Video card reviews and opionion....

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Codasmd, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. Codasmd

    Codasmd Old School XPeriencer

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    Hey all,

    Looking to buy a new card for my new highend machine.

    Right now I can think of any review sites so that's pretty much what I'm looking for from ya.

    I'm looking to spend about $200 or a bit more if I have to. Here is the catch: I have to get it at BestBuy because I have almost that amount in store credit. Their selection seemed kind of skimpy.

    Anyways, I'm thinking in the Geforce3 Ti range. I think the Geforce4 Ti's would be a bit too much money. And I want to stay away from the MX series.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    ATI Radeon 9500 Pro

    GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB

    both good cards. neither is a good deal. :huh: but that's what best buy has. just pick which ever brand (ati or nvidia) you're more partial to.

    [edit] okay, i'm an nvidia guy. but in this case, i'd have to say the 9500pro is better. :(
     
  3. OTE

    OTE Guest

    indeed both would be a good buy. if ur looking to spend $200 then forget the 4200 go for the Radeon9500Pro performs as good as if not better than a 4600 especially in AA+AF.

    my $0.02
     
  4. Codasmd

    Codasmd Old School XPeriencer

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    Hmm....

    The ATI card "out does" the ti4200 in polygons per second (considerably) and in clock speed of video ram, 540 MHz to 350

    Plus, the ATI card has a driver disk "included". :rolleyes:


    I've always had Geforce cards, maybe its time for a change.


    Hmm....
     
  5. Codasmd

    Codasmd Old School XPeriencer

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    Looking at the 9500 Pro and the 9000 Pro, I see this:

    9500 Pro
    Megapixels/Megatexels
    2.2 gigatexels

    Number of Polygons per Second
    275 million


    9000 Pro
    Megapixels/Megatexels
    1.1 gigatexels/sec.

    Number of Polygons per Second
    43 million

    I realize the numbers are quite different but they mean little to me. Would this be something I would really notice playing games though?
     
  6. Heath3n

    Heath3n OSNN Addict

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    I highly recommend the Radeon 9500 128mb (not pro)
    See this..
    Ati 9500 to 9700 Riva Conversion

    This has been tested sucessfully. i ordered mine online today. 157.00(Free Shipping). i would think bestbuy would still be under 200.00
     
  7. Chensu

    Chensu Guest

    You can pick up a Geforce4 Ti4600 VIVO 128DDR for under £200 english pounds, so what ever that is in dollars?;) :huh:

    A review of an Albatron card, can be reviewed @ www.guru3d.com

    This card has gotten thumbs up on many hardware sites too.

    Chensu.
     
  8. Codasmd

    Codasmd Old School XPeriencer

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    Hey,

    Went to BestBuy to get the Radeon 9500Pro. Turns out they dont stock that one. Only online. :confused:

    After almost going with the Radeon 9000Pro, I decided at the last minute to grab the GeForce4 Ti 4200.

    This has been my best purchase in the last few years. I came right home, installed it, and ran 3DMark2001 SE.
    It was the first time that I got to see all the tests available, and it was very nice.

    For what its worth, here are the results for this machine.

    Machine:
    P4 2.5 Gig
    512 DDR PC2100

    Results with integrated 64MB shared memory:
    1493

    Results with Ti4200 and 29.42 detonators:
    9825

    Results with Ti4200 and 41.09 dets:
    10758

    Yea for me. My first 5 digit score. :rolleyes:

    This weekend is nothing but games.
    Thanks for the opinions too.
     
  9. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    The Radeon 9000 Pro benchmarks terribly in comparison to the Ti 4200, so you made a better purchase.

    Melon
     
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  11. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    the 9000 series of cards is competing with the geforceMX cards therefore the 4200 would naturally be better than the 9000 series..

    I would have recommended going with either the 9500pro (even if you buy online) or with a 128mb version of the 4200... almost sure I saw em with some rebates...

    still if the 4200 with 64mb mem is good enough for you... kudos :) its a nice value that card... and decent enough performance to power most games well...

    I would like to say that please do not rely on 3dmark for reference as to what video card you buy.. it is not the most balanced bench in the world... better to compare everything incl framerates in games and daily productivity...

    :)
     
  12. Codasmd

    Codasmd Old School XPeriencer

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    Cool. I did get the 128 card. Now I'm glad I went with it rather than the 9000 series.