If you had $100 to spend on a Video card...?

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If you had around $100 to spend on a new video card, which of the following would you choose?

GeForce 4 MX 440
ATI Radeon 8500
GeForce 3 Ti200
Total votes : 66


Postby ink » Sat Sep 21, 2002 5:29 am

I will go with ti200, overclock to a geforce 3, drivers are better(not all)
both have strong points when compaired.

3d mark: raedon geforce ti200 o/c
6683 6562 @1024x768x32
4287 4297 @1600x1200x32

pix fill rate: 664.8 671 1024x768

q3 arena higher fps with geforce, vertex shading raedon, pix shading geforce

i own both, owned both the 8500 is gone.
next time who knows
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Postby charibdis » Tue Sep 24, 2002 4:10 am

Raw FPS is useless in most games. Whether you have 100FPS or 300fps you won't be able to tell the difference. Now let's see. I can run Unreal Tournament 2003 (demo) on my pc at the highest available video settings in the game, plus forcing 16x Anti Aliasing. (with no performance drop) And I'm running my Radeon 8500LE at a lower clock than what I ran that test shown in my signature. If you ask me for it's age the Radeon 8500 is a really good card. I switched from a Geforce2MX to my Radeon and I'm happy with the change. I'm running Win XP with the latest Catalyst drivers from ATI and guess what, no problems anywhere in the games I play regularly. As for the ones that cause problems, did you ever think of checking the ATI web site for fixes?? they post info saying certain games have issues, most of which only require an update to directX files.
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Postby danoaks15 » Wed Oct 02, 2002 3:00 pm

I only wish that ATI would make drivers for *nix. Up till now XFree86 made thier own drivers for them.

ATI is still awesome though and nVidia doesnt make drivers for BSD which i use.
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Postby overclock_maximus » Thu Oct 03, 2002 7:46 am

Radeon 8500s cost like 80 bucks at pricewatch --- thats nothing, and they fly. NOTHING can beat it 4 the price.

OH HELL VOODOO 5 5500 FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VOODOO 4 4500 FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VOODOO 3 3500 FROEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby EvLwMn » Fri Oct 04, 2002 8:08 am

danoaks15 wrote:I only wish that ATI would make drivers for *nix. Up till now XFree86 made thier own drivers for them.

ATI is still awesome though and nVidia doesnt make drivers for BSD which i use.

danoaks15 - there's a new Radeon driver for Linux on the ATI website. Try this:

http://www.ati.com/support/products/pc/ ... ivers.html

They were just put out there in August but be very careful to have the correct version of XFree86 before trying to install. Also if you're using SuSE 8.0 they left a package off the CD - I think it's called xf86_glx. You'll need that in order to get your 3D working. If you have any trouble let me know. It took me 2 weeks to get it working correctly - but it works now and BOY does it work :!: BTW - I'm using SuSE 8.0 with an ATI Radeon LE 128MB.

Good luck 8)
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Postby Nads » Fri Dec 20, 2002 1:44 am

Funny how the timing worked out for reading this post! Been building a machine on a budget for the company I work for and naturally I needed a decent card for the occasional foray into Unreal Tournament lan frag fests for under a hundred bucks (all the budget would allow since I was competeing with a DELL for the money). Found a RADEON 8500 PRO for $91.00 on ebay. Heres the rest of the system and costs for the parts:

ASUS P4S533 mobo $69.00
P4 2,4ghz cpu (533 fsb) $139.99
512 megs of PC 2700 w/heatsink (samsung) $99.00
OKIA 420 watt P/S (budget remember?)$12.00
Sony 16XDVD $49.00
TEAC 40X12X48 CDRW $79.00
ZALMAN 5500 CPU COOLER (dont like how it attaches, but..) $12.00
3 ENERMAX 80mm case fans $13.00
Rounded IDE and floppy cables $12.00
ANTEC keyboard $7.00
HP optical mouse $12.49
DELL P992 19" TRINITRON monitor $169.00 (SWEET!)
SEAGATE 80 gig BARRACUDA h/d $60.00
MITSUMI 3.5" floppy $9.00
RADEON 8500 PRO $91.00
HYDRAULIC ATX case $29.00

I did have to send the mobo back as it simply wouldnt post. ASUS is supposed to be sending me a new one. Great lil system for the dough though eh? Bet it will run crop circles around that DELL too!
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Postby clanhamjo » Mon Feb 03, 2003 12:21 am

I have the geforce3 ti200 64M and i really cant compare it's performance to another vidcard because this is the only quality vidcard i've worked with.
I will say that i have no complaints. You can get em fopr around $80.
From what i understand this vidcard can exceptionally handle anything you can throw at it. If im wrong here plz speak out.
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Postby Poronico » Mon Feb 03, 2003 1:03 am


Ok for all of you who voted radion i feel sorry for your mothers, i have had alot of experience with Nvidia and Radion cards, and Nvidia All th way baby Radion needs to get their act together on their drivers and just all in all need better cards. My 4600 beat out a 9700 pro on all benchmarks with same mobo ram and processor
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Postby Mr T » Sat Feb 08, 2003 1:03 pm

I have a 8500LE and a GF3Ti200, both very good, me personally prefer my 8500..... :lol:
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Postby gamepyrate » Sun Feb 09, 2003 12:03 am

ATi for me, for an overall quality package. But it's a toss-up in performance: 8500's perform below gf3ti's in UT2k3, by a noticeable margin. I currently am using a Ti500 instead of a Radeon 8500 because all I play is Americas Army and don't use a second screen, and I really cannot notice much of a difference in quality between the two cards.
As for drivers, nVidia's drivers suck, you have it backwards. nVidia's detonator drivers rarely fix a problem, and when they do it normally hinders performance (of late). Their nVidia control panel is also very simple, whereas the ATi control panel is very professional and customizable.
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