Thread: ATI vs NVIDIA...
June 9th, 2004, 09:48 AM #1
ATI vs NVIDIA...
Not to start a war, just a civilized discussion about video cards but I'm curious about experiences with different video cards. To state my background up till yesterday I have been using a PCI Asylum NVIDIA GeForce 5200 256ram (just purchased another system with an AGP slot cant wait to see what it can do. ) I was extremely happy with the Asylum product but now I am going to be in the market for a new AGP card. Alot of people seem happy with ATI 9800 Pro, but my past experience with NVIDIA leaves me torn between staying with them or going with another product. Well I leave it up to you ....
June 9th, 2004, 10:03 AM #2
That choice will depend on the games you want to get better performance..
opengl = Nvidia
Direct3d = ATIsomeone is more skilled than you!
June 9th, 2004, 10:06 AM #3
go for a 9800pro at newegg (extremely cheap-$200) u can't find a better deal, except maybe a 5900xt, which is only 10% slower than the 9800pro but its $40 cheaper, so it really depends on how much u gotta spend
June 9th, 2004, 10:08 AM #4
games like battlefield, MOH, SW battlefront (september), warcraft III.....dont get into too may RPGs (dont have the patience) but occasionally I will do a baldurs gate or something liek that...but mainly FPS
June 9th, 2004, 10:10 AM #5
June 9th, 2004, 10:10 AM #6
i gotta know how much $$$ u got to spend to tell u what to go for
June 9th, 2004, 10:14 AM #7
ok, well... looks like u would need a 9800pro.
when ur doin flight sims ur prob gonna want to run AA/AF and the ATI preforms A LOT better with AA/AF turned on compared to NVIDIA.
June 9th, 2004, 10:15 AM #8
umm...prob around $150...give or take (most likely give these days)....
June 9th, 2004, 10:16 AM #9
I'll go $200 if there really is a significant increase in performace and hopin it will last me for atleast a year a so.....
June 9th, 2004, 10:19 AM #10
yea, if u could go for it cuz it will definitely last u a year, and u'll be able to turn on AA & AF in those flight sim games
there is a significant difference between the 5900xt and 9800pro only when u turn on AA & AF, otherwise the difference is about 10-20%
June 9th, 2004, 10:22 AM #11
sweet you think it will run far cry, half life 2, domm III, i now alot of people are gonna compare performace to these newer games
June 9th, 2004, 10:23 AM #12Originally Posted by washe
For a general rule, ATI has a lot of driver problems.
My Radeon 9600XT still has horrible performance in Half-Life. Where my FX5200 could get 100fps, my 9600Xt has a hard time holding 50. ATI has officially acknowledged that their cards suck for Half-Life. Link. I've tried using different drivers like ATI suggest, but none of those drivers fix the problem.
Those of us who are real Half-Life veterans remember when using an ATI card would cause Half-Life to crash. A patch was quickly released to fix that problem. patch
about: Install this patch if you are running an ATI brand graphics card and are getting an "overflow error" message when trying to join a game with the v18.104.22.168 Patch.
So those are my experiences with ATI. The next card I buy will be a Nvidia card. I don't care how much more it costs, or how much slower it is, I'm staying away from ATI after all of these problems.
Last edited by ShawnD1; June 9th, 2004 at 10:25 AM.
June 9th, 2004, 10:23 AM #13
Whats AA/AF used for I have mine on auto (system detects setting) on my current comp...
June 9th, 2004, 10:26 AM #14Originally Posted by glover12
I know that it runs far cry smoothly with all settings maxed, out i can't guarantee u that it will work on HL-2 but on doom III it will
June 9th, 2004, 10:28 AM #15Originally Posted by glover12
AA smoothens the game (some of the rough edges) , and AF.... makes the game look betta
June 9th, 2004, 10:31 AM #16
AF is how close the blurry/fine line is to you. Have a look at this picture. Do you see where the ground goes from fine to blurry? Setting the AF to a higher value will push that line farther back.
AA smooths out jagged edges on things. Having AA on makes everything look very well defined.
June 9th, 2004, 10:34 AM #17
thanks for clearing that up
i never knew exactly what AF did.
June 9th, 2004, 10:38 AM #18
Cool thanks, I got so sick of my games skipping around, I broke down and bought a dedicated game pc...just wanna make sure it'll last for a while.....wonder why ATI has problems with the half life engines hmmm.....
June 9th, 2004, 10:42 AM #19
ATI or Nvidia for Tom Clancy's series?I have become evil...
24" iMac 2.8
June 9th, 2004, 10:43 AM #20
not sure, but if u have somethin like a 5700pro or a 9600pro (or greater), i don't think it would matter that much.
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