Should I jump the ATI bandwagon or Nvidia's?

By erwin1978 ยท 17 replies
Sep 5, 2002
  1. How would you rate these video cards from slowest to fastest?:
    Radeon8500, Geforce3, Geforce3 TI 500

    I'm also considering a Geforce4 TI 4200, but is the performance gain over the other 3 justify it's higher price?
  2. Elcarion

    Elcarion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 169

    If cash is really short then I'd go for the GeForce 3 ($85); otherwise, spend the extra money for the GeForce 4 TI 4200 64MB ($122). Better yet, the 128MB TI 4200 is going for $140. That's not very much to pay considering the performance.
  3. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 325

    Slowest to fastest:

    Slowest: Geforce3

    2nd fastest: Geforce3Ti500
    Fastest: R8500

    Most games and benchmarks have the R8500 *slightly* ahead of the Ti500, but the (2) cards perform generally the same. I prefer the R8500 over the Ti500 just becuase I like ATI's method of anisotropic filtering, but that's just me:)
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    ATI! :D

    You can get an R8500 for about $87. It's definitely the better value ;)
  5. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Im thinking of going to a R9700 and dumping my GF3.
  6. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Yes KNOW you want to buy the 9700! Trust your instincts...dooo are feeling sleepy...very sleepy....


    BTW, you're laptop must be a 8086, because I've never seen a P3 that runs at 1.06mhz. :haha:
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Hopping on bandwagons is a good way to get your legs broken....
  8. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I think you should buy a Sony betamax video instead.
  9. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    ooohhh...where can I buy those?:eek:
  10. Nick

    Nick TS Rookie Posts: 185

    personally i hate ati's reliability with drivers, definately nvidia. Personally, i have a gf3 ti200 that i got and its just outstanding. Currently, no programs really offer any benefits for gf4's and the ati 9700's, so why not just pay for the cheaper when you wont notice a difference.
  11. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 325

    Well, speaking as an owner of a Radeon 64DDR VIVO, I can tell you ATI's drivers have always performed flawlessly for me, and from reviews and screenies, IQ and performance are measurably better on the R8500 than a Geforce3, especially the Ti200.....

    Only thing I dislike about ATI's drivers are I need so many!! I mean, one set for a control panel, another for video capture, another for the actual display drivers, and finally MMC for all my video editing....

    But anyway, me thinks the whole "ATI drivers suck" is hogwash

    Just my $.0002
  12. Greeno

    Greeno TS Rookie Posts: 281

    nVidia :] Simple as..

    I had a Ti500 and it was the muttz nuttz

    I now have a Ti4600 and it's the bog's dollocks :)

    altho, i've gotta say it :) the 9700 looks better than...well...something that looks really nice :D
  13. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I agree. I admit to not "perfect" drivers 100% of time.. For instance, Max Payne's gamma controls didn't always work and I had some performance problems with a small handful T&L games.... This was a while back though.

    I'm proud to say I've never had a blue screen (nVidia's infinite loop error, for example) or any major problems with ANY of their drivers. The Catalyst 2.1 drivers are about as close to perfection as you can get... So good I decided not to even bother with the 2.2 set.

    NO one ever points out nVidia's driver mistakes. I can't tell you how many times I've heard complaints about games being buggy or not even WORKING on Geforce cards. Even my own experiences have proven their problems again and again... Granted, nVidia is probably on a wider user base, but their drivers are no better than ATIs for certain.

    You know, a couple of years ago, I would have told you to stay away from ATI because of buggy drivers. A few years ago, people would have told you to stay away from nVidia because of buggy drivers... A couple of years ago people would have told you to stay away from VIA because of bad drivers... etc... This is the evolution of computing though, and ATI makes one hell of a solid product now and I'm proud to own an ATI.
  14. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    For someone who has experience with Radeon 8500 and a Geforce Ti4200, has Nvidia improved the video quality of it's current cards? I keep hearing the Geforce3 had horrible graphics.

    I'm still looking for a retail R8500 and so far the TI4200 prices are much lower than ATI's so I may end up going Nvidia if I don't find a retailer with appropriate prices.
  15. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 325

    ???:confused: :confused:

    Any on-line retailer sells R8500's *much* less than any Ti4200? Where have you been looking? Also, I have heard that the IQ of Ti4200 is on par w/ the R8500...until you crank uo aniso on the R8500:)
  16. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

  17. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

  18. erwin1978

    erwin1978 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    I checked pricewatch and all I see within range are 8500 LE.
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