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April 20, 2001 8:18:39 PM

Since this is a new section, lets have a thread for the best gaming video card. No flaming, just straight up stats and opinions.

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April 20, 2001 9:47:28 PM

Nice flame bait there.

I personally use a 3dfx v5 5500 agp. It works for me. enough said

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April 20, 2001 11:40:28 PM

In may primary machine I have a Asus GeForce 256DDR card. The only complaint I have from this card is the color is not as crisp.

My secondary machine runs a ATI Rage128 32MB
Yeah it's slow but it's my backup machine, I use it to play DVD's. The color is much more crisp.

I just ordered a Radeon LE. I'll let you know how it is.

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April 21, 2001 4:43:06 AM

I don't flame, never have, never will.

I'm dead serious. Right now I'm running a V3-3000 and I'm looking to upgrade (as I'm sure others are) so I'm curious. I'm looking at the GeForce2 series right now. I'll probably get the Ultra at the end of the summer since this seems to be the best for games...but I'd love to hear otherwise since I haven't decided yet.

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April 21, 2001 4:55:34 AM

I'm using a GTS, and it's running just ducky. Still have 2 voodoo2 12mb cards in the closet with a sli cable, but they don't like my millenium2/a7v133, so I don't use them. They don't seem to like the ati rage 128 either.....
April 21, 2001 8:12:50 AM

GF2 Ultra.

-MP Jesse

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April 22, 2001 4:57:11 AM

i just have to tell ya that while the radeons arent the fastest cards, the definitely are the prettiest and nicest looking. and unless you care about having 100fps vs. 140fps (which doesnt even matter since your refresh rate is prolly at aroune 75hz) id say the radeons are very nice alternatives to GF2s.

Even a broken watch is right twice a day...
April 22, 2001 7:21:46 PM

I would have a very hard time buying a Voodoo card at this point. I've used them in the past but not only are they power hungry (not good for my poor over-stocked Athlon) but 3dfx seems to be on it's death bed.
April 23, 2001 1:10:38 AM

3DFX died a while back. They got bought out. You can't get new drivers or anything. It sucks now owning a voodoo3 since the latest drivers released by x3dfx can run sacrifice for example, but then I have to revert to the latest official drivers for other games like Alice.

So basically that is why I'm upgrading and why I thought this was a good place for this thread.

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April 27, 2001 12:15:36 AM

The nicest looking is the Guillemot Hercules Prophet II
with its blue board and blue HSF!
What a beauty!!

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April 30, 2001 11:52:20 AM

I could only afford the gts 32mb. I got one from MSI for 140$. I works for me!!!! I know it's not the best but, I own it.

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May 2, 2001 8:50:28 PM

Risking being laughed at, my to PC's now are Running: One (main one) with a Graphics Blaster Riva TNT (TNT 16 MB) and a Viper V330 (Riva128ZX 8MB) I'm also looking for upgrades (ya' think so?) and i'm quite interested in the Hercules 3D Prophet 4500 64MB (Kryo II) Is it good? Will it improve my performance? What does anybody recommend to play Jane's USAF or Final Fantas 7 or Half-Life?
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May 12, 2001 3:17:56 AM

i like my radeon 32ddr

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May 12, 2001 3:59:33 AM

My Leadtek Geforce 2 Pro 32mb is good no problems about 80-100 fps in quake 3 1280x1024 everything to max.
May 12, 2001 9:00:34 PM

Im getting GF3 with my new computer i figured it would be worth the $20 more then the GF2 Ultra

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February 21, 2002 4:44:22 PM

Man do u live in the past??
Voodoo is fake!!!

Look at the special techniques, not even a match for the worse GeForce 2 MX PCI!!!!

ATI RADEON 7500 and 8500 are the one and only WINNERS!!

Wait a half year and then the RADEON 9500 comes out!!!
256 DDR RAM!!!
February 21, 2002 5:53:40 PM

ROFLMAO
Now THAT is the pot calling the kettle black.

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February 21, 2002 6:40:10 PM

Any of the Gainward "Golden Sample" series cards, I have a GF2MX400 in one machine and a GF3 in the other and they both overclock like crazy and and priced pretty good.

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February 21, 2002 9:39:45 PM

Martinique...what's wrong with u man....
i've noticed u've been busy answering threads posted like 4 months ago....hell..some are even a year old.....
wassup???
February 21, 2002 11:49:51 PM

well, i certainly dont know whats best... in fact im more sure that there is no "best", but i'll share what i have... i have the geforce 256ddr in my system and i think it looks great, i run everything at 1024 32, including wolfenstein, serious sam 2, max payne... you get the picture. i just put together a system for my brother using the leadtek geforce 3 ti200 and ive never seen anything like it! things look "real" if that makes any sense. anyway, it was only $160 retail so how can you lose. before i get ripped by ati guys, i admit that unfortunately i have never seen/used one of their products. this is just my own experience.

....the birds seemed to be calling him, thought caw....
February 22, 2002 1:50:34 AM

i love my Gainward GF2 Ti .. sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet 4ns memory ..arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
February 22, 2002 1:51:38 AM

did i mension i also own a TNT2 M64 .
not sweet
February 22, 2002 11:05:23 AM

back off man! im still using my tnt2 m64. hell... i play rtcw, moh and max payne on that puppy. i cant run 1600x1200 res but it still runs alright at 600x800, and half-life runs fine at 1024x768 (which is what i mostly play).
February 22, 2002 6:06:58 PM

i've got a Hercules Prophet GF2 mx400 in my machine, and it runs Half life mods about the best those games can be run, i have no complaints there, 100 fps @ 800x600 everything maxed (trilinear filtering, etc). It even runs RTCW and Q3 really well too. In q3DM i get 160-200+ fps all the time. In really big games with lots of action it sometimes drops to 100 fps, but thats' not even noticable.
All in all, this is a cheap card with great performance, and its all you need if you gaming needs are like mine (counterstrike, TFC, Q3)
February 22, 2002 6:33:10 PM

ATi Radeon 64MB DDR VIVO

Love the card... runs everything at 1280x1024 with decent framerates.

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February 26, 2002 5:07:23 AM

my TNT2 M64 suck because it's a PCI version
February 27, 2002 12:09:06 AM

Me too, I have a ATi Radeon 64MB DDR VIVO

Love it...I run every thing a 1200x1600 and I runs great.
February 27, 2002 1:03:02 PM

Hehehe, i just added a A7N266-E board to the mix here, went from a Radeon AIW 32MB DDR to a geforce3 ti200 64MB DDR. the Nforce chipset contains a Geforce2 MX that shares as much as 32MB of the system's twinbank DDR RAM.
March 26, 2002 2:38:36 PM

Just upgraded from a Voodoo 2 to PNY GF4 MX440. UT, QIII & Mech 4 are awesome with the new card. I wanted the Ti series but I wanted to eat this month



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March 26, 2002 2:50:29 PM

I have a 3DProphet 4500 64mb meself, no video-out... no need for a TVout (whats the point when U have a good monitor... dont know about performance for Halflife but Max Payne is v. nice looking except at maximum detail (and I mean turn everything on !!! @ 1074x768x32)...

There are no stupid questions... just lots of inquisitive idiots...
April 26, 2002 7:15:40 AM

10ghz, mines PCI also. Maybe i just think its good cause i just dont know any better. Im FINALLY getting a gf2 gts next weekend so i guess ill see then! ;) 
April 28, 2002 7:34:23 PM

Well what's you budget? Since you're aiming for the GF2 Ultra, I'll guess you have at least that much moola. I'd recommend a GF4 Ti4200 64MB when it comes out because the benchmarks show it whooping everything except for the R8500 sometimes and the higher GF4 cards. They'll be prices @ about $160 which isn't bad at all. Also what's you system specs?
April 28, 2002 8:28:37 PM

Do you realize this is a year old thread?

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April 28, 2002 9:26:13 PM

Whoah... nope never noticed that. That's why everyone here never talked about GF4s and had old cards... I was like, why is no one recommending the GF4s? That was a long time ago..... Well I never look at the dates of the thread anyways..
April 28, 2002 10:09:22 PM

LOL! :tongue:

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April 29, 2002 3:18:25 AM

LOL. Thanks for the help, but I got my card a while back :) 

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April 29, 2002 4:37:55 PM

Out of curiousity, what did you get? :smile:

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April 29, 2002 7:35:11 PM

LOL

If you can find it on the internet, it HAS to be true! :smile:
April 30, 2002 1:27:36 AM

Way back then I got the Gainward GeForce2 Pro and I overclocked it to 240/505. It's more than enough for the time being.

Gainwards are really nice. I'll go with them again next time, unless I go for ATI of course.

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April 30, 2002 11:27:22 PM

Ahh, the time that has past. Why did this thread get up so high in my screen? I though these ones would be the newer ones.... And sorry couldn't have helped you before, but a year ago, [joke] I didn't even know that the internet existed! (Drum and cymbal) :] [/joke] No, I did but I didn't know Tom's Hardware Guide existed. No joke.
May 9, 2002 5:34:52 PM

I have a GF2 64MB DDR and games run great!! If you have the money invest in either a GF4 TI4400 ot TI4600. That would be my choice.

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May 10, 2002 12:55:05 AM

Did you fall victim to this thread too? :smile:

It's an old thread that keeps getting bumped. I'm fine with my GF2 for now. I'll upgrade when UT2 and similar games come out.

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May 10, 2002 3:40:56 AM

Your thread is over a year old now. :cool:


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May 10, 2002 5:05:20 AM

This has got to be some kind of record...
May 10, 2002 5:14:47 AM

I agree. I haven't found a longer one yet!

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May 11, 2002 2:07:17 AM

The List is older. There are two parts.

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May 11, 2002 3:57:11 AM

I thought the first list was locked. This one isn't.

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May 11, 2002 6:44:29 PM

Yeah, but I ended it since it was so long and started a second part. Fredi was nice enough to lock it so it didn't get bumped. I suppose I could have just kept it going but it was insanely long.

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May 16, 2002 9:10:55 AM

Ok, I know I shouldn't even ask this question, but how big a difference is there between a GF4 and a GF2? These new games look awesome on my rig, but I'm curious if it's just because I don't know the difference.

Take Dungeon Siege for example. Will a new card have more effects than I'm seeing or what?

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