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flyman0

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Got a question, is this a good card or does someone know of any reviews of it???? This is the card I plan on geting with my new computer. Specs below for computer:

IWILL KA266-R DDR
AMD 1.33Ghz AXIA
256X2 PC2100 DDR
VISIONTEK Geforce3
2 15Gb 7200Rpm Maxtors (in raid)
Generic CD/Floppy
4 point surround sound/with sub
19in monitor (.22mm dot, 1600 X 1200 @85Mhz)
BIG case
mouse

TOTAL=1568.74 including shipping/handeling :)

I ask because I don't know if the GeForce3 will work with the MOBO all that well. Any comments will be appriciated
 
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paddy

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Trust me: the card ROCKS.
I have a very similar system:
Iwill ka266-r
Tbird 1.2 @ 1.466 (11x133)
256 MB of PC2400 ddr ram
Visiontek Geforce 3
IBM XGP75 45 GB Hard drive
SB Live
TDK Velocd

The card is presently humming along at 230/505 and I'm getting 5700 3Dmarks in 3DMark2001 default.
 

ExtremeOC

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finally! one of our members has a GF3!!

and to think, i'm happy with a VooDoo3...

well, from NOTHING on 3d to an accelerator, it's nice.

It beats my Savage4 (Stealth 3 s540) in almsot everything other then no 32bit, and terrable 2d.
 

PowerProtein

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Let's just put it in simple terms. GeForce 3 is heaven inside a computer's case. Where the GF3 is GOD, and we worship it.
hehe
I don't have enough dough for a GF3 but i'm hoping an MX version comes out eventually.
 

Pitspawn

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I'm selling my GeForce2 w/ blorb and ramsink mods soon for ~£200 hopefully soon. In its replacement, i think i might get a GF3, as it means shelling out about an extra £170. The Leadtek looks tasty although I think its ramsinks and core fan look cheapy. The Guillemot/Hurcules GF3 looks much better, but it is more :(
 

batboy

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While the Hercules GF3 cards look wonderful (I love my Herc MX), the Vision Tek is $100 US cheaper. Both video cards are getting good reviews and both are great cards. But, saving $100? Hello, Vision Tek!
 
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joshua

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I have had bad luck with the visiontek cards and i have read a few others have to for instance maximumpc.com forum on the new GF3 visiontek
I just got a hercules card and man oh man this it without a dought the best card company out there in my opinion
 

Wa11y

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How does the visiontek compare to the Leadtek? I've heard the Leadtek is Top Dog when it comes to GeForce 3, but I've not seen any benchmarks for the VisionTek. I'd like to see a side-by-side comparision, kinda like they do at IGN. A FPS comparision at different resolutions while in different games would be very useful. And how do they stack up price-wise? Pricewatch.com has the Leadtek for $380 at the cheapest.
 

Placid

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flyman0 (May 17, 2001 06:20 a.m.):
Got a question, is this a good card or does someone know of any reviews of it???? This is the card I plan on geting with my new computer. Specs below for computer:

IWILL KA266-R DDR
AMD 1.33Ghz AXIA
256X2 PC2100 DDR
VISIONTEK Geforce3
2 15Gb 7200Rpm Maxtors (in raid)
Generic CD/Floppy
4 point surround sound/with sub
19in monitor (.22mm dot, 1600 X 1200 @85Mhz)
BIG case
mouse

TOTAL=1568.74 including shipping/handeling :)

I ask because I don't know if the GeForce3 will work with the MOBO all that well. Any comments will be appriciated

I have a Visontek GF3 and it work flawlessly.

Here is a link to a review.

 

Sony

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I will probably be the next person to get a GF3 in this forum mine is ariving monday it's the Leadtek GF3 so once I get it up and running I will tell you about it.
 

batboy

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I'd like to see some 3Dmark benchmark compared between the GF2 Ultra and the GF3 cards. I'm close to buying a new vid card and wonder if the extra $100+ price tag on the GF3 is really worth it at this time. The reasoning is that I could almost buy another harddrive with the money I'd save buying the Ultra over the GF3. Decisions, decisions.
 

[OC]_SR20DE

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Batboy, I think that extra $100 for buying a GF3 will do the job. You will get all out of extra $100 im sure. I have read quite a bit about GF3's perfomance. I bet you'll be happy. Somebody said Flawless. yes indeed.
 

Placid

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batboy (May 19, 2001 01:07 p.m.):
I'd like to see some 3Dmark benchmark compared between the GF2 Ultra and the GF3 cards. I'm close to buying a new vid card and wonder if the extra $100+ price tag on the GF3 is really worth it at this time. The reasoning is that I could almost buy another harddrive with the money I'd save buying the Ultra over the GF3. Decisions, decisions.

Just go over to www.madonion.com and look. I think that on a similar system the gf2 ultra will get around a 3500 score and the gf3 will get 5500.
I went from a gf2sdr that would get 2000 in 2001 to the gf3 and now get 5300. The main advantage of a gf3 over a gf2 ultra would be the ability to use antialising 2x and 4x and quincunx at higher resolutions with much less of a performance hit than with the gf2 ultra.

Here is a link if you want to see more of the differences.


 

batboy

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I've done a lot of surfing, a lot of thinking, and a little soul searching today. Over at Tom's Hardware, he makes a good argument for the idea of buying the best video card and only having a better than average CPU speed. Obviously nowadays, a measely 1.07 gig P-III in a world of 1.2-1.4 gig Athlons and 1.3-1.7 gig P-4's is hardly top dog. I totally agree, right now my best upgrade path as a gamer and tweaker is to go with the GF3 vid card.

Currently, I'm leaning back towards buying a new Hercules 3D Prophet III, although the Vision Tek version is about $30 cheaper. I noticed that the Hercules already comes equipped with a Blue Orb cooler and matching colored RAM sinks... very pretty. I've read great reviews about the Hercules GF3 and I've been real pleased with my present Hercules MX card.

With video cards having more memory and more crunching being done at the GPU rather than the CPU means that computers like my 1.07 gig P-III can hang in there and fight for a while longer if the other components are state of the art. Later in a few months, when I upgrade the mobo and CPU (probably the to the yet unreleased Brookwood P-4 at the end of the year), I'll still have a top notch video card and system.
 

[OC]_SR20DE

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Sounds like a good plan, Batboy :)
Good luck on getting a GF3. I'm sure your P3 1.07Gig and GF3 will do you good lasting!

and yeah.. I'm gonna get me a Brookie version of P4 later on too and get me a GF3 also. I'll have to do some good money saving and I'll get there!
 
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flyman0

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Hey, still don't have the GF3 yet, but I do have some interesting news. I was talking to a friend that works on computers for a living, and he says that acording to a "source" of his there is going to be a card that will knock the socks off the GF3. The scarry thing is it's suposidly going to come out soon. How soon I don't know, but I would think that it would be before the end of the year. I still plan on getting the GF3 for now, currently thinking of the Hercules card because of the RAM sinks and fan. Just thought I would update you all:)
 

Nagorak

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batboy (May 19, 2001 06:38 p.m.):
I've done a lot of surfing, a lot of thinking, and a little soul searching today. Over at Tom's Hardware, he makes a good argument for the idea of buying the best video card and only having a better than average CPU speed. Obviously nowadays, a measely 1.07 gig P-III in a world of 1.2-1.4 gig Athlons and 1.3-1.7 gig P-4's is hardly top dog. I totally agree, right now my best upgrade path as a gamer and tweaker is to go with the GF3 vid card.

Actually I think you're best bet as a gamer is to just sit tight. Ask yourself three simple questions

1) Are your games running slow? If not, upgrading is a waste of money.

2) Is the speed my games are running hindering my performance? If not, upgrading is a waste of money.

3) Will buying a Geforce 3 really improve the speed of my games (it won't necessarily, Tribes 2, for example does not run much faster on a GF3 than anything else. Neither will UT since it is CPU limited). Once again, if not, upgrading is a waste of money.

I think a problem a lot of people have is a new card comes out and they HAVE to buy it even though they aren't even really going to get much use out of it. Sure, future games MAY run better on the GF3, but if the current games you play are running fine then upgrading doesn't make much sense.

If you're argument for upgrading to the GF3 is "I'll need it for Unreal 2, and Doom 3" then you are just wasting your money. When those games come out not only will the GF3 be cheaper, it won't even be the fastest card on the block anymore. If you only play Half Life: Counter Strike (this game gets special mention because it is popular and has low sys requirments) then let me restate you are wasting your money!

It's your money to spend, but if I were you I'd think long and hard before throwing my money down on the GF3. Hell, even the analogy to a processor doesn't work for me: I've never paid more than $200 for a processor!

The bottomline is, if your current games are running fine (and they should be if you have a graphics card at least as modern as the Geforce DDR) then why are you upgrading? At the moment you're just going to be paying for novelty and 3D Marks which kind of seems like a waste to me.
 

Nagorak

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flyman0 (May 20, 2001 08:07 p.m.):
Hey, still don't have the GF3 yet, but I do have some interesting news. I was talking to a friend that works on computers for a living, and he says that acording to a "source" of his there is going to be a card that will knock the socks off the GF3. The scarry thing is it's suposidly going to come out soon. How soon I don't know, but I would think that it would be before the end of the year. I still plan on getting the GF3 for now, currently thinking of the Hercules card because of the RAM sinks and fan. Just thought I would update you all:)

Actually I can count at least 5 cards that should blow the GF3 away.

#1) Geforce 3 Ultra
#2) Radeon 2
#3) Kyro III
#4) Matrox G550
#5) S3 Graphics "Columbia"

I really don't get why everyone is rushing to buy a card now. This is really the absolute worst time. There is ONE card on the market, at the end of the year there will be FIVE cards (four if one of them doesn't pan out).

Let's see when will the prices be lower: Now with one card, or then with five cards? Anyone want to wager a guess?
 

batboy

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You;re probably right about the GF3 being too expensive. There really isn't any games out yet that fully utilize the GF3 features. But, I'll have awesome 3Dmark2001 scores. Screw it, I'm blowing my cash on the new card at the first of June. This MX card ain't cutting it anymore. If I had a Pro or an Ultra, then sure thing I'd wait a while longer. Looks like GF3 is here to stay. Driver support is excellent. Yep, I'm going for the GeForce III, the main choices right now are Vision Tek, Leadtek, and Hercules. The Vision Tek is currently the cheapest.