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Alright guys, ordering tonight, need your help!!

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I need to know if you had to choose between one of these two, which one would you get and why? I am buying the parts in my sig and have narrowed down my vid card choices to these two and would like to order tonight. Here are the specs on both:

 

MSI X800 128mb DDR PCIe $137.99 plus $30 MIR

 

Chip Name:R430

Chip Manufacturer:ATi

Shader Operations:4800 Operations/sec

Pixel Fill Rate:4800 MPixels/sec

Texture Fill Rate:4800 MTexels/sec

Memory Bandwidth:22.4 Gb/sec

Core Clock:400 Mhz

Memory Clock:350 Mhz (700 Mhz effective)

3dmark05:3802

Memory Type:GDDR3

Memory Bus Type:64x4

DirectX Compliance:9.0

Pixel Shader Version:2.0b

Vertex Shader Version:2.0

Filtering Modes:Bilinear, Trilinear, 16x Anisotropic

Anti-Aliasing Modes:2xRGMS, 2x2T SGMS, 2x3T SGMS, 4x2T SGMS, 4x3T SGMS, 6x2T SGMS, 6x3T SGMS, 6xSGMS, 4xRGMS

Transistor Count:160 million

Manufacture Process:110 nm

Fragment Pipelines:12

Vertex Pipelines:6

Texture Units:12

ROPs:12

 

eVGA 6600GT $145.00 plus $20 MIR

 

Chip Name:NV43

Chip Manufacturer:nVidia

Shader Operations:4000 Operations/sec

Pixel Fill Rate:2000 MPixels/sec

Texture Fill Rate:4000 MTexels/sec

Memory Bandwidth:16 Gb/sec

Core Clock:500 Mhz

Memory Clock:500 Mhz (1000 Mhz effective)

3dmark05:3681

Memory Type:GDDR3

Memory Bus Type:64x2

DirectX Compliance:9.0

Pixel Shader Version:3.0

Vertex Shader Version:3.0

Filtering Modes:Bilinear, Trilinear, 16x Anisotropic

Anti-Aliasing Modes:1x2OGSS, 2x2OGSS, 4x4OGSS, 2xRGMS, 2xRGMS+5, 4xOGMS, 4xS, 6xS, 6x, 2x1OGSS, 4xRGMS, new2 8xS, 16xS

Transistor Count:143 million

Manufacture Process:110 nm

Fragment Pipelines:8

Vertex Pipelines:3

Texture Units:8

ROPs:4

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so which card is better?

 

At the risk of going down in flames, I use Nvidia, and only Nvidia. I dual boot between XP and Linux, and right now, the only drivers that give you real 3D in Linux are the NVidia ones.

 

Everytime I've tried to get ATI cards working in linux in 3D, it has been hell. I'm typing this on my laptop (ati graphics chip) via a linux desktop but with crippled 3D support.

 

In XP, I like the NVidia drivers because of the coolbits reg hack and the nice configuration windows the drivers give you to the internals of the video card.

 

ATI guys are ATI all the way, I just haven't like ATI since they burned me on an older card that they wouldn't support in XP up from win98.

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At the risk of going down in flames, I use Nvidia, and only Nvidia. I dual boot between XP and Linux, and right now, the only drivers that give you real 3D in Linux are the NVidia ones.

 

Everytime I've tried to get ATI cards working in linux in 3D, it has been hell. I'm typing this on my laptop (ati graphics chip) via a linux desktop but with crippled 3D support.

 

In XP, I like the NVidia drivers because of the coolbits reg hack and the nice configuration windows the drivers give you to the internals of the video card.

 

ATI guys are ATI all the way, I just haven't like ATI since they burned me on an older card that they wouldn't support in XP up from win98.

for your situation and needs, totally understandable. I think i'm gonna go w/the X800, all of the numbers are better, the price is right, I hope it works out for me.

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Ahhh to late but you can now order an x1600pro for $130 500mhz core 12 piplines.
is that all? the X800 also has 12 pipelines, but only a 400mhz core, so where is the $21 dollar difference? The pixel fill rate and texture fill rate on the X800 is 4800 MPixels/sec and MTexels/sec, compared to 2000 for the x1600pro. The memory bandwidth on the x800 is 22.4gb/sec, compared to 12.48gb/sec on the x1600. There is only an 80hz increase in effective memory clock, the X800 has a 256bit memory bus type whereas the x1600pro is only 128bit. And lastly, the X800 has 6 vertex piplines, 12 texture units and 12 ROPs, compared to only 5, 4 and 4 on the x1600pro.

 

I think I made the right decision :nod:

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