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WarDog21

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#1 13 years ago

Ok im trying to get a video card it has to be PCI express and needs to be cheaper then 350(as cheap as possible) and is this a good ATI card? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814142050 what version of pixel shaders does it have? if im not mistaken do nvidias 6800's have version 3.0? anyways heres an nvidia card i wanted.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150091 which one of these is better (with the price in mind) ? and if you have any suggestions for one for me to get please tell me :D




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#2 13 years ago

The ATI Card:

Newegg16 parallel pixel pipelines 6 parallel vertex processing engines SMARTSHADER HD increased maximum shader instruction count to 1,536 from 160, new high-performance shader compiler SMOOTHVISION HD improved AA and AF performance for HD resolutions, 12X effective Temporal MSAA generates the sharpest and clearest images VIDEOSHADER HD integrated shader features to provide unprecedented support for digital and high definition video HYPER Z HD enhanced Hi-Z buffer for improved performance at HD resolutions 3Dc provided image enhancement, acceleration technology resulting in high polygon characters and scenes 128-bit, 64-bit, 32-bit per pixel floating point color formats[/QUOTE] The Nvidia Card: [QUOTE=ATI]NVIDIA CineFX 3.0 Technology Powers the next generation of cinematic realism. Full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 enables stunning and complex special effects. Next-generation shader architecture delivers faster and smoother gameplay. 64-Bit Texture Filtering and Blending Based on the OpenEXR technology from Industrial Light and Magic, NVIDIA's 64-bit texture implementation sets new standards for image clarity and quality through floating point capabilities in shading, filtering, texturing, and blending. NVIDIA UltraShadow II Technology Enhances the performance of bleeding-edge games, like id Software's Doom III, that feature complex scenes with multiple light sources and objects. Second-generation technology delivers more than 4X the shadow processing power over the previous generation. Superscalar 16-pipe GPU Architecture Delivers 8x the shading power of previous generation products for screaming gaming performance. Intellisample 3.0 The industry's fastest antialiasing delivers ultra-realistic visuals, with no jagged edges, at lightning-fast speeds. Visual quality is taken to new heights through a new rotated grid sampling pattern. Vertex Shaders 3.0 Pixel Shaders 3.0

So yes. The nVidia Card has Pixel Shaders 3.0 I would choose the nVidia card by choice just because I trust the brand more than I trust ATI. But theyre both great cards.




*The.Doctor

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#3 13 years ago

I would get the Nvidia card, not because it has SM 3.0 or anything like that, but because it is slightly faster than a XL and that one only costs a few dollars more.




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#4 13 years ago

If you like Ati go with them. If you like nivda go with them. If you can't decide, think if you want some more ram or and extra HD with the money you will save by getting the X800Xl. SM3.0 will help that card last longer than the x800xl. BFG is very good. I would look at them. its $354, but you get a lifetime warrenty. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143029 I have a 6800gt and its great in eveything except Bf2. If you play Bf2 get the X800xl.




WarDog21

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#5 13 years ago

your 6800gt isnt good in BF2? i thought nvidia cards would run BF2 better then ATI..and thats the agme i was gonna play too BF2, anyways what about this 6800gt? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150091 the only thing im not sure about are the plug in parts and my monitors plug doesnt look like that but there seems to be an adapter that comes with it..




Hmmmdonut

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#6 13 years ago
WarDog21your 6800gt isnt good in BF2? i thought nvidia cards would run BF2 better then ATI..and thats the agme i was gonna play too BF2, anyways what about this 6800gt? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150091 the only thing im not sure about are the plug in parts and my monitors plug doesnt look like that but there seems to be an adapter that comes with it..

6800's have been having horrible driver problems with Bf2. Ironic since nvidia's name is everywhere in the game. Unless you need a card right now I would wait a few months. 6800's prices should drop a lot when the lower end 7xxx seris cards role in.




Komrad_B

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#7 13 years ago

Well.. I personally prefer ATi, I hate NVidia since from the moment I installed that crappy, ugly, sluggish "GF4" Mx440. Of course I bought 2 excellent ATi card after selling the horrible piece of shizzors that was the Mx440 (the guy who bought it didn't know how bad a GeForce "4" Mx440 was.. hehe). I have been happy with ATi ever since, and I strongly recommand any of their X800 series card.

But in the end it all goes down to personal preferences, in truth, I mostly prefer ATi because the name sounds better than "NVidia" in my book, and because they're Canadian.




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#8 13 years ago
WarDog21the only thing im not sure about are the plug in parts and my monitors plug doesnt look like that but there seems to be an adapter that comes with it..

Yeah it has the adaptors you need, so nothing to worry about there.