Discussion in 'Shopping, Deals, Discounts & Bargains' started by Party Animal, Oct 25, 2003.
PC World (Ad in todays Sun Newspaper)
Leadtek fx5900 for £189 offer ends tuesday
Why appalling? Is it the brand or the FX5900?
I always thought the FX5900 was a big step forward from the shoddy FX5800. £189 looks like a good price to me (if you can stomach buying anything from what's got to be the worst retailer in the world).
its not that its a bad card. Its just that ATi 9800 can be had for a similar price and I wipes the floor with it, in everything.
9800 for a similar price? If you're referring to the 9800SE, it's a crippled 9800 with half the rendering pipelines disabled.
I don't recommend a 9800SE. I'm afraid it's another case of ATI trying to dupe potential customers into buying a card that's nowhere near as powerful as they are expecting. They've got a history of confusing numbering schemes and this is no exception. I'm not a nVidia fan - the 'real' 9800 certainly does wipe the floor with the FX5900, and the 9800 Pro spanks it silly.
But the 9800SE is not as fast as the FX5900. If you can pick up a 'real' 9800 for a less than £200 you'd be a fool to stick with nVidia, as you rightly point out 50/50. But I'd advise any potential customer to check they're not getting an SE card.
It's silly, cos a couple of years ago ATI released an updated Radeon (the original Radeon) with a higher clock speed and called it an SE model. Back then LE were slow OEM cards and SE were sooped up retail cards. I tried to get my head around ATI's numbering scheme a few days back as I'm in the market for an upgrade. I got maybe half way up their numbers and gave up
Or something like that.
Then you gotta factor in the different memory configurations and different clock speeds between OEM and Retail boards, which complicates things a whole lot more.
NVidia are no better
The confusion was enough to put me off an upgrade completely. I spent the money on a monitor instead
Good price but the 9800NP for £20 more is a better deal, IMHO.
The AIW 9800SE for £150 with a reasonable chance of softmodding =>AIW 9800NP... now that's a bargain! Even if it doesn't mod successfully it'll still be a great card for HTPC use.
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