can someone explain the series numbering of nvidia cards?

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude with an ileostomy bag OT Supporter

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    i'm just looking for a cheap pci-e card that outputs dvi and can handle a 720p mkv file

    my mobo has a 6100 geforce series onboard, it will play a 720p mvk just fine, but only outputs vga. my mobo's pci-e slot only works in 8x mode, but accepts 16x cards

    i have no idea what i'm looking for. i would prefer something quiet, passively cooled or silent fans

    i don't understand what makes a 7600 series card similar in price to an 8500 series, but an 8800 series is ridiculously more

    i don't game at all.
     
  2. crontab

    crontab Oracle doesn't have customers, they have hostages.

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    budget?

    nvidia's numbering is confusing as hell. Lemme see if this is right...

    Numbering scheme is like this: #X00 ???

    # denotes the series card, 7 series, 8 series, 9 series....
    X denotes the class of card, for 8-series card it's 8400, 8600, 8800...
    ??? denotes the flavor, GS, GT, GTS, GTX

    all of which go from lower to higher.

    BUT a 7800 GT is sometimes faster than a 8600 GS.. so if you buy an "8-series" card thinking that you'll be faster than your old 7 series, sometimes it's not.

    So essentially you need a pci-e card than can play 720p or 1080p and that's it. no gaming. Budget? Someone here should be able to recommend a card....
     
  3. dorkultra

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    as for a budget, i'd like to keep it under $100
     
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    if you're not in a big rush, wait a week or so till the 9800's hit and see if you can find someone trying to unload an 8800.
     
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    For non-gaming use, get a geforce 8500 or 8600.
     
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    get a card that has Nvidia PureVideo HD or PureVideo 2.
    "PureVideo HD (or 2)" is an improved version of the old "PureVideo".
     
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    the first number (series) denotes feature set. So a newer series card will support additional instructions/feature-sets but may have a slower clock so older games may perform better in an older card.
     
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    They assume you know something about computers to read their numbering scheme. They don't want idiots wondering the same thing you do. Read up, just like you do a car.
     
  10. dorkultra

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    i ended up getting a 7600gs card. i used to have one that was an agp model, it worked well. wasn't too expensive, supports dvi and vga out 512mb and purevideo hd

    compared it to a couple of other cards at similar prices, seemed to be the best deal for what i wanted to use it for.
    thanks for the help
     
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    Those aren't bad. I bought one several years ago from CompUSA when they were on sale for a hell of a price. It's a PNY GeForce 7600GS 512MB AGP and it works well. It is in my old Sony PC that is being used as a HTPC running 1080i and works flawlessly.
     

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