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    Question AGP advice

    A friend is going to replace his ageing ATi 9500 128mb agp

    Looking for a good AGP geforce. (main game he plays is City of Heroes and the ATi drivers are really bad for it)

    His system is
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    Generic 400w psu

    I'm not 100% sure on his budget

    Had a look at scan.co.uk best two options I could see were
    256MB Palit 7600GT AGP 8x Mem 1400MHz GPU 560MHz 12 Pipes D-Sub/Dual Link DVI/S-Video Fan Cooling £79.77 Inc VAT
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    256MB Palit 7600GS, AGP, Mem 800MHz, GPU 400MHz, 12 Pipes, D-Sub/Dual Link DVI-I/S-Video £70.10 Inc VAT

    (and a decent PSU)

    What I'm wondering about is what's the cooling like on thoes Palit cards? it looks like a stock heatsink&fan

    Any other sugestions?
    PS I've pointed him at the XFX 7600GS 512mb @£95 and the XFX 7900GS 256mb @£142

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    The Palit looks like a pretty much reference nVidia design. You might try googling for reviews to see what the cooling is like.
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    I'd go for the 7600GT, higher clock speeds for very little increase in price. I wouldn't worry about going for the 7900GS, the CPU will be the bottleneck before the graphics.

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    What about the 7300GT DDR3??

    Scan do it for 61 quid:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=557236

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    A 7300 for gameing O_o
    Ok it's a GT but still the x3xx ?

    Ok I've not actually used a 7xxx card but going by performance of 5xxx and 6xxx series then I really wouldn't use anything under a x6xx for gameing.

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    A 6200 is as fast as a 9500PRO for most things.The 7300GT DDR3 PCI-E is faster than a standard 7600GS PCI-E. The AGP 7300GT DDR3 is clocked 100mhz slower than the PCI-E version but even then it should as fast as a 6600gt and have greater functionality!!

    In the following review the PCI-E DDR2 version having the GPU clock running at 400mhz and the RAM running at 800mhz is as fast as a 6600GT running at 500mhz GPU clock and 1000mhz DDR3:

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/372/10

    The AGP 6600GT has 900mhz memory also. This means the 7300GT DDR3 AGP which runs at 400mhz GPU clock and 1000mhz DDR3 will be faster than a 6600GT.

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    Actually that is an intresting card
    The older 7300GT's only used DDR2 which ment they packed about half the punch of a 7600GT ( see here)
    This card has the DDR3 that the eairly ones lacked giveing it quiet inpressive speeds, however it's only 8 pipes vs a 7600GT's 12 pipes (also 560MHz 1400Mhz)
    And at a price differnce of £20 between them I'd still lean toward to 7600GT, unless this was just a hold over card untill a full pc upgrade and a switch to PCI-e in which case the cheaper yet still ok option is better for keeping a pc going for 6months or so.

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    I would probably upgrade to at least a XP2500 and a 7300GT DDR3 or 7600GS as this will be a more balanced upgrade.The XP2000 is a bit slow for the majority of modern games!!

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    Aslo just had a full look at that review you posted, the Zogis is running at a higher speed (like that Plait one) and while it's getting resaults just under or over the 6600GT in that review.
    However the 6600GT they are useing is only a 128mb memory card.

    Although I agree with you about his CPU, esp as I've just upgraded from a 2400XP and did so after quite a bit of testing to figure out what was my biggest hold back on City of Heroes.
    But he's a bit of a pc-phobe and it took a lot of cojoleing just to get him to open the case and have a look to find out the wattage and make of his PSU.

    That said I'll add the card into the mix as another possible option.
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