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speedy4500

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CSaddict said:
People really wouldn't buy a trident set up anyway!:D

They would if it guaranteed better performance and lower power usage like Trident was doing. Seriously, I bet people 12 months ago were saying "People really wouldn't buy an ATI set up anyway!" in regards to their desktop gaming platform.
 

Socket eh?

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speedy4500 said:


They would if it guaranteed better performance and lower power usage like Trident was doing. Seriously, I bet people 12 months ago were saying "People really wouldn't buy an ATI set up anyway!" in regards to their desktop gaming platform.

What? The 8500 wasn't exactly a turtle. ATi doesn't deserve that kind of comparison.
 

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Socket eh? said:


What? The 8500 wasn't exactly a turtle. ATi doesn't deserve that kind of comparison.


Really they do. They had so many driver problems and were always a step behind NVidia for performance. They have had drivers going good for over a year I think, but 12 months ago they still had an awful reputation.
 

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OC Noob said:



Really they do. They had so many driver problems and were always a step behind NVidia for performance. They have had drivers going good for over a year I think, but 12 months ago they still had an awful reputation.
I think that is really a matter of opinion. I had run a Radeon 32mbddr card for a year prior to that and never had any driver problems. I played a lot of top notch games too. They are/where in no way in comparison to Trident. Just because they where a bit behind Nvidia at the time doesnt mean that they where a piece of junk. My Radeon at the time cost as much as an MX400 and pretty much outperformed it in almost every catagory.
 
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I have a friend who was one of the first to get a 8500 card and I remember him having so much stress . Drivers were so horrible for several months , he could hardly run a game and often felt like throwing the 8500 away and reverting to his Radeon LE 32mb ddr . By the time drivers did get better for the 8500 the geforce4 was out and wiping the floor with it and its 'new and improved' drivers .

That thankfully is ancient history and back then I got a gf3 instead. However I can now enjoy ATI's much improved driver support with my 9700 Pro. But there will still be some out there who got burned by the 8500 and will not want to come back , or are at least very hesitant .