Originally posted by AbecX
ATI vs. Nvidia, please, like thats a hard choice.
$169 RADEON 9700 Pro
$113 - GeForce4 TI 4200 64MB <-- faster then the 128mb version
Which would you choose? With the money you save, you can buy almost a gig of pc133 ram, too. Nvidia is the way to go.
Sorry, the $50 difference wasn't worth it. Hell I can get a GeForce4TI for free, so he difference for me was $150.
Why the hell would I need a gig of RAM.
My game system is a P4 2.5Ghz, 512MB RAM, ATI RADEON 9700Pro, DirectX 8.1, XP Pro. More than adequate.
Originally posted by Erfan Z28
Donot get and ATI card other than for 2D work and video editing, there Direct 3D drivers and OpenGL drivers blow. Go with a Nvidia based Geforce 4 Ti series, any of them will give you plenty of oomph and they are 100% compatible with all motherboards and games out there. ATI is buggy on thier driver set and i dealt alot with thier cards.
Erfan, please tell me what tests you ran. I have both cards. Your analysis is interesting. I say this because if someone would say "what card should I get for 2D?" I would have said the GeForce. They cards are similiar enough there isn't a close choice.
If you are looking for the fastest gaming card (and $50 bucks doesn't break the bank), then RADEON is the way to go. Hell, the RADEON kicks GeForce's ass on NVIDIA's own 3D test utility!
The only area feature wise that the GeForce wins over the RADEON is is memory clock frequency, and that is only by 30Mhz. Memory bandwidth is almost doubled on the RADEON, GPU clock frequency is 25Mhz higher, double the vertex shaders on the RADEON, double the pixel pipelines on the RADEON.
If you want THE best gaming card out at the moment (and $50 bucks doesn't break the bank), the RADEON card wins the 3D Wars.
But, like I said, NVIDIA's new card will be out soon, it might be worth it to wait and see what their new card can do.
Hell, I even own NVIDIA stock and have an ATI card in my gaming system.