as it loves overclocking, a lot!) but it's possible that it will take away from the more expensive GeForce 7950GT sales. The 512MB variant of the Radeon X1950PRO doesn't offer any real performance gains and sits closer to the GeForce 7950GT in terms of price. This particular card we recommend you stay far away from as the GeForce 7950GT manages to beat it in almost every benchmark and offers some overclocking, too.


nVidia are clearly leading at the moment - both GeForce cards sit under that magical number, the GeForce 7600GT under $200 AUD and the GeForce 7900GS under $300 AUD. The Radeon X1950PRO needs a slight price drop to bring it on par with the GeForce 7900GS because at the moment, if you're willing to venture to the dark side and OC, the 7900GS is the best choice.


So, Radeon X1650XT or GeForce 7600GT? GeForce 7600GT is the easy choice in the lower realm of the mid-range segment, without a doubt - it's cheaper and performance is pretty much neck and neck, throughout all of our benchmarks. Radeon X1950PRO or GeForce 7900GS? Don't want to overclock? The X1950PRO is the best option for the high-end mid-range segment - it is faster in almost everything out of the box but as we said, if you're going to overclock and try and get the best value for your money, we would be doing you an injustice to recommend anything other than the GeForce 7900GS from the green team.

XFX GeForce 7900 GS, (256 MB) PCI Express Graphic Card


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