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GeForce4 or Radeon 9700?

Postby Grime » Sat Nov 16, 2002 11:52 pm

This is probably more of a question of preference, but since the time of purchase will soon be at hand, I figure I need to decide between the GeForce4 and the Radeon 9700 pretty quickly. I can't decide though! Can anyone tell me something that might sway me one way or the other :?:
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Postby Hockeyfan6781 » Sun Nov 17, 2002 12:12 pm

just wait for nvidia's next chipset.. maybe around for christmas.... suppost to be atleast 30% faster than the 9700pro ati cards... 1000mhz + mem clock. CineFX, DDRII 500mhz+ramdac...
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Postby Grime » Sun Nov 17, 2002 3:47 pm

Yeah, but how much $$? I don't really want to spend more than the $400 already set aside for the GeForce4 or Radeon 9700.
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Postby feto » Sun Nov 17, 2002 3:59 pm

I am currently using a Geforce 3 TI200 and it works fine......I have also seen the GeForce 4.....but I have heard wonders about the Radeon 9700 ......I think that if you are willing to spend 400 bucks on a card.....go for the 9700...it will be great for a long time.....
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Postby Hockeyfan6781 » Sun Nov 17, 2002 4:46 pm

I would think that it'll probably be in that range...
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Postby gamepyrate » Sun Nov 17, 2002 5:07 pm

because NV30 is in such small production you can expect it to be a very high price. for now, radeon 9700 is unparalleled in performance and quality. from a reliable source I hear that the NV30 isn't going to be able to contend with ATi and its R350.
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Postby Johnny Mnemonic » Mon Nov 18, 2002 6:26 am

I have owned a Geforce2 GTS, and a ATI Radeon 8500 recently, (and hopefully tonight a Geforce4 4200). While I loved my 8500 I unfortunately killed it by attempteding to flash it's bios (unfortunately I think I never disabled 4x Fast writes in BIOS (an nvidia only feature) which would have prevented my system lockups). I loved my 8500. Everything was so crisp and well textures never looked so nice! It had the horsepower for everything I could throw at it @ 1024x768. And it was fully DirectX 8.1 compliant. You do have to download the latest drivers and a few games had some tweaks or fixes on them to play properly (Aliens vs Predator 2 had a shiny metal texture problem, but a quick patch for it fixed it).

My point is that the underdog ATI is a fantastic card maker. The only problem is game designers typically support the mainstream nvidia cards first, and ATI as an afterthought. Heck even the latest EA games all flash the nvidia logo in game. I cannot speak of the 9700 specifically, or the nv30, but I would imagine much the same thing to occur. But only time will tell, and waiting will always lower the prices. Best bet is to wait for some side by side comparisons or benchmarks and then decided based upon what fits your wallet the best.

Geforce4 will not break the bank (at the lower levels), and you can still count on wide range of support. However the 9700 is much more powerful than the geforce4 lineup, which promotes it's longevity. The 9700 should still work just as good, but with the occasional glitch (no shiny water in Neverwinter Nights). While this is really not a ATI problem, but a game software programmer problem. But which would you rather have?
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