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    Normal Member Foxie3a's Avatar
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    Whats better than a 8500?

    What can I get for around $70 that is better than a 8500? I want only ATI.
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    Nothing...for that price, you already have the best peice of harware out there......

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    $70 is the price of a new radeon 8500. Not much out there for that price. Some may say get the ti4200, but thats under a 5% speed increase, and worse IQ to boot.

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    Normal Member Foxie3a's Avatar
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    what is the IQ of the card? I don't understand that term, its never been explained to me, or have I read it anywhere. A VERY simple explanations please.

    Maybe I'll get some of those good Ramsinks that I hear about..and a nice heatsink..maybe cut the fins halfway down or something..and a nice fan on it..overclock that core and memory.
    Dual Xeon E5v1 4.1Ghz/10M/8.0GTs (This is fast, lol)
    Supermicro X9DA7, 32GB ECC/REG
    Radeon 7970 3GB (MSI Lightning version)
    Triple 24" LCDs (NEC Pro IPS)
    Areca 1680ix = RAID5 SSDs(Solid 700mb/s)
    Storage: 14TB of WD-RE in Synology, plus SAS RAID1.
    Corsair AX1200i, Digital PSU with Line Conditioner and massive gauge wires.
    Asus Xonar PCI-E <- Digital -> Denon Receiver -> Floor Standing Speakers

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    IQ = Image quality

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    Normal Member Foxie3a's Avatar
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    thanks.

    And yes, I have had the opportunity to play with a GF4MX440. And the image quality was pretty bad, although it was on an LCD, and those arn't even comparable in my book.

    My 8500, along with my Flat CRT, it looks very nice, and robust.
    Dual Xeon E5v1 4.1Ghz/10M/8.0GTs (This is fast, lol)
    Supermicro X9DA7, 32GB ECC/REG
    Radeon 7970 3GB (MSI Lightning version)
    Triple 24" LCDs (NEC Pro IPS)
    Areca 1680ix = RAID5 SSDs(Solid 700mb/s)
    Storage: 14TB of WD-RE in Synology, plus SAS RAID1.
    Corsair AX1200i, Digital PSU with Line Conditioner and massive gauge wires.
    Asus Xonar PCI-E <- Digital -> Denon Receiver -> Floor Standing Speakers

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    Member Cyrix_2k's Avatar
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    WHAT?! Quality LCD's usually have BETTER IQ then CRT's unless you have a really nice one or run the LCD's res at a non-native res or the LCD is hooked up using an analog cable. The reason is that the pixels on an LCD can't move, so the picture is always "Square" and when using DVI, the picture on the screen is mapped out pixel by pixel. On a CRT, the vid card kinda says "put that part of the image somewhere over there"and so on. How can the image quality be better on a CRT when there are really only 6 wires controlling the picture? (R,G,B, and their respective grounds. I'm not counting the H-sync and V-sync) Only top-quality CRT's can match the IQ of a quality LCD. If the LCD's cheap, then I can see your point. Cheap LCD's may suffer from ghosting and bland color due to relaxed specs.

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    Normal Member Foxie3a's Avatar
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    both were $300.
    Dual Xeon E5v1 4.1Ghz/10M/8.0GTs (This is fast, lol)
    Supermicro X9DA7, 32GB ECC/REG
    Radeon 7970 3GB (MSI Lightning version)
    Triple 24" LCDs (NEC Pro IPS)
    Areca 1680ix = RAID5 SSDs(Solid 700mb/s)
    Storage: 14TB of WD-RE in Synology, plus SAS RAID1.
    Corsair AX1200i, Digital PSU with Line Conditioner and massive gauge wires.
    Asus Xonar PCI-E <- Digital -> Denon Receiver -> Floor Standing Speakers

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