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Best PCI Card for ~£80

The Best Gaming Graphics Cards for Your Money: February 2008
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Best PCI-E card for £70 (inc VAT): Tie Radeon X1950 PRO

Codename: RV570 Process: 90nm Pixel Shaders: 36 Vertex Shaders: 8 Texture Units: 12 ROPs: 12 Memory Bus: 256-bit Core Speed MHz: 575 Memory Speed MHz: 690 (1380 effective) DirectX / Shader Model DX 9.0c / SM 3.0

The X1950 PRO is still holding its own as a great £70 gaming card. The card’s main competition in this price range is the 8600 GTS, which doesn’t have the brute strength that the X1950 PRO offers It’s not all bad news though because its more advanced architecture offers unique advantages for specific gaming situations.

GeForce 8600 GTS

Codename: G84 Process: 80nm Universal Shaders: 32 Texture Units: 16 ROPs: 8 Memory Bus: 128-bit Core Speed MHz: 675 Memory Speed MHz: 1000 (2000 effective) DirectX / Shader Model DX 10 / SM 4.0

On release the 8600 GTS was grossly overpriced compared to the X1950 PRO. The 8600 GTS has since dropped down to £65 and has become a far more reasonable option. While the X1950 PRO has better raw specifications than the X1950 PRO (especially its 256-bit memory interface), the 8600 GTS has strong shaders that perform very well in certain titles.

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    b2bsales , 12 February 2008 23:07
    I found it quite easy to find a x1950 pro AGP at £100!!!

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/AGP/ATI+Radeon+X1900+Series/Sapphire+Radeon+X1950+Pro+512MB+AGP+?productId=26595
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    fluppeteer , 15 February 2008 00:11
    Any chance of some proof reading? The PCI-E stuff talks about being PCI, the AGP stuff talks about being PCI-E, and the "specs" page is just a list of GPUs...
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    mbailey , 25 February 2008 16:24
    It's a real shame the formatting is wrong for this report as it makes it impossible to read.
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    Anonymous , 11 October 2008 17:12
    ATI 3850, best price v performnace and best energy saver too so will save you a fortune in electricity.