nVidia, ATi wars continue

By olefarte · 13 replies
May 12, 2003
  1. Just found this, it's a pretty detailed comparison of the new nVidia 5900 Ultra and the ATi 9800 Pro 256. From what I gather, it looks like once again it's kind of a tossup as to the winner. Both cards come out ahead in some benchmarks. Here's the link;

  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Very interesting, and it leads to the following link that followed that article you posted olefarte (for those that want to go straight there) ...

    Doom 3 Benchmarks

    A quote from that article reads "... An interesting tidbit of information to throw into the mix here is the fact that there is another R3XX card from ATI waiting in the wings. We are told that this VPU will show a significant performance increase over any chipsets on the market including NV35 as well as R350. Expect to see this new ATI card somewhere between mid to late summer if it stays on schedule."

    So, fun & games for some time to come - looks like a very interesting year for gamers. :cool:

    PS: Having recently decided to get a new graphics card, I am now unable to make up my mind as to what I should do. :confused:
  3. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,345   +13

    Agreed, Nic. I'm not in the market for a new card, but if I was it would be very difficult to pick one unless I was loyal to one brand. Of course, we really haven't seen either one of these new cards yet, the final results may be different. It's kind of hard to believe that nVidia wouldn't put somthing out that would put them solidly in first place.
  4. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,345   +13

  5. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    July for RV360 is looking very close - I think I'll hold back on future plans until then.
  6. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    I hope the competition will last as long as possible, in this way we consumers will benefit in some ways and not suffer from monopoly. At the moment I really wished ATI could put more effort into improving their software though their hardware seems to be advance enough.
  7. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,345   +13

    I to wish ATi would work a little harder on new drivers, although I'm not really having any problems with the current one. Just always want somthing that is supposedly better I guess. But a lot of people are having trouble with Half-Life/CS. ATi canceled the Cat. 3.3's and said they would have the Cat. 3.4's out between the 12th and 15th of this month. It's sure getting close.

    Edit; I see on ATi's site, the forthcoming Half-Life 2 is going to be optimized for ATi Radeon 9800 cards.
  8. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,345   +13

    I see over at Driver Heaven a note that says the new Cat. 3.4's will be out tommorow. This is supposed to come from an ATi emplyee. Also at the same link, roll up one post to see the price of a Gainward FX 5900 Ultra, 897 EUR. How much is that in US dollars.

  9. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    I'm sorry, I know I shouldn't post this, but I just found it hilarious...
    Check the image here...

    It's a picture from GTA:VC of a bridge (without towers or anythng)... And check out the car going in the opposite direction...
  10. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    1 euro = 1 dollar (approx.)

    At that price (£600) I won't be buying it, I could buy 2 Radeon 9800's for that money.
  11. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,345   +13

    Mr. G, maybe those new drivers tomorrow will fix this???
    Edit; Was this taken using a FX 5800?

    If that price I saw is true, they won't sell many of those cards. I just can't believe that's true.
  12. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Yes, it's a GF FX 5800, and it's running the new DetonatorFX 44.03!

    For more info about it, take a look here...
  13. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    I seriously doubt that the price will, indeed, be 897. And if so, I doubt that the 9800 PRO 256MB version will be very far behind ;) ! I would wait a while for a more, hmm, reliable source until I made my mind up.
  14. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 269

    oh man - those frame rates are insane - why wont my machine do that?...
    i think i need a new graphics card....and a new cpu for that matter.....i know i need to win the lottery :(

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