View Full Version : GeForce 7950 GTX Vs 8800 GTX

12-13-2006, 04:22 PM
Has anyone had a chance to compare these two cards for Lightwave use?

Les Ford

12-13-2006, 05:38 PM
And would I be better off with a Quadro FX 3500?


12-13-2006, 07:19 PM
I'm findin' my 7950 to be entirely bitchun at 2560x1600.

Response is good. Feel very fluid.


12-14-2006, 12:05 PM
I'm using two screens; One is a 24" Dell running at 1920x1200 and the other is a 21" Wacom Cintiq running at 1600x1200.

Do the specified pixel counts for these cards represent a per output number or a total for both outputs?


12-14-2006, 01:11 PM
Bog..are you getting any OGL funniness?
I have to run in legacy mode on my 6600XT..(it ran sooo nice in 9.0 and before).
Guess it's time to upgrae ...again :cursin:

12-14-2006, 08:09 PM
Does the 7950 have an analog slot for an analog tft monitor?

12-15-2006, 01:58 AM
lilray: prolly not, but they all come wi DVI to VGA adapters anyway, so they'll work.

lesford: I'm running 2 monitors off my 8800GTX at the same res as you, works fine, but to be honest any half decent 256-512MB card should do also.

12-15-2006, 04:28 AM
Does the 7950 have an analog slot for an analog tft monitor?

Nah but there were two DVI to VGA converters in the box. I shall put 'em on the Christmas tree... ;)

12-15-2006, 07:57 AM
I dont know about LW9, but previously, Quadro has not given LW any significant performance gains. Especially for that price (EESH).

As for the 8 series vs the 7 series. I'm not sure. I have not seen any benchmarks that show the two in LW. My guess would be that it wont make a whole lot of difference. Since alot of what goes on in the OGL views is CPU bound (Bone deformations, any modify/edits in modeler, etc) there are other factors that come into play for UI speed.

I do know that I did not see a big performance gain between my 7800GT and my 6800GT. (For the poster stuck with legacy mode, On my 6800GT I never had a problem with the new modes, but again I have only experienced it on LW9).

12-15-2006, 08:00 AM
Ive read a few posts which say while the DirectX is imporved OpenGl is having a few problems. These will be fixed no doubt in furute driver updates

For the money...i dont think the 8800 is worth it

12-15-2006, 08:21 AM
I debated this for a while myself and ended up getting an 8800GTS, new computer should arrive tomorrow so I'll report back once I've had time to play!

12-15-2006, 08:30 AM
Well...Kris...im bringing my new one round to yours with a bottle of Red Label and we shall see.

You at home?

12-15-2006, 08:43 AM
Why not go for the GX2 series (7XXX GX2)? don't GX2s have 2 GPUs on one card? I know my ATI X1650 Pro Crossfire Dual (AGP 512MB) has 2 1650 GPUs on board in one card, so one GPU for each of my 2 monitors. Runs smooth by the way. I opted for ATI because the NVidia 7XXX series GX2 were a little off my budget.

12-15-2006, 08:46 AM
My opinion...go for a card arround 200.

Will give good openGL performance for 2 monitors and game pretty well.

Or if you can hold off til jan, Nvidia have a host of new cards comnig out like the 8600 and 8700. Not as fast as the 8800 but will be cheaper.

12-15-2006, 09:11 AM
Still at work, having the old christmas night out tonight. More than welcome to come around with Red Label, I think I've got one in the cupboard myself.
I'm not holding my breath about delivery tomorrow, but we'll see

P.S. Sorry to the thread starter for going a bit off topic there... :thumbsup:

12-15-2006, 02:16 PM
Well, now that you guys have gotten me on the idea of upgrading, I have another question. Im trying to decide between the BFG tech 7950 GT ($260) and the Asus Radeon X1900 XT 256mb ($289). The X1900XT performed slightly better on many of the tests I have seen. Also, is BFG tech good? How does BFG compare to say XFX?

12-15-2006, 03:30 PM
Hey you can run the GPU [email protected] client on the ATI 1900XT.

It is apparently super fast. Your nVidia card doesnt help solve cancer....

12-15-2006, 04:16 PM
Hey you can run the GPU [email protected] client on the ATI 1900XT.

It is apparently super fast. Your nVidia card doesnt help solve cancer....

huh? What's GPU folding, and is the X1900XT worth the extra $30 or so?

12-15-2006, 05:15 PM
Oh sorry, I wasn't clear.


It is a distributed computing project that looks at protien folding and helps with cancer research. They need a gazillion computers to make it work.

They now have a GPU client which uses the processing power of the GPU in the 1900 series ATI cards. It is 40x faster than using the CPU.