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#31
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Lads.... lads.... the Nvidia vs Radeon argument has become boring!

Ive been with Nvidia for a long time.... since the 64mb GeForce 2's were being bundled out at £40 a throw... until recently when I spilled coolant all over my relatively new 6600.

I decided to shop around on the net and look for a card that wouldnt cost the earth but still do the job as good/better than my current (fried) card...

And I found....

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Had the card a couple weeks now.... cant notice a huge improvement playing half life 2 using the 'recommended' settings.. but turn on the overclocking software... and you can set everything to maximum without a worry in the world.

If you've got £150 to spend ($300 or thereabouts) then this card comes highly recommended... although I do believe the AGP version of this card comes at a higher price and doesnt offer quite as much performance pound for pound as the PCI-E one does.

Now Im no graphics genius or anything... but my bro's comp (running the exact same spec as my own with exception of graphics card) runs its graphics through a Nvidia 5750 128mb.... which only emulates DirectX 9.0 through the software but is infact just a Dx8.1 ... it struggles on full quality settings and simply cannot create smooth textures & lines... which the x800 manages to do perfectly.

Heres a screenshot showing what the x800 can do playing Riddick... its gotta be agreed that for a card costing under £150 its definitely upto the job for high-end gamers on a mid-end budget.

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Nvidia... good for ease of use with the software/drivers... plays games like Unreal Tournament 2003/2004 really well (best suited to that graphics engine) but struggled on Doom3 at higher settings where the Radeon makes mincemeat of it.

Upto you, but Ive been swayed over to Radeon since getting one... I miss the digital vibrance option with the Nvidia's amongst a few other goodies but all my games look and play best on the Radeon.. which was similarly priced to my 6600.
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Yeah i looked at that card before i decided on an x800xl (found more money hidden in a book, lol) and it is great, i also had always had nvidia(apart from a brief period with a s3 pro savage, yuk ) and the radeon hasnt dissapointed x800s are the best value for money cards on the market.
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Lads.... lads.... the Nvidia vs Radeon argument has become boring!

Not possible! :tazz:


DeV1Se, you are comparing a 5750 to the x800. They really weren't meant to compete for performance. That's like comparing the ATI 9700 Pro with the GeForce 6800 series and then saying Nvidia is better because of it. Go Nvidia!!! ;)

Look, ATI is wonderful. It's just that when it comes to computer parts I just go with the company that has the most success stories and Nvidia wins over ATI.

Edited by UV_Power, 18 July 2005 - 09:38 PM.

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Sorry but the actual comparison was between a 6600 and a x800... which are both similarly priced cards for their category...

My reference to the 5750 was merely to point out that if you do spend less... you're likely to lose out on alot of things that an extra £30 could get you if you were to choose a 6600 or x800.

As far as value for money is concerned.... ATi whoops nVidia massively... I dont believe that I couldve bought a nVidia card that outperforms my x800 for less than 200nicker unless it was knocked off.
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this is like the old SEGA Vs NINTENDO argument lol!

Well I'll just say that I had a Radeon 9800 PRO and it blew on my P4 for no reason, a touch overclocked but nothing too bad. anyway I now have a diffrent PC but still use the old Dell 17" monitor (ok I suppose) and a 6800GT and I am just gobsmacked at the performance with the GT on the following games.

Battlefield 2: running at 1024 x768, everthing on High/maximum, 4x antialisaing and the games runs online like a single player game, absolutly stunning.

Half Life 2: running at the same res, again everything maxed out with 16x antisopic filtering and it looks real. That Riddick screen shot in comparison looks ok, but really compare that to Half lif 2 running maxed out!!!

I haven't overclocked my card or board yet, prob be another two years before I need to and by then Windows XP 64 should be available (not the XP64 beta version i recently had, avoid!) so overclocking won't be neccessary.

all I can say is I would thouroughly recommend the Nvidia cards and you can pick up the 6800GT (which can be overclocked just about to the ultra spec anyway) and I got mine from overclockers for £199.00!!!! deliverered!!

anyway, thats my 2 pence worth :tazz:
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Not a bad price I'll agree.

I play half life with everything maxxed on the settings without any problems at all..... including 16x Antisoptric and 8x Anti Aliasing and it runs it smoother than a freshly shorn scrotum... Im well aware that the 6800GT is a top notch card although Ive seen comparison graphs showing that theres very little between a 6800 and a x800... apart from about 50quid less in ya skyrocket.
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Sorry but the actual comparison was between a 6600 and a x800...


Oh... sorry. Misunderstood. Boy is my face red. :tazz:
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my x800xl runs all those games at the same level but at a higher res.
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Well Im sure mine could go up to at least 2048x, but alas my monitor is my wekaest link now, also would drop a few FPS I think, but for £130.00 the X800 is definatly the best out there for that money. but if yoiu have £200.00 to spend, you get the extra MHZ speed, the extra 4 pixel pipelines and a few other nvidia graphical tricks....
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The cheapest nvidia is well over 200 quid, my x800xl was 190.
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nVidia are the best out thier. Gaming with onboard video isnt that good. What happends is that it takes RAM off your CPU say you have 256, u really dont have that much....since your running onboard video...

Hope it helps!
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AAAh look at this silly person with the definitive statements of whats best you will start a posting war with words like that if you are not careful, besides ATI hardware is better than nvidia at the mo for the price/performance and there next gen of cards will be in a different league from the 7800s.
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I think we should stop arguing. This is geting rediculous.

Edited by MOLEXRULZ, 21 July 2005 - 03:24 PM.

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Buy a nVidia 5700 they are $70 on Newegg.con

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Is newegg.com a good place to buy from?

Is a nVidia 5700 a good graphics card for gaming?
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newegg is a great place to buy from. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend.
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