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Evnas

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256mb of ram is pretty pointless as things are right now, and always will be in anything but top end cards...its more as selling gimik. As for the clock speed...well that means nothing. I highly advise you take a "minimum clock speed" off your expectations list because it means absolutly nothing (as im sure you know, as you own an AMD system ;))

But if you must have 256mb of ram, and your looking to spend ~£130, then the best thing you can get is the 256mb Sapphire 9600XT with Free HL2 from that site you linked too, at £117.50 (and it does come with a core speed of 500Mhz, so it fits your wants in all catagories)

Its cheaper then the 5700 at that site, its faster, and an overall better buy, and to top it all off, you get an unbeatable software bundle
 
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wow thanks for the great reply Evnas it was really appreciated.
Is ATI actually better than Nvidia then?
 

NewbiePerson

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The extra ram is more for like a workstation. If your working with textures and stuff.

Quattro said:
wow thanks for the great reply Evnas it was really appreciated.
Is ATI actually better than Nvidia then?
Not for long
 

Evnas

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NewbiePerson said:


new cards in 04 :)

Well you are passing it off as a pre-determined notion...now you may have your opinions, but you dont want to get anything set in your head...thats how let-downs happen ;)

People talked about the NV30 for months about how it was the best thing, etc etc...turned out to be an uter flop...gotta be careful when judging products nobody but their respective designers knows anything about.
 

NewbiePerson

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Both ati and nvidia are releasing new cards hopefully in spring.
Shader ver 3.0+, more pipelines, able to run longer lines of shader code more effectively, pci express, 64 bit precision, hella mem bandwidth, etc. No ordinary upgrade here.....
 

blurry

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With £130 I'd just skip past the 9600XT and 5700 and get a 128MB 5900 which is the best bang for the buck ATM.
 
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Okay. Or should I wait until 04 when the new cards will be coming out? I will have more money then and my GF4 Ti 4400 isn't bad.
 

Kenshiro

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Quattro said:
Okay. Or should I wait until 04 when the new cards will be coming out? I will have more money then and my GF4 Ti 4400 isn't bad.

Agreed. The new GPUs for both ATI and Nvidia are both coming out early next year. Your TI4400 is more than enough to run any games right now, not high resolution of course. Just make sure that you can card at a very good price and is also ready for DirectX9. The current Nvidia do have problems with directX9 games.