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Is this graphic card ok?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Gadjet, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. Gadjet

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    Hi
    I am about to order a pc (Mesh Computers) of the internet. It is a 3000 + AMD, and the sound card is Audigy 2. The sound card is a question as well. The only other I can choose is the platinum EX

    But the main question is is the 256MB nVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra graphic card ok. Most peoples I have read about here are Radeon 9600 and above. On the configuration of this I can have a 9800 pro radeon but it adds another £70 more to the already £130 more having the GeForce.

    Will this be good for my DVD,s

    Cheers,
    Phill
     
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    Depends what you're using the PC for. Feeding a plasma, projector etc.. Radeons are definitely better.

    Also some issues with nVidia based cards outputting non-standard/high resolutions via DVI. Again, only a concern if you'll be using DVI to a projector etc..

    Seem to be issues with nVidia regarding the upcoming Half Life 2 also... have a look in PC Gaming for more details.

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  3. Gadjet

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    Cheers Kramer,

    i will be using the pc for gaming, mostly GP4, camcorfer editing(DVi), and to a NEC HT1000 projector via DVI.

    Thats it mostly,

    Phill
     
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    The Audigy 2 is somewhat better than the older Audigy, I believe the DACs are higher quality and the Dolby decoding supports the latest enhancements.
     
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    BTW, why an Audigy? Surely it's an nForce board which has pretty decent on-board sound already (inc. optical SPDIF)?
     
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    Hi Phill

    With reference to your second question

    I’d start by having a look at some of the reviews on the net. To save you some time, I’ve copy and pasted a handful of links below:

    http://www.hothardware.com/hh_files/S&V/r9800256mb_gffx5900upd.shtml

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1821&p=17

    http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030512/index.html

    http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NDcy

    From reading these, it will become clear that the GeForce FX5900 Ultra 256MB and the Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB perform almost identically. However, there are a few things worth noting:

    - The FX5900 Ultra uses an ‘extra’ PCI slot in your chassis (compared to the 9800 Pro).
    - The FX5900 Ultra uses a louder fan for cooling purposes.
    - The FX5900 Ultra produces significantly more heat (which may be important if you plan to overclock).
    - The 9800 Pro is generally considered to have much better image quality.

    You say that you have to add another £70 for the Radeon card. That would probably be for the 256MB version. If you take another look at the benchmarks, you’ll see that there is very little difference in performance between the 128MB and 256MB versions. In other words you’ll be paying a huge premium for virtually any gain!

    *IF* I had to choose between those two cards, I would opt for the Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB version. *BUT* with the next generation of graphics cards around the corner, I’d hold off buying the system altogether for now - at least until we see what ATI and Nvidia have to offer. You mention that you’ll be using the system for gaming. Well with Doom III and Half-Life 2 on the horizon, you may well need a card with a lot of muscle! Although Doom III is still far from optimised, this is how it fares on today’s top cards:

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1821&p=23

    Ask yourself: Do you really want to spend ~£300 on a video card that’s only getting 38 fps at these resolutions?

    Also, just to put another spin on things, you mentioned that you’ll be using the system for DVD playback / editing. In that case the ATI All-in-Wonder maybe for you. But beware this card will come at a premium!

    Hope this helps,

    Alex

    Note: if you’re planning on buying Half-Life 2 (and intend on playing it with one of today’s cards, i.e. the FX5900 Ultra or 9800 Pro), this article might also be of interest:

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1863
     

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