ATI vs. Nvidia

Bohic

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I'm getting ready to upgrade and probably going with an ATI 9800 non-pro or 9700 pro/AIW. Reading the performance benchmark comparisons, ATI seems to have a definite advantage over Nvidia. That said, Nvidia seems to be getting all the relationships established with the software producers for new game releases, which I'm assuming will result in better performance through better driver matches. Is there a new Nvidia card that can perform as well as the ATI 9800NP/9700P at the same price point? If not, is it worth buying an Nvidia card that doesn't perform as well, but has been matched up with some of the new game releases?
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just when i thought I had read everything about this issue, i find this

http://www.penstarsys.com/editor/tech/graphics/nv_ati_dx9/index.html



<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Bohic on 11/06/03 11:15 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
 

TKS

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Both companies have plenty of support in the game release division. Don't let anyone fool you...ATI and Nvidia are both good in that area...and probably about dead even. It used to be Nvidia that had the advantage...but not anymore.

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Bohic

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In that case, which company would you pick, given my price and performance point of the ATI 9800NP/9700P?
 

scottchen

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9800np/9700pro are becoming very rare in N.America, so if you find one you're lucky. nVidia's card that's suppose to be equivalent to the performance of 9700p/9800np would be the 5900. However 5900's extremely handicapped in DX9 and even its much higher clock speed can't make up for it. So 9700pro or 9800np WITH Samsung memory would be your best deal.

-Intel PIV 2.6C @ 3.575G -Asus P4P800 -OCZ Copper 2x256 4000EL memory @ 275mhz 3-4-4-8 -Sapphire 9800np @ 432/760 -SB audigy -120G Maxtor Diamond Plus9 S-ATA150 hdd -450 Enermax PSU
 

pitsi

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I think the most suitable product for you would be the Radeon 9800 Non-Pro. ATI is the way to go right now. Perhaps things will change in 3-4 months when the new generation graphics cards from both companies appear on the market but right now, I don't consider Nvidia to be an option. ATI simply offers better performance for the same (or less) money.
 

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I agree with Pitsi on this one.

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silverpig

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You're comparing an AIW to a non-AIW card. Really, it should be about whether you'll use the TV in/out features.

I've got a 9800 Pro AIW and I use the TV all the time. It's a great feature.

Besides, the 9700 is becoming very scarce now, and in some cases, more expensive than the 9800 NP. If you don't care about the TV thing, then go 9800 NP.

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kinney

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I'd wait till spring when all the big games are out and the new cards are here.
You'll have extra speed too, as even my radeon 9800 will probably cut it in HL2/Doom3 it wont be as good as the new chips.
I'm a believer in buy and enjoy and dont wait forever but I'm not saying forever just till spring. Buy and enjoy then.

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