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Ultimate Geek

# 20399 25-Mar-2008 12:55
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Hi i'm Lewis, could you please help me I'm about to buy a 7950GX2 graphics card to boost my 3d gaming and movie viewing in my PC, my first question is would My PSU Thermaltake Pure Power 680w run this card 7950GX2? and I have been told that this card fits in one PCI-E socket so i was wondering before buying it if will run on a mobo that it has only one PCI-E?

My system is

AMD64 5000+ Black Edition
PSU Thermaltake Pure Power 680w
Asus M2N-MX SE mobo
2GB DDR2 800 ram

I can't wait to hear from you,


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  # 118707 26-Mar-2008 09:18
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It sounds like you will be fine. The one pci-e slot you have is a 16x slot i take it? (long slot not one of the small ones). The power supply will be fine as well. I hope your getting that card for a good price though, its quite old now and has well and truly been superseded.

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Ultimate Geek

# 118711 26-Mar-2008 09:32
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Thanks Garvani,
Yeah the mobo has a PCI-E 16x socket and my power supply have connectors for two PCI-E cards
the card i'm looking to buy the guy is saling it for $300 with 10 days warranty did you think this a good price or i'm better off buying 8800 technology but is so expensive. in some reviews they said this card is only directx9 but can run as fast as 8800gts as this card is two 7950gt cards together at 256bit each and 1gb or ram wow. but i don't know if some of those reviews are acurate though.


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  # 118712 26-Mar-2008 09:41
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From experience i wouldnt trust review sites like tomshardware too much, just see who there sponsers are!! For that price its not a bad card, for comparison $300 will get you a 9600gt.. im pretty sure the 7950gx2 would walk all over it. Sure your not going to get dx10 with it but thats a big marketing ploy for vista so i wouldnt worry about that too much.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 118714 26-Mar-2008 10:00
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Wow really the 9600gt, nice I'm getting this 7950GX2 thank you for your help it was nice to have some advise not just trusting blindly on those online review.

thanks again

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  # 118769 26-Mar-2008 13:37
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garvani: From experience i wouldnt trust review sites like tomshardware too much, just see who there sponsers are!!

what "experience" have you had with if you are suggesting that they're "in-bed" with their sponsors then you would be right - unfortunately tomshardware is a review site like all the others out there which requires a good relationships with manufacturers in order to get sent their new products to review otherwise they'd go bust in a week. this however does not create any sort of bias and in the 5 years i've been using their site i've never come across anything that can't be trusted.

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  # 118779 26-Mar-2008 15:24
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Im not saying they fabricate there results/benchmarks. It just seems that they can tend to do favourable comparisons for somethings, one recently was Flight Simulator X, don't want to get into details as ive been involved in another forum that is quite a few pages long already discussing it!
I tend to look at all review sites and get a fair idea from the whole picture instead of relying soley on one site, which im sure most people out there would do anyway.

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